CINEMA ALLEY 2014

Friday 7 February 2014
Golden Age Cinema & Bar, 80 Commonwealth St, Surry Hills

Cinema Alley at Golden Age Cinema & Bar is a night of Chinese cinematic wonder and cutting-edge video art presented in the architectural grandeur of the art deco Paramount Pictures building in the ‘Hollywood Quarter’ of Sydney’s Surry Hills.

Curated by 4A in response to the unique setting of Golden Age Cinema, Cinema Alley at Golden Age Cinema & Bar presents two feature films and two installations of video art that explore the significant changes that have occurred to the physical and cultural landscape of China over recent decades.

Offering ticketed cinema screenings in addition to free contemporary video art installations, dapper attired wait staff, specially curated cocktails and tempting bites, 4A invites audiences to bring in the Chinese Year of the Horse in the elegant surrounds of a ‘golden age’.

Curator Toby Chapman says, ‘Cinema Alley presents a suite of feature lms and video installations from China that engage with ideas of nostalgia and the important role that the moving image has played in China’s collective imagination.

The evening will feature the Sydney premiere screening of leading Chinese director Jia Zhangke’s (贾樟柯) A Touch of Sin (天注定) (2013), the critically acclaimed Tarantino-esque thriller that earned Best Screenplay at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Also showing is Jia Zhangke’s haunting minimalist drama Still Life (三峡好人) (2006), awarded Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 2006.

In the foyer and bar areas, the free video art installations by contemporary Chinese artist Chen Qiulin (陈秋林), and Hong Kong based video, installation and performance artist Adrian Wong, will provide multi-sensory experiences with bespoke costumes, cocktails and dining menu to complete the evening.

Cinema Alley at Golden Age Cinema & Bar is produced by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art in partnership with Golden Age Cinema & Bar and is an associated event of the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival.

Members Program: 4A A4 Exhibition Preview

Be first through the door for our much anticipated 4A A4 fundraising exhibition for your chance to purchase works by leading contemporary Australian and international artists available across the board for $200 each. Artworks are exhibited anonymously with artists’ names and artwork details revealed upon sale. Support 4A’s programs by getting in before the general public.

4A A4  – EXCLUSIVE MEMBERS’ PREVIEW
Venue: 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
Date: Thursday 6 November 2014
Time: 5.30pm – 6.30pm (prior to general admission 6.30pm – 8.30pm)
Become a 4A Member

The 4A Members’ Program is a series of tailored events offering a chance to connect with people who share your passion for contemporary art. If you’re not a Member then join today to enjoy what our Members’ Program has to offer and all the other benefits of membership. View our 2014 program here.

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YOU CAN NOW PURCHASE 4A A4 ARTWORKS FROM 4A’S ONLINE SHOP

 

Zheng Guogu in conversation with Aaron Seeto

Zheng Guogu in conversation with Aaron Seeto
Thursday 30 October 2014, 6.30-7.30pm 
Venue: 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art

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Join us for a conversation between acclaimed Chinese artist Zheng Guogu (郑国谷) and Aaron Seeto, Director of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.

Zheng Guogu is internationally recognised for producing large-scale installations and architectural interventions that highlight the absurd and often ironic connections between traditional Chinese culture and everyday life. He works both independently and as a leading member of the Chinese contemporary art collective, Yangjiang Group, based in the coastal city of Yangjiang in the Pearl River Delta in Guangdong province. As part of a generation of Chinese artists who have been affected by the explosion of global market forces, Zheng’s art practice questions the meaning of calligraphy, painting, performance and architecture in our globalised contexts.

Zheng Guogu will discuss the emergence of Yangjiang Group during the early 2000s; the artistic strategies employed by the group living outside the key centres of artistic production in China; and their idiosyncratic perspective on the relationship between culture and everyday activities such as gambling, gaming, drinking tea, calligraphy, food and built environments. Zheng will also discuss previous projects of Yangjiang Group and the development of a major new project for 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art to be presented in January 2015.

 

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The conversation is presented in association with University of Sydney China Studies Centre.


About Zheng Guogu’s visit
Zheng Guogu will be in Sydney undertaking a site visit at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and the Chinese Garden of Friendship in Darling Harbour where the Yangjiang Group will exhibit and perform in a special project to take place in early 2015. You can participate and support this major project by supporting 4A’s Kickstarter crowdfunding Initiative to bring these artists to Australia.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/4acentre/actions-for-tomorrow



Yangjiang Group – Actions for Tomorrow is produced by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art with the support of the Chinese Garden of Friendship, The Australia Council for the Arts, City of Sydney and the Australia-China Council.

