About the Artwork

A Sydney-based collaborative of four artists Brown Council appropriate theatrical traditions such as vaudeville, skits, stand-up-comedy and pantomime in their practice, while making reference to the history of performance and video art. Their work draws on the concept of spectacle and physical endurance to investigate what it is to perform, and how live performances are documented.

The One Hour Laugh depicts Brown Council laughing together for an hour. Over the course of the work the laughter moves from genuine hilarity to embarrassment, strain and boredom. The work parodies the austerity of much performance art documentation and interrogates the conflicts between entertainment and art practice.

Brown Council

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Brown Council is the collaborative practice of Sydney-based artists Frances Barrett, Kate Blackmore, Kelly Doley and Diana Smith, who have worked together since 2007.

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Related Exhibitions

Volume One: MCA Collection

– Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) 2012