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Interesting installations by contemporary artists
In addition to the Adelaide Botanic Garden, Monster Theatres is also being presented at the Art Gallery of South Australia. The Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, our longest-running survey of contemporary art, is celebrating 30 years by making visible the monster of empathy towards differences. These works of art are seen as manifested warnings in our current times. For me, the artists that stood out were Pierre Mukeba, Megan Cope, Judith Wright, Stelarc and Mark Valenzuela.
Born in Congo, Mukeba produces distinctive textile works drawn on his early life in the shadows of civil war. His tableaux Kitenge fuses diversity piecing together the past and the present in reconciliation.
The sound installation by Cope, a Quandamooka artist, takes its cue from the yellow-eyed Bush Stone-curlew. She explores place, history and power by challenging what shapes our current Australian life.
A pioneering performance artist, Stelarc, expresses his ideas of the human body through a nine-metre robot called the Reclining StickMan whose movements are controlled by audiences using a touch screen. What's more, you can also choreograph the robot's movements remotely online from anywhere at any time. Amazing!
And last but not least, in conjunction with his work at the botanic garden, Philippine-born artist Valenzuela holds down corrugated rooftops by bizarre tyres and sculptures representing the futile attempts of humans to withstand the threat of monsoonal rains.
If you've been to the botanic garden and seen the works of art there, then why not make your way along North Terrace to the art gallery for more interesting installations such as these.