Otherworld was a conceptual contemporary arts exhibition curated by students of the Adelaide College of the Arts at the Glenside Campus. The students permitted AZZURRO alongside Steven Papas (visionary artist) to be involved with the exhibition as outsiders. The exhibition was held in the 'Old Parkside Lunatic Asylum' otherwise known as 'Z Ward', a usually prohibited site which used to function as an asylum for the criminally insane. Azz and Steven installed an 'ultra-violetarium' named 'Horror Vacui' inside one of the cells which they had created using ultra-violet paint, black card, mirrors and playing cards. The exhibition culminated in a surreal weekend of wine, live performances and huge crowds attending from the art school as well as surrounding areas and even Melbourne. Horror Vacui was very positively received throughout the weekend.
This was a truly insane experience in so many ways. Steven and I installed the bulk of the art piece alone in Z Ward late at night during an electrical storm, which was terrifying and thrilling. In the beginning the building carried a dark, ominous energy but after a weekend of incredibly immersive art I think we flushed the place out and there was a positive vibe. Still, the opening nights were beyond surreal. A lot of people died in the building during its day and it's been largely untouched since it was closed. It was easy to forget that you were leaning against wall covered in decades of grime, standing in small groups chatting in dark cells sipping wines when not that long ago so much suffering occurred there -Azzurro
The Adelaide Set
"OTHERWORLD is an ambitious visual art, performance, and music event to be held in the historic Z Ward building in Glenside. The exhibition will be open to the public on the 6th and 7th of November with music performances on both nights Site responsive artworks will be displayed throughout the hallways and the cells, showcasing artwork from 12 emerging South Australian and International Artists."