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Sydney Festival: Take a modernist walk through the University of Sydney


4 January 2012

Artist Narelle Jubelin suspended molecular models in the University's buildings and inscribed the windows with text from the utopian architectural satire 'The Gray Cloth'.
Artist Narelle Jubelin suspended molecular models in the University's buildings and inscribed the windows with text from the utopian architectural satire 'The Gray Cloth'.

Some of Sydney's best examples of modernist architecture will come alive at the Sydney Festival this summer, in a walk across the University of Sydney's Camperdown Campus that intertwines art and architecture.

In Vision in Motion Spanish-based Australian artist Narelle Jubelin maps often overlooked modernist buildings and better known gallery spaces in a walk involving installations, interventions and films. Inspired by architecture and the built environment, this free Sydney Festival 2012 event includes a survey of Jubelin's exquisite petit point renditions.

The walk incorporates the University's Chemistry Building, the first building designed by major Sydney modernists Ken Woolley and Peter Webber in the 1950s. Jubelin will suspend molecular models of the same era in the building's foyer and inscribe its glass-curtained windows with text from the utopian architectural satire The Gray Cloth. The building will also host rare films on architecture and talks by eminent architects during the festival.

On City Road, video screens in the Tin Sheds Avago window space will play Jubelin's recent slapstick videos shot at the seminal Weimar Bauhaus. The Verge Gallery will be curtained in multi-coloured woollen suit-cloth panels inspired by famous Bauhaus protégé Hirschfeld Mack's Bauhaus Studies in colour intensity.

At the University Art Gallery an exhibition of Jubelin's early colonial panoramas confront a modern Sydney cityscape made from snippets of video, models, photomontage and needlework. These elements reveal architect Harry Seidler's redrawing of the city skyline in the mid to late 20th century.

Sydney-born Jubelin has stitched miniature petit points for inclusion in architectural, photographic and painterly installations for almost 30 years, often offering narratives on modernism. Based in Madrid, she has exhibited extensively in Australia throughout her career. Elsewhere, she has partaken in the Venice Biennale, and shown in Granada, Lisbon, New York and London.

The University of Sydney's University Art Gallery presents Narelle Jubelin: Vision in Motion as part of Sydney Festival 2012. It runs from 7 January.

The project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.


Event details

What:Narelle Jubelin: Vision in Motion

When: 7 January to 2 February in its entirety, with most installations open until the end of March. See closing dates.

Opening hours Monday to Friday 10am to 4.30pm, Saturdays 1 to 5pm

Where: Camperdown Campus, starting at the Quadrangle's University Art Gallery, progressing down Eastern Avenue, ending at the Tin Sheds Gallery on City Road. See map.

Cost: Free

Phone: 02 9351 4004


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