A new work called The Base by contemporary artist Spencer Tunick will be one of the highlights of next year’s Mardi Gras, with thousands of locals and visitors expected to participate nude in one of his signature art installations on March 1.
Those wishing to shed their clothes for art should sign-up here.
New Mardi Gras members should include their membership number as they will be given priority to the limited number of places available.
Tunick’s art challenges the preconceived notions of nudity and the culturally charged, often negative, connotations that are associated with it. In his work, it is the beauty inherent in all human beings that prevails.
It will ber Tunick’s first large-scale installation in Sydney.
Born in Middletown, New York in 1967, Tunick currently lives in the Hudson Valley in New York State. Since 1992, he has done more than 95, short-lived, site-specific installations across the United States, Canada, and overseas, and his installations have been commissioned by SITE Santa Fe, New Mexico (2001); XXV Bienal de Sâo Paulo, Brazil (2002); Lyon Biennial, France (2005); Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle Gateshead, England (2005); and the Vienna Kunsthalle, Austria (2008) among others.
Tunick’s installations require not only a great deal of organisation and collaboration, but his volunteers must trust him and his process. Volunteers who have agreed to pose arrive at a specific time and shed their clothing. With the help of his support team, Tunick then organises and directs the participants as a group to the positioning he desires and the moment is captured with photography and video.
“The base, the core, the heart of any truly free society depend on its acceptance of its diverse community as equal citizens” Tunick said.
“I am extremely excited to be creating a new work in Sydney and have already visited the city to look for suitable sites for this project.
At the heart of The Base will be an exploration of what it takes to form the basis of an open and harmonious society.”