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BIG STINK: Victorian government promotes crap art


Beauty is in the eye of the beholder but some might think state government support for the arts should not include taxpayer subsidies of ballet dancers being paid to empty their bowels into transparent receptacles as “performance art” in a contemporary art gallery. It seems apt the nation’s crappest newspaper, The Age, was there to celebrate the occasion.

It will come as no surprise The Age naturally enthusiastically cheers on performance art at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art involving dancers taking a crap in public on ‘transparent seats’ in the presence of undoubtedly impressed gallery visitors and hipsters.

This past weekend, Australia’s crappest newspaper enthused:

Difficult territory is a cornerstone of the visual arts – so artist Mikala Dwyer knew it would be confronting last night when she invited Balletlab dancers to empty their bowels as part of a performance at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.

The two-hour act saw the six dancers, masked but naked beneath sheer garments, move around a room in the gallery before sitting on transparent stools and performing – only if they were moved to do so – what is usually one of our most private and rarely discussed daily acts.

We note the artist referred to her work as “democratic” because everyone does it so you may as well do it in the art gallery and that she herself participated in a video recording of same.

And in keeping with OH&S requirement this democratic festival involved certain exacting safety measures and poo precautions:

ACCA did extensive public and occupational health and safety risk assessments.

The transparent seats were covered at all times during the performance and exhibition opening.

They were partly emptied, disinfected, sealed and returned to the gallery after the performance and no staff handled them.

Good to see this thought-provoking work heartily endorsed by the Victorian government too.

Mind you, you could read the government’s description and not necessarily realise the work involved live excretion in full public view:

Three works, including a major sculpture series and performance project, comprise this new exhibition from one of Australia’s most important contemporary artists. Dwyer’s approach to installation marked a turning point in Australian art practice in the 1990s, moving away from the discreet object to the all inclusive environmental play of new conceptualism. Linking ACCA’s three galleries with new works that explore the body, transition and transformation, Dwyer will use a variety of materials and gestures that take the audience on a journey in and out again.

The Age reported the artiste: “hopes we will (discuss the work) do so with seriousness, maturity and sensitivity.”

Not much hope of that here.


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  1. It is really sad to see Australia destroyed by the cultural Marxists.

    Posted by Piss Allah | May 27, 2013, 17:07
  2. Check out the crap (mostly) at the Linden Gallery, Acland St, St Kilda.

    The former St Kilda Council bought the property 20 years ago then on amalgamation in 1994 brought a $10 million debt to the new council plus the Linden Gallery.

    Besides spending $100,000 PA on maintenance and plant (machines)costs these free loaders also get operating cost funding to the tune of over $200,000 PA for council and this in increasing each year.

    Check out the Linden website to view the statements of affairs over the last 5 years.

    There is little income from the Linden probably because most of the art is crap and no body will buy it. I am a pissed off ratepayer in the Port Phillip City Council jurisdiction.

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | May 27, 2013, 17:35
  3. Adrian Jackson – you very rarely make any sense but even a broken clock tells the correct time twice a day. I find myself agreeing with your above post – I feel the need to shower now.

    Posted by Anonski | May 27, 2013, 20:33
  4. being fed shit has become normal

    Posted by jim morris | May 28, 2013, 8:30
  5. Napthine should be on display, as the dopey twit is full of it.

    Posted by anon | May 28, 2013, 11:36
  6. I imagine, very very very few of us have witnessed such a thing before and so this may be your only opportunity while supporting your community artshits at the same time.

    Posted by David | May 28, 2013, 15:09
  7. There was some vehement criticism by an East St Kilda ratepayer of the Linden Galleries current art show at the Port Phillip Council meeting tonight.

    The minutes should be up on the council website by next Friday (31 May 13).

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | May 28, 2013, 21:44
  8. Jesus Adrian you need to get a hobby. Take some five cent pieces down to Balaclava station for some Jew Jumps or something.

    Posted by fuck me dead | May 28, 2013, 22:35
  9. You need to get a hobby Adrian. if you are that bored take some five cent pieces down to Balaclava station for some JewJumps or something.

