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ellen.gif and mck3nZ present For Your Pleasure, a TikTok art exhibition featuring new media artists from Australia, Canada & the United States.

 

With support from the City of Sydney,

For Your Pleasure celebrates all things big enjoyment during this time of global uncertainty. 


Twelve artists present digital art works that contemplate, contradict and embrace the small pleasures discovered during the endless hours, days and months we’ve spent at home.

ellen.gif and mck3nZ acknowledge the unceded Gadigal land of the Eora nation upon which For Your Pleasure was curated.  We acknowledge and pay our respects to elders past, present and emerging.

Always was, always will be Aboriginal land.

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Still Life Triptych is a fanatical ode to the strange priorities of isolation:

self-care, binge watching & perpetual masturbation.

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XANTHE DOBBIE
"Still Life Triptych"

 Reflecting on our current collective experience of isolation, ‘Still Life Triptych’ is composed of objects sourced exclusively from the Artist’s bedroom. Our private spaces have become the entire universe - isolated kingdoms of the self where we connect through the windows of our devices. Going against the short attention span emphasis of TikTok, these minute-long loops intentionally dwell in the moment, changing mildly, only to return to the beginning.

 

They are portraits of the artist as filtered through their possessions - simultaneously excessive and banal, curated and haphazard, meditative and annoying. Applying the logic of collage used broadly in Dobbie’s expanded practice, ‘Still Life Triptych’ is a fanatical ode to the strange priorities of isolation: self-care, binge watching, and perpetual masturbation.

Xanthe Dobbie is an Australian new media artist and filmmaker. Working across on- and offline modes of making, Dobbie’s practice aims to capture the experience of contemporaneity as reflected through queer and feminist ideologies. Drawing on humour, pop, sex, history and iconography, they develop shrines to a post-truth era.

 Reflecting on our current collective experience of isolation, ‘Still Life Triptych’ is composed of objects sourced exclusively from the Artist’s bedroom. Our private spaces have become the entire universe - isolated kingdoms of the self where we connect through the windows of our devices. Going against the short attention span emphasis of TikTok, these minute-long loops intentionally dwell in the moment, changing mildly, only to return to the beginning.

 

They are portraits of the artist as filtered through their possessions - simultaneously excessive and banal, curated and haphazard, meditative and annoying. Applying the logic of collage used broadly in Dobbie’s expanded practice, ‘Still Life Triptych’ is a fanatical ode to the strange priorities of isolation: self-care, binge watching, and perpetual masturbation.

Xanthe Dobbie is an Australian new media artist and filmmaker. Working across on- and offline modes of making, Dobbie’s practice aims to capture the experience of contemporaneity as reflected through queer and feminist ideologies. Drawing on humour, pop, sex, history and iconography, they develop shrines to a post-truth era.

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Because we’re ‘sickies’, we played with the perceived threats we face when we leave the house everyday….

I wish I had a hazmat… what would it be like if I went into a shopping centre with a hazmat?

 

I wish I was in out-of-space because that’s the safest place to socially isolate…

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John A Douglas is a Sydney-based interdisciplinary artist working across video, animation, VR, performance, live art installation, photomedia, sound and objects. Since 2011, his practice has investigated his ongoing experience of chronic illness through scientific and collaborative, immersive performance approaches. Douglas offers a unique and personal perspective as both artist and patient that intersects with biomedical science, clinical treatment and the human and emotional experience of a renal transplant patient. Douglas’ work seeks to map a psychological geography of the patient-subject as a parallel world of existence in which he cycles between places of healing, regimentation, wellness and suffering. Douglas identifies as an artist with non-visible disability and is a descendant of the Walbunja people of the Yuin Nation.

 

Willurai Kirkbright is a Wiradjuri woman based in the Blue Mountains with tribal roots in Northern NSW. A multi-disciplinary artist, having studied film at Eora and with a history in performing arts, she identifies fore mostly as an installation artist due to it having the least amount of conventions. Kirkbright believes in art as activism, breaking conventions and community engagement. She is an educator and facilitator, focused on truth telling and empowering disadvantaged minorities. Growing up in the city and in the bush and carrying conflicting bloodlines she explores the complexities of living between worlds. She delves into the uncomfortable and essential corners of the human psyche. Highly conceptual and immersive, her work often explores issues of identity, gender, colonialism, displacement and interconnected histories.

