BYO Culture Guide

Taking an off-kilter look at the world around us is one of the things that draws us into the works of artists and creatives. This week’s Culture Guide brings together four different takes on daily life, from a doctor’s office to questions of photography and urban or suburban environments. Coming away from these performances and exhibitions we then take a fresh look at the way we encounter our every-day.

Visiting Hours

Taking over the Kings Cross Hotel from February 7 to 17 will be bAKEHOUSE’s immersive theatre production, Visiting Hours. This is the second iteration of the performance which originally ran during Vivid in 2016 and played to sold out audiences. This year, visitors will be transported to the mysterious and disconcerting world of The Doctor where they will participate in unconventional therapies and experiments.  Visiting Hours is the first of three immersive theatre experiences that bAKEHOUSE and KXT will host in 2018. Book tickets here

February 7 - 17
Kings Cross Hotel 244 - 248 William St Kings Cross

Vivian Cooper Smith – A Light Without Stars

Using unconventional and unusual shooting and developing techniques, Vivian Cooper Smith’s solo show at Galerie Pompom challenges photography’s claim to be the unedited reflector of the world. These photographs avoid a focus on an individual subject but rather questions the inseparable relationship between photographer, photo and subject. Opening on February 7 at 6 pm, the exhibition runs until March 4.

Wednesday to Saturday, 11 am to 5 pm, Sunday, 1 to 5 pm
Galerie pompom
2/27-39 Abercrombie Street


This curated group exhibition at May Space gallery in Waterloo brings together artists who capture the built environment that surrounds us. Ranging from meditations on geometry to reflections of the otherwise overlooked colour palettes of suburbia, these works question our perspective on city life.

Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm
May Space
409b George Street

James Farley - The Rambunctious Garden

Part of Firstdraft’s February program, James Farley’s work stems from his post-PhD research in post-photography. Asking what is the value of the image in an age where we are constantly saturated by visual content, Farley adopts an ecological perspective. This allows for an expanded take on the multiplicity of connections that can otherwise overwhelm us in the present. Refocusing on the materiality of his studies and artistic practice, Farley mulched and pulped his failed drafts, prints and other materials producing something simultaneously new and recycled. The opening for The Rambunctious Garden is on February 7 at 6 pm with the rest of the Firstdraft program.

Wednesday to Sunday, 12 – 6 pm
13-17 Riley Street