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Realpen Pencil is a young instant live drawing artist who lives and works in Accra, Ghana. Nduka Mntambo

Ghana’s ‘Chale Wote’ festival lifts spirits, frees souls

Ghana’s Chale Wote festival's main aim is to provide an alternative platform for the arts. It uses street arts to break creative boundaries and cultivate a wider audience for the arts in West Africa.
Visitors take in Cameron Robbins’ Field Lines at the Museum of Old and New Art. Mona/Remi Chauvin

Dark Mofo and the affective power of a creative storm

Hobart's winter festival explores darkness, storms and the very nature of the universe, with artwork performed in an asylum; echoing the elements and conceived while on a residency at Geneva's Centre for Nuclear Research.
Performance artist Marina Abramovic is undertaking a residency in Sydney. This image from her 2009 work, The Drill at the Manchester International Festival 2009 Photo © Marco Anelli. Courtesy the Marina Abramovic Archives

The mystical stillness of Marina Abramovic in Sydney

It's hard to resist the extraordinary charisma of performance artist Marina Abramovic, who has just started a new residency in Sydney.
The work, while personal, forms a lasting sense of introspection for the spectator as well. Image courtesy of Dark Mofo

Excavating Marina Abramović’s Private Archaeology – review

This collection of Marina Abramović’s works from 1975 to the present isn’t a retrospective. It offers a chance to consider the supremely artist-centric art as something separate to its creator.
It’s all fun and games until someone loses a motza. Jarrad Seng/Sydney Festival

Forget passion – unpaid work keeps fringe festivals afloat

Perth’s Fringe World 2015 is currently sauntering through the Western Australian capital. Featuring more than 2,000 performers, the annual festival has perfected a blend of cabaret, circus, theatre, film…
The Proximity Festival at the Fremantle Arts Centre presents a very intimate version of performance art. Photo: Tarryn Gill. Proximity Festival

Performance art gets up close and personal at Perth’s Proximity

Performance artists have led the way in questioning the relationships between artists, audiences and artworks. In the 1960s and 1970s, the early heyday of performance art, artists worked to break down…
Yingmei Duan is performing Happy Yingmei at this year’s Sydney Biennale. It’s a sign feminist performance art is thriving. AGNSW

Yingmei Duan and the feminists giving contemporary art a makeover

Until the end of the 2014 Biennale of Sydney in June, Chinese performance artist Yingmei Duan will live in a small forest built inside the Art Gallery of NSW. Visitors – as they have since the start of…
The topic of “women in comedy” is endlessly controversial – as Adrienne Truscott seems to know. MICF

Sex, rape and role models – how women in comedy perform

Two performance artists in this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF) – the UK’s Bryony Kimmings and American Adrienne Truscott – have a certain flavour of humour: it’s the knowing, self-deprecating…
We’re primed first to see women as objects of desire and to listen to their voices second. Anne Edmonds, Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Funny how? Where women and stand-up meet for laughs

What is it about stand-up comedy that makes it a more difficult space for a funny woman to conquer? A bunch of seasoned female stand-ups return to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF) this…
How is this not a case of The Emperor’s New Clothes? Image courtesy Adele Varcoe

Imagining Chanel, or naked women on a catwalk?

Fashion can be a multitude of things, from a business to an art to an attitude. But one thing is constant: the experience of the body in space and time. But what about a body dressed only by our imagination…
Don’t worry about definitions, dressing up or whether you will understand it “correctly”. Just go! Yana Alana’s Tears Before Bedtime. Photo: Peter Leslie

The Festival of Live Art has arrived … but what is live art?

The inaugural Festival of Live Art (FOLA), which begins today in Melbourne, celebrates some of the most exciting artists working in performance today and yet, the exact meaning of the term “live art” is…

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