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 – PUBLIC PROGRAMS

Since 2011 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art has been working with Indonesian artist FX Harsono and a group of emerging artists, writers, historians and curators to form the curatorium, In Memory of A Name for Edge of Elsewhere 2012.

This group was asked to consider Harsono’s work, Rewriting the Erased (2009) as the springboard for a series of discussions into the social, political and historical impact of changing one’s name.

On Saturday 18 February 2-4pm as an outcome of their research and discussions the curatorium will present a series of public programs including a roundtable discussion with Harsono and conversation projects, that ask questions of the circumstances and contexts in which people change their names.

In Memory of a Name Mini-Symposium

In Memory of A Name will present a series of interviews, stories, discussions and performance as a mini-symposium during the afternoon. The ‘symposium’ will be held in the gallery space of 4A, and will simultaneously be recorded and podcast. Included is the following lineup of presentations from participants:

1)    Macushla Robinson speaks to participants from Celebrate-Obliterate-Recreate, focusing on how each person felt about having their personal stories and objects overwritten and how they in turn felt about overwriting someone else’s story.

2)    Andreas Jaka Pratama translates the names of 3 to 4 volunteers into Indonesian in Name Filtration System. He will also proceed to teach them the correct way to pronounce them and lead them through a discussion of what they think about the names they are given.

3)    Helen Fong ponders on the big question – can changing your name change your destiny? She interviews pranic healer/lawyer Yasaiah Ross and will have him analyse the names of two volunteers.

4)    Angela Stretch produces a radio documentary on a man who named his race horse 5 dollars based on the advice of a fortuneteller and his misadventure of trying to register that name.

5)   A roundtable discussion featuring FX Harsono, Macushla Robinson, Elly Kent and Toby Chapman, Assistant Curator, Edge of Elsewhere.

 

PHOTOS FROM THE EVENT

Thanks to all who made it down for the In Memory of a Name Mini-Symposium. Photos from the event are now up on the EDGE OF ELSEWHERE BLOG.

 

PODCASTS
A complete list of podcast recordings from the event are now available on the EDGE OF ELSEWHERE BLOG.

 

 

EDGE OF ELSEWHERE – Workshop – FX Harsono: In Memory of a Name

Throughout 2011, the Edge of Elsewhere team was working with Indonesian artist FX Harsono and a curatorium of emerging cultural producers – artists, writers, curators, academics – as part of the artists contribution to Edge of Elsewhere. Through a series of workshops, online discussions, meetings and individual research the group has conisdered the implications of, and decisions tha lead to changing one’s name.

In late October, 2011 Harsono returned to Sydney to participate in the third In Memory of a Name curatorium workshop. The workshop was a chance for participants to come together to share their individual research and begin discussions about how the outcomes of their progress so far.

The curatorium will present a selection of outcomes from their individual and collective research as part of the 2012 Edge of Elsewhere exhibition program. These outcomes are still in development, but stay tuned for more details closer to January!

Visit the Edge of Elsewhere Blog

Visit the Exhibition page

 

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

Opportunity: In Memory of A Name – Edge of Elsewhere: Emerging Critics Workshop

People change their names under different circumstances and in different places. Often there are historical reasons as well as sociocultural implications that underpin such motivation. What can we learn about representation and identity from this process? What are the complications when a person acquires a new name?

4A is seeking emerging artists, curators, critics and other cultural practitioners (sociologists, writers, urban planners, architects, historians) to collaborate with FX Harsono’s project In Memory of a Name to develop new work for Edge of Elsewhere 2012.

The project contributes to the growth of critical culture by seeking to develop a framework for social research. It provides emerging practitioners with a unique professional development opportunity to gain invaluable insight into a creative methodology for art making and thinking.

Led by Indonesian artist FX Harsono, participants will be invited to form a curatorium, which will embark on a research project which centres on the changing of one’s name in relation to the socio-historical contexts of migration in Australia and Asia. In the process, the project extends to consider the articulation of memory structure and the past, as well as the performance of identity and its political implications.

Edge of Elsewhere is a major three-year project that brings together some of the most exciting contemporary artists from across Australia, Asia and the Pacific to develop new artworks in partnership with Sydney communities. It is the flagship contemporary art project in Sydney Festival’s program over three consecutive years in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Edge of Elsewhere is produced for Sydney Festival by Campbelltown Arts Centre and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.

To apply, please send us your CV and an expression of interest stating in no more than one page what you hope to gain from this workshop to simon.soon@4a.com.au

Places are limited. 4A will be able to cover traveling costs and accommodation for two interstate participants. Applications closes at 5pm, Friday 29th April 2011

2 Day Workshop: 27 – 28 May 2011 (Fri-Sat)
Research Phase: June – November 2011

Follow-up Workshop: End of November 2011
Project Presentation: Edge of Elsewhere (January 2012)

 

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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.