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Thanks to our Kickstarter supporters: Deborah Paauwe, Geoff, Anna Waldmann, Hanna Barber, Antonio Lopez, Michael Snelling, Eliane Marti, Elke Wohlfahrt, Caroline Chanthaporn, Michael McGregor, Yu Ye Wu, Michèle Reymond, Julia Champtaloup, Luise Guest, Annette Larkin, Sally Brand, Gina Fairley, JZT, Johnny Stark. Mingyue Zhou, Jennifer Stafford, James Turnbull, Bonita Ely, Hong An James Nguyen, Pedro de Almeida, Kyle Weise, Michael Rolfe, Sarah McGhee, Sam Wild, Kim Spinks, Kiong Lee, Xia Li Summerfield, Sam, Rebecca Craig, Bridget Ikin, Harrie Sengers, Willi’s WIne Bar, Naomi Shedlezki, Annette Shun Wah, Jason Phu, Tony Albert, Michele Sandoz, Mark Connolly, Lena Walter, Gerda can den Bergh, Elliott Blesdoe, Chloé Wolifson, Pam Hewitt, Mikala Tai, Winnie Chan, Toby Chapman, Jane O’Sullivan, Monique Claire, Jess Scully, John Choi, Tatyana, Sheila Pham, Ronana Sulich, Jun Qiu, Jane Somerville, Dick Quan, Gene Sherman, Kirsty Collins, Jayanto Damanik, Brooke Aitken, Lucy Wang, Daniel Droga, Nicholas Forrest, Andrew Rothery, Christine Maroussis, Stephanie Pereira, John Lam-Po-Tang and Lorraine Heller-Nicholas.

Edge of Elsewhere 2011/12 Book Launch

Friday 10 October, 6-7pm
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To be officially launched by Frank Panucci, Executive Director of Arts Funding, Australia Council for the Arts.

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
181 – 187 Hay Street, Sydney
NSW 2000 Australia

Over three years Edge of Elsewhere (2010 – 2012) co-curated by Dr Thomas J. Berghuis, Lisa Havilah, and Aaron Seeto saw the presentation of commissioned works that were the result of community engaged projects produced by some of the most exciting contemporary artists from across Australia, Asia and the Pacific.

Campbelltown Arts Centre and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art invites you to the launch of the Edge of Elsewhere 2011/2012 publication, a comprehensive book that documents the creative development of this unique project, showcases each artists’ work and features contributions from local and international writers and curators.

The book will be available for sale at the launch (RRP AUD$40.00) and from Campbelltown Arts Centre and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.

 

Edge of Elsewhere 2011/2012 is published by Campbelltown Arts Centre in partnership with 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.

 

 

 

 

 

4A A4 CALL OUT FOR A4 WORKS

Artists! 4A is seeking A4 art works from across Australia and the globe for this year’s 4A A4 fundraising exhibition, celebrating the work of emerging and established artists alike and raising funds for 4A’s program.

Last year 4A A4 raised over $25,000 in 24 hours, through the generosity of artists and supporters. Help us break this record!

Join the challenge and make it A4. Be creative with your choice of material and the medium of the work, so long as you keep within an A4 size limit.

Registration is free. Then post or deliver your art work to 4A by Friday 31 October 2014, 5pm.

All art works will be:

  • Featured in the exhibition
  • Featured online at 4a.com.au and on 4A social media
  • Available for sale for a fixed price of AUD $200 each with proceeds going directly back to 4A’s program.
  • Art works will be sold anonymously. The names of artists only announced once works are sold.
  • All submitted art works are considered donations to 4A. Entries will not be returned.

Rally your networks to take part by sharing this link with friends. Thank you for your support!

Since 1996, artists have always supported artists and contributed to the making of 4A. Today we’re just as passionate as the artists who started the organisation and our ethos stands: to create opportunities for other artists, develop platforms to exhibit and encourage critical, independent discussion. Artists today need all the help they can get! This is the second year of 4AA4, check out the artists list from last year here.

 

 

Exhibition dates

Submission deadline:  Friday 31 October, 5pm

Exhibition opening: 6 November 2014, 6-8pm

 

Eligibility

Submission is open to all artists from Australia and internationally.

Registration is free and submissions are unlimited. We value your support!

