What’s on in May: the pre-winter edition

In this month’s pre-winter edition of “What’s On”, On the Record is celebrating local artists who keep the fire in our bones burning bright. (Image: Janelle Low via InDaily

By Anisha Pillarisetty | @nishkinsilk

Winter is almost here but, despite the increasingly fickle patches of sun, there are still plenty of activities to keep that creative spark burning. 

As mentioned in last month’s edition, long after the jam-packed start of the year, Adelaide artists continue to forge ahead – and our team intends to keep up by bringing you a brief monthly guide of local projects. 

Talks, performances and workshops

What does it look like to be tracked 10 times per second as a footy player? And what does this look like for Aboriginal footballers in the historical and ongoing context of surveillance? 

In the maze of invisible algorithms and organising systems, the ways in which data collection perpetuates systemic power imbalances are often obscured. 

Palawa~trawlwoolway woman and Old Ways, New founder, Professor Angie Abdilla; Adnyamathanha/Narungga man and former elite athlete, Adam Goodes; and contemporary artist and academic, Baden Pailthorpe, grapple with this through the Tracker Data Project.

Join them at 6pm, May 19 at UniSA’s Museum of Discovery (MOD.) for a discussion on their creative work, which is, conveniently, also showing at the same venue. 

On a side note – if you’re a fan of The Avalanches (or sampling), look no further than UniSA’s Hawke Centre where the duo will be in conversation on May 19 at 6pm with radio presenter Zan Rowe and conductor Nicholas Buc. 

And – yes, we never stray far from our signature penny-pinching style – all that’s required for both events is a simple registration of attendance!  

Visual Art

Circling back to what is obscured by social structures, history can be a vexed terrain. But, through storytelling, it can also reveal resilience, solidarity and care. 

Elyas Alavi’s solo exhibition Not Just a Shadow is a striking multimedia snapshot of the artist’s fieldwork in regional South Australia researching the histories of Afghan cameleers – who, as Alavi notes, were from various regions in Asia. 

The show, running until June 11 at Post Office Projects Gallery, is accompanied by an equally striking poetic essay by Ngarrindjeri, Kaurna and Italian poet Dominic Guerrera. 

And while we’re talking history, as part of South Australia’s History Festival running until the end of May, photographer and human rights activist Muzafar Ali’s multimedia exhibition Watandar, My Countryman is showing until June 3 at UniSA’s Kerry Packer Civic Gallery. 

Other festival highlights include Missing Voices: Untold Stories of Australian Muslims, running at the Migration Museum until May 29, which spans painting, illustration, video, photography, and text to showcase the oral histories of 70 Muslims living in Victoria. 

And finally, as mentioned in last month’s edition, group show Metaverse will be finishing up at ACE Open this week. 

Of course, there’s a lot more out there – and the On the Record team will do our best to update this page throughout the month, so make sure to check back soon. 

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