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)