Tunnel Vision, Greed and Stupidity: Reviewing Concrete Politics in Sydney. Curator Jo Holder — March 1 to 25 2006

Artists: Jeff Carter, Christopher Dean, Shaun Gladwell, Michael Gormly, Chris Henning, Marius Jastkowia, Deborah Kelly, Fiona MacDonald, Alan Moir, Jo Holder and Therese Sweeney, Anne Zahalka - Curator: Jo Holder

Opening: Thursday 9 March at 6-8pm

Talks by: Paul Ashton, historian, University of Technology Sydney and Lee Rhiannon, Greens MLC, lobbyist for the Parliamentary Inquiry into the Cross City Tunnel

 

Tunnel Vision
is an exhibition documenting how politicians, businessmen and public servants secretly carved up the inner-city road network in a calculated bid to force drivers into a private toll tunnel. The exhibition is about the venality of selling off public roads, willfully restricting public transport, folly and lies and the howls of anger from gridlocked traffic. Laugh at funny pictures of people negotiating concrete bollards, watch footage of citizens trying to reopen roads at a Parliamentary Inquiry. It's a fast ride through public-private partnerships Sydney style.

 

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Tunnel Vision, William Street, Sydney, February 2006.
Deborah Kelly, Mr Car, 2005. Printed poster. Edition of 30.
Chris Henning, Tunnel Restrictions, 'True Fictions', Sydney Morning Herald, 15 October 2006.
 

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Tunnel Vision, William Street, Sydney, February 2006.
Deborah Kelly, Mr Car, 2005. Printed poster. Edition of 30.

 

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Tunnel Vision, William Street, Sydney, February 2006.
Deborah Kelly, Mr Car, 2005. Printed poster. Edition of 30.

 

 

Background

In late 2002 a monopoly over inner-city roads was secretly handed to a private corporation. The Carr Labor government approved a contract based on rubbery figures with over seventy-two street closures and modifications and over-priced tolls. Three years later, people finally had a clear picture of the full extent of the sell-off of public roads to a private monopoly and fought back. The contract fiasco flushed out grave concerns about the way toll road businesses operate and sparked a debate about the benefits of privatisation. The shift to a user-pay private toll network has profoundly changed Sydney. It has led to a new focus on public interest and planning.

 

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Tunnel Vision, William Street, Sydney, February 2006.
Deborah Kelly, Mr Car, 2005. Printed poster. Edition of 30.

 

 

Links & Downloads

Cross City Tunnel by Paul Ashton > Download pdf

For more information call 9357 2058 or 0406 537933

Sign the End the Tunnel Funnel Petition: http://www.drag.org.au/

View more works:
Deborah Kelly: www.bewareofthegod.com
Marius Jastkowiak website: http://users.tpg.com.au/marz/countersign.html
Jeff Carter: www.sandrabyrongallery.com.au
Books on Jeff Carter currently in print:
Jeff Carter: Retrospective, New Holland Press, Sydney Australia

 

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