Cockatoo Island

Cockatoo Island
Publisher Or Gallery
ArtistsRon Terada
Author(s)Ron Terada
Year Published2009
ISBN / ISSN #1895005396
Summary / KeywordsCockatoo Island, Or Gallery, Bywater Bros. Editions, Ron Terada, Shaun Gladwell, William Kentridge, Qiu Anxiong, aiPotu, Vernon Ah Kee, Bruce Nauman, Lara Favaretto, Nalini Malani, Brian Jungen, Chen Xiaoyun, Jannis Kounellis, Susan Philipsz, Mike Parr, Paul Chan, Mark Boulos, theweathergroup_U, Emory Douglas, Javier Tellez, Cornelia Parker, Emily Sundbland, Jeremy Deller, Richard Bell, Gerard Byrne, Jin Kurashige, Clemens von Wedemeyer, Pedro Barateiro, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Peter Watkins, Harun Farocki, Anna Maria Maiolino, Australia
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NotesThis book documents Ron Terada’s walkabout of Cockatoo Island in September 2008. Expecting an exotic, tropical landscape replete with cockatoos and other rare fauna, Terada instead found himself on an island more in common to an isolated penitentiary like Alcatraz. Located off Sydney Harbour, Cockatoo Island was indeed once the site of a former prison and shipyard, yet on this occasion, also the setting for the 2008 Sydney Biennale. Presented in a refined yet deadpan serial layout, Terada’s Cockatoo Island “blacks-out” any visual evidence regarding the works in the exhibit, the trajectory of his walk, or any clues to the island itself. What remains is a list of each participating artist as presented by the Biennale organizers: on homely, hand-made signage that evokes at once both protest and resignation. Co-Published with Bywater Bros. Editions.