Mel O’Callaghan b. 1975 Sydney, Australia. Lives and works in Sydney and Paris.

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Cassandra Bird Gallery, Sydney
opens 3 Feb, 2024

PARADE, 2016

Parade, 2014, installation and performance, steel, wood, rope, dimensions variable, 12 hours

Photo: Clemens Habicht



Originally commissioned for the 19th Biennale of Sydney, 'Parade' consists of a series of upright metal pipes shaped to form ladders and bars, pulley systems and weights, all sitting atop a large platform that emphasised its sculptural, object status, as well as its theatrical presence and the notion of ‘demonstration’...Most precisely, 'Parade' links to a type of performance art that explores body and movement. A derivation but radical departure from dance to a more social/sculptural relationship between body, space, object and audience that takes its cue from the actions of the commonplace, or Michel de Certeau’s ‘everyday’, and references a certain awareness of Karl Marx’s theory of surplus labour.

- Juliana Engberg