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NSFW

Get to Work

curated by Jenny Anagnostopoulos

Opening 07.09.16 6-8pm
Artist Talks 29.09.16 6-7pm

Like stepping into a incognito window on a web browser, nsfw invites viewers into a subverted office landscape filled with hyper sexualised and hybridised figures. In an era where the fabrication of the self online is common-practice, the exhibition will question the role of this within the exploration and exploitation of cultural identity.

Humanity has longed for paradise ever since its self-admitted banishment from it. Though many interpretations arose through the centuries, the association of paradise and the exoticised tropics dominated popular literature and colonial discourse. In a post-Gauguin, post-internet era, the fetish lives on in our data, stored on hard drives, USBs, iClouds, our online profiles, web browsers, flooding into neatly assorted categories on websites, where they are re-filtered, updated and downloaded again. Playing with notions of NSFW (not suitable for work) content, the exhibition features a series of video and installation works that explore cultural categorisations and fetishes online, presented inside an exotic 'cyber landscape'.

Viewers are invited to privately browse through fabricated cam-girl websites and become entranced by alluring avatars. Experimenting with ideas surrounding seduction and clickbait, Get to Work take on the role of Sirens, Greek mythological creatures hybridised with Pacific Islander cultural tropes, hypnotising visitors and luring them into the gallery. Occupying various screens and virtual waterfalls within the space, the collective will also present a performance piece on the opening night of nsfw.

Biography

Get To Work is the collaborative practice of artists Tracy Quan, Georgia Taia and Paris Taia. All members graduated from Sydney College of the Arts in 2015, with Paris and Tracy holding degrees in photomedia, and Georgia in sculpture, performance and installation. Their collaboration focuses on the body, amateur dance and performance to playfully explore quirks of contemporary living, social behaviour and cultural identity. The pursuit to find social belonging is often humorously explored through music and dance, relieving the potential pressures, particularly in Australia, to be culturally categorised.

Get To Work have presented work at the 20th Biennale of Sydney in collaboration with Salote Tawale for BC Institute’s “Making History”, the Red Rattler theatre and recently held their solo show at GAFFA Gallery.

Jenny is an emerging Sydney-based writer, curator and program coordinator currently completing a bachelor of Art Theory at UNSW Art & Design. With an interest in cultural politics and queer identity, she often explores the ways in which these aspects are affected and manifested on digital platforms. Jenny has been involved in various projects within the Museum of Contemporary Art, 20th Biennale of Sydney and TEDxSydney Youth, whilst maintaining a strong interest in ARI’s around Sydney.

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