 

How to Apply

Complete the registration form and submit it with the art work to:

4A A4 submissions
4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
PO BOX K1312
Haymarket NSW 1240


Enquiries

info@4a.com.au
+ 61 2 9212 0380

 

Image: Tully Arnot

 

Members’ Program: Shen Jiawei Studio Visit

4A takes you to beautiful Bundeena on the edge of the Royal National Park to the studio of celebrated Chinese-Australian artist, Shen Jiawei. Members have the rare opportunity to get a personal glimpse into the studio practice of a prominent painter who was a self-taught and prolific propaganda artist during China’s Cultural Revolution, with his work reproduced on posters seen in the millions. Members meet at 4A and travel with us by public transport (train and ferry) to Bundeena (approx 60 mins travel time each way). Places are limited so book early!

EVENT #2
SHEN JIAWEI STUDIO VISIT
Meeting point: 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
Date: Saturday 30 August 2014
Time: 1.00pm – 5.30pm
Ticketed: $22 for Members / $77 for non-Members / $49.50 for non-Members (concession)
Bookings are now closed.

The 4A Members’ Program is a series of tailored events offering a chance to connect with people who share your passion for contemporary art. If you’re not a Member then join today to enjoy what our Members’ Program has to offer and all the other benefits of membership. View our 2014 program here.

 

HAZE

Haze
Tully Arnot, Sarah Contos, Jensen Tjhung
22 August – 25 October 2014
Opening: Thursday 21 August, 6.00pm-8.00pm, in the presence of the artists
To be opened by Guan Wei.
Artists’ talks: Saturday 23 August, 2.00pm-3.00pm

Image: Tully Arnot, Alternate Great Wall (2014), digital image. Courtesy the artist.

Curators’ Intensive Public Talk – Dr Sophie McIntyre: Politics, Art & Representation: Curating in an intercultural context

Dr Sophie McIntyre

Politics, Art & Representation: Curating in an intercultural context

Friday 11 July, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
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This presentation explores the spatial and relational dynamics of curating exhibitions in an intercultural context, and it focuses on the meaning and significance of place in a geo-political, cultural, artistic and museological context. Drawing on several exhibitions  of contemporary art from the Asia-Pacific region that McIntyre has (co)curated, the presentation will delve into the politics of cultural representation and it will reflect on some of the challenges and valuable insights gained when curating across and between different cultures and audiences.

For more information about the 4A Curators’ Intensive click here

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Curators’ Intensive Public Talks – Cosmin Costinas: Ten Million Rooms of Yearning & A Journal of the Plague Year – A Case Study of Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong.

Cosmin Costinas
Ten Million Rooms of Yearning & A Journal of the Plague Year: A Case Study of Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong.


Saturday 12 July, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
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This talk will present an insight into recent research and projects by Cosmin Costinas for Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong. Para/Site is Hong Kong’s leading contemporary art space and one of the oldest and most active independent art centres in Asia. It produces exhibitions, publications and discursive projects aimed at forging a critical understanding of local and international phenomena in art and society.
 
Since 2011 Cosmin Costinas has been the Executive Director and Curator of Para/Site, where he has delivered a number of exhibitions that discuss and explore local political and historical contexts. Costinas will discuss a number of the challenges in presenting these projects, and consider how they fit within broader curatorial conversations in Hong Kong.
 
As a relative newcomer to Hong Kong, Cosmin will also speak about his personal perspective in developing exhibitions and the role that collaboration plays in working in a new cultural context. What kind of responsibility does a curator, or indeed an organisation, have to the local?

 

For more information about the 4A Curators’ Intensive click here

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4A Curators’ Intensive Public Talk – Robin Peckham: Tracing the Post-Internet

Robin Peckham
Tracing the Post-Internet: A Case Study in Curatorial Process


Thursday 10 July 6.30pm – 8.00pm
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What are the relationships between the movement that has come to be called ‘post-internet’ and the media realities of the historical moment that enables it?  This talk will present the curatorial process and research behind the exhibition Art Post-Internet co-curated by Peckham, paying close attention to the differences between survey methodologies and thematic approaches. Peckham will respond to notions including the differences between intent and effect in artistic practice, the tension between documentation and materiality in recent art, collaboration as a tool, the specificities of the exhibition and other possible realisations, and categories of curatorial work from essayistic narrative compositions to forms of analysis.  This presentation will tentatively structure a logic by which we might be able to expand a thematic understanding of post-internet art based on an empirical understanding of its social core.
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CURATORS’ INTENSIVE 2014

4A’s Curators’ Intensive is an initiative developed by 4A to encourage professional advancement amongst early career Australian cultural practitioners with an interest in curatorial practice. The Intensive will take place between Thursday 10 – Sunday 13 July at various locations in Sydney, Australia.

