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"DAMP: What we Want, What We'll Do for It"
2001-05-11 until 2001-06-02
Woolloomooloo, Sydney, NS,
Melbourne based collaborative art group DAMP began in 1995 and now comprises fourteen members. The group has presented a series of ambitious and thought provoking public art and performance projects which address the relationships between art and audiences. DAMP made headlines with their last exhibition when they exercised their anxieties and fears, breaking down and brawling at their own opening.
DAMP has been described as the funky squad, the angry mob, the art club, the cult, the choir, the cheersquad and the DAMP team. Their collaborative practice, including performances, exhibitions, memorabilia, art works and process, is concerned with fragile aspects of human experience: desire, conflict, identity formation, the relationship between reality and fantasy, exchange and use values, the problematics of establishing individuation within a social and historical context, authenticity, transformation, loving and hating. It is difficult to imagine that there will come a time when such universal concerns no longer matter.
For their first, much anticipated solo exhibition in two years, DAMP will act out a series of swaps.
Just how far is DAMP willing to go to realize their desires?
Ever dreamt you were on a blind date with some one you met from an ad in the personals? You invite them to dinner, cook for them and serenade them for the evening. Then you go for a long walk together to their favourite place for an intimate photograph then back home again where you sit down to watch Bjork and Linda Blair kick Julia Roberts' and Eddie Maguire's dumb smiling asses in a celebrity death match to the very end.
DAMP gratefully acknowledges the support of the Australia Council VACB and the Ian Potter Cultural Trust.