Arts & Entertainment


If you’re planning on joining the throngs of people at the AGNSW this summer to catch Picasso, it’s almost inevitable that at some point you’ll find yourself in need of a bit of respite from the crowd. Thankfully, the gallery has you covered. Just a couple of floors below Pablo fever, nestled snugly at the rear of the vast Kaldor collection, is a small space devoted to a rotating display of contemporary living artists, currently displaying an intriguing work from collaborative duo Ms&Mr. Ms&Mr create video installations, drawings and ‘altered artefacts’ exploring ideas they draw from theoretical physics, neuroscience and science fiction. The current show at AGNSW, XEROX MISSIVE 1977/2011, deals with the latter, creating an eerie and captivating series of videos around infamous science fiction writer Phillip K Dick and his one-time muse and fifth wife Tessa, whom the artists interviewed for the work. Layering this interview over a 1977 interview with Dick, the artists create a distorted and surreal encounter between the two. XEROX MISSIVE 1977/2011 is a fascinating take on the blurring of fact and fiction, memory, perception, and the disorienting experience of being both within and beyond time, in a strange and fanciful temporal-space created by the artists as they push their video works to the limits of possibility.

Until Feb 5, AGNSW, Art Gallery Rd, The Domain, free, 1800 679 278,

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