BYO Culture Guide February 18 - 24

This week we take a look at the politics behind gender and technology. Global politics are constantly shaping artists and the work they produce, and this week we have an opportunity to see what makes them tick.

Blueprint Session

This monthly series aims to build a community by sharing art and creating a safe space for artists to grow. Blueprint sessions supports spoken word, performance and art and is hosted by Ahmad Al Rady and Chris Sulfa. This month’s featured artists include; Lorin Elizabeth (Spoken Word), Pola Fanous (Spoken Word), Zee Kay (Musician), Bella Fiorentino (Musician), Bella Fuego (Fire Dancer).

February 23
Studio Blueprint
Level 4, 402/11 Randle Street,
Surry Hills

After Technology

A group of artists have come together to form an incredible body of work that explores the roots of technology and where it may go in the future. They consider all aspects of technology and its complex history. Featuring works from: Akil Ahamat, Robert Andrew, Tega Brain, Brian Fuata, Roslyn Helper, Patricia Piccinini, Julie Rrap, Yhonnie Scarce, Grant Stevens, VNS Matrix and more.

Opening Tuesday, February 26, 6-8pm
Level 4, Building 6, 702 Harris Street,

37 Ways to Say I’m Gay

97 Characters, 29 Short Plays, 12 actors - 37 Ways To Say! This play celebrates the diversity of queer culture and its global reach. It shares intimate details in the different ways that individuals have explored their queerness. After winning a suite of awards, ’37 Ways to Say I’m Gay’ is coming to Sydney.

February 20 - March 9
Limelight on Oxford
231 Oxford Street, Darlington

Fragile Masculinity - Handle With Care

The debut solo exhibition by Samuel Leighton-Dore incorporates contemporary ceramic pieces, acrylic paintings, LED neon, and multimedia works in order to tease popular notions of masculinity. Leighton-Dore presents a cynical portrait of the modern man while maintaining a lightheartedness that is inherently optimistic.

February 20-25
M2 Gallery
4/450 Elizabeth Street
Surry Hills

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Dead Cat Bounce

Dealing with the scourge of alcohol addiction, and the particular way that it plays out in the artistic community, Dead Cat Bounce will premiere at the Griffin Theatre this month. Written by Mary Rachel Brown, the play won the 2016 Lysicrates Prize which encourages the development of new works. Delving the depths of dark humour, this play shines a light on an otherwise overlooked aspect of creative practice, addiction.

February 22 - April 6
SBW Stables Theatre
10 Nimrod Street
Kings Cross