2-18 March 2018

Dara Wei

But I don’t want comfort

Preview: Friday 2 March from 11am

Opening Event: Friday 2 March 6-8pm

Artist Talks: Saturday 17 March 3-5pm

IWOST participation: Sunday 18 March


‘But I don’t want comfort.’

‘But I like the inconveniences.’

‘We don’t,’ said the Controller, ‘we prefer to do things comfortably.’

‘But I don’t want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin.’

‘In fact,’ said Mustapha Mond (the Controller), ‘you’re claiming the right to be unhappy’.

—- Aldous Huxley, Brave New World


In a post-truth world where pursuing authenticity and beauty seems to require much more effort than staying indifferent and ignorant, we seem to duck away from difficult conversations and passionate expressions as they readily bring about discomfort – think those clashing opinions, emotional outburst and confronting realities… Since when did risks and differences throw us into sheer panic rather than drawing us to interesting conversations? Isn’t it also an indispensable and contributing part of the human experience? Isn’t it a more relatable way to communicate with others and ourselves through what’s labelled as ‘the negative’: fear, vulnerability, anger, solidarity, condolence, sentiment, failure, criticism and difference, etc.

Inspired by the ever-relevant dystopian classic Brave New World, the project is now inviting artists to submit works that have the aesthetics and power to disquiet, to reflect on discomfort as a valued human ability that forces us to see the world differently and to navigate through life with open minds that embrace changes and disagreements.

Curated by Dara Wei

Deep Space @AIRspace Projects, Marrickville NSW

2 – 18 March 2018 (Art Month Sydney)


The project adopts an alternative call-out model with the hope to get to know what you do and how you do it and foster meaningful human relationships between artists and curators that go beyond emails and proposals.

Here’s how it works:

After reviewing all EOI emails (very simple – details below), I will be inviting suitable applicants individually for a meeting to chat about your artistic practice, your responses to the exhibition idea, your proposed work and exhibiting logistics. It can be a coffee chat, an exhibition venue tour, and/or a studio visit to your natural habitat! We are going to working on ‘discomfort’ so why not do it together comfortably ☺

Email your EOI to and include the following:

– Your full name and contact details

– A few sentences introducing on your practice or artist statement

– Your proposed work and how it responds to the exhibition curatorial pretext (a few sentences will do at this stage)

– Any links to your website, blogs, social media, etc.

– Supporting visual materials of the proposed work in either pdf, jpeg, png, etc. or any online accessible formats

EOI Deadline: midnight, Friday 16 February

All applicants will be informed of results by Monday 19 February

Successful applicants will be invited via email to arrange a time for the individual meeting taking place between Monday 19 and Sunday 25 February. Available times to be discussed.


In addition to an exhibition opening and regular opening hours, the project, in collaboration with the AIRspace Projects, will also deliver a fabulous public program for the participating exhibitors:

– Artist Talks

Saturday 17 March, 3pm – 5pm

– Inner West Open Studio Trail (Art Month Sydney 2018 Highlight)

Sunday 18 March, time TBA