As part of this year‘s Melbourne Fringe Festival there are a series of short films and video art works screening in the Fringe Film program. My video Explicate is one of 11 works screening at Federation Square between 6pm and 7pm nightly from the 17th until 21st of September. There are also many more works screening on Sunday 27th September at the Fringe Hub, North Melbourne Town Hall. Among them will be both Explicate and another of my works Drub –both of which investigate the man–made environment and hint at the exploitation of workers, past and present, in Australia and Malaysia.
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 multi–channel video art works, with accompanied photographs.
Econasia: Romaji incorporates 4 of these video works that investigate both the man–made and natural environments in North Korea, Japan, Indonesia and Malaysia. Local social and political accounts that relate the economic and political influences driving the so–called 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
Submissions are now being sought for the 2013 instalment of the Bivouac exhibition of Video Art. This is an exhibition that explores temporality in site and place. The show is staged in a different venue each year and the curatorial focus is upon video works that have a direct relevance to site & place whilst not being confined to works that are explicitly site-specific. The preferred format is 3-Channel works although all submissions will be considered.
Bivouac 2013 will show new works by 10 selected artists at Horse Bazaar; a Melbourne City venue that is selected for its’ ambience and proximity to prospective target audiences. The venue has a strong repuatation for exhibiting contemporary Audio-Visual works.
The exhibition opens Wednesday 30th October and will screen until November 20th from Monday through Thursday (with extra exposure Friday & Saturdays).
Submissions must be between 2 and 9 minutes in length, with or without audio. The exhibition allows for single, two & three channel works. Works submitted for curatorial consideration may be supplied as a DVD, Blu-Ray, or .MOV format –with all channels published in one video (or file).
Works may be posted to:
Applications will be received until 5pm on Monday the 2nd of September and all successful artists will be notified on Monday 16th of September. A $30 staging fee will be required from the successful applicants.
Please contact curators and organisers for more information:
Maritime contains video and photographic works that form parts four & five of the Econasia series. The videos Irredentist and Affirm were filmed on the Yangtze River in China and the Inland Sea in Japan, respectively. Incorporating political science text and passages from Albert Camus‘ The Plague these works hope to offer an evocative consideration of contemporary political tensions in East Asia. The videos feature sound by Sarah Phelan & Byron Dean, with vox by Yanxin Li & Jihyun Lee.
This show is perhaps the most poignant representation of the Econasia series to date and will run at Kings Gallery from May 29 until June 22 on Level 1 / 171 King Street.
…ABOVE: STILL FROM ‘IRREDENTIST‘
Opens Wednesday: 17th April – Show runs until 4th May
Seventh Gallery, 155 Gertrude Street Fitzroy, from 6pm
This video installation is a representation of the confines of class in society; the footage from beneath freeway junctions typifies a perceived structure (or mechanism) of authority and labour. It is also analogous to the notion of a ‘glass ceiling‘ or typical confines that are prevalent between the status quo and those emanating from lower socio–political groups.
The video offers a visually appealing set of moving images that are complimented by ambient sound.
Sound and Video: M T WALKER
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 anti–colonial revoultionaries. These Japanese mercenaries assisted in the rebellion against the Dutch and are still celebrated in the Revolutionary Martyr‘s 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 4‘30“ 2012
Japanese with English subtitles
Sound: Jonathon Nokes | Vox: Jun Miyagi | Text: Soekarno 1967
This month, I visited Singapore to sample the arts scene in this megacity; which is perhaps the face of contemporary South East Asia. Whilst checking out some local galleries around Armenian Street (The Substation was great), I also viewed the gallery at SOTA and the Panorama show at SAM. Thus, I‘ve compiled a video of the works at Singapore Art Museum (SAM) as they‘ve curated a fascinating show over 3 levels, offering the best of Asia‘s contemporary art. This massive showcase runs until December 25th, 2012 –so you‘ve plenty of time to drop in if you‘re travelling through this unique (and often puzzling) city.