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In these un-nuanced times, we desperately need to pay attention to the lives of others or submit to our undoing at the hands of heartless neo-liberals, wildcard demagogues and more and more dictators. There’s a lot, explicitly and implicitly, about empathy in this edition, about going beyond sympathy to understanding. It’s explicit in works like A Mile in My Shoes at the empathy-themed Perth International Arts Festival. Sometimes we need to be displaced or disoriented to come to understanding: No Guts, No Heart, No Glory places its audience in a Perth gym to hear British Muslim women boxers tell how the sport gives them strength and meaning. In Romaine Moreton and Alana Valentine’s One Billion Beats, our understanding of an individual Aboriginal life is radically juxtaposed with excerpts from 100 years of Australian film and 150 years and more of pseudo-science that have long crippled our sense of empathy. There’s much more in this edition about art that encourages our attentiveness to each other, the world and, not least, how we react to an astonishing variety of art experiences in a time of great mutability.

Are you ready for The Biennale of Sydney which commences this week? The RealTime guide, with its downloadable schedule, will help you navigate the dance-inflected performance program.

Virginia & Keith


FESTIVAL OF LIVE ART  In the event’s first week artists seduce audiences with everyday tech devices while others defiantly assert the messy and erotic body, reports Andrew Fuhrman.
RUMBLESTRIP   Darren Jorgensen welcomes as an antidote to pervasive ‘nice’ art a wild outdoor event that “touches the raw nerve of automobility.”
EMPATHY & UNDERSTANDING    From the UK come Muslim women boxers, a dancer undaunted by disability and religious prejudice, and an installation that literally allows you to walk in the shoes of others, whose voices speak to you of their lives. All these at the Perth International Arts Festival.
ONE BILLION BEATS   Romaine Moreton performs her poetry, tells personal stories about growing up black and, with scenes from Australian feature films and instruments of science, powerfully delineates the interplay between a life and racist ideology.
WORD AND FLOOD   In the Perth International Arts Festival, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui attempts to transcend the divisions engendered by holy scriptures and Lia Rodrigues, unleashing the power of bodies and water, reinvigorates ‘flood’ as metaphor.
MIRANDA JULY    Witnessing the artist encompass autobiography, live art and stand-up comedy in her All About Women ‘talk’ at the Sydney Opera House, Lauren Carroll Harris decides July is an idea-maker.
APAM EXCHANGEArtists, arts workers, presenters and producers in an international conversation in Brisbane grapple with understanding and challenging the conditions that shape their market.
ADELAIDE FESTIVAL  With experimental verve independent companies tackle communication from very different angles; in Stone/Castro’s The Country, evasion undoes a paradise and in Tiny Bricks' Deluge information overload is made palpable.
Bundanon Owls
YOURS FOR THE TAKING Joshua Oppenheimer’s gripping feature documentary The Look of Silence follows a man who quizzes people responsible for killing his brother in the 1965 mass slaughter of Indonesian citizens.

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