In Response: Dialogues with RealTime: the catalogue

Keith Gallasch

“It’s thrilling that the artists in this exhibition are responding to our attention to their creations, years and even decades after their making and our reviewing. This is strange, rare and welcome: ephemerality suspended and hitherto unspoken dialogues given new voice and longevity. The loop formed between reviewer and work (implicitly the artist) is being regenerated, experiences recalled in vivid detail and estimations reconsidered: the loop keeps turning.” Keith Gallasch, Virginia Baxter, catalogue essay


The UNSW Library exhibition, curated by Dr Erin Brannigan with the participating artists Martin Del Amo, Branch Nebula and Vicki Van Hout, features installations by each of the artists and live presentations. The latter have been video recorded and will become publicly available. As well, Erin Brannigan has recorded interviews with the artists, writers reading their RealTime reviews and other archival material.

Edited by Erin, a writer on dance for RealTime since 1997 and a Senior Lecturer in Theatre and Performance Studies at UNSW, the catalogue features essays on the relationship between the exhibited artists and reviews that appeared in the magazine.

Dramaturg John Baylis writes about Branch Nebula, dancer Lizzie Thompson on Vicki Van Hout and dance scholar Amanda Card on Martin Del Amo. Keith Gallasch and Virginia Baxter delineate their vision of the art of reviewing.

The exhibition, the performative presentations and the associated online material helps sustain the RealTime archive while simultaneously furthering its reach and cultural value.

Read the catalogue here.

In Response: Dialogues with RealTime: Exhibition, 25 Feb-25 April, UNSW Library Exhibitions Space; performances: Martin Del Amo, 28 Feb, Branch Nebula, 20 March, Vicki Van Hout, 10 April; RealTime Archive Launch, Wednesday 17 April, 6.00pm; UNSW, Kensington, Sydney

15 April 2019