    Posted by fuck me dead | May 28, 2013, 22:35
  10. You need to get a hobby Adrian. if you are that bored take some five cent pieces down to Balaclava station for some J ewJumps or something.

    Posted by Moby Dick | May 28, 2013, 22:36
  11. And Moby we all know your pastime don’t we. Pleasuring yourself outside Balaclava Primary.

    Posted by anon | May 29, 2013, 0:06
  12. Sigh, this is why we need to de-fund the lot. If you can’t get paying customers or a patron then maybe your artwork is shit!
    Seriously, name the public servants who aproved the funding and then fire them.

    Posted by Scott | May 29, 2013, 15:14
  13. I understand that St Kilda police are going to take a look at the Linden Gallery exhibition.

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | May 29, 2013, 20:44
  14. The Port Phillip Council meeting minutes of 28 May 13 are up on the website already.

    Linden Gallery and the local government federal referendum get adverse public comment in the minutes.

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | May 29, 2013, 21:06
  15. Good, public indecency at least.
    If some drunk did this on the sidewalk he’d get fined but because the lovys call it art we’re expected to put up with it.

    Posted by Scott | May 30, 2013, 13:36
  16. I deserve $400k a year to be the MP for Frankston. Young 19 year old hairdressers cost heaps to keep their mouths closed.

    Posted by Fruit Loop Shaw | May 30, 2013, 14:54
  17. When one is without talent, sucking up to the boss works every time.

    Posted by Heidi Baillieu | May 30, 2013, 18:29
  18. Heidi I’ll take my teeth out and pay a visit to Dennis’s rooms tonight.

    Posted by Inga Binga | May 30, 2013, 19:19
  19. Any other Liberals for Frankston preSelection can meet me at my factory and then I will happily leak ithe meeting to the media again.

    Posted by Peter angelico | May 30, 2013, 19:23
  20. I prefer denis little savaloy over Savs big salami

    Posted by Inga Binga | May 30, 2013, 19:38
  21. Peter my darling I will take my teeth out for you any time.

    Posted by Inga Binga | May 30, 2013, 22:56
  22. My prediction of 29 May 13 above has happened. Victoria Police CIU (Criminal Investigation Unit) raided the Linden Gallery, Acland St, St Kilda (north from Robe St) today and took away items I have been told.

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | June 1, 2013, 16:32
  23. Cops raided the Linden Gallery today. Criminals perverts who hide behind the label of ‘artist’ should be brought to account.

    Posted by Fred | June 1, 2013, 17:55
  24. Apparantly an exhibition by artist Peter Yore included pieces where images of sex acts had children’s faces superimposed on to them. http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/police-seize-artworks-issue-warrant-20130601-2nidg.html

    Posted by Piv | June 1, 2013, 20:17
  25. I won’t be sniffing those seats..

    Posted by Roy Tuswell Seat Sniffer | June 1, 2013, 21:06
  26. You are one sad motherfucker Adrian. If I was your dog I would disown you. Did you get a bigger thrill from fapping over your gallery visit or reading your name in The Age? You are not even religious so I am not sure how you see yourself as a moral guardian of your fellow humans.

    Posted by Aids | June 1, 2013, 22:43
  27. Aids – you are a pedophile

    Posted by Uphold the Right | June 2, 2013, 1:08
  28. The Linden pervert gallery must be closed for good. The arts is rubbish too

    Posted by West St Kilda Resident | June 2, 2013, 1:10
  29. We are sick of proping up with our rates the left wing arts wankers in Port Phillip. Smash then all.

    Posted by Elwood citizen | June 2, 2013, 1:12
  30. Cop that Linden art freaks

    Posted by South Melbourne business women | June 2, 2013, 1:14
  31. I thought the little Linden boys were sweet

    Posted by Julian Dill | June 2, 2013, 1:17
  32. I would like to meat Bieber

    Posted by Darren Day | June 2, 2013, 1:18
  33. No one is denying that taxpayers should not have to prop up left wing artist wankers.
    That is a seperate issue to having the pigs raid and confiscate exhibitions. If they are looking for child porn they should start by raiding Malcom Turnbulls house for his Hensons.

