Tag : 2008


Alien nation embassy 2008 | Touchscreens, computers, LCD screens, LED screen, mixed media, digital print, wallpaper, DVD players, acrylic, plywood, MDF board and online | First commissioned by the Children’s Art Centre for ‘Contemporary Australia: Optimism’ with the support of Gina Fairfax 2008 | Courtesy: The artist and the Queensland Art Gallery | Supported by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation 2010

21st Century Kids: Tony Albert ‘Alien nation embassy’ 2008

Tony Albert’s Alien nation embassy 2008 is a multimedia interactive that invites all earthlings to become honorary citizens of the Alien Nation — but not before passing the citizenship test! This multimedia installation features two dynamic activity spaces that include a population counter, a global map that tracks new alien citizens and electronic ‘swipe’ cards for kids to access secret alien information. Play online and access exclusive citizen-only activities.


Mitra Tabrizian | City, London 2008 | Type C photograph | 122 x 250cm | Purchased 2010 with a special allocation from the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

Mitra Tabrizian ‘City, London’ 2008

Mitra Tabrizian’s large-format photographs combine techniques from documentary photography and highly stylised mise en scene to capture her subjects and settings with meticulous attention to detail and lighting. In City, London 2008, Tabrizian invited the senior staff of JP Morgan …

Video Editing: Ben Wickes | Editing: David Burnett, Ben Wickes

21st Century Artist Interview: Lee Mingwei

In 2008 David Burnett, Curator, International Art spoke with Lee Mingwei about the Bodhi Tree Project 2006.

“The sacred Sri Lankan city of Anuradhapura was established around the Sri Maha Bodhi, tree of enlightenment. The Bo-tree, which is sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists, is the oldest depicted tree in Indian art and literature and it can be said that this is the mythical ‘World Tree’ or the ‘Tree of Life’ of the Indian subcontinent. For the “Bodhi Tree Project”, Lee Mingwei brought a seedling produced by the Sri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka to Brisbane and planting it in a garden created within the Gallery of Modern Art site. In a 4 years collaborative process with the Buddhist communities in both Anuradhapura and Brisbane, this sacred Bodhi tree sapling was planted on the gallery ground on Buddha’s birthday of 2008. The Sri Maha Bodhi Tree is the direct decedent to the original tree at the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya in the Indian state of Bihar where the historical Buddha and founder of Buddhism, Siddhartha Gautama, is said to have achieved enlightenment. This Bodhi Tree will provide a place for children to play in coming years, offering shade and be a focus for contemplation. ” Artist Statement


Bill Henson | Untitled 2008–09 | Archival inkjet pigment print on paper, ed. 1/5 |104.5 x 155cm | Purchased 2010 with a special allocation from the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

Bill Henson ‘Untitled’ 2008–09

Bill Henson is one of Australia’s most celebrated artists and holds a central position in contemporary Australian photography. For the last decade or more, he has presented exhibitions of diverse subjects in careful juxtapositions and combinations, including figures, classical statuary …

21st Century: Art in the First Decade
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Installation view: Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane | Photography by Natasha Harth

Behind-the-scenes: Xu Zhen ‘ShanghART Supermarket (Australia)’ 2007-08

Gallery staff are stocking Xu Zhen’s reconstruction of a typical modern Chinese supermarket. Fully stocked, but with empty packages, the installation is intended as an ironic and complex statement on the art world, hinting at the inflated market prices and voracious demand for contemporary Chinese art.