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Come with us. Follow this train track deep into a world at once familiar but rendered anew by leading Australian video artist Daniel Crooks in his new work, the installation Phantom Ride. The artist has generously prepared a selection of excerpts for RealTime readers around Australia and beyond—just enough in which to immerse yourself, and if you’re in Melbourne, to take you to ACMI where the work is showing.

Also this week, our final reports from the Adelaide Festival, focused on adventurous music and provocative dance, and Melbourne’s Festival of Live Art in which remarkably diverse works co-inhabit the ‘live art’ realm, some perhaps contestably, but all revealing the increasing number of ways artists are engaging with audiences. On the Gold Coast video works by performance art duo Clark Beaumont comprise an immersive installation and, on the south-eastern NSW coast, participants of differing abilities have collaborated to realise Hyperreal Tales, a five-screen video installation that reflects their lives and dreams.

We’re taking an Easter break and will be back with you on 6 April, ready, with an election likely looming, to take the Abbott-Turnbull Government to task for its destructive mishandling and manipulation of the arts and artists’ lives. Make sure you read the ArtsPeak letter sent to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull this week.

Virginia & Keith

ADELAIDE FESTIVAL: DANCE        In their distinctive ways, Adelaide’s ADT, Vancouver’s The Holy Body Tattoo and Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch address the abuse of power, whether exercised against nature or individual and collective well-being.
DANIEL CROOKS    Read the interview and enjoy a sample from Phantom Ride, another giant step forward by video artist Daniel Crooks in his sublime recalibration of our sense of time and space. Now showing at ACMI.
FESTIVAL OF LIVE ART      Together, a parade celebrating the great art transgressors, a night of one-on-one intimacies in a city hotel and a performance by an artist who transcends received notions of disability, reveal the breadth of live art’s scope.
TIM BRUNIGES      Gail Priest is drawn in to the subtly morphing and engagingly disorienting sound and video world of this Sydney-based musician and visual artist.
Chris Reid experiences an expanded sense of the interplay of sound, time and space in the two-day Tectonics event and an appreciation of the ever evolving potential of the string quartet in Exquisite Corpse and Alleged Dances.
CLARK BEAUMONT                The Brisbane performance artists do video at The Walls on the Gold Coast, enthralling Kathryn Kelly with the mesmerising eeriness of their creations.
WHEN IS ART ‘LIVE ART’?      Urszula Dawkins engages with Festival of Live Art performances at Theatre Works and Footscray Community Arts Centre that fit the bill, if not always at first glance.
HYPERREAL TALES                Watch excerpts from this five screen video installation as director and choreographer Philip Channells talks about its evolution from intensive collaboration with Shoalhaven locals. Opens 2 April in Nowra, NSW.
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