​The 2020 Adelaide// International looks to the ways in which built forms can make us aware of the social, spatial and temporal present.


Image: Somewhere Other by John Wardle Architects installed in the Arsenale di Venezia for the 2018 Biennale Architettura. Photo: Peter Bennetts

The centrepiece of the 2020 Adelaide//International is Somewhere Other, created by John Wardle Architects in collaboration with Natasha Johns-Messenger. This intriguing timber structure (spotted gum, with its colour, grain and scent redolent of the bush) draws the viewer in to explore its mysterious passageways, only to open up to unexpected vistas.

Belgian artist David Claerbout’s monumental real-time moving-image work Olympia charts the disintegration of the Berlin Olympic Stadium into ruins over the course of one thousand years, while First Nations artist Brad Darkson’s sound and sculptural work Hold Me is a critique of antagonistic systems and architectures. Startling and graceful juxtapositions of architecture with the human form by Zoë Croggon, Helen Grogan and Georgia Saxelby also feature.

At the adjacent SASA Gallery, Matthew Bird, working with students from the University of South Australia, responds to the 2020 Adelaide// International with a speculation on the afterlife of architecture.

2020 Adelaide//International is a Samstag Museum of Art exhibition in partnership with the Hackett Foundation for the Adelaide Festival.

EVENTS / ON ART

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DAVID CLAERBOUT: TALK

Belgian artist David Claerbout discusses the intersection of photography and film their porosity and difference. With an introduction by Dr Rachel Hurst, Senior Lecturer, Architecture, UniSA. Opening remarks by Neil Armfield AO and Rachel Healy, Artistic Directors, Adelaide Festival.

Saturday 29 February, 4—5pm
Bradley Forum, above Samstag

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2020 ADELAIDE// INTERNATIONAL: LAUNCH

Join us for drinks after David Claerbout’s lecture to celebrate the launch of the 2020 Adelaide//International, followed by events at ACE Open and JamFactory.

Saturday 29 February, 5—7pm
Bradley Forum Courtyard,
Samstag, UniSA

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TIM ROSS AND JOHN WARDLE: CONVERSATION

Famously, architect John Wardle designed the Samstag Museum of Art (2007), working closely with Director Erica Green. He joins comedian and design enthusiast Tim Ross for a conversation around his major work Somewhere Other, featured in 2020 Adelaide//International.

Sunday 1 March, 2—3pm
Samstag, Gallery 1

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PABLO LEÓN DE LA BARRA: TALK

Join us for a fascinating conversation with curator and theorist Pablo León de la Barra.

Pablo León de la Barra, Chief Curator at MAC Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, and Curator at Large, Latin America, at the Guggenheim Museum, New York.

Supported through the International Visiting Curators Program, developed and presented by Artspace in partnership with UNSW | Art & Design and ACE Open.

Tuesday 3 March, 5.30—7pm
Samstag, UniSA

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MPAVILION: CONVERSATION

Architecture of the Present is a conversation between architects John Wardle and Matthew Bird that takes as its starting point the concept of architecture as a choreographer of experience.

Guided by the insightful approach of Samstag Director Erica Green, this talk is a dive into the experience of architecture from an artistic perspective.

Presented in collaboration with Melbourne Design Week.

Tuesday 17 March, 12.30—1.30pm / Postponed
MPavilion, Queen Victoria Gardens, Melbourne

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LEE WENG CHOY: TALK

Kuala Lumpur-based art critic and curator Lee Weng Choy presents Writing About Contemporary Art. The event will offer emerging writers an opportunity to engage in an open conversation about how, why, when and for whom we write about art. 

Postponed
Samstag, UniSA

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TIM ROSS: DESIGNING A LEGACY

Almost everyone says goodbye to their family home at some stage. It’s hard enough at the best of times. Now imagine if your family home is designed by one of the greats of Australian architecture. Could you let it go? Or would you want to hold onto that design legacy?

Comedian and design nerd Tim Ross asks exactly that in his new live show. Part talk, part screening, part comedy show, Ross takes you on an architectural adventure into some of our most significant modernist houses.

Thursday 26 March, 7—9pm / Postponed
Allan Scott Auditorium, UniSA

 

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CREATIVE INDUSTRIES: CONVERSATION

Join us for drinks and a conversation with the newly formed Creative Industries Think Tank, a collective of established and emerging designers, thinkers, educators and creative practitioners.

They share an ambition to create a multi-disciplinary platform to highlight and measure the unique, social, economic and entrepreneurial value of the creative industries in South Australia.

Presented in partnership with the Australian Institute of Architects SA Chapter.

Thursday 30 April, 5.30—7pm / Postponed
Samstag, UniSA

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NATASHA JOHNS-MESSENGER: TALK

Natasha Johns-Messenger is one of a number of artists with whom John Wardle Architects has collaborated with on architectural projects. Well known for her use of light, gravity, site and space to create illusory, perplexing architectural installations, Johns-Messenger will discuss her experience of working with John Wardle on Somewhere Other.

Thursday 25 May, 5.30—7pm / Postponed

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ON ARCHITECTURE: FILM PROGRAM

A selection of documentary and fiction films on architecture, with guest introductions by Samstag curators.

MON ONCLE (G), JACQUES TATI, FRANCE, 1958
Wednesday 29 April, 7pm / Postponed

HIGH-RISE (MA15+), BEN WHEATLEY, UK, 2015
Wednesday 6 May, 7pm / Postponed

Mercury Cinema,
13 Morphett Street, Adelaide

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SUNDAY SESSIONS: THE HOUSING QUESTION

Join us for a lively discussion around the issues canvassed by the film.

THE HOUSING QUESTION (G), HELEN GRACE & NARELLE JUBELIN, AUS, 2019
Sunday 10 May, 2pm / Postponed

TALKING THE HOUSING QUESTION
Sunday 10 May, 2.30pm / Postponed

THE HUMAN SCALE (G), ANDREAS DALSGAARD, DEN, 2013
Sunday 10 May, 4pm / Postponed

Mercury Cinema,
13 Morphett Street, Adelaide

 

The Samstag Museum of Art, University of South Australia, acknowledges the Kaurna people as traditional custodians of the land upon which the Museum stands.