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The same crowd never gathers twice

EXHIBITON BUXTON The same crowd never gathers twice

The same crowd never gathers twice

10 May 2024 – 13 Oct 2024

Test the limits of the ‘arena’.

Arenas are the physical spaces where we come together to witness—and participate—in public life. Figuratively speaking, they embody a multitude of ‘fields’: zones of interest inviting active or competitive engagement. From walls and vantage points to implicit codes and customary cues, each arena’s activities are shaped by its own specific set of conditions. Whether looking on or joining in, we take comfort in knowing the rules.

Spanning moving image, sound, sculptural intervention and performance, The same crowd never gathers twice tests the limits of the arena. The artists consider the social and structural architectures that bind these spaces, and by extension, the elastic relationship between performance and reality, audience and participant, public and private.

Like theatres, sports stadiums and ‘the media’, the art gallery is subject to its own conditions and expectations. The exhibition invites visitors to consider their presence and agency inside this space, and the potential for more active forms of engagement. Throughout the exhibition, the physical gallery is offered as a site for critical discussion and performance responses.

Curated by Annika Aitken, Curator, Art Museums, the University of Melbourne.

Exhibition Artists
Cate Consandine, Riana Head-Toussaint, Laresa Kosloff, Yona Lee, Taryn Simon, The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.

Free Entry
Wednesday – Sunday
11am – 5pm

Image credit: Cate Consandine, RINGER (still), 2024, three channel video, sound. Courtesy of the artist and Sarah Scout Presents.

Gallery Details

Buxton Contemporary
Corner Southbank Boulevard & Dodds Street
Southbank VIC 3006
E: buxton-contemporary@unimelb.edu.au
W: buxtoncontemporary.com

Opening Hours
11am-5pm, Wednesday-Sunday.
Closed Monday and Tuesday.

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Gallery Info

The Public Galleries Association of Victoria (PGAV) acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners of the lands where our office is located, and all Traditional Owners of country throughout Victoria and Australia. We recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples enduring traditions and continuing creative cultures. We pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

We are an LGBTQIA+ friendly organisation and celebrate cultural diversity.