This is the second Intensive (following 2012) and will be led by three established curators who are working in an international context with a particular focus on the Asia-Pacific region. In 2014 the Curators’ Intensive will feature:

Cosmin Costinas (HK)

Dr Sophie McIntyre (AUS)

Robin Pekham (HK/Beijing)

These curators along with 4A will deliver this program over four consecutive days through a mix of public discussions and closed forums. The Intensive will consist of the following: each evening there will be a public presentation by one curator. On the following day a closed workshop will be led by one of the curators for participants only. Through these discussions participants will expand on the issues raised by curators during their public presentations.

This program will be of interest to curators or cultural practitioners at the beginning of their careers, as well as those currently working independently or in institutions and interested in participating in an expanded discussion around curatorial practice. While focused on a broad conception of contemporary Asian art, this program will encompass a much larger range of curatorial discussions. The participating curators have a wide variety of experiences from socially engaged art, curating local history, international perspectives, as well as museums and independent spaces.

 

PUBLIC LECTURES

In 2014 the 4A Curators’ Intensive includes a series of free public talks at 4A presented by our guest curators.
Bookings are essential via eventbrite. Please note you will need to book separately for each talks.

 

Thursday 10 July, 6.30pm – 8.00pm
Tracing the Post-Internet: A Case Study in Curatorial Process
Robin Peckham
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What is the relationship between the movement that has come to be called ‘post-internet’ and the media realities of the historical moment that enables it?

This talk will present the curatorial process and research behind the exhibition Art Post-Internet co-curated by Peckham, paying close attention to the differences between survey methodologies and thematic approaches to curating. Peckham will respond to notions including the differences between intent and effect in artistic practice, the tension between documentation and materiality in recent art, collaboration as a tool, the specificities of the exhibition and other possible realisations, and categories of curatorial work from essayistic narrative compositions to forms of analysis.

This presentation will tentatively structure a logic by which we might be able to expand a thematic understanding of post-internet art based on an empirical understanding of its social core.

 

Friday 11 July, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Politics, Art & Representation: Curatorship in an intercultural context
Dr Sophie McIntyre
Book here

This presentation explores the spatial and relational dynamics of curating exhibitions in an intercultural context by focussing on the meaning and significance of place in a geo-political, cultural, artistic and museological context. Drawing on several exhibitions  of contemporary art from the Asia-Pacific region that Dr. McIntyre has (co)curated, the presentation will delve into the politics of cultural representation and it will reflect on some of the challenges and valuable insights gained when curating across and between different cultures and audiences.

 

Saturday 12 July, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Ten Million Rooms of Yearning & A Journal of the Plague Year: A Case Study of Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong.

Cosmin Costinas
Book here

This talk will present an insight into recent research and projects by Cosmin Costinas for Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong. Para/Site is Hong Kong’s leading contemporary art space and one of the oldest and most active independent art centres in Asia. It produces exhibitions, publications and discursive projects aimed at forging a critical understanding of local and international phenomena in art and society.
 
Since 2011 Cosmin Costinas has been the Executive Director and Curator of Para/Site, where he has delivered a number of exhibitions that discuss and explore local political and historical contexts. Costinas will discuss a number of the challenges in presenting these projects, and consider how they fit within broader curatorial conversations in Hong Kong.
 
As a relative newcomer to Hong Kong, Cosmin will also speak about his personal perspective in developing exhibitions and the role that collaboration plays in working in a new cultural context. What kind of responsibility does a curator, or indeed an organisation, have to the local?

 


 

Curators’ Biographies:

Cosmin Costinas is the Executive Director of the Para/site Art Space, Hong Kong’s leading non-profit organisation dedicated to contemporary visual art. He was born in Satu Mare, Romania in 1982. His was previously curator of BAK in the Netherlands; co-director of the 2010 Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art, ; and editor of the magazine documenta 12. Major exhibitions include Taiping Tianguo: A History of Possible Encounters: Ai Weiwei, Frog King Kwok, Tehching Hsieh, and Martin Wong in New York for Para/site (2012); Spacecraft Icarus 13. Narratives of Progress from Elsewhere and In the Middle of Things for BAK (2011), and I, the Undersigned, a touring exhibition at the Institute of International Visual Arts in London, the Lunds Konsthall in Lund, tranzit+display in Prague, and Württembergischer Kunstverein in Stuttgart (2010–2011).