JOHN A DOUGLAS & WILLURAI KIRKBRIGHT (AU)
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CAL HARPER (AUS)
"Bedroomartist.biz"

Harper has created queer TikTok’s fusing humour and Non-Binary realness to create light hearted content tis stereotypically loved, with subliminal messages. These messages may be fleeting, but highly omnipresent. Within TikTok’s editing process, you get 0.5 second video opportunities, which Cal has used to throw these messages in between their lip sync extravaganza’s, Fitness videos, Life Hacks, DIY's, and Reality TV parodies. 

Cal  Harper works with notions around LGBT culture, and combines discourse around reality and online life to create dialogue around the disparate differences of communication IRL vs URL. Primarily working with text, video and performance, Harper travels to varied destinations of contrasting political values toward LGBT citizens, and internalises locals opinions and his personal experiences on acceptance and daily life. The amalgamation of this collected experiential information and research data informs the medium and personal responses to experiences within differing contexts. Harper holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Monash University in Caulfield, Australia, and a Master of Fine Arts from Konstfack in Stockholm, Sweden.

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15 minutes (of fame) on TikTok proves to be too much; the accessibility, spontaneity and capability to create short duration videos that take upwards of a couple hours of work for 1 million views is enough for the immense masses (viewers!!!!) to be
ultimately satisfied.

Paris Hilton, Linsday Lohan, Nikki Grahame, Gemma Collins, Big
Brother -
TikTok has them absolutely shook!

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I made some instructional videos to email to my friends to educate them about stuff.

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KATE McGUINNESS (AUS)

I made some instructional videos to email to my friends to educate them about stuff.

Kate McGuinness is not an artist she is a person who lives in Sydney and makes little videos. She is obsessed with using her body to express herself. Her work explores themes of will power and what it means to be a free thinker in contemporary society.

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MEET THE

ARTISTS

DANNI PARADISO (AUS)

When I was binging through TikTok I noticed a trend called “I kissed my best friend”. Essentially these people film themselves springing a kiss on their long platonic friend against the track "Death Bed" by Powfu feat. Beabadoobee. I have created a reaction video to the TikTok trend with a montage of non-consensual 80s movie kisses such as Blade Runner, Hans Solo and Sixteen Candles.

 

Danni Paradiso is a Sydney-based screen and performance artist. In 2020 she graduated Sydney College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours), majoring in critical studies and Screen Art. 

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I explored the emotional journey of travelling at this time. The anxiety, the coldness. Its reminiscent of a country ruled by a dictator.

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LAURA HYUNJHEE KIM (USA)

Laura Hyunjhee Kim (b.1987, Palo Alto, CA, USA) is a Korean-American multimedia artist who contemplates and reimagines digitally constructed on/offline (non)human experiences. ​Kim received a B.S. in Art from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and M.F.A. from the New Genres Department at the San Francisco Art Institute. She is a Ph.D. Candidate in Intermedia Art, Writing and Performance (IAWP) at the University of Colorado Boulder’s College of Media, Communication and Information who works with the TECHNE Lab, Media Archaeology Lab, and the ATLAS BTU Lab. She is also a Digital Art Instructor at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Art and Art History Department and a 2017-2019 HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory) Scholar Fellow. Kim resides in the U.S. and frequents South Korea.

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When I was binging through TikTok I noticed a trend called I kissed my best friend.

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EVAN CONFOS (AUS)
"PUBLIC/PRIVATE"

PUBLIC/PRIVATE, was made for a viewpoints assessment for my third year at WAAPA (current). I explored the emotional journey of travelling at this time. The anxiety, the coldness. Its reminiscent of a country ruled by a dictator. I was expecting to see armed guards, maintaining the social distancing rules. Through juxtaposition of shots of nature and shots of infrastructure mimics this anxiety inside. Tasting freedom, but feeling trapped.

