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Kings Artist-Run provides a location for contemporary art practice, supporting distinctive experimental projects by artists at all stages of their careers.
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KINGS Artist-Run acknowledges the Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we operate.

We offer our respect to Elders both past and present and extend this offer to all Australian First Nations people.

4K or Feral

Bianca Lyla Clifford
James Hazel
Kaz Therese


14 March 2024–13 April 2024

Emerging from discussions and embodiments among the three underclass artists from social-housing backgrounds, 4K or Feral explores the notion of ‘fidelity’ from a working-class, intersectional perspective. 

Beyond the idea of ‘lo-fi’ as merely a co-optive or performative strategy employed by the design practices of the so-called creative class, or corporate propaganda, here we seek to examine what it means to work within the limitations of practice in a time of ongoing disaster by returning to what is available to the artists (often cheaply available media) and aligning with the ad hoc emergent.

By ‘tuning in’ as artists adrift between classes and codes, and questioning narratives around professional aesthetics and their imperatives to “overcome” our precarious (human) conditions to “succeed,” the works express nuance in the ecstasy and agony of underclass voices by ‘staying with the trouble’ of contemporary struggles – challenging mythologies of ‘working-classness’ that are often narrated from the outside by extractive social practice(s).

 

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  • Bianca Lyla Clifford is a Mediterranean/Australian interdisciplinary artist currently residing in Naarm. With a transient upbringing and a queer lens she explores the corporeal as a mapping device to personal and ancient myths. Bianca lived on an artist visa in Berlin from 2010 – 2016, where she founded the publication: Offline Samizdat. She was a Resident artist at Castlemaine Contemporary Art Space, 2020 – 2021 and has performed for: Ron Athey: Pasiphäe, Communitism, Athens, 2021, Linda Montano: 80th-Birthdayarama, Franklin Furnace, New York, 2022 and Where is Ana Mendieta? Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, 2016. In 2023 she participated in an Artists Residency, (GR) as part of The Lovers Collective with an Australia Council Grant.
  • James Hazel is a composer, artist and sound researcher working on the unceded Gadigal Lands of the Eora Nation. As someone who was born in Western Sydney, and lived in social-housing, James’s sonic practice draws upon lived and authentic working-class experiences, utterences, vocalities, and imaginaries to explore what it means to listen, love, live, labour and ‘make do’ in a world that is increasingly characterised by socieconomic inequality. James' work has been featured/exhibited at Cité internationale des arts, Performance Space/Carriageworks, Liquid Architecture, Gaudeamus (The Netherlands), Arts Incubator (Seoul) Cashmere Radio (Berlin), and ABC Radio National. Founder of CLASS ACTIONS, ADSR ZINE, and poor opera(tions), James has recently focused on creating spaces and workshops to better listen to working class practices.
  • Kaz Therese (they/them) grew up on Darug land in Mt Druitt, Western Sydney. They are an interdisciplinary artist and cultural leader with a practice grounded in performance, activism and community building. Their work is inspired by place and narrative from working class & underclass settings. From 2013 – 2020 they were the Artistic Director of PYT Fairfield. Kaz directed the Helpmann nominated PLAYLIST (premiered 2018), UnWrapped, Sydney Opera House (2019) Other works include TRIBUNAL presented at Griffin Theatre, ArtsHouse Melbourne, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Festival; WOMEN OF FAIRFIELD with MCA C3West and STARTTS, winning the Sydney Myer Arts & Cultural Award for Best Arts Program (2016). Kaz is founder of FUNPARK, Mt Druitt (Sydney Festival 2014) and a graduate of the 2019 Australia Council Cultural Leadership program.