October 2011
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Sydney Ferries offer a fast, convenient and scenic way to travel … the best way to get to Mosman.

Sydney Buses run from Wynyard, Central Station, North Sydney, Chatswood and the Northern Beaches. Metrobus30 links Sydenham and Mosman via the city.

The Mosman Rider is free and runs 8am to 6pm every day. Hail the bus anywhere along its route.

Open Air

Friday 28 October – Saturday 31 December

Open Air by media artist Chris Caines is a project in two parts, a responsive video installation at Mosman Art Gallery and a companion locative audio essay iPhone app for the Curlew Camp Artist’s Trail at Little Sirius Cove. The project is a meditation on the tradition of landscape as a subject for artists in Australia from 19th century painting to the media arts of the present day and involves the creation of new artworks responding to the iconic cultural history of the Mosman area.

During the 1890s artists such as Tom Roberts and Arthur Streeton lived and worked at the artist camp at Little Sirius Cove. This camp located within the bushland northern shore of Sydney Harbour provided a rich bohemian and artistic environment in which some of the most important Australian Impressionist works were created.

The video installation in the gallery responds to visitors entering the space by lighting up a table in the centre of the room where twelve small rectangles of video begin to play with images of landscapes shot by Caines across Sydney, Melbourne, the Blue Mountains and the Yarra Valley. These are interspersed with text animated fragments of letters between Streeton and Roberts and accompanied by a soundscape composed from field recordings taken in the same locations as the images.

Representations of landscape are an Australian cultural tradition absolutely central to indigenous art but also core to settler and immigrant culture as ways of thinking about both mapping territory and a sense of place.

Open Air is a multimodal project developed in partnership with the Centre for Media Arts Innovation at UTS.


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Corner Art Gallery Way and Myahgah Road, Mosman