There is no there


Artists Gabriella Mangano and Silvana Mangano studied drawing before they began making video works together. Using improvised choreography and working with their own bodies and simple materials, they emphasise gesture, process and sculptural form. There is no there 2015 was inspired by the Blue Blouse theatre collective (1924–32), which created a type of performance called Living Newspapers based on topical news events.



There is no there 2015 activated during APT8 / Photography: Brad Wagner
Gabriella Mangano, Artist, Australia b.1972 / Silvana Mangano, Artist, Australia b.1972 / There is no there 2015 / Single-channel HD digital video: 10:20 minutes, black and white, sound, 16:9 Sound: Daniel Jenatsch, Costume: Anna Macfarlane, Colour grading: Kali Bateman / Purchased 2016. Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © The artists

Expanding their concept of performance, the Manganos designed an installation space at APT8 featuring a video projection and geometric platforms upon which dancers perform carefully choreographed gestures and movements referring to current news events. Extending the notion of community engagement, they have collaborating with dance students to activate the space.

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Feature image: There is no there 2015

There is no there 2015 which current news events are portrayed through choreographed movements, gestures and sound was performed in 2016 by and presented in collaboration with second year students from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Creative Industries Faculty.