The Biennale boycott and diversity of tactics*

[UPDATE: please note that links to this article were previously being blocked and deleted from Facebook. This now appears to have been fixed.]

On Monday night, 17 February, a meeting was held at the College of Fine Arts in Sydney to discuss Transfield’s involvement in the 19th Biennale of Sydney. Despite the intensity and diversity of opinions at play it seems fair to say that a productive discussion was had. Credit for this must go to the organiser Zanny Begg, facilitator Wenny, and all those who participated.

In my view, a key achievement of the meeting was to clarify the relation between Transfield and the Biennale. Despite the distinctions that the Biennale and Transfield have made between different corporate entities the record of documents we saw indicates that Transfield as a whole is managed as a brand whose philanthropic arm is used to offset the risks involved in its commercial activities. Continue reading “The Biennale boycott and diversity of tactics*”

The Biennale boycott and diversity of tactics*

The Biennale boycott and diversity of tactics

[UPDATE: please note that links to this article were previously being blocked and deleted from Facebook. This now appears to have been fixed.]

On Monday night, 17 February, a meeting was held at the College of Fine Arts in Sydney to discuss Transfield’s involvement in the 19th Biennale of Sydney. Despite the intensity and diversity of opinions at play it seems fair to say that a productive discussion was had. Credit for this must go to the organiser Zanny Begg, facilitator Wenny, and all those who participated. Continue reading “The Biennale boycott and diversity of tactics”

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Taking the risk for a world without internment camps

As discussions about the sponsorship of the Sydney Biennale quickly turned to calls for a boycott, as various articles appeared in arts media on the boycott and elsewhere on Transfield, as open letters were sent by participants in the Biennale to its Board requesting they sever their ties to Transfield and, not least, as these discussions were taking place against the backdrop of terrible events—including one death—at the Australian Government’s detention centre on Manus Island, the question that kept emerging in various ways throughout these conversations has been that of risk

Continue reading “Taking the risk for a world without internment camps”

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Why I will be Boycotting the 2014 Sydney Biennale

Art critic, Ruth Skilbeck explains her reasons for boycotting the 19th Sydney Biennale.

You imagine what you desire. The semantic ambiguity of the Biennale title shows the waffle of postmodernist rhetorical relativity, as the cover-up for neo-liberalism (and fascist) policy that it enables, and the cynicism behind it.

Read her letter

Follow Ruth’s diary of the boycott

Why I will be Boycotting the 2014 Sydney Biennale

Open Letter to the Board of the Biennale by Participants in the 19th Biennale of Sydney

[Amended to include a further six signatories, Feb 20th]

To the Board of Directors of the Biennale of Sydney,

We are a group of artists Gabrielle de Vietri, Bianca Hester, Charlie Sofo, Nathan Gray, Deborah Kelly, Matt Hinkley, Benjamin Armstrong, Libia Castro, Ólafur Ólafsson, Sasha Huber, Sonia Leber, David Chesworth, Daniel McKewen, Angelica Mesiti, Ahmet Öğüt, Meriç Algün Ringborg, Joseph Griffiths, Sol Archer, Tamas Kaszas, Krisztina Erdei, Nathan Coley, Corin Sworn, Ross Manning, Martin Boyce, Callum Morton, Emily Roysdon, Søren Thilo Funder, Mikhail Karikis,  Sara van der Heide, Henna-Riikka Halonen, Ane Hjort Guttu,  Hadley+Maxwell, Shannon Te Ao, Yael Bartana, all participants in the 19th Biennale of Sydney.

Continue reading “Open Letter to the Board of the Biennale by Participants in the 19th Biennale of Sydney”

Open Letter to the Board of the Biennale by Participants in the 19th Biennale of Sydney

Mapping the deterrence supply chain: The Afghanistan storyboard.

The PDF properties for the Afghanistan storyboard show Renee Le Cussan as the author.

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The document properties also indicate that the PDF was last modified on 10 September 2013. Given that the federal election took place on 7 September 2013 it is almost certain that the storyboard was commissioned by the previous – Labor – government.

LinkedIn shows a person by the name of Renee Le Cussan as the Director of the Neutrino Program at STATT Consulting.

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STATT Consulting, a Hong Kong based firm, “designs and implements responses to challenges that cross borders and link communities,” according to their website. They list Australian government agencies among their clients.

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The Neutrino Program “facilitat[es] two-way communications between migrant source communities and destination societies.” I guess that’s one way of putting it.

STATT have a current contract with the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service for “Education and Training Services,” which covers the relevant time (the contract period being 1 February 2013 – 30 June 2014). This contract is valued at over $2 million.

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Did STATT profit from this? Screen Shot 2014-02-11 at 5.35.59 PM

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Mapping the deterrence supply chain: The Afghanistan storyboard.