What’s on in June: the “if a fake horse on the internet can do it, so can we” edition

What’s on in June: the “if a fake horse on the internet can do it, so can we” edition

It’s that time of year – decade, century – when sleep is the most coveted extra-curricular activity. But just as the show must go on, so must OTR’s monthly segment. (Image: Allison Chhorn via ACEOpen)

By Anisha Pillarisetty | @nishkinsilk

Given the current state of affairs – cost of living soaring, stock markets plunging, an energy crisis rearing its inevitable head – equine internet and media sensation Sugar turning out to be a stock photo is unsurprising. 

But – anti-work equine sensation or not – as we noted in last month’s edition, Adelaide artists continue to chip away and OTR intends to keep up, with a brief monthly guide of local projects.

Visual Art

Looking for some guilt-free procrastination? UniSA’s City West campus is brimming with creative reprieves this month. 

Allison Chhorn’s Skin Shade Night Day is a sound and image installation that delves into the everyday routines of the artist’s Cambodian-Australian family to “conjure up impressions of a place that remembers how its inhabitants once lived”. Chhorn’s solo show can be viewed at ACE Open until August 13, with an artist talk at the venue on June 25 at 2pm. 

Speaking of memory and layered experiences, My Story, My Wayan art competition and exhibition featuring the work of young artists from refugee and migrant backgrounds investigates these themes through film and visual art. The exhibition, facilitated by the Australian Refugee Association (ARA), will run until June 29 at the Kerry Packer Civic Gallery and coincide with SA Refugee Week. 

Talks, performances and workshops

In conjunction with the exhibition, ARA will also co-host a panel discussion on the pitfalls, responsibilities and rewards of storytelling on June 23 at 6pm. Held at the Hawke Centre, the event will feature creatives Jelena Dinic, Pola Fanous, Cecile Saidi and Stephen Tongun. 

And to complete the trifecta, Nexus Arts is presenting a fundraising concert, Healing (also the theme of this year’s Refugee Week), on June 25 at 7:30pm. The event will feature performances by Zuhir Naji and Saleh Al Mansoor and all profits will be donated to ARA. 

Healing, of course, can happen in many ways. VERS, short for “versatility”, is part of a series of performative works at the Samstag Museum of Art. Intriguingly sub-titled On Pleasures, Embodiment, Kinships, Fugitivity and Re/Organising, the event will feature readings, performances and conversations that invite audiences to listen, contribute and come-and-go between 1pm and 5pm June 18, followed by performances at ACE Open from 5 pm. As part of VERS, Samstag will also host a conversation between V Barratt, Brian Fuata, Daniel Jaber and Frances Barrett at 6 pm on June 17.

Also at Samstag, Daniel Jaber returns with a second durational performance, Rot, which will take place between 10am and 5pm on June 17 and 18.

Needless to say, all these events (apart from the fundraiser) are free to attend – but make sure to register for the performances and talks via the links. 

Finally, if it’s art-making you’re seeking and you are a resident of the City of Port Adelaide Enfield, applications for Post Office Projects (POP) Deep Dive Residency program are open until July 11. The residency is open to writers, curators and visual artists looking for a three-week stint in POP’s studio space – with a materials fee, artist fee, and a supported professional development opportunity included. 

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