Dividing/Line 2018

31 Jul 2018 : Articulate Project Space, Sydney, Australia

In Dividing/Line I have attempted to set up a ‘non-space’, intending it to be devoid of any art-work or performance. Though there is indeed an installation, it is comprised of hired fencing, and although I am present in the work, I attempt to participate rather than perform. The barrier fence reflects neighbouring construction sites and incorporates found materials. The thematic of lines, borders and boundaries is part of the broader exploratory topic of diasporic experience. Here at Articulate this issue is made societal, segregating an ‘audience’ who gather to witness. What is created with the visitor bodies is an apart-heid, an arbitrary division of participants. By listening to the announcements and obeying the instructions they traverse the barrier as opposed communities. The work is based on the single space of ‘the gallery’ and in undermining its purpose. It has multiple conceptual precedents and influences, including reference to Chris Burden: Exposing the Foundations of the Museum 1967, Pierre Huyghe: After ALife Ahead, Skulptur Projekte Münster 2017, and two works at the Biennale of Sydney 2018: Jacob Kirkegaard’s Through the Wall at the Art Gallery of NSW (which replicated a section of the Israel-Palestine Barrier), and Marco Fusinato’s Constellations at Carriageworks (which divided a large space with a huge wall).

Project Details
Dates 31 Jul 2018 to 19 Aug 2018
Duration 3 weeks
Category installations
Credits Artist: Alan Schacher; Audio written & spoken by Alan Schacher; Audio recorded & engineered by Micahel Toisuta; Photographs by Alan Schacher, David Brazil, Mike Leggett, Peter Murphy; Video: Peter Murphy. This project was supported by Articulate Project Space through a grant from the Inner West Council.