BONITA ELY

Murray River Punch – the Soup

 

A reprise of the performance,  Murray River Punch, 1980. Performed with Emma Price.

 

PERFORMANCE EVENT – Why Not Walk Backward? Performance.

 

SATURDAY 24 MAY, 2014

 

ALEKS DANKO,BONITA ELY, JULIE EWINGTON, TIM JOHNSON, ROBYN RAVLICH

 

Seminal Australian performance works will be re- performed at Gertrude Contemporary as part of the current exhibition Why not walk backward? curated by Brooke Babington and Liang Luscombe.

 

This afternoon of performance work seeks to re- examine Australia’s often forgotten history of performance art and presents an opportunity to encounter these works in a contemporary context. The event will include a number of performance works from the 1970s and 1980s that have been reworked to be re-performed by the artists and invited performers.

 

ALEKS DANKO, ROBYN RAVLICH and JULIE EWINGTON, This Performance is a Mistake 1972

 

BONITA ELY, Murray River Punch 1980-1981

 

TIM JOHNSON, Light Performance 1971-1972

 

The exhibition Why not walk backward?, at Gertrude Contemporary until Saturday 31 May, considers the implications of reiteration.

 

To repeat, when contemporary time threatens to subsume our sense of history and narrative,is to propose a different type of relationship to time.

 

The group of five Australian and international artists in Why not walk backward?, Fiona Abicare, Nina Beier, Tania Bruguera, Catherine or Kate and Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, retrace old steps – their own and others – using appropriation to deal with the ghosts of the past in new and imaginative ways.

 

Why no walk backward? is a Next Wave festival project and is supported by the City of Yarra.