Commission | Participatory
Until 30 January
A convention-bending performance work from one of Australia's most elusive practitioners, in which audiences become the artists.
AGWA stages Equal Opportunity to be a Dictator, a major work by Seychellois-Australian artist Danielle Freakley in which participants offer each other speech using the magic word, “Say”. The work is part of Freakley’s ongoing exploration of “speech theft” and de-authorship, distorting conventional communication and human behaviour to expose the subtext of everyday life.
Freakley’s catalogue of performance, installation, interactive systems work, social practice and sculpture maps the ongoing capacity of art to truly change how we view and act in the world. As it unpicks the structures of our social conventions, she places her often unsuspecting or accidental audiences in unique situations that bring them into the intimate creation of artworks questioning the very grounds of our being and conduct.
“Many of my works ask people to project and introject others directly — a form of ventriloquism, body snatching, de-authoring and re-authoring each other on the fly.” — Danielle Freakley, The View From Here 2021
Freakley is a First Selection Finalist in the Arte Laguna Prize – Venice Arsenale, exhibited at Tate – Liverpool Biennial, Museum of Contemporary Art – Sydney, Performa – Performance Biennial of New York, and in various other international biennials, triennials, national galleries, state galleries, and contemporary art spaces.
Danielle Freakley is a Seychellois-Australian artist working in performance, social practice, interactive systems and sculpture. People can often accidentally collaborate with her, just through bumping into her in everyday life. Her works can distort social communication, exposing lurking historical relationships, private subtexts, and slide into an unfading pit of de-authorship.
She is a First Selection Finalist in the Arte Laguna Prize – Venice Arsenale, exhibited at Tate – Liverpool Biennial, Museum of Contemporary Art – Sydney, Performa – Performance Biennial of New York, and in various other international biennials, triennials, national galleries, state galleries, contemporary art spaces, kitchen ﬂoors, snake temples, theme parks, clothes, bins, beaches, mouths, train station toilets and graves.
Be a dictator
Book your unique opportunity to be...a dictator.
Enter the lava cliffs, caves and seas to take part in this verbal artwork where you can tell other people what to say.
Bring along your friends, family, colleagues and partners to co-dictate each other before the show closes 30 January.
In "Equal Opportunity to be a Dictator" audiences are invited to try and dictate each other's words in conversation on microphones placed on sculptured cliff edges and caves. The magic word is "say" when offering others words to say.
Watch the induction video and book your session via the event link below.