Join us for a tour led by exhibition co-curator Holly Williams and artist Mylyn Nguyen. You’ll also have the opportunity to taste honey produced by the bees in the exhibition. Something Else is Alive: Sydney and the Animal Instinct investigates animals in the city in various ways – from the humorous to the downright creepy, from the symbolically sacred to the secular. It brings together objects drawn from the City of Sydney archives and commissioned videos alongside artworks by 4 Sydney-based artists.
Urbanised and sprawling, Sydney is deeply urbane yet paradoxically wild – where a secret city of animals, both seen and unseen, exists amongst us. We are coupled and tethered to the animal world in a symbiotic relationship that stretches from the present into the past.
Weird animalia given to the City are presented alongside fascinating 19th century letters of complaint received by the Lord Mayor and a bespoke horn made for the unicorn on the Customs House facade. Something Else is Alive includes street photography, clusters of ceramic pigeons and a delicate school of fish swimming over the city model. Videos include the dog’s eye view of Bailey Haggarty, rescue dog and Assistant Director of Seagulls at the Australian National Maritime Museum, dramatic footage of a peregrine falcon preying on a pigeon on a ledge of a local office building and a look at our city’s relationship with Il Porcellino, the wild boar with a lucky snout.
Participating artists: Mechelle Bounpraseuth, Blak Douglas, Mylyn Nguyen and Garry Trinh. Curated by The Curators’ Department.