Archie Barry: National Anthem Performance Program
BREATH MARK AND MUSCLE SONG: rest and say only what’s necessary
In a series of scheduled performances, Archie Barry turns a stethoscope into an instrument for amplifying their heartbeat as percussive accompaniment to their voice. The resulting song gently yields an appreciation of the way an individual body processes asynchronous rhythms of breath and blood, love and language.
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Archie Barry was born in 1990 in Sydney and currently lives in Melbourne. Barry holds a Master of Contemporary Art, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, 2017, and Bachelor of Art Education (Honours), College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney, 2013. Their solo exhibitions and performances include I found this hat on the ground three years ago, performed as part of Queer Economies, Bus Projects, Melbourne, 2019; Escarpment, performed as part of Unspoken Rule, Contemporary Art Tasmania, Hobart, 2019, and for the launch of Art + Australia, Issue Three (54.2): Unnaturalism, Neon Parc, 2018; Hushaby Telephone, as part of ARTBAR performance program, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney, 2018; Lexicon of a body, performed at Anywhere & Elsewhere conference, Parsons Fine Arts, New York, NY, USA, 2018; Hypnic, performed as part of The Public Body .03, Artspace, Sydney, 2018; Time Sick Big T-Shirt, Meat Market Stables, Melbourne, 2018; Hypnic and Phrenic, performed as part ofBodies of Evidence, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 2018; Language Very Small, performed as part of We Are Here, State Library Victoria, Melbourne, 2018;Blood, Take a Bow, Studio Brunswick, Melbourne, 2017. Their published writing include: Search Terms, Archer Magazine, Issue 10, 2018 and Euthanising the Archive, Art + Australia, issue 3 (54.2), 2018. Barry’s work was included in a number of group exhibitions: Unspoken Rule, Contemporary Art Tasmania, Hobart, 2019; The Public Body .03, Artspace, Sydney, 2018; Unfinished Business: Perspectives on Art and Feminism, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 2018; We are here, State Library of Victoria, Melbourne, 2018; Engender, ALASKA Projects, Sydney, 2017 and Convergent Pathologies, Incinerator Gallery, Melbourne, 2017. In 2018 Barry completed a residency at the Phasmid Studio in Berlin, Germany.
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