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Culture for Sale – Shigeyuki Kihara

Edge of Elsewhere is pleased to present a documentary made about Shigeyuki Kihara’s live performance, Culture for Sale (2012). Culture for Sale was commissioned by Campbelltown Arts Centre and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art for Edge of Elsewhere in 2012, and was performed at the opening of Campbelltown’s exhibition on Friday 13 January, 2012.

Culture for Sale explores the close relationship between performance, identity and money in relation to the commercialisaiton of Samoan culture in the wake of the 50th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence of Samoa, in June 2011.

Edge of Elsewhere is pleased to present Culture for Sale, a documentary made about Shigeyuki Kihara’s live performance from the opening night of Edge of Elsewhere in 2012. Enjoy


Installation Images – Campbelltown Arts Centre

From left: Lisa Havilah (Project Curator); Lindy Hume (Director, Sydney Festival); Michael Dagostino (Director, Campbelltown Arts Centre); and Aaron Seeto (Project Curator).

Edge of Elsewhere is pleased to present a selection of installation images from Edge of Elsewhere 2012, at Campbelltown Arts Centre. In it’s third and final year, Edge of Elsewhere presents new commissions from artists Brook Andrew, Richard Bell, Dacchi Dang, Shigeyuki Kihara, Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, Phaptawan Suwannakudt, Khaled Sabsabi and Michel Tuffery. The exhibition continues at Campbelltown Arts Centre until March 18, 2012.

Sydney Festival TV

This piece from Sydney Festival TV followed the production of Michel Tuffery’s work O le Povi Pusa, for Edge of Elsewhere this year. It also includes interviews with artists Shigeyuki Kihara, Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba and the project curators, Lisa Havilah and Aaron Seeto, and Michael Dagostino.

Artist Talks – 2012

After the success of the opening night at Campbelltown Arts Centre, the artist (and quite a big audience) returned for the 2012 Artist Talks.

Aaron Seeto, Director, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art opened the Artist Talks before handing over to Dr. Thomas Berghuis. As one of the original curators of Edge of Elsewhere, Thomas provided a valuable insight into the progress that the project has made over it’s three years. Thomas facilitated a conversation with artists Arahmaiani, Khaled Sabsabi and YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES, discussing the role of the artist in contemporary society.

Panel discussion featuring Arahmaiani, Khaled Sabsabi and YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES, facilitated by Dr. Thomas Berghuis. Photograph: Susannah Wimberley

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Campbelltown Arts Centre – Opening Night

Thank you to all that made it to Campbelltown Arts Centre last Friday evening for the Opening of Edge of Elsewhere.

In addition to the opening speeches, the visitors were treated to a spectacular live performance, Culture for Sale (2012) by Shigeyuki Kihara. For the performance, four traditional Samoan dancers were positioned on low-lying plinths in the gallery space. Placed in front of each, idle performer was a money bowl. Only when an audience member placed money in the bowl, could the performers begin their dancing routine.

Shigeyuki Kihara, Culture for Sale, (2012), live performance, Campbelltown Arts Centre. photograph: Susannah Wimberley

Edge of Elsewhere continues at Campbelltown Arts Centre until Tuesday 13 March. Campbelltown Arts Centre is opening Monday – Sunday from 10am to 4pm.

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Campbelltown Arts Centre – Exhibition Opening

Edge of Elsewhere 2012 officially opens at Campbelltown Arts Centre this evening from 7pm tonight.

Please join us for the launch of the final instalment of Edge of Elsewhere, curated by Dr. Thomas Berghuis, Lisa Havilah and
Aaron Seeto. Exhibited from tonight are new commissions by artists Brook Andrew, Richard Bell, Dacchi Dang, Shigeyuki Kihara, Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, Khaled Sabsabi, Phaptawan Suwannakudt and Michel Tuffery.

Shigeyuki Kihara will present a new live performance, Culture for Sale, from 8pm tonight.

Edge of Elsewhere – Install

YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES - THE SLICKEST LITTLE KOREAN SCUMBAG DOWNUNDER (2011), HD QuickTime movie with original soundtrack, installation view

Last weekend the Edge of Elsewhere team took a break to enjoy Sydney Festival First Night, which included a live performance of  Brook Andrew’s  Travelling Colony, a dizzying and hypnotic combination of the artists Wiradjuri tradition, the circus and pop culture. The following day the team headed to Carriageworks in Redfern for the launch of Black Capital, the inaugural series of performances, seminars, concerts and exhibitions that celebrate the diversity of Redfern, as the Indigenous capital of Australia.

So after an enjoyable weekend it was back into the galleries today, preparing for our own openings later this week. Remember, the openings of our new exhibitions begin this Thursday, at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art at 6pm.




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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Edge of Elsewhere 2012

Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, Breathing is Free: 12,756.3 – Ho Chi Minh City, 118.3 km (2007) single channel digital video, 19:10 courtesy the artist and Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo and Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York

Spanning from Campbelltown to Chinatown, and far beyond, Edge of Elsewhere is a three year long-term project engaging with the diverse cultural mix of suburban Sydney.

In its final year, Edge of Elsewhere showcases new commissions from a range of innovative and exciting contemporary artists from across Australia, Asia and the Pacific, developed in collaboration with a range of Sydney communities.

Presented across two venue, this landmark project positions a number of communities of Greater Sydney within a wider context of Asia-Pacific. Edge of Elsewhere is a bold commitment to artistic collaboration, community participation and the exploration of contemporary ideas in the suburban environment.

Artists: Brook Andrew, Arahmaiani, Richard Bell, Dacchi Dang, Newell Harry, FX Harsono, Shigeyuki Kihara, Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, Lisa Reihana, Khaled Sabsabi, Phaptawan Suwannakudt, Michel Tuffery and YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES.

Shigeyuki Kihara

Shigeyuki Kihara, Talanoa: Walk the Talk III (still), 2009, Performance by Samoa Congregational Christian Church, Mukti Gupteshwar Mandir Society and Shigeyuki Kihara, HDV on DVD, courtesy the artist

Shigeyuki Kihara is a leading artist and independent curator who explors the intersection between visual arts, performance and theatre. Based between Apia and Auckland her work often critiques the relationship between race, gender, sexuality, history and power. Kihara’s solo exhibition was recently held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York following the aquisition of her work by the museum. Kihara has been represented at the 4th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Brisbane; and the 4th Auckland Triennial, Auckland, New Zealand. Kihara has performed in international venues including Musee du quai Branly, Paris and Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin.