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TV Moore

The Neddy Project  2004

six-channel digital video installation, colour, sound

6 channels: 6:29 minutes, 6:29 minutes, 4:50 minutes, 9:07 minutes, 5:57 minutes, 5:38 minutes

Museum of Contemporary Art, purchased with the assistance of Dr Edward Jackson AM and Mrs Cynthia Jackson AM, 2004

2004.49

About the Artwork

TV Moore works in a variety of mediums, often depicting outsiders and other figures on the margins of society. The Neddy Project is an ambitious installation, which explores his fascination with underworld identities in Australia and responds to the popular mythology of the Australian outlaw.

This immersive six-channel video cycle with ten projections intersects moments drawn from the lives of two men named Neddy. These ‘Neddies’ are each infamous in their own right—the first, Ned Kelly, the nineteenth-century armoured Victorian outlaw; and the other, Arthur Stanley ‘Neddy’ Smith, a figure associated with organised crime in Sydney during the 1980s. The Neddy Project is also a tribute to artist Sidney Nolan, whose depictions of Ned Kelly and his distinctive metal helmet are iconic in twentieth-century Australian art history and are often referred to as symbolic self-portraits of the artist as ‘outsider’. Separated by 100 years, but united through their national infamy, Ned Kelly and Neddy Smith have proven figures of enduring fascination for Australians.

The work was created over three years, in which the artist and his friends re-enacted and re-imagined events from the lives of both characters using handmade props and a crafty use of simple digital editing techniques. Repetition, doubling and inversion are used to explore and connect the characters’ lives, from the famed 1880 siege at Glenrowan, restaged as an endless shootout on top of a mountain range, to Neddy Smith’s hobby of restoring clocks. Moore presents this work with a musical score, produced in collaboration with musicians Jonathan Blackman and Steven Foster. A re-imagined version of Wild Colonial Boys originally sung by Mick Jagger in the lead role of Terry Richardson’s 1970 film Ned Kelly, knits the multiple narrative threads together.

Collaboration is part of my process. I see myself as a producer/director/artist but a completely hands-on one in every facet.

TV Moore in Reuben Keehan, ‘TV Moore: interview’, Photofile, no.75, Spring 2005.

VIDEO: TV Moore interviewed 2005 on 'The Neddy Project'

Artist TV Moore discusses his work The Neddy Project (2001-04), featured in the exhibition MCA Collection: New Acquisitions in Context in 2005, for the MCA Artist's Voice series. Visit TV Moore in the MCA Online Collection This video was produced with support from the Keir Foundation in 2005.

TV Moore

– About the artist

Born 1974, Canberra. Lives and works Sydney and New York, United States.


TV Moore works with painting, video, film, animation, photographic and theatrical forms. Using psychological space, performance, narrative and non- narrative structures, Moore operates in a myriad of worlds where there are stories within. His experimental, low fi & decadent works are characterized by an overriding sense of emotion, where energy and angst, perversion and pleasure, seduction and danger co-exist.

Selected solo shows include Three Paintings, Station Gallery, Melbourne, (2015); 39 great jones, New York (2015); With Love and Squalor, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2015); TV Moore’s Rum Jungle, Campbelltown Arts Centre, NSW (2014); Studio, Daze of Being Wild, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney (2012); Escape Carnival, permanent installation, Cockatoo Island, Sydney (2011); TV Moore, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney (2009); and Fantasists in the Age of Decadence, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney (2007); Yours, Mine and Ours: 50 Years of ABC TV, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney (2006)

Moore’s group exhibitions include: You Imagine What You Desire, 19th Biennale of Sydney (2014); Future Primitive, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Victoria; Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2013); Tell me tell me: Australian and Korean Art 1976–2011, MCA, Sydney and National Museum of Art, Seoul (2012); The Trickster, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Korea (2010); Double Take: Anne Landa Award 2009, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2009); Revolution: Forms that Turn, Biennale of Sydney (2008); Down Under: Contemporary Art from Australia and the Netherlands, The Hague (2007). Turin Triennale

Moore’s work is held in the collections of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Austcorp, Sydney; Goldman Sachs JBWere, Sydney; Cockatoo Island, Sydney; University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane; and Kaldor Collection, Sydney. Private collections in the USA and Australia.

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