The Gas Imaginary
Rachel O'Reilly
October 2 — December 19, 2020

Curated by Denise Ryner

A multi-disciplinary project using poetry, collaborative drawings, installation, moving images, and lectures to unpack the broader significance of ‘settler conceptualism’, the racial logic of the property form and fossil fuel-based labour politics as capital reaches the limits of land use. In ongoing dialogue with elders of Gooreng Gooreng country and settler women activists, where fracking was approved for mass installation in ‘Australia’, new elements of this work address the threatened destruction to 50% of the Northern Territory.

Included in the exhibition is INFRACTIONS, a feature length documentary. Daily start times are 12:00pm, 1:03pm, 2:06pm, 3:09pm, and 4:12pm.

For more information, exhibition documentation and artist talks, visit The Gas Imaginary Project Page

Image: Rachel O’Reilly with Pa.LaC.e (Valle Medina and Benjamin Reynolds), ‘Promethean Realism’ from the series Gladstone, Post-pastoral, 2016

Rachel O’Reilly is an artist, writer/poet, curator and PhD researcher at Goldsmiths’ Centre for Research Architecture. She teaches the theory seminar ‘At the Limits of the Writerly’ on planetarity, political economy and poetics at the Dutch Art Institute. She was previously a curator at the Australian Cinematheque at the Gallery of Modern Art | Australian Cinematheque, Brisbane, and researcher at the Jan van Eyck Academy. Her artistic work and research have been presented internationally, most recently at Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; E-flux, New York; and UNSW Galleries, Sydney. Recent curatorial collaborations include Ex-Embassy with Sonja Hornung and Planetary Records: Performing Justice between Art and Law with Natasha Ginwala. She co-wrote On Neutrality with Jelena Vesic and Vlidi Jeric for the Non-Aligned Modernisms series (MCA, Belgrade), publishes with Danny Butt on artistic autonomy in settler colonial space, and currently coedits Feminist Takes on Black Wave Film with Antonia Majaca and Jelena Vesic for Sternberg Press.

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