We understand the present as an era governed by neoliberal and ecological concerns; a conflux of market and planetary forces whose irreconcilable differences elicit a moment of crisis, and its potential for resolve or rupture.

Artists’ strategies and their findings form part of a broad public inquiry into these conditions. They reveal a cynicism towards outmoded ideologies and instrumentalised politics, and an interest in spiritual and occult means as a way to navigate life in the ‘post-internet anthropocene’. We see an ongoing interest in social processes and activities that locate artists outside of the studio-gallery circuit such as hospitality, teaching and learning. We see the ironic production of art objects that self-critique their co-option into the commodity cycle or test the capacity/inescapability of neoliberal acculturation. We also see artists at work under these conditions, confronting their own subjectivities to enact and articulate new forms of sovereignty.

Crisis Complex calls upon art's claim of autonomy; as a return of the social, as an intellectual provocation and as a nascent political field.

Heidi Axelsen & Hugo Moline, Ella Barclay, Carla Cescon, Edgar Cobián, Tony Garifalakis, Francesca Heinz, Lise Hovesen & Javier Rodriguez, Adam Norton, Joaquin Segura, Takayuki Yamamoto and theweathergroup_U.

Alongside a screening, conversations and a forum with The Otolith Group and Mark Fisher, Cross Border Collective, John von Sturmer and Jeremy Walker.

Crisis Complex is curated by Laura McLean and Sumugan Sivanesan.



September 14, Friday 6 – 8pm: Opening

September 15, Saturday 1 – 3pm: Artist Talks

September 20, Thursday 7 – 9pm: Screening The Otolith Group Anathema (2011) followed by a conversation with Mark Fisher (via video link)

September 22, Saturday 2 – 4pm: Forum: Cross Border Collective Contesting Colonial Sovereignty: Aboriginal Passports and Indigenous-Migrant Solidarity

October 6, Saturday 2 – 5pm: John von Sturmer and Jeremy Walker in conversation

October 13, Saturday 2 – 5pm: Artist Talks, Finissage