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Workout - Domenico de Clario
– tonglen* (for you always, for all intensive purposes on the occasion of my passing)

Domenico de Clario’s performance runs Saturday 27 April 2013 from 7:40am to 6:26pm in the MCA’s Level 1 North Gallery. All other Galleries will be closed until 10.00am.

Domenico de Clario has presented an ongoing installation and performance since 1973 that has taken place at many different locations. Central to his evolving project is a growing archive of everyday objects that the artist continuously re-examines in terms of its relationship to himself, other components of the archive and the various architectural contexts which have contained it. Gradually accumulated over the years, this ‘collection of collections’ that de Clario also describes as his ‘experiential and memory-body’ will eventually be ‘released and discarded’.

De Clario’s archive will be delivered to the MCA Level 1 North Gallery on the morning of 27 April 2013 before being repacked and taken away that evening. This is the final viewing of the archive before its ritual burial at the Glenorchy Art and Sculpture Park in Hobart later this year. De Clario’s live performance is intertwined with this gathering and ungathering of objects. As he describes:

From 7.40am, as the full moon sets until it rises again that evening at 6.26pm, the artist sits blindfolded at a keyboard touching the keys and singing all the songs he knows to the released objects gathered around him.1

Domenico de Clario was born in Trieste, Italy in 1947 and lives and works in Melbourne. Selected exhibitions include National Artists’ Self-Portrait Prize 2011 (winner), The University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane, 2011; rice and celery (tonglen), Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, 2005; a second simplicity, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 2005; the universe as mirror, Artspace, Sydney, 2005; Pietre parlanti, Corte del Teatro Malibran, Venice, Italy, 2001; the seed-bed of desire, Museum of Modern Art, Salvador, Brazil, 2000; tongleN (13 conversazioni with les estrellas), TRACE, Liverpool Biennale, UK, 1999; My Own Particular Anxiety (Eudosia), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1998; The Meadow of the Low Sage, Haus-am-Waldsee, Berlin, 1997.

  • De Clario defines tonglen as, ‘a Tibetan Buddhist term describing the meditative process of breathing in distress, both ours and that of others, and then breathing out ease’. For a full description please see:


Domenico de Clario is represented by Yuill Crowley Gallery, Sydney

1. Artist’s statement 2013

Domenico de Clario, breathing for biagio walking 2003, Midland Railway Workshops, Perth, 2003, image courtesy and © the artist

With guest Janette Hoe

Janette Hoe is a Melbourne-based dance artist and performance maker. Born in Malaysia in 1969, she migrated to Australia with her family in 1988. Hoe’s practice is driven by an interest in the ecstatic body in performance, and is strongly influenced by Butoh and Asian trance dance. Working predominantly from structured improvisation to site-specific settings, Hoe’s body of work explores questions relating to identity and the transitional nature of migration. With a performance history spanning 18 years, her work has been presented in Malaysia, Indonesia and Australia. Since 2009, Hoe has been a regular collaborator in Domenico de Clario’s works, particularly in durational pieces such as From the Opaque and most recently in triestement songs. In response to de Clario’s work on 27 April 2013, she will bring to it her explorations on the notion of arriving – questioning the existence of being in an in-between space whilst seeking new meanings within its constantly shifting and changing landscape in and out of the body.

During each Workout performance Brain Fuata performs Reading instructions now, transcribing his own texts and those gleaned from his co-participants as ‘a way of responding, documenting and re-performing what is enacted during the week’. He invites the other Workout artists to read his presence in the gallery, and their relationship to it.

image for Workout - Domenico de Clario

– When

27 April 2013, 7:40am-6:26pm

– Admission

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