THE FLOATING EYE: SYDNEY PAVILION AT THE 9TH SHANGHAI BIENNALE 2012

SHANGHAI. 2 OCTOBER – 30 DECEMBER 2012.

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art proudly presents The Sydney Pavilion, titled The Floating Eye as part of the 9th Shanghai Biennale 2012, Reactivation.

The Shanghai Biennale is the largest international art event in mainland China, expected to attract over 8 million visitors and is led in 2012 by Qiu Zhijie (Chief Curator) and co-curators, Jens Hoffman (Director, Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts), Boris Groys (art critic) and Johnson Chang (curator and co-founder of the Asia Art Archive).

The Inter-City Pavilions’ Project, one of the platforms of the biennale is under the direction of Qiu Zhijie housed in a number of historic buildings throughout the city. 4A has been selected as the only Australian organisation with The Sydney Pavilion occupying part of an Art Deco building located near the Bund and is one of 30 international institutions invited to represent their city which will include Pavilions spanning from Amsterdam, Berlin, Brooklyn, Istanbul, Mexico City, Moscow and Sendai.

Curated by 4A’s Director, Aaron Seeto, The Floating Eye presents new and existing works from six contemporary Australian artists, Brook Andrew, Shaun Gladwell, Raquel Ormella, Khaled Sabsabi, Shen Shaomin and Bababa International.

In a location like Sydney, Australia’s oldest settler city, with its Aboriginal history, colonisation, waves of mass migration, shifting economic bases and trade, awareness of the natural environment, natural disasters there is no single narrative and straightforward representative space of its history.

Sydney’s geography between Asia and the West results in the constant overlaying of different historical and cultural contexts. In presenting the personal accounts generated by individual artists, to mark out the engagements and the discontinuities they experience as they try to negotiate ideas of locality and culture in globalised context, all of the artists in The Floating Eye articulates a specific history of Australia; a feeling of being connected and disconnected simultaneously.

The exhibition encourages an observation of a city’s shifting references and influences, how the overlay of time and history and our emotions and sensations of a place, give meaning and form to our shared spaces. As such the contemporary artists in The Floating Eye hold strong connections with Sydney and offer varied perspectives of the city’s transforming reality observed though its demographics, environment, history, politics, geography and society.

Together the artists in The Floating Eye presents a framework to illustrate how Sydney, and Australia, considers itself within the region and highlights the layering of histories and diverse social and cultural experiences, which speak to the experience of individuals living in global cities such as Sydney.

 

Sydney Pavilion, Curatorial Team

Aaron Seeto – Curator
Sharon Chen – Curatorial Project Manager
Toby Chapman – Assistant Curator

 

VIDEO INTERVIEWS

Curator, Aaron Seeto and participating artists Raquel Ormella and Khaled Sabsabi introduce The Sydney Pavilion exhibition, The Floating Eye part of the Inter-City Pavilions Project at the 9th Shanghai Biennale 2012. The exhibition is on until 30 December 2012.

Video interviews by Das Platforms.

 

 

 

MEDIA COVERAGE

Sydney Morning Herald by Kristie Kellahan

 

SYDNEY PAVILION BLOG

Check out 4A’s dedicated SYDNEY PAVILION, THE FLOATING EYE BLOG for more information on participating artists and regular updates as the project unfolds.

 

PREORDER THE PUBLICATION

A special Sydney Pavilion publication will be produced featuring contributions by Michael Fitzgerald, Olivier Krischer, Aaron Seeto, Souchou Yao amongst others. Preorder the publication.

 

 

Sydney Pavilion
悉尼馆
The Floating Eye
东张西望
October 2 – 30 December, 2012
2012年10月2日 - 12月30日

 

 

 

 


 

VARIABLE TRUTH

25 MAY – 14 JULY 2012.

Artists: Tony Albert, Brook Andrew, Melissa Howe, Roslisham Ismail (ISE), Michael Lee, Greg Semu, Alexander Seton, Tim Silver, Tony Twigg

Variable Truth examines alternative aesthetic and conceptual trajectories in contemporary art based upon close readings of Australian art and social history. The exhibition includes Australian and international artists who examine the Asia-Pacific Region to inform an expanded understanding of their own historical trajectories.

In recent history, Australia’s cultural environment has experienced drastic shifts due to increased awareness of cultural diversity, globalisation and the impact of emerging economic powerbases. Alongside these significant changes, are the precedents of artists such as Ian Fairweather, who looked internationally for cross-cultural fertilisation.

The works presented in Variable Truth reflect the conceptual approach of artists like Fairweather, offering alternative perspectives on internationalism in contemporary Australian art and society.

MEDIA COVERAGE

Download and listen to Director of 4A and Curator of Variable Truth, Aaron Seeto’s recent interview on Arts Thursday, Eastside Radio 89.5FM by Maren Smith before you visit 4A.

Tharunka by Harriet Levenston

PROJECT BLOG

Further details on Ise’s project can be found in 4A News and on the project’s blog jalanjalanmakanangin.tumblr.com

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

EDGE OF ELSEWHERE, SYDNEY FESTIVAL 2012

14 JANUARY – 3 MARCH 2012

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
14 January – 3 March 2012

Campbelltown Arts Centre
14 January – 18 March 2012

In the final instalment of Edge of Elsewhere, leading international and Australian artists have been commissioned by Campbelltown Arts Centre and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art to produce new work in partnership with Sydney’s communities. For the past three years, thirteen artists from across Asia, Australia, and the Pacific have developed significant projects that challenge how we think about contemporary community-engaged practice. Edge of Elsewhere in 2012 includes Brook Andrew, Arahmaiani, Richard Bell, Dacchi Dang, Newell Harry, FX Harsono, Shigeyuki Kihara, Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, Lisa Reihana, Khaled Sabsabi, Phaptawan Suwannakudt, Michel Tuffery and YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES.

Edge of Elsewhere is co-curated by Dr Thomas Berghuis, Lisa Havilah, and Aaron Seeto, and will be presented across two venues Campbelltown Arts Centre and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.

For further information on the Edge of Elsewhere projects, visit our blog edgeofelsewhere.wordpress.com

 

 

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Edge of Elsewhere is produced by Campbelltown Arts Centre and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, and supported by the Australia Council for the Arts Visual Arts Board and Community Partnerships, and the NSW Government through Arts NSW.

EDGE OF ELSEWHERE

SYDNEY. 15 JANUARY- 12 MARCH 2011.

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
15 January – 12 March 2011

Campbelltown Arts Centre
15 January – 17 April 2011

Edge of Elsewhere is a major three-year project that was launched in January 2010 as a partnership between 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and Campbelltown Arts Centre.

The project brings together 13 contemporary artists from Australia, Asia and the Pacific who have each chosen to collaborate with a different local community in the Greater Sydney region in order to create their work including Brook Andrew, Arahmaiani, Richard Bell, Dacchi Dang, Newell Harry, FX Harsono, Shigeyuki Kihara, Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, Lisa Reihana, Khaled Sabsabi, Phaptawan Suwannakudt, Michel Tuffery, and YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES.

Edge of Elsewhere is co-curated by Dr Thomas J. Berghuis, Lisa Havilah, and Aaron Seeto, and was presented across two venues Campbelltown Arts Centre and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.

For further information on the Edge of Elsewhere projects, visit our blog edgeofelsewhere.wordpress.com

 

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Edge of Elsewhere is produced by Campbelltown Arts Centre and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, and supported by the Australia Council for the Arts Visual Arts Board and Community Partnerships, and the NSW Government through Arts NSW.