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Group Exhibition at The Lock-Up Gallery



The  Lock-Up: 90 Hunter Street Newcastle NSW 230

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Image: John A Douglas, Circles of Fire:The Amphitheatre – Absent Body, 1080p Video Production Still from a 3 channel synchronised video installation, 2018


“It is through our bodies that we experience the world, that we gain our genetic footprint, that we are codified by others, and that we seek to express our connections and our place in the world.

Through the physicality of our body and its structures; through our skin, our eyes, our voice, our touch, our mind, our heart; we receive, we process, we learn, we communicate, we create, we love, we rail and we confirm that we exist. The body is the literal embodiment of our personal and collective experience.”

Curated by Jessi England, KNOWN | UNKNOWN features artists Bleck, Toby Cedar, Rakini Devi, John A Douglas, Amala Groom and Amrita Hepi.
The exhibition includes The Pace by Amrita Hepi, a new work co-commissioned by The Lock-Up and Cement Fondu, first presented as part of Sydney Festival 2019, newly commissioned works by Toby Cedar and Bleck, site specific installation and live performance work by Rakini Devi, and existing works by nationally recognised artists John A Douglas and Amala Groom.
The project also includes a number of public programs and performance events through the duration of the exhibition period including Identity & The Body, a panel presented in partnership with the Newcastle Writers Festival as part of the NWF program on the opening weekend of the exhibition, and Identity, Culture & The Body Symposium on the closing weekend.
For the exhibition Known|Unknown, John A Douglas will be exhibiting, for the first time, a new  360 degree video version of the VR work Circles of Fire:The Amphitheatre – Virtual Body (first exhibited at Performance Space 2018 Liveworks Festival)  on the Oculus Go platform developed by Josh Harle at Tactical Space Studio. The large scale three channel synchronised video installation, with soundtrack by Justin Ashworth, used during the main live performance of Circles of Fire:The Amphitheatre at Liveworks 2018, has also been scaled down to a gallery exhibition version for  Known|Unknown.


The Lock-Up has a ramped entrance, accessible unisex toilets and accessible parking out the front on Hunter Street. The majority of the building is accessible to people with mobility issues.