Tag : 2010

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Camera/Editing: Ben Wickes

21st Century Artist Interview: Issac Julien

Isaac Julien is one of the most celebrated artist–filmmakers working with multi-channel video installations. He has developed a singular practice concerned with the transposition of film to spatialised installation and uses expert filmmaking and projection technologies to create new vocabularies for experiencing the moving image. In December 2010, Julien spoke with José Da Silva, Senior Curator, Australian Cinémathèque about his major installation WESTERN UNION: Small Boats 2007 featured in the ‘21st Century: Art in the First Decade’ exhibition. WESTERN UNION: Small Boats is the final work in a trilogy exploring themes of physical and spiritual expeditions that began with True North 2004 and Fantôme Afrique 2005. In each of these works, Julien utilises dual narratives and multiple perspectives across an arrangement of screens to chart the movement of bodies from one place to another, reflecting geographic and environmental journeys that are connected with the experiences of migration in a contemporary world.

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Fly away home 2010 | Bird nests, paper, pencils, wallpaper, timber, MDF board, US dollars, glass | Commissioned by the Children’s Art Centre for ‘21st Century: Art in the First Decade’ | Courtesy: The artist and the Queensland Art Gallery | Supported by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation 2010

21st Century Kids: Fiona Hall ‘Fly away home’ 2010

Fiona Hall is an Australian artist who is known for her ability to make extraordinary things from everyday materials. For ’21st Century Kids’, Hall’s interest in the migratory patterns of birds and nest-making is translated into a hands-on activity. Young visitors are invited to enter the nest-inspired activity space to create their own species of bird using templates and paper money created by the artist.

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(MIB) Made in Brisbane 2010 | Mixed media, LCD screens, glass, mirror, MDF board | Commissioned by the Children’s Art Centre for ‘21st Century: Art in the First Decade’ | Courtesy: The artist and the Queensland Art Gallery | Supported by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation 2010

21