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Something Else is Alive: Sydney and the Animal Instinct

Join us for a series of events with the exhibiting artists - from a Chinese New Year talk in Mandarin, to a tactile tour, to a walking tour of the animal menagerie surrounding Customs House. Each event includes a special tasting of the honey produced by the bees in the exhibition.

Exhibition continues to 18 March 2018.

Something Else is Alive Chinese New Year exhibition tour in Mandarin

Saturday 17th February, 11am – 12pm

Join Mandarin-speaker Dara Wei, curator Holly Williams and artist Mylyn Nguyen for a tour through the ideas behind the exhibition followed by an opportunity to taste honey harvested from the Customs House beehive.

Something Else is Alive tour (in English)

17th Feb at 12pm

Join us for a tour led by exhibition co-curator Holly Williams and artist Mylyn Nguyen and have the opportunity to taste honey harvested from the Customs House beehive.

Something Else is Alive exhibition tour for the vision impaired

24th February, 11am- 12pm       

Join co-curator Glenn Barkley and artist Mechelle Bounpraseuth for an aural and tactile tour of the exhibition and have the opportunity to taste honey harvested from the Customs House beehive.

Discovering animals in the city – artist talk and walking tour

28th February, 5.30 pm - 6.30pm              

Join co-curator Glenn Barkley and photographer Garry Trinh for a floor talk followed by a walking tour of the architectural menagerie surrounding Customs House.

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

Urbanised and sprawling, Sydney is deeply urbane yet paradoxically wild - where a secret city of animals, both seen and unseen, exists amongst us. We are coupled and tethered to the animal world in a symbiotic relationship that stretches from the present into the past.

This eclectic exhibition features objects drawn from the City of Sydney collection and archives alongside artworks by four Sydney-based artists. Weird animalia given to the City are presented alongside fascinating 19th century letters of complaint received by the Lord Mayor and a bespoke horn made for the unicorn on the Customs House facade. Something Else is Alive includes street photography, clusters of ceramic pigeons and a delicate school of fish swimming over the city model. Videos include the dog’s eye view of Bailey Haggarty - rescue dog and Assistant Director of Seagulls at the Australian National Maritime Museum; dramatic footage of a Peregrine Falcon preying on a pigeon on a ledge of a local office building and how our city's relationship with Il Porcellino, the wild boar with a lucky snout.

Participating artists: Mechelle Bounpraseuth, Blak Douglas, Mylyn Nguyen & Garry Trinh.

Curated by The Curators' Department and produced by the City of Sydney, Customs House.

Image: Installation view Garry Trinh's artwork. Photo: Katherine Griffiths/City of Sydney

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Event starts
Saturday 17 February, 2018
Event Ends
Wednesday 28 February, 2018
Venue
Customs House Sydney
Venue Address
31 Alfred Street Sydney
Location

New South Wales, Sydney

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