Elvis Has Just Left the Building features existing and newly produced work by 11
international artists foregrounding the cultural myths that have left their mark on
popular imagination. The wide array of interventions sets out to examine the origins
and motives of firmly rooted collective beliefs, fears and expectations.
Sightings of extinct animals, conspiracy theories, UFO abductions, the ubiquitous
Elvis apparitions and other compelling myths from Australia and abroad are among
the topics tackled by the participants. Shifting from truth to fiction and back again, the
show attempts to unravel our manifold apprehensions and misreadings of which
urban legends are the fantastic echo.
Elvis Has Just Left the Building will be set off with a unique event staged in the
legendary mining town of Kalgoorlie-Boulder. Strongman Georges Christen from
Luxembourg will perform his amazing PowerShow at Kalgoorlie Hotel / Judd’s Pub at
9pm on Friday February 1st. His achievements include towing trains, planes and
ships with his teeth, exploding hot water bottles with his lungs and bending iron bars
with his bare hands. Billed as ‘The Worlds Strongest Man’, Christen holds no less
than 21 official Guinness Records in feats of strength and will attempt his 22nd world
record in the heart of the Goldfields, at 2pm on the same day.
The opening night at PICA on January 25 (from 6pm) will host The 3rd Convention of
Look-Alikes. Previously held in Paris and Turin, this uncanny meeting will bring
together the talent and looks of the stars of music, film, sports and politics, both past
and present. Winners of a nationwide call for look-alikes will be invited to attend the
opening and interact with the public.
Held in conjunction with the Festival’s opening night celebration of the Celestial City,
featuring John Cage’s MusiCircus, on January 25, the Convention and PICA opening
night are all free public events.
The exhibition will travel to Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin.
Roland Boden (Germany)
Rodney Glick / Lynette Voevodin (Australia)
Danius Kesminas (Australia)
Matthieu Laurette (France)
Louise Paramor (Australia)
Marjetica Potrc (Slovenia)
Antoine Prum (Luxembourg)
Ann-Sofi Sidén (Sweden)
Michael Stevenson (New Zealand)
Ronnie Van Hout (New Zealand)
Curated by Boris Kremer (Luxembourg)
Georges Christens Power Show