Paul Maheke, Tout en sollicitant le soleil (cupola 1/2), Single Channel Digital Video. Image courtesy the artist.

Liang Luscombe, Sweaty Scales, 2019, HD digital video, 25mins 40sec duration. Image courtesy the artist.

Nunzio Madden, Bush Doof, 2019, single channel digital video. Image courtesy the artist

James Nguyen, The Magic Pudding/Bánh Thần, digital video, 2019.

Georgia Button, Space of In-Betweeness, 2019, digital video with sound. Image courtesy the artist.

Betty Carrington, Garnkiny Marnem, 2019, digital video with sound. All artists worked in collaboration with animator Bernadette Trench-Thiedeman and sound designer Mark Coles Smith. Original animations were commissioned by the Art Gallery of Western Australia for the Desert River Sea exhibition in Perth (Feb 2019).

Grace Herbert, Now that the journey is over, I don't want any trouble to begin, 2019, digital video. Image courtesy the artist.

Rebecca McCauley & Aaron Claringbold, Hero(es), 2019, single channel video with audio.

8 May - 17 July

A recess implies a suspension of time, or a break in formal proceedings. It is also an indented space created by natural or human building, a space connected to but apart from the rest. This indent in time or space defines an approach to exhibiting contemporary moving image works, drafts and creative texts.


Paul Maheke

Nunzio Madden

James Nguyen

Aaron Claringbold and Rebecca McCauley

Georgia Button

Warmun Art Centre

Avni Dauti & Rebecca Vaughan

Grace Herbert

Martine Syms

Liang Luscombe


Olivia Koh

View Online at: promotes and facilitates new modes of artistic production, output and accessibility of current video and film works in Australia and overseas. For this exhibition, recess draws from diverse points across the lands that make up contemporary Australia to showcase artists who explore documentary and fiction through experimental approaches to the video medium.

Telling stories is at the core of these digital works, recess presents will run entirely online to continue to tell these stories to at-home audiences.

During ‘recess presents’, each week a new video and complementary text will appear online. Curator, Olivia Koh says, “As one work is phased out another appears, so that the sequenced works inform each other like a string of sentences, or a body spinning in the landscape – a collection of meanings that are not definitive but always on the move.”

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