ローマ字

Romaji (ローマ字) is a term that defines the romanisation of Japanese script to aid translation of that language into roman characters. The term loosely describes the phonetic translation of Japanese language to English (or romanised) languages emanating from the Western world. This title was chosen for the project because the production of these video art works are born from a similar pursuit. This effort is to transcribe ideas of political theory in contemporary Asia to those people viewing the works in Kyoto, Japan.
The Econasia series is a project that has spanned four years and encompasses nine single and multichannel video art works, with accompanied photographs.
Econasia: Romaji incorporates 4 of these video works that investigate both the manmade and natural environments in North Korea, Japan, Indonesia and Malaysia. Local social and political accounts that relate the economic and political influences driving the socalled Asian Century are interwoven with modernist literature, sound, and contrived narratives that depict political science in the moving image.

VIDEO & SOUND: M T WALKER
SOUND COLLABORATORS: SARAH PHELAN, JONATHON NOKES
NARRATIONS BY: JUN MIYAGI, JIHYUN LEE, YANXIN LI

Vicissitude

During the Second World War Japan invaded the Netherlands colony of the Dutch East Indies (the Indoneisan archipelago). Following the Japanese surrender to the Dutch at the end of the war, some 3000 Japanese soldiers remained in Indonesia and went underground to fight with anticolonial revoultionaries. These Japanese mercenaries assisted in the rebellion against the Dutch and are still celebrated in the Revolutionary Martyrs Cemetary in Jakarta (where this video is shot). Most of the Japanese remained in their adopted state and their families continue to contribute to the national diaspora. At times this Japanese influence often undermined the repressive Suharto regime that wrestled power from the original architects of the revolution (i.e. Soekarno) and imposed a nationalistic fervour that brought death and decay to the nation.

Econasia 6: Vicissitude
M T WALKER
Video 430 2012
Japanese with English subtitles
Sound: Jonathon Nokes | Vox: Jun Miyagi | Text: Soekarno 1967

Protest Remade

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Artist Jonathon Nokes‘ new show opens this Wednesday, 12th September from 6pm.

This mixed media installation alleges a passive continuity in the way in which people these days witness revolution and social disaffection. The exhibition relates the notion that contemporary witness to events of social dissent occur predomiantely from the home, via the internet. Thus, this show seeks to offer a reenactment (of sorts) that emulates chaotic revolt within a controlled environment (namely the gallery space). By all accounts, this is an ambitious pursuit to affront the confronting experience of passivity in seditious enquiry!

SEVENTH GALLERY: SEPTEMBER 1229, 155 GERTRUDE ST. FITZROY

Media Arts: Greatest Hits

This Saturday 24th September, people, come & check out works from the RMIT Fine Arts (Media Arts) programme; as they present theirs labours of love, hate and everything in between. On the big screen.
Greatest Hits features 2 halfhour, curated screenings from some of the best current video and animation coming out of Australias foremost Media Arts school. The works are bound to captivate: with a little bit of everything for everybody!

Also included on the night is an immersive sound performance by Wrong Room; with Byron Dean, Chiara Costanza and Jonathon Nokes fronting up for the performance. $5 entry ($3 students) gives you the pleasure of viewing a swathe of seminal works by the Media Arts crew. Media Arts: Greatest Hits Of 2009-2011 takes place at  Tape Projects, 1/81 Bouverie St Carlton. The action starts at 7pm, so come on down and experience the unknown! Refreshments available.