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Jess Johnson: Worlds Within Worlds Ocula Conversation Jess Johnson: Worlds Within Worlds

Geometric patterns, anthropomorphic characters, architectural spatial environments, and relics of the ancient world appear throughout Jess Johnson's artworks.Johnson's solo art-ventures began in drawing, but her long-term collaborative relationship with animator Simon Ward brings her drawings to life in videos and virtual reality. The animator has...

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Melati Suryodarmo: Performance Art as Trigger Ocula Conversation Melati Suryodarmo: Performance Art as Trigger

In 2012, Melati Suryodarmo opened Studio Plesungan in her native Surakarta, also known as Solo, the historic royal capital of the Mataram Empire of Java in Indonesia. Suryodarmo had returned to Indonesia from Germany, where she studied Butoh and choreography with Butoh dancer and choreographer Anzu Furukawa, time-based media with avantgarde...

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Lagos Biennial 2019: Stories from Africa’s most Populous City Ocula Report Lagos Biennial 2019: Stories from Africa’s most Populous City 15 Nov 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Under the direction of Folakunle Oshun, the second edition of the Lagos Biennial (26 October–23 November 2019) includes works by over 40 Lagos-based and international artists, architects, and collectives. Curated by architect Tosin Oshinowo, curator and producer Oyindamola Fakeye, and assistant curator of photography at the Art Institute of...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight | Video
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial Keeps Up With The Zeitgeist Ocula Report The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial Keeps Up With The Zeitgeist 8 Dec 2018 : Susan Acret for Ocula

Looking through the windows that front Indonesian artist Aditya Novali's wall installation The Wall: Asian (Un)Real Estate Project (2011), a series of miniature apartments come into view: private interiors that are sometimes bland, strange or garish (Hello Kitty decor characterises one space, for example, while multiple Duchamp-like toilets appear...

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Patricia Piccinini Ocula Conversation Patricia Piccinini Artist

On the occasion of Patricia Piccinini's multisensory and epic retrospective, Curious Affection at Brisbane's Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA, 24 March–5 August 2018), this interview covers Piccinini's meticulous and collaborative studio practice, and the role of narrative in her work. Curated by Peter McKay, the exhibition occupies the ground floor and...

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APT8: A fragmenting vision of the future Ocula Report APT8: A fragmenting vision of the future 14 Dec 2015 : Susan Acret for Ocula

It is 16 years since I last visited an Asia Pacific Triennial and it is heartening to see that although APT8 is a very different beast from the ground-breaking APTs of the 1990s, this edition has stayed true to the triennial’s philosophy of interacting with the region’s artists in a sustained and very localised way. When the APT was...

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Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh Ocula Conversation Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh Executive Directors, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane

Having held the dual role of co-directors of Brisbane’s Institute of Modern Art (IMA) for almost two years, Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh have shaken up the city’s contemporary art landscape. The unprecedented formulation of a joint vocation of director and curator shared between two people saw two outsiders hailing from Canada and...

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Aaron Seeto Ocula Conversation Aaron Seeto Curatorial Manager of Asian and Pacific Art, QAGOMA

This month the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) in Brisbane, Australia, plays host to the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT8). Renowned as a platform for surveying the vast geographic expanse of Asian and Pacific contemporary art, the triennial continues to uphold a long-term commitment to the region....

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Wang Gongxin Ocula Conversation Wang Gongxin Artist, China

The pioneering video works of Wang Gongxin heralded the rise of the video art movement in China, and he remains a force in Chinese contemporary art today.Born in Beijing in 1960, he belonged to the first generation of art students after the Cultural Revolution and trained as an oil painter in the Socialist-Realist style. In 1987 he was...

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Bruce Mclean Ocula Conversation Bruce Mclean Curator

Bruce McLean is Curator of Indigenous Australian Art at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art. His latest exhibition My Country: I Still Call Australia Home is a collection of recent works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists that explore the divergent social and political voices of ‘Black’ Australia. While not all works...

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Cai Guo-Qiang Ocula Conversation Cai Guo-Qiang Artist, China

Cai Guo-Qiang was born in 1957 in Quanzhou City, Fujian Province, China. He was a child during Mao Zedong's Cultural Revolution and strongly influenced by society's vision for social utopia. Cai trained in stage design at the Shanghai Theatre Acadmey. He left China in 1986, spending almost 9 years as a young artist in...

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CONNECTING TO THE EARTH: ANA MENDIETA Related Press CONNECTING TO THE EARTH: ANA MENDIETA Art Asia Pacific : 1 March 2019

It is a well-trodden argument to say that Ana Mendieta's work is about the body, yet her solo exhibition at the Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane, Connecting to the Earth, only once depicted the artist herself. For the most part, what one actually observed were the elements of landscape—mud, ice, fire and water—stamped with Mendieta's...

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APT4 / Nalini Malani discusses her video installation ‘Remembering Toba Tek Singh’ Related Video & Audio APT4 / Nalini Malani discusses her video installation ‘Remembering Toba Tek Singh’ QAGOMA : 23 September 2018

Nalini Malani's ambitious video installation 'Remembering Toba Tek Singh' was made for the 16th World Wide Video Festival in The Netherlands and was shown in Mumbai at the Prince of Wales Museum in 1998. It was exhibited as part of 'Voiceovers' at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 1999 and later at the Kwangju Biennale in South Korea.

