7:00pm – Sunday, March 14 on ABC2
This week Art Nation features the largest public art event in Margaret River, the Cow Parade. Namila Benson looks at an important exhibition, the art of Omie, which features barkcloths created exclusively by the Omie women. And Art Nation follows six groups of dancers as they perform in a Body Electric dance off, a philosophy of dance that embraces people’s desire and passion to move and express themselves.
Cow Parade The largest public art event in the world is coming to Margaret River in Western Australia. It’s been staged in over 50 cities around the world and next year, for the very first time these fibreglass cows will be located in a rural setting. The likes of Vivienne Westwood, Radiohead and David Lynch have made their own cows in this international exhibition. Now the baton is being passed to Australian artists and 100 of our best have been asked to transform life-sized fibreglass cows into works of art.
The art of Omie Looks at the tradition of barkcloths (noige) which is a craft practised exclusively by the Omie women. The barkcloths are created from the inner bark of the paper mulberry tree which has been softened into thin sheets by beating.
Body Electric An all encompassing philosophy of dance that captivates, shares and embraces people’s desire and passion to move and express themselves. Based in Melbourne, this diverse group of dancers consists of architects, actors, jewellery designers, entomologists through to filmmakers, teachers and landscape gardeners. http://abc.net.au/iview/