Munaintyanangku, tunturri. (Always was, always will be)

Illuminate Adelaiderlu Kaurna Miyurna yaitya mathanya Wama Tarntanyaku tampinthi (Illuminate Adelaide acknowledges the Kaurna people, the traditional custodians of the Adelaide Plains)

Yaintya yartangka ngadlu tikanthi, kuma tirkanthi, kuma warpulayinthi. (These are the lands we live, learn and work on)

Ngadlurlu Purkarna pukinangku, yalarra, kuma tarrkarritya tampinthi. (We pay our respects to Elders past, present, and emerging)

Translation provided, with thanks, by Kaurna Warra Karrpanthi

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Past Event
Visual Art

SALA x MAAD | Magic Mountain 2.0

Jess Taylor

31 July

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Sat 31 July, 5pm - 9pm


Breezeway Bar, UniSA City West


Please note: Nudity features in this VR work


Wheelchair Accessible


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Fleshy plains and plateaus stretching out beneath a soft pink sky. Bent legs, lax fists, faces and hair sprawled, spanning meters, a breast pointed high towards the heavens; all of this yours to explore. This is Magic Mountain.

Magic Mountain is comprised of digital scans of artist Jess Taylor's own body, scaled to enormous sizes. Using a virtual reality headset, visitors to this digital world are able to explore a vast expanse of flesh, traversing Jess' body at will. Trailed by small companions, also modelled off Jess' own form, the viewer is given absolute freedom to explore this corporeal terrain, while the reminder that their agency is constrained by Jess' own is always on the periphery.

Pleasure in the digital sphere is political; this work invites viewers to consider their own ethical paradigm in the face of the contemporary drive to seek or manufacture pleasure by allowing their voyeuristic tendencies to come out to play.

MAAD and SALA are pleased to be working together to feature Jess Taylor in our installation program. Jess celebrates the merging of art & technology to imagine new worlds for us to explore - we can't wait to invite you into Magic Mountain for one night only as part of MAAD. Please note: Nudity features in this VR work

About MAAD (Music & Art After Dark)

We save the biggest party for last, with a multi-venue celebration of art, music and ideas. For one night only, MAAD will take over your favourite venues, galleries and laneways in the northwest corner of the CBD. Featuring a closing DJ set from The Avalanches, live music, exhibitions, cinema and light installations, MAAD brings out the best in the west with a party to remember.