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AUSTRALIA. NEW SOUTH WALES. A major installation by internationally renowned German artist Thomas Demand for the 25th Kaldor Public Art Project
04/04/2012 10:35:40

For the 25th Kaldor Public Art Project, Thomas Demand presents a new series of images, The Dailies, within the unique environment of the Commercial Travellers' Association (CTA) club, part of the MLC Centre designed by celebrated Australian architect Harry Seidler in the mid 1970s.

Thomas Demand, known for his full-scale recreations of environments made entirely from paper and card that he photographs and later destroys, so that they remain only as images, occupies an entire hotel floor on the CTA building's level 4. His installation, displayed throughout the bedrooms that extend out from a circular corridor, has a disorientating effect.  Free and open to the public from 23 March until 22 April 2012, the project is a world first for Sydney.

The series of works that Demand will present for this project, The Dailies, capture everyday moments and objects, their title referring to the daily rushes from film, the leftover images from the cutting room floor. Demand likens them to Japanese Haiku poetry, simple fragments strung together to inspire reflection. Appearing like simple, instantaneous moments, The Dailies series are crafted with the utmost care and are printed using the labour-intensive dye-transfer technique that only a handful of specialists in the world can achieve. Dye-transfer printing is one of the oldest colour photographic processes, peerless for its richness, depth and fidelity and Demand has used some of the last remaining papers and materials of their kind to print his works via this rare technique, a method that will be soon unavailable for future generations of artists.

The installation, The Dailies, also includes collaborations with Miuccia Prada and US author Louis Begley (novels include: ‘Wartime Lies’, ‘The Man Who Was Late’ and ‘About Schmidt’).

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Image: Project 25: Installation view of Daily # 10, 2008, at the Commercial Travellers' Association for Thomas Demands' The Dailies. Photo: Paul Green. Courtesy

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