    Posted by Aids | June 2, 2013, 13:44
  34. The sequence of events concerning me and the Linden Gallery are:

    12 Mar 13 Linden Gallery least for a further 5 years was voted on at Port Phillip Council. I asked a question about whether the Linden in is current form is value for money and and about maintenance cost from ratepayers funds.

    A council officer at the meeting also mentioned the $250,000 PA this years for operation cost. This sum is included in the Linden’s Statement of Affairs but the maintenance cost does not appear to be as the building is owner by the council (we ratepayers) and as landlord have to maintain the building I assume.

    I visited the last exhibition plus the current exhibition and plan to visit all exhibitions this year and the post card exhibition early next year. I will present my finding to the council early next year.

    More to follow…..

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | June 2, 2013, 17:08
  35. I visited the current exhibition ( now closed) on Sat 18 May 13; the
    day after it was opened. There was no signage saying some of the content was for adults only. I walked around the offending art but did not think one could enter the grotto.

    I was later told about the grotto and went back a week late and was shocked. I rang St Kilda police and asked them to have a look at it.

    My sister and I visited the exhibition to see what she thought of it last Friday. She was unimpressed. The next day I was told that the Linden was raided and that there was on-line stories about it in The Age and The Herald Sun.

    I rang The Age reporter Goya Dmytryshchak and told her all of the above and she included some of my views in here final story that she co-wrote with Andrea Petrie.

    The Age story appeared on page 1 & 2 and the Sunday Herald Sun story appeared on page 24.

    End of story so far ….

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | June 2, 2013, 17:22
  36. Good, hope the creeps get charged and find themselves chewing corn at her Majesty’s pleasure.
    Now, next council meeting put the boot in good and hard. Extra points will be awarded if you have the media present to record proceedings. Nothing like the public spotlight to get the roaches running for cover.

    Posted by Scott | June 3, 2013, 12:17
  37. Come along Scott and have a go. The next meetimg is on Tuesday 11 Jun 13 at 6pm at South Melbourne Town Hall. The local reporters are often there too.

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | June 3, 2013, 17:58
  38. One main stream newspaper report said the Linden Gallery artist is from Fitzroy while another said he was from Footscray. Either way he is not from Port Phillip (St Kilda) so why are our council rates being spent on an outsiders artist?

    I though Linden Gallery artists had be from Port Phillip mainly. Perhaps there are not many left in Port Phillip or those that are have no interest in the Linden or contemporary art.

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | June 5, 2013, 0:54
  39. I would Adrian if I was from down that way,
    I’m a Brisbane lad.

    Posted by Scott | June 5, 2013, 14:28
  40. that’s life..

    Posted by Pinky's Plumbing & Heating | June 5, 2013, 20:27
  41. I visited an art exhibition in St Kilda Town Hall with an environmental and sustainability theme today. It was great.

    Why do we need the Linden Gallery at over $300,000 PA when for a fraction of the cost an art exhibition can be staged in a modern and similar council building that has a space dedicated to art shows.

    All that was need was for someone to hang the art and a bit of advertising.

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | June 5, 2013, 21:44
  42. OK Scott when we get that fast train to Brisbane you might be able to visit Port Phillip

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | June 5, 2013, 21:45
  43. Congrats Adrian, enough shit around

    Posted by Freddy | June 5, 2013, 22:30
  44. I am so unsatisfied, unfulfilled and frustrated.

    Posted by Inga Binga | June 5, 2013, 22:40
  45. The Adrian Jackson’s at (June 5, 22:43) and (June 5, 23:53) are imposters

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | June 6, 2013, 0:46
  46. Thanks Freddy

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | June 6, 2013, 0:47
  47. Subject: Yore, Paul
    Long have I heard about equal rights from my learned lefty friends , how about the equal responsibility that comes with this.
    We all need protect children and their images from the High Priests of art or we are no different to the other priests who through lack of action helped to perpetuate abuse.

    Posted by Long gone | June 11, 2013, 11:12