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.
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.