Art and About finished in Sydney on the weekend for another year. Performative works were big this year, including a wonderful work called “Bodies in Urban Spaces”. The concept is by Viennese artist Willi Dorner who enlists the help of acrobats, climbers and dancers to use their bodies in unconventional ways to fill and layer cityscapes.
Dressed in colourful street clothes and hoodies, the performers find ways to insert themselves into the landscape, wrapping, layering, balancing, planking in and on the city, often choosing unremarkable structures or corners, in the process transforming the way we see them.
This work is part installation, part architectural intervention and part performance, with passersby happening on them by chance and others following them through the city.
“The interventions are temporary without leaving any traces behind, but imprints in the eye-witnesses’ memory,” says Dorner.