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I was enamored by the magical movement of birds dancing on the screen.

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"WE ARE NOT MACHINES":

An extended discussion about TikTok artworks 'Zoom Meditation', 'Space is the Place' and

'Willow and Bianca Love Everything' created for For Your Pleasure by

John A Douglas & Willurai Kirkbright

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Marshall Mcluhan (said) “We become what we behold. We shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us”, so I let the algorithm win with this one, shaping my artistic influence for these video pieces.

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JESSICA GOEHRING 
(USA)

Jessica Goehring (b.1983 NY lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.) makes animated works that are both acidic and humorous, combining personal narratives, art historical references and internet culture to explore our digital world. 

Recently the algorithm on Instagram has been feeding me TikTok videos of Justin Bieber dancing. This led me down a Belieberhole of watching his live stories on Instagram which featured him casually chatting with fans and some of his friends like Patrick Schwarzenegger.

 

I found watching this shared digital intimacy with strangers compelling especially during these times of self-isolation. I’m obsessed with multi-layered veils and screens; the information we pick up from and through them in all their shape shifting technological forms.The dancing videos on Tik Tok are hard to look away from and are particularly fascinating because the viewer becomes the phone, the dancers are always in a position of performance for the screen.

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MARCELLA HO (AUS)
"DOMESTICATED MEDITATION"

Domesticated Meditation pushes the absurdity of the domesticity while being in a meditative state. Cleaning has been a coping mechanism for anxiety sufferers as the repetitive behaviour gives a sense of control over a situation that is beyond their power. Anxiety has heightened during the uncertainty caused by Covid-19 while we are isolating in our homes. Much like AMSR, the sound of the vacuum cleaner drowns into a meditative white noise which matches the hazy, flow state of the video. 

Born and based in Sydney, Marcella Ho is a visual artist whose practice examines digital culture and the politics of the female image. Digital manipulation is the core of her practice through the mediums of moving image and photography, reflecting the anxiety surrounding the digital space and the female image. Boundaries are imposed in her process to challenge her perfectionism and as a result, her aesthetic becomes a product of serendipitous mishaps. 

Ready to be 

pleasured ?

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As someone with preexisting anxiety, (COVID19 has) harvested my compulsion to clean the house as a way of meditating

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ERICA LAPADAT-JANZEN (CA)

Erica Lapadat-Janzen is an interdisciplinary artist/curator originating from Vancouver, BC. She graduated with a Bachelors of Visual art from Emily Carr University. Erica curates and organizes arts events that create exposure for emerging artists, and contribute to the changing art scene in Vancouver (and online).

 

She is the idea woman behind The New Flesh, Selfie and Camera/whore.Erica’s work and mediums are in a constant state of flux, although she is currently focused on net art, digital collage, and video work. She focuses on topics ranging from social media as performance to sexuality in online communities. 

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Born in Japan, multimedia Artist Ibuki Kuramochi specializes in live performances combining live painting with Japanese Butoh dance. She studied Butoh dance at the world renowned Kazuo Ohno Butoh Dance Studio in Yokohama in 2016.

 

Through her work, she pursues the physicality of Butoh’s poetic choreography and the pursuit of the human body in anatomy. Ibuki works a lot with black and white, which represent the beginning and nothingness. This comes from the concept of a Mother’s breast milk which comes from the mother’s blood (red color) for feeding the baby (white color). Ibuki explores concepts of the body, thought and physical resonance, metamorphosis, the ideal of the Sci-Fi animation character’s body, and the uterus and fetishism.

IBUKI KURAMOCHI (US)
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Image credit: Kimberley Low

We acknowledge the unceded Gadigal land of the Eora nation upon which For Your Pleasure was curated. 

We acknowledge and pay our respects to elders past, present and emerging.

Always was, always will be Aboriginal land.

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For Your Pleasure is proudly sponsored by The City Of Sydney