Adelaide Festival // 2 - 18 March 2012

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Parallel Collisions

2012 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art
Curators Natasha Bullock and Alexie Glass-Kantor

An experiential proposition inspired by art, cinema and literature, the 2012 Adelaide Biennial explores the ways in which ideas emerge, converge and re-form through time. From a floating island of 2000 cut-glass objects to an explosive light installation that clocks in real time human births, deaths and dying stars, this Biennial considers the temporality of the present as it parallels and collides with the past.

Across four physical platforms, Parallel Collisions presents 21 commissioned works by some of Australia’s leading artists, 21 original texts, a designer, an architect, two curators and an institution, forming a connective tissue that attempts to understand our subjective experience of time.

Richard Bell
Stephen Bram
Pat Brassington
Philip Brophy
Robert Cook vs Max Pam
Timothy Cook
Daniel Crooks
Nicholas Folland
Pat Foster & Jen Berean
Marco Fusinato
Shaun Gladwell
Susan Jacobs
Jonathan Jones
Yvonne Koolmatrie
Rosemary Laing
Rob McLeish
Tom Nicholson
Philip Samartzis
Tim Silver
Ricky Swallow
Michelle Ussher

Artist talks, lectures and a magazine launch will take place alongside this exhibition. See the full program of Parallel Collisions Special Events here.


Art Gallery of South Australia


Fri 2 Mar to Sun 29 Apr = DAILY 10am to 5pm




Wheelchair Access Sign Interpreting

Wheelchair access
Sign interpreting (selected times)


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North Terrace
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Collaborators Jan Van Schaik, Minifie Van Schaik Architects

Fabio Ongarato Design

presented by the Art Gallery of South Australia and Adelaide Festival

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, and by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments.

Art Gallery of South Australia acknowledges exhibition partner The Balnaves Foundation.

Photo: Top-Stephen Bram, ground floor south gallery, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne University, 2008, detail, photo courtesy Ross Bird. Courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz gallery, Melbourne. Bottom-Tim Silver, Untitled (bust) (pine Timbermate wood filler), 2011, detail. Courtesy the artist and Breenspace, Sydney.
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