Dr Sophie McIntyre is a curator, art writer and lecturer with a particular interest in contemporary Asian art. After working for more than seventeen years as an art curator and gallery director, she completed a PhD on the impact of identity politics on artistic and exhibitionary practices during the post-martial law period in Taiwan. Sophie has lived in China and Taiwan and curated several art exhibitions from this region that have toured nationally and internationally. These include Penumbra (2007); Islanded: Contemporary Art from New Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan (2005) (co-curated with Lee Weng Choy and Eugene Tan), Concrete Horizons: Art from China (2004) and Face to Face: Contemporary Art from Taiwan (1999-2000). She has given papers and published extensively on this field in exhibition catalogues, books and journals. Sophie was employed as a curator and gallery director of two university art museums in Australia and New Zealand, and prior to this time she worked at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and in other public and commercial galleries in Sydney and Brisbane.

Robin Peckham is an editor and curator based between Hong Kong and Beijing. He operated the independent exhibition space Saamlung, Hong Kong from 2011-2013, and has organised exhibitions for institutions including the City University of Hong Kong; Goethe-Institut, Hong Kong; and Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing. Peckham has lectured at the University of Hong Kong City University, and Asia Art Archive. His writing is published in Artforum, LEAP, Monopol and Yishu, as well as books for the Minsheng Art Museum, Para/site Art Space, and Timezone8, including publications on video art pioneer Zhang Peili and architectural interventionists MAP Office.


 

2014 Intensive Participants:

Miriam Arbus (VIC) is originally from Canada where she studied Art History, Contemporary Theory and Curatorship at Concordia University and the University of Toronto. After completing her Masters degree she relocated to Melbourne. With dedicated interest in contemporary localised art practice, Miriam works as the Director and Curator of Fitzroy’s Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne. Her areas of foci are pertinent to new media practices as well as participatory art.

Mira Asriningtyas (INDONESIA) works as an independent curator and writer in Yogyakarta. In 2011 she founded an independent space that aims to build a supportive and positive environment for young artists – Lir Space, Yogyakarta. She was chosen as one of the curators in Young Curator Forum of Cemeti Art House, and recently selected to be part of the Young Curators Workshop by the Japan Foundation, Indonesia. Mira is especially interested in conceptually-driven projects, contemporary artworks and text-based art.

Andrew Ewing (NT) is Vietnamese-Australian. He has curated a discussion panel on Art & Censorship in Indonesia in the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival where he worked for three years. He was Program Manager at 24HR Art – the Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, curating smaller spaces as well as co-curating a touring show with David Broker called Territorial. He received an Australia Council grant to work at the Venice Biennale, was Director and curator of the Darwin Pride Festival, and is currently on the selection committee for Asialink.

Sebastian Goldspink (NSW) is a Sydney-based curator and administration. In late 2011 he founded ALASKA Projects, a multi-disciplinary art space located in Sydney’s Kings Cross. Since opening, ALASKA has held over 50 exhibitions and showcased the work of over 300 emergings artists. Sebastian has curated extensively for ALASKA’s touring shows including I Miss Your More When It Rains, Dog Park Art Project Space, Christchurch and As Above So Below, Good Children Gallery, New Orleans. He is the curator of the John Fries Memorial Prize and the Art Bank roving curator for 2013/14. He is a regular contributor to arts publications including Inside, Art Collector, NAVA Quarterly and Sturgeon.

Sophie Kitson (NSW) has spent the last few years focusing on architecture and design, public programs, invigilating, writing and arts administration for various Australian and Italian based arts institutions. Most recently, she has been working at the USA Pavilion for the 55th Biennale di Venezia; has been curatorial assistant for Alaska Projects’ Director Sebasian Goldspink; completed a 3-month internship at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum, Venice, and was the recipient of the 2012 Firstdraft Emerging Curators Program.

Alana Kushnir (VIC) is a freelance curator and art lawyer. She recently returned to Melbourne after living in London while completing her MFA Curating course at Goldsmiths. Her curatorial interests are focused on the intersection of the law, methodologies of curating and art practices which have been influenced by the advent of the internet.

While working across a variety of contexts, Tess Maunder (QLD) is primarily interested in a field of public inquiry beyond the individual curatorial position. Maunder is a founding co-director of The Maximilian with Laura Brown. In 2013, Maunder participated in both the 5th Gwangju Biennale International Curator Course and ICI course: What does it mean to be international? Tess currently works for Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane.

Tulleah Pearce (NSW) is a Sydney-based curator and producer. She is interested in performative, situated and interdisciplinary art practices. She currently works as the Associate Curator at Performance Space and is a Co-Director of Firstdraft artist-run initiative. She has previously co-directed Critical Animals creative research symposium as part of This is Not Art, Newcastle.

Kyle Weise (VIC) is co-director of Screen Space, a not-for-profit screen-based gallery in Melbourne. He is a PhD candidate in Culture and Communications at the University of Melbourne, where his research is focused on the moving image and the construction of space. Kyle is a former committee member of Kings ARI, Melbourne and was co-director of Beam Contemporary, Melbourne from 2010 to 2014.

Chloé Wolifson (NSW) is a Sydney-based independent arts writer and curator with an emerging practice across artist-run, commercial and public domains. She has curated exhibitions in Sydney at Breezeblock, Slot Gallery and Carriageworks, and is regularly commissioned as an arts writer. She currently sits on the board of Runway Australian Experimental Art Journal. www.chloewolifson.com

Gintani Nur Apresia Swastika (INDONESIA) is an independent curator currently based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Luisa Tresca (NSW) is an Italian born writer and gallery assistant with a background in Comparative Literature and five years working experience in the Chinese contemporary art field. After receiving an MA in Comparative Literature from Dublin City University, she moved to Beijing in 2009 and worked as a team member of Cao Fei’s RMB City art studio and with contemporary art gallery Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou. Luisa recently relocated to Sydney, Australia.

 

 

 

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The Curators’ Intensive is an initiative of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and has been made possible with the support of Sue Acret & James Roth and the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund. 4A acknowledges the support of the Northern Centre for Contemporary Art.

 

ARCHIVE AS VERB – A KEYNOTE BY HAMMAD NASAR

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art in partnership with the Australia Council for the Arts Visual Arts Section invite you to:

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION:
ARCHIVE AS VERB

HAMMAD NASAR
HEAD OF RESEARCH AND PROGRAMMES, ASIA ART ARCHIVE

Thursday 3 April 2014
6.30pm-7.30pm

Venue: 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, 181-187 Hay Street, Sydney
Bookings: Free, bookings essential via eventbrite here
Refreshments will be served

In this special keynote presentation Hammad Nasar will discuss recent and ongoing projects that he and his colleagues have developed at the Hong Kong-based Asia Art Archive, one of the world’s leading public collections of primary and secondary source material about contemporary art in Asia.

Hammad will address the idea of archive as verb: a dynamic process that looks beyond the physical aspects of material culture towards the actions that engagement with archives can enable. How can artists, curators, researchers, educators, students and the broader public generate new ideas, works and individual responses that continually reshape the archive itself? What does it mean to enrich and complicate histories that are told through the archive by means of active engagement?  What are the responsibilities of collecting organisations towards public accessibility, public education and the historical and political implications of facilitating others to challenge dominant global art historical narratives?

Ideal for those who are interested in understanding the development of contemporary art in Asia and the ideas and motivations behind activating archives, Hammad will link this theme and his current work with Asia Art Archive with his experiences in producing curatorial projects at Green Cardamom, a London-based not-for-profit organisation that focuses on art from South and West Asia and which he co-founded.

Hammad Nasar’s presentation complements 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art’s renewed focus on developing its contemporary art archive for research, education and program opportunities in the near future. Since 1996, 4A has been documenting and collecting information about contemporary artists and Australia’s evolving cultural relationships in the Asia Pacific region.

 

Hammad Nasar is co-hosted by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art in partnership with the Australia Council for the Arts Visual Arts Section through its International Visitors Program.

