May 13, 2020
Janet Laurence’s instructions for ‘do it (australia)’ have been released for the 36th Kaldor Public Art Project, co-curated by John Kaldor and Hans Ulrich Obrist. In a time of global lockdown, this digital project invites audiences to follow an artist’s instructions, enter their world and realise an artwork of their own.
Laurence says to Nick Galvin of the Sydney Morning Herald, “I’m encouraging people to have a conversation with a plant and begin to imagine the answers. If you ask a plant, ‘Well, what have you been doing all day?’, the plant might tell you about all the visits it has had from insects and birds and the bats at night.” You can read the full SMH article here.
Alongside Laurence, artists selected for ‘do it (australia)’ include Tracey Moffatt, Amrita Hepi and Jonathan Jones. This project is the latest incarnation of ‘do it’, the longest-running and most far-reaching artist-led project in the world. Initiated by Hans Ulrich Obrist in 1993, the project asks artists to create simple instructions that generate an artwork, whether an object, a performance, an intervention, or something else entirely. ‘do it’ has involved hundreds of artists including Ai Weiwei, Yoko Ono and Tracey Emin.
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