Launching 4A’s The Floating Eye: Sydney Pavilion Blog
In the lead up to preparations, 4A has created a special blog dedicated to The Floating Eye, the 4A Sydney Pavilion exhibition part of the Inter-City Pavilions’ Project at this year’s 9th Shanghai Biennale. Over the next three months 4A will regularly update the blog as this project unfolds, documenting everything from the behind the scenes install process, to reflections on participating artists, to photos of the exhibition and further resources.
Curated by 4A’s Director, Aaron Seeto alongside the Sydney Pavilion team, Curatorial Project Manager, Sharon Chen and Assistant Curator, Toby Chapman, the exhibition will feature exciting new and existing, installation and video works by six contemporary Australian artists Bababa International, Brook Andrew, Shaun Gladwell, Raquel Ormella, Khaled Sabsabi, and Shen Shaomin. The Floating Eye will illustrate the layering of histories and diverse social and cultural experiences, which speak to the experience of individuals living in global cities such as Sydney.
The exhibition brings together six contemporary artists who each have strong connections with Sydney and offer varied perspectives of the city’s transforming reality observed though its demographics, environment, history, politics, geography and society. The Floating Eye 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.
4A is one of several institutions from 30 cities across the world invited to curate an exhibition as part of the Inter-City Pavilions’ Project, one of the several platforms presented at the 9th Shanghai Biennale 2012. With the theme of Reactivation, born out of an exploration of energy emanating from resources, collectives, contemporary life and from various locales, the Inter-City Pavilions’ Project is under the direction of the 9th Shanghai Biennale chief curator 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). Housed in a historic Art Deco building on Nanjing Road East (Nanjing Dong Lu) in Shanghai, the Sydney Pavilion site alongside the Brooklyn and San Francisco Pavilions occupies one of the busiest pedestrian thoroughfares near the Bund in Shanghai.