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Review: Dark Rooms - Women Directing the Lens 1978–98, Griffith University Art Museum Related Press Review: Dark Rooms - Women Directing the Lens 1978–98, Griffith University Art Museum Artshub : 1 August 2018

There is a feeling you sometimes get when you are witness to an important moment - a moment in history, a moment for change, an act of empowered voices. This exhibition captures one such moment.Dark Rooms: Women Directing the Lens 1978 - 98 has been curated by Naomi Evans for the Griffith University Art Museum, in Brisbane, and surveys a moment in...

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GOMA Finally Switches On its Massive James Turrell Light Installation Related Press GOMA Finally Switches On its Massive James Turrell Light Installation Broadsheet : 14 July 2018

The long-awaited James Turrell light installation has finally launched at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art.The gallery threw the switch on the Night Life 2018 last night. It will now illuminate the eastern and southern façades of GOMA every evening, with shifting patterns of coloured light from sunset to midnight.

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Review: Patricia Piccinini's Curious Affection at QAGOMA Related Press Review: Patricia Piccinini's Curious Affection at QAGOMA Artshub : 19 May 2018

When walking through Patricia Piccinini's exhibition Curious Affection with Curator Peter McKay, he commented: 'It's the biggest exhibition we've devoted to a single contemporary artist, and we've been trying to find a comparative exhibition of this scale that's been presented in Australia - I don't think there is one.'McKay is right. Piccinini's...

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“Dissonant Rhythms”: Australia’s Ross Manning Related Press “Dissonant Rhythms”: Australia’s Ross Manning Art Radar : 24 September 2017

Dissonant Rhythms is the first major exhibition of Brisbane-based artist Ross Manning, renowned for his exploration of repurposed, everyday materials, including ceiling fans, projectors and fluorescent tubes. His work is an intriguing interplay of light and sound, creating an atmosphere within the gallery that promotes self-play, introspection and...

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From Oyster Shells to Cardboard Bales, the Politics of Everyday Materials Related Press From Oyster Shells to Cardboard Bales, the Politics of Everyday Materials Hyperallergic : 6 July 2017

When co-curators Johan Lundt and Aileen Burns mined the Institute of Modern Art's archives, they found an access point to a pivotal time in Brisbane's material and political history in the 1986 exhibit Recession Art and Other Strategies. That show was created at time when there was very little market for Australian art, and the artists featured all...

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Holiday arts guide: What to see around Australia this summer Related Press Holiday arts guide: What to see around Australia this summer The Sydney Morning Herald : 28 December 2016

Tatsuo Miyajima: Connect With Everything, Museum of Contemporary Art, until March 5The Museum of Contemporary Art has bagged Japanese artist Tatsuo Miyajima's first major show in the Southern Hemisphere. The retrospective explores the concept of time and its passing, through room-size installations with sculptures, lighting, video performance and...

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About Brisbane

Brisbane/Meanjin is situated on the winding Brisbane River, the traditional home of the Turrbal and Yugara peoples who have been living there for over 60,000 years. The capital of Queensland, it is Australia's third largest city with a population of 2.5 million. The energy and depth of its many visual arts activities is generally widely under-estimated.

Queensland Art Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) is the state gallery, and the cultural precinct spans two buildings in the city's cultural precinct at Southbank. The institution has made its mark internationally through the iteration of the Asia Pacific Triennale, which began in 1993. Both discourse and building a collection are a focus of the Triennale; and in each three-yearly iteration, the curatorial frameworks give way to fresh new voices that attract a global audience.

The Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (IMA), is one of Australia's oldest contemporary art spaces. The IMA is a non-collecting art institution that is committed to the innovative practices of international, national and local artists that are often commissioned to create new bodies of work as milestones for their professional careers. The institution has a strong commitment to experimental curatorial practice, including discourse building through public programs and publishing. Celebrating its fortieth year in 2017, the institution is now stronger than ever with the launching of its new Belltower Gallery.

2020 marks the forty-year history of Metro Arts, the multi-discipline arts venue currently positioned in the central business district in a heritage-listed building. Hosting a gallery and theatre complex, their programming is determined by an open call process facilitated through a core team that also oversees the hire of studio spaces and larger community spaces.

Nearby is the Museum of Brisbane, the city museum operated from the city hall building in the centre of Brisbane's central business district. Museum of Brisbane presents local visual artists alongside designers, architects, social historians, and technological developments through exhibitions aimed at a wide public. It has an artist in residency program, and this year the Museum launched BAD, the Brisbane Art and Design festival that runs for seventeen days.

Artisan is a non-profit art, craft and design centre that has been active for almost fifty years. It recently moved to its new location in King St, Fortitude Valley and features a Reko Rennie artwork on the façade of the building.

University galleries with engaging programmes include the University of Queensland Art Museum, Griffith University Art Museum and Queensland University of Technology Art Museum. The more prominent Brisbane-based dealer galleries include Milani Gallery, Jan Murphy Gallery, Philip Bacon Gallery, Jan Manton Gallery, Onespace Gallery, Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Fireworks Gallery, and Bruce Heiser Projects.

There are also many artist run initiatives, project spaces and small-to-medium sized non-commercial venues. The most significant include Outer Space, Boxcopy, The Third Quarter, Kuiper Projects, House Conspiracy, Innerspace, Wreckers Artspace, STABLE, and XYZ ARI.

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