Josephine Starrs and Leon Cmielewski

Josephine Stars, Tattoo, 2011

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About this project:

Sydney Harbour! Gorgeous blue water, glittering city skyline, exclusive “dress circle” suburbs, lovely fresh ocean air. However commercial fishing has been banned in Sydney harbour because the marine life is considered toxic. Recreational fishing is extensive, but fish caught on the Western side of the Harbour Bridge should not be eaten as they contain high levels of dioxins and other carcinogens. Waterways, a video installation created for this exhibition, offers ideas for solutions to these problems while at the same time revealing the underbelly of Sydney Harbour through a mash-up of the popular 1990’s TV show Water Rats.

Josephine Starrs and Leon Cmielewski are Australian artists whose long term collaboration has produced a variety of screen-based installations. Their recent work includes, Incompatible Elements, exhibited at the Auckland Arts Festival in New Zealand 2011, and Downstream, shown in the Impact by Degrees exhibition at the Australian Embassy Gallery in Washington DC, 2009. Other work includes Seeker, an installation that explores issues of migration, territorial boundaries, conflict commodities and human displacement. Seeker won an Award of Distinction in Interactive Art from the 2007 Prix Ars Electronica, Austria. They have been invited to participate in several international residency programs including Banff, Canada 1998, Sarai, New Delhi, India, 2006, the Future Lab, Linz, Austria, 2009 and SCANZ, 2011. Cmielewski lectures at the School of Communication Arts, University of Western Sydney and Starrs is a Senior Lecturer and Chair of Film & Digital Art at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney.

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