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Mira Oosterweghel
– Precarious Life, 2016

Mira Oosterweghel, Precarious Life, 2016

Mira Oosterweghel is interested in artworks that make the viewer feel uncomfortable, induce fear or even prompt us to produce adrenaline.
In this work, a ladder is hung in the upper spaces of the gallery. Despite the implicit danger, a performer will periodically climb this ladder during the exhibition. On the video screen, we see the feet of the climber trying to maintain balance, the muscles and toes gripping in an effort not to fall.
This work reminds us that our bodies release similar amounts of adrenalin whether we are performing a dangerous act ourselves, or whether we are merely viewing someone else performing it.

Every Friday at 2pm and Saturday at 12 noon until 4 December 2016
FREE, Drop-in

Exhibited as part of Primavera 2016– Young Australian Artists

About the artist

Image Credit: Mira Oosterweghel, Precarious Life, 2016, performance documentation, performers: Marianna Joslin, Mikey Bailey & Kieran Rowell, image courtesy and © the artist, photograph: Dane Beesley

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– When

28 October 2016, 2:00-3:00pm

– Admission

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