Kaldor Public Art Projects and Carriageworks will present Project 34: Asad Raza, Absorption, a new work presented free to the public from
3–19 May 2019. The project represents the first time the New York-based artist has presented his work in Australia.
The project will take place in the Clothing Store building on the Carriageworks site in Eveleigh, Sydney.
Raza’s Absorption, developed in consultation with biologists and environmental scientists, will comprise an installation with organic elements
that will mediate interactions in the space, setting the scene for collaborations, rituals, and conversations.
Kaldor Public Art Projects will collaborate with the University of Sydney Institute of Agriculture on the scientific elements of Absorption, which
are led by Professor Alex McBratney with his colleague Associate Professor Stephen Cattle.
Much of Raza’s work has a strong collaborative dimension. During his visits to Australia over the past year, Raza has invited artists to develop initiatives
that move the project beyond an individual artist’s vision to a project that evolves and changes throughout its duration. Focussing on dialogue and
collaboration, these artist interventions take the form of installations, performances, and experiments.
Artist collaborators include: Daniel Boyd, Chun Yin Rainbow Chan, Megan Alice Clune, Dean Cross, Brian Fuata, Agatha Gothe-Snape, Jana Hawkins-Andersen,
and Ivey Wawn.
A dedicated group of 'cultivators' will inhabit and take care of the space, as well as interact with visitors as they navigate the conditions of the work.
In lieu of a traditional public program, Absorption will feature a series of interventions— choreographic, musical, and pedagogical. These
will include a new choreographic collaboration between Ivey Wawn, Ivan Cheng, Daniel Jenatsch, Eugene Choi, and Taree Sainsbury; a pop concert by Chun
Yin Rainbow Chan; an event hosted by Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation; and a reading hosted by feminist reading group Composting.