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Vivid Sydney – 77 Million Paintings

A series of video interviews with Nick Robertson about Brian Eno's '77 Million Paintings' installation, which was part of an exhibition in Vivid Sydney 2009. The resource includes clips of the installation.

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Isaac Whitehead: 'A Sassafras gully, Gippsland' c. 1870

How do you create a sense of space and size in landscapes? In this piece Isaac Whitehead depicts the enormous trees of the mountain forest in Gippsland by painting it from a high viewpoint. The presence of the tiny bullock cart and small human figures serves as a contrast to the enormous trees surrounding them. What other ...

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art

This lesson plan (PDF) examines the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art contained within the National Gallery of Australia collection. Links to artworks are provided to support students' critical analysis of the forms of each work of art and to understand the rich diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ...

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Can robots draw?

On 26 September 2013, Viennese artist Alex Kiessling created three artworks simultaneously in three European cities. While he was drawing in one city, robots were replicating his marks on paper in two distant cities.<br /><br />Watch the clip to see Kiessling and the robots drawing at the same time.

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Collaboration: Dancers' input, Choreographer's eye

Observe choreographer Lucy Guerin and her dancers as they explore a process of improvisation and taking risks with movement in order to discover new material for the Lucy Guerin Inc production of 'Weather' . This clip describes the importance of developing trust between the choreographer and the dancers, and the exciting ...

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Commitment and creativity: a career in music

Discover the challenges and pleasures of being first violinist for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. In this clip, violinist Jennifer Hoy discusses her journey from learning violin at a very early age to becoming a professional orchestral musician. Find out what this prestigious but demanding role involves.

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Creating music from guns

Discover why an artist makes musical instruments from guns as we take a look at Mexican artist Pedro Reyes's exhibition 'Disarm' at NGV International, the National Gallery of Victoria. Reyes has, with the help of local artisans, constructed instruments using parts from weapons confiscated by the Mexican government.

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Creature sculptures rise from the scrap heap

Coolah sculptor David Sherlock brings scrap metal back to life in the form of amazing animals, birds and insects.

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Dance up close: Pina in 3D

How can film get close to the experience of a live performance? Director Wim Wenders created PINA as a feature-length dance film tribute to the German choreographer Pina Bausch, who died in the summer of 2009. This clip shows sections of two of the works performed by Tanztheater Wuppertal, which were filmed using 3D film ...

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Dancing with cacti

Can you imagine dancing with a cactus? Alexander Ekman, a young choreographer from Sweden, thought critics often told audiences how they should think and feel when they watch a dance. He felt people should be allowed to make up their own minds. Watch this clip to see how he has fun with this idea in a dance called 'Cacti' ...

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Dancing with design: the testing phase

Explore the effects of production and design elements on dance. Lucy Guerin and her dancers have moved from the rehearsal space into the theatre. For the first time they can experience the design elements for the new dance work 'Weather'. Guerin asks the dancers to move with these elements, discovering that not all ideas ...

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What if Indigenous Australians were the majority?

Imagine an Australia in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples made up the vast majority of the population. See Bidjara artist Michael Cook discussing his most recent exhibition, 'Majority Rule', which is based upon this engaging 'what if' question.

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iArt: photography on our mobile phones

What is a 'mobile phone artist'? It is becoming more common for art galleries to hold exhibitions of photography taken exclusively with a mobile phone. In this clip, this emerging trend in the art world and on the internet is considered.

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It's all about me: Picasso

Is Pablo Picasso the artist who defined the 20th century? Edmund Capon thinks so. He also describes Picasso's work as highly autobiographical. As a former director of the Art Gallery of NSW for 33 years, Capon knows about art! So what can Picasso's paintings tell us about Picasso the man?

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Kindred spirits: dancing our identity

Who are we and where do we belong? What and who decides our identity? People often ask these questions, and some may seek to discover the answers to them. In his dance piece entitled 'ID', choreographer Stephen Page explores what makes us similar, what makes us different and what gives us a sense of belonging. The clip ...

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Reading the message in a painting

Have you ever 'read' a painting? In England during the mid-1800s, the job of a seamstress or dressmaker was often not a happy one. Explore, or 'read', Richard Redgrave's painting 'The Seamstress' (1846) to find out more about the life of one such woman, and to discover the message that the artist was sending.

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Shots in word pictures

How can visual artwork enhance our experience of the written word? Here, a reading from 'Shots', a memoir by Cold Chisel's primary songwriter Don Walker, is accompanied by a series of images by animator and illustrator Marieka Walsh. This clip was taken from a series titled 'Radio With Pictures'. To find out more visit ...

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Dancing the Torres Strait winds to life: Kuki

Inspired by the natural environment, Torres Strait Islander choreographer Elma Kris created the dance 'About' as an expression of the effects that the winds (Gub) have on the land, sea and community. This clip shows the segment 'Kuki' (pronounced Cook-ee), which is inspired by the strong north-west winds that blow between ...

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Charles Conder: 'Hot wind' 1889

In the late 19th century symbolism was used in depictions of the Australian Colonial landscape. This example painted by Charles Conder was painted during the Victorian drought in 1889.How does the artist convey the heat of the Australian landscape in this image? What role does the female figure play in this painting?

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Contemporary: Art Gallery of NSW - iTunes app

Explore a selection of artists and artworks from the contemporary collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, including the John Kaldor Family collection. Contains images, background information on the artists and their art, and some audio curator insights and video interviews. Artworks are from 1960s to 2010s. Free ...