Is it a butterfly? Or a moth? Does it fly, leap or creep?

What is it?

A fantastical creature sprung from the imagination of a performance artist called Justin Shoulder: OO rests for a time before tiptoeing and slinking across the grass to the wide-eyed wonderment of all those watching (yours truly included).

I was invited last week to an Instameet and preview of the opening festival of New Romance: art and the posthuman at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA). To be completely honest, I RSVPd in the affirmative – and turned up – without really knowing what to expect… This performance outside the MCA was really not what I had anticipated, but it was quite the highlight for its originality and quirkiness.

The exhibition assembles the work of 18 artists from Australia and Korea to question “what it means to be human today and what it might mean in the future” with ideas sparked from science fiction, robotics, biology, social media – to name but a few. There was a lot of food for thought there (and some real food too!*), but it was OO which captured my attention at the end.

*The MCA treated us to some goodies from the Korean menu designed in collaboration with Potts Point’s Kim Restaurant

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Here comes OO
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Friend J. also enjoyed photographing OO’s performance
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Thought-provoking creature
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Photographing OO’s best side
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OO makes people smile
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OO in profile
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“Are you looking at me?”
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OO’s markings in monochrome
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OO unfurls
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OO, with another Justin Shoulder character, Pinky, in the background   

Catch New Romance: art and the posthuman at the MCA now until 4th September 2016



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