Running over 48 continuous hours at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, 48HR Incident is a program of performance art and live actions initiated or performed by artists from Australia, Asia and the Pacific.

Challenging conceptual and social frameworks that surround the position of the individual in relation to the group, 48HR Incident presents a series of works ranging from artistic interventions through to longer durational performances. Participating artists have drawn upon contested historical narratives, political provocations and social situations to conceive and present works specifically for the context of 4A, taking into account dynamics of space, geography and social relations in and outside of the gallery. 48HR Incident considers the impact of these actions on the decisions that individuals and groups make, avoid or otherwise oppose in the daily act of living.

Conceived as the third and final component of MASS GROUP INCIDENT, 48HR Incident is in many ways a culmination of the discussion that occurred during the development of this broader curatorial project, in particular how ephemeral, interdisciplinary and performative artforms embody real social conditions or frictions. 
48HR Incident is a call to action, a test of audiences’ will and commitment to meet the challenges that artists present them, and an admission that at the irreducible core of any collective actions or movement is the latent power of the individual.

48HR Incident

Frances Barrett, Dadang Christanto, Blak Douglas, JD Reforma, Tony Schwensen, Abdullah M. I Syed, Latai Taumoepeau, Salote Tawale, Wok the Rock & Lara Thoms, & Samson Young.

Friday 29 May 2015, 6pm – Sunday 31 May 2015, 6pm

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art

Video & Edit: Dara Gill
Interview: Pedro de Almeida and Toby Chapman
Co-produced by and © Das Platforms and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, 2015

48HR Incident is produced by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art; assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body; supported by the City of Sydney Cultural Grants Program; and supported by Museums & Galleries NSW and Gordon Darling Foundation. Lara Thoms and Wok The Rock’s project ‘Jakarta Whiplash ’93 Re-Revisited’ was developed during a residency in Yogyakarta as part of Gertrude Contemporary’s Indonesia/Australia exchange project #banyakbanyak.