August, 2020

This is a repeating event

21aug10:00 am5:00 pmThe SacrificeToby Juliff10:00 am - 5:00 pm Event Type :Exhibit


Event Details

Exhibition dates: Fri 21 Aug – Sat 12 Sep
Open Tue — Fri 10am – 5pm, Sat 11am – 3pm, free entry

Impending climate catastrophe has turned even the atheist to prayer. Please, spare us Lord. And in return, we promise to lead a more just life.

At the conclusion of Andrei Tarkovsky’s last great cinematic masterpiece The Sacrifice (1986) its lead character, convinced of a nuclear endgame enters a prayer to God. Spare my family and I will sacrifice all my worldly belongings. When the end fails to arrive, he does just that. A huge pyre of house and belongings, executed in exquisite detail by an artist-filmmaker over six excruciating minutes.

The question of what to spare, what to sacrifice, has taken on new sets of values and spaces since the war games of the 1980s. We find ourselves driven to petition, and yes, sometimes to prayer, for those things that we believe in.

Thanks to collaborations with Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre and Tasmania Fire Service, artist Toby Juliff has re-imagined Tarkovsky’s last great moment using locally sourced audio recordings of hazard reduction burnings. These burnings have managed and maintained this precarious and precious landscape for thousands of years. Transported into a cinematic masterpiece, the sound of fire becomes a locus for us to meditate on loss and necessary sacrifice.

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Podcast Series

Toby Juliff interviews artist, faith leaders, and experts in hazard reduction burning. This short series of podcasts delves into the question of sacrifice and petition from three distinctly different perspectives.

Series of 3 podcasts, released 1 per week during the exhibition.

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Image: Andrei Tarkovsky, The Sacrfice, 1986, 142 minutes

A figure watches a large fire with billowing smoke


(Friday) 10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Moonah Arts Centre - Project Space

27 Albert Road, Moonah TAS 7009

Future Event Times in this Repeating Event Series

August 22, 2020 11:00 amAugust 25, 2020 10:00 amAugust 26, 2020 10:00 amAugust 27, 2020 10:00 amAugust 28, 2020 10:00 amAugust 29, 2020 11:00 amSeptember 1, 2020 10:00 amSeptember 2, 2020 10:00 amSeptember 3, 2020 10:00 amSeptember 4, 2020 10:00 amSeptember 5, 2020 11:00 amSeptember 8, 2020 10:00 amSeptember 9, 2020 10:00 amSeptember 10, 2020 10:00 amSeptember 11, 2020 10:00 amSeptember 12, 2020 11:00 am