Everything Falls Apart, Part I
Alessandro Balteo Yazbeck & Media Farzin, Jem Cohen, Phil Collins, Sarah Goffman, Sarah Morris
27 June - 5 August 2012
Mark Feary and Blair French

Everything Falls Apart brings together several significant works by international and Australian artists presented over two exhibitions. Overall, the project focuses on works examining the collapse of ideological and political systems – actual, imagined, desired – be this via specific events or through broader consideration of the dissolution of, or confrontation with, capitalist, colonial, communist or totalitarian regimes. The works often draw on existing footage, personal recollection and reconstitution, and form around relationships between the individual and the mass felt or articulated through interwoven conversation, testimony and narrative. 

Part I clusters work that acts as reflective analysis in and of the aftermath of system disintegration, including ecological and cultural belief systems. With an emphasis upon video work, woven together by new installation interventions, common threads connecting these distinct works become apparent: failings of the state, crumbling ideologies, dissolving authoritative measures of control, the generative energies and collective impulses of anti-institutional collective cultural and social identity, the failings of history as both efficacious event narrative and discursive form, the individual as both the subject of and counterforce to the dominance of the mass.

Part II is presented at Artspace 10 August - 16 September 2012.

Art Almanac, Everything Falls Apart Part I
The Art Life, Everything Falls Apart
Artforum Magazine, December 2012, Best of 2012
The Australian, Keeping it Together
DasPlatforms, Artspace: Everything Falls Apart (video interview with Mark Feary)
Frieze Magazine, The Year in Review (Australia)
this is tomorrow, Everything Falls Apart Part I
Un Magazine, Issue 6.2, Review: Everything Falls Apart



Sarah Goffman - Occupy Sydney
18 June 2012