No Ordinary Love, 2017
Daniel Mudie Cunningham, No Ordinary Love, 2017
Commissioned by Macquarie University Art Gallery, No Ordinary Love is a requiem to two Bondi histories: iconic mermaid sculptures once mounted to a boulder at the northern headland cast in the same conceptual net as the scores of men murdered on the southern headland, a cliffside gay beat. Drawing on the glitch of VHS and the kitsch of karaoke lyric videos, Sade’s 'No Ordinary Love' is reinvented as an ode to those lost to sea. Released in 1992, Sophie Muller’s music video saw Sade dressed as a mermaid and bride, a poignant marriage of tails and veils. As marriage equality debates raged in Australia at the time, these visual cues are reimagined as a melancholy karaoke poem to Bondi Beach as a site of fantasy and trauma – a sea of love and loss. This video performance – an intimate and solitary dance to a song stripped of words – recuperates voices long surrendered to the sea.

No Ordinary Love, 2017
Single-channel video with sound, 4:3, 4.43 min
Performer: Daniel Mudie Cunningham
Editor: Vera Hong
Music: 'No Ordinary Love' by Sade, 1992 (karaoke version)
Edition of 5 + 2 AP
Macquarie University
Group exhibitions:
Making a Splash, Macquarie University Art Gallery, 2017
Making a Splash, Cowra Regional Art Gallery, 2018
We, the People Who Live for the Beautiful, Bondi Pavilion, 2018