People Like Us
A National Exhibitions Touring Support Australia exhibition developed by UNSW Galleries and toured by Museums & Galleries of NSW
Opening Friday 10 November
Representing one of the most cutting-edge and interactive exhibitions to be presented at Araluen, People Like Us captures universal aspects of the contemporary human condition through film, animation, digital and interactive art. In a diverse collection of recent new media works by Australian and international practitioners, this exhibition reveals the many experimental technologies being deployed by artists as they comment on issues confronting us in the 21st century.
The connections between our inner selves, each other and our environments underpin People Like Us, with a unique level of audience engagement. George Poonkhin Khut’s BrightHearts app uses your real-time biofeed data for heart rate controlled images and sound; John McGhee’s digital animations invite visitors to take the wheel on a wild ride through human blood vessels; while Volker Kuchelmeister and Laura Fisher’s Veloscape tracks participants’ emotional responses as they take a virtual bicycle tour of Sydney inside the gallery space!
People Like Us presents several Australian premieres of international work, including Italian artist Yuri Ancarani’s Da Vinci, an acclaimed, uncanny portrayal of a robotic surgical procedure that confounded visitors to the Venice Biennale; British composer Michael Nyman’s Hillsborough Memorial, commissioned by the 2014 Liverpool Biennale to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough stadium collapse; and award-winning Luxembourg artist Su-Mei Tse’s aurally immersive purring cat portraits.
Well-known Australian artists include Daniel Crooks, Angelica Mesiti and Joan Ross, who all deploy innovative filmic methodologies to achieve unexpected and immersive visual experiences. In two firsts, Aboriginal-Chinese artist Jason Wing’s sound work tells a moving story about the Stolen Generation, and Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro present their first ever video work, celebrating humans’ love of the car as it documents a racing car dismantled and rebuilt before your eyes.