               

 

Hammad Nasar is a curator, writer and Head of Research and Programmes at the Hong Kong-based Asia Art Archive. Earlier he co-founded the non-profit arts organisation Green Cardamom, London, that focuses on art from South and West Asia and has a commitment to exhibition-led enquiry. Hammad has curated or co-curated numerous international exhibitions and symposia, including: Karkhana: A Contemporary Collaboration, Johnson Museum, Cornell University (2012, Ithaca, USA) and Nasher Museum, Duke University (2013, Durham, USA); Drawn from Life, Abbott Hall Art Gallery (2011, Kendal, UK); Beyond the Page: The Miniature as Attitude in Contemporary Art from Pakistan (Pacific Asia Museum (2010, Pasadena, USA); Lines of Control: Partition as a Productive Space, Cornell University (2012, Ithaca, USA); and Where Three Dreams Cross: 150 Years of Photography from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, Whitechapel Gallery and Fotomuseum Winterthur (2010, London, UK and Winterthur, Switzerland). Hammad plays an advisory role for various arts organisations including Delfina Foundation (UK), Rhode Island School of Design (USA) and San Art (Vietnam). He was a Fellow of the UK’s Clore Leadership Programme and Research Fellow at Goldsmiths College, London.

Asia Art Archive (AAA) was initiated in 2000 in response to the urgent need to document and secure the multiple recent histories of contemporary art in the Asia region. With research posts in China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, and Taiwan, AAA has collated one of the most valuable collections of material on contemporary art in the region. Built of 85% donated material, the collection now holds over 34,000 records, comprised of hundreds of thousands of physical and digital items, and it continues to grow. Through collecting and making information on the recent history of contemporary art in Asia easily accessible, AAA offers a range of programmes for educators, youth and young adults, and other members in the community, with the goal of becoming the definitive arts resource and library for the Hong Kong public, particularly educators and students.

 

 

4A hosts artist talk with Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook

On Saturday 15 March 2pm, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art is hosting an artist talk with Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook introducing her solo exhibition Storytellers of the Town. This is a rare opportunity to hear from one of Thailand’s foremost contemporary artists who has had a significant impact upon the contemporary art of South-East Asia and a lasting influence upon other generations of artists working in video and installation practice.

Araya’s work will be familiar with Australian audiences, having participated in the Biennale of Sydney (1996 and 2010) and most recently in Documenta 13 (2012), Istanbul Biennale (2003) as well as other group exhibitions at the Guggenheim Museum, New York (2013); Asian Art Museum, San Francisco (2012); National Museum of Art, Osaka (2011); National Art Gallery, Singapore (2010)

Saturday 15 March 2pm
4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
Free event

STORYTELLERS OF THE TOWN LAUNCH

The Board of 4A & Aaron Seeto, Director of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
invite you to the opening of

ARAYA RASDJARMREARNSOOK
STORYTELLERS OF THE TOWN

Thursday 13 March 2014, 6pm in the presence of the artist
at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, 181 – 187 Hay Street, Sydney
RSVP: info@4a.com.au

Exhibition dates: 14 March – 10 May 2014
Artist Talk: Saturday 15 March, 2pm

 

BEIJING SILVERMINE PUBLIC PROGRAMS

Join 4A for curator-led talks and Chinese language tours as part of Thomas Sauvin’s Beijing Silvermine exhibition and during the City of Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival 2014.  4A will be open late til 9pm during the Chinese New Year Festival Night Markets.

4A UP LATE FOR CHINESE NEW YEAR FESTIVAL NIGHT MARKETS
WITH CURATOR TALKS

Friday 24 January & Saturday 25 January 6 – 9pm
Free event

CHINESE LANGUAGE TOURS
Saturday 18 January & Saturday 15 February 12 – 1pm
Free event

 

 

BEIJING SILVERMINE LAUNCH

The Board of 4A invites you to the launch of

BEIJING SILVERMINE 北京银矿
THOMAS SAUVIN
OPENING: SATURDAY 11 JANURY 2PM – 4PM
To be officially opened by Councillor Robert Kok of the City of Sydney, with special guest speaker
Linda Jaivin, novelist, writer, translator and Visiting Fellow, Australian National University

4A Centre or Contemporary Asian Art
181-187 Hay St
Sydney NSW 2000
#BeijingSilvermine

 

PUBLIC PROGRAMS

4A MEMBERS’ EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW WITH THOMAS SAUVIN
Saturday 11 January 1 – 2pm
Free with 4A Membership. Become a Member today here.

4A UP LATE FOR CHINESE NEW YEAR FESTIVAL NIGHT MARKETS
WITH CURATOR TALKS

Friday 24 January & Saturday 25 January 6 – 9pm
Free event

CHINESE LANGUAGE TOURS
Saturday 18 January & Saturday 15 February 12 – 1pm
Free event

 

 


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