2017 Media Releases

July 6, 2017

Deutsche Bank and Sydney Contemporary announce art experience by Robyn Stacey for 2017 fair

Deutsche Bank and Sydney Contemporary today announced a unique site-specific art experience will be created for all visitors to Australasia's premier contemporary art fair, being held 7 to 10 September 2017 at Carriageworks, Redfern.

As Principal Partner of the Fair for the first time, Deutsche Bank has commissioned Australian award-winning artist Robyn Stacey to create a walk-in camera obscura of the Redfern urban streetscape. The work will be positioned at the entrance to Sydney Contemporary for the duration of the fair and is open for all to experience.

James Roth, Deutsche Bank’s Co-Head of Corporate Finance Australia and member of the Biennale of Sydney’s Board of Directors, said: “Through our extensive support of art projects globally, we aim to increase accessibility to contemporary art. Which is why we are delighted to partner with Sydney Contemporary and help reach over 30,000 visitors expected at this year’s fair.” 

Roth continued: “Sydney Contemporary is an extension of the bank’s sponsorship of other leading art fairs around the globe, including the Frieze Art Fairs in London and New York as well as the Tokyo Art Fair.”

Deutsche Bank has one of the most significant corporate art collections in the world comprising over 5,000 artists from over 40 countries. Stacey is one of a stable of artists from the bank’s Australia collection which is mostly known for its installation pieces featured at Deutsche Bank Place, Sydney.

Camera obscura (Latin for "dark room") is an inverted real-time cinematic projection of the view outside on the walls inside. Stacey has been transforming entire rooms into walk-camera obscuras since 2013, however this is the first time she will create a standalone art experience for an art fair.

Robyn Stacey explained: “The camera obscura room, commissioned for Sydney Contemporary by Deutsche Bank, has been created in collaboration with architect Mike Stiff (Stiff + Trevillion) and is purpose built for the site at Carriageworks.

I started making ‘camera obscuras’ in 2013 when I became fascinated by the capacity for this early and rudimentary form of optical device to transform entire rooms. It allowed me to project the outside world over interior walls, ceilings and floors via a small, carefully placed hole.  Light travels in a straight line, consequently the internal space appears wallpapered with the upside down and reverse view of external vistas, creating darkrooms of dramatically projected landscapes.

The camera obscura explores the malleability of the visible world and raises fundamental questions about vision and how we experience our immediate environment. The Sydney Contemporary camera obscura takes this to another level by cladding the outside of the cube with a highly reflective surface. It mirrors its surroundings both by reflecting the Carriageworks site and simultaneously becoming one with it, camouflaged and ‘disappeared’ into its locale. The site will be lit at night, allowing the cube’s mirrored surface to reflect its location against the night sky. The exterior and interior of the room are about light and shadow, reflected light, projected light, and change. My aim is to give visitors to the art fair an opportunity to experience the camera obscura as a theatrical spatial device, allowing them to encounter the site at Carriageworks in a unique and surreal way.”

About Deutsche Bank’s commitment to Art, Culture & Sports

In Australia, Deutsche Bank has enjoyed a relationship with the Biennale of Sydney and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Australia for many years. The Bank’s Education Partnership with the MCA (2010-2016) is still one of the most significant commitments to contemporary art in Australia, enabling the launch of the National Centre for Creative Learning, with more than 88,000 visitors since its opening in 2013.

Deutsche Bank’s partnership with Sydney Contemporary extends its global commitment to promoting cultural vibrancy in the markets in which it conducts business. Under the motto “ArtWorks”, the Bank has made contemporary art widely accessible through its own collection, exhibitions and cooperative ventures for over 35 years. In April 2016, Deutsche Bank united its activities in support of Art, Culture & Sport (ACS) into one independent unit.

For more information, please go to db.com/art and db-artmag.com

About Sydney Contemporary

Sydney Contemporary is Australia’s international art fair, showcasing work by emerging and established artists from leading Australian and international galleries. Housed once again in Carriageworks, located within Sydney’s striking contemporary arts precinct, the third edition will take place from 7 to 10 September 2017.

With a thriving art scene and a growing collector base, Sydney is a dynamic cultural destination with an international reputation for presenting the very best in visual art through its public institutions, private collections, leading commercial galleries and the internationally renowned Biennale of Sydney, the third oldest in the world. Sydney Contemporary provides commercial galleries with a dynamic platform to showcase the work of emerging and established artists, enabling local and visiting audiences to build on their existing knowledge, and develop their international art collections.

Tickets to Sydney Contemporary available at sydneycontemporary.com.au/tickets


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