Edge of Elsewhere

Month: November, 2011

Studio Visit – Phaptawan Suwannakudt

The Edge of Elsewhere team recently visited artist Phaptawan Suwannakudt at her studio and had a chance to preview her new commission for the 2012 exhibition. Throughout 2011, Phaptawan has worked extensively with groups and individuals in South-West Sydney and the Inner West of Sydney, looking at how individuals create or respond to a understanding of home.

In many instances, the people that Phaptawan spoke to used an object of their own – a piece of clothing, a photograph, a book – as a means of articulating these feelings.

Phaptawan has incorporated these objects into her expansive, multi-canvas mural work which will be part of the Campbelltown Arts Centre exhibition for Edge of Elsewhere 2012. The mural involves a design of canvasses of different sizes and shapes that inter-lock to produce a sculptural and multidimensional work. Read on to see a small glimpse of the work that Phaptawan is creating for the exhibition.

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Workshop – FX Harsono: In Memory of a Name

Beginning in early 2011, Indonesian artist FX Harsono initiated a curatorim to be made up of a group 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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Breathing is Free: 12,756.3 – Canberra performance

Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba recently completed a stage of his ongoing project, Breathing is Free: 12,756.3 in Canberra, ACT. 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 for the final installment of Edge of Elsewhere, 2012.

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Brook Andrew – Banjo

 

Edge of Elsewhere is excited to present a series of production sketches from a major new work, Banjo, by Australian artist, Brook Andrew.

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5th Pacific Thought Symposium

5th Pacific Thought Symposium, Bringing Forth the Ancestors, Seymour Centre, January 10 2010

In 2010, the MAU Artistic Director Lemi Ponifasio convened the first Pacific Thought Symposium to be held in Australia. The symposium was a rare opportunity to share different views and cultural philosophies, and to provoke and propose new ways to grapple with Pacific thought. Ponifasio’s theme – Bringing Forth the Ancestors – explored the common ground shared by Sydney’s Indigenous and Pacific communities.

Comprising artists, cultural leaders and dynamic thinkers from Pacific communities in Australia and Asia, the panel included Edge of Elsewhere participants Richard Bell, Dacchi Dang and Shigeyuki Kihara. Edge of Elsewhere curator Lisa Havilah was also in attendance.

As a theme, Bringing Forth The Ancestors proposed that even if the body exists in a bleak present the ancestor still lurks in the vitality that the body inherits.

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