EDGE OF ELSEWHERE – Jun Nguyen Hatsushiba – Breathing is Free: 12,756.3 – Canberra

In October, Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba  completed a stage of his ongoing project, Breathing is Free: 12,756.3 in Canberra, ACT commissioned for Edge of Elsewhere. The performance was part of am ongoing project in which the artist aims to run the diameter of the Earth, 12,756.3 km, in a series of performances that will be documented in still and video photography, along with topographical maps that track the artist’s movement via GPS.

Nguyen-Hatsushiba’s performance in Canberra was commissioned by Campbelltown Arts Centre and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art for the final installment of Edge of Elsewhere, 2012.

Jun’s performance in Canberra traced the perimeter of Christmas Island, a territory of Australia located in the Indian Ocean, that entered the collective consciousness in recent history. In 2001, Christmas Island was the site of what became known as the Tampa controversy, in which the Australian government stopped a Norweigan ship, MV Tampa, from disembarking 438 rescued asylum seekers at Christmas Island. The ensuing standoff and the political remifications for the Australian government were a major issue in the 2001 Australian federal election.

 

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For more photographs of Jun’s performance, check the Breathing is Free: 12,756.3 – Canberra Facebook page here.

 

 

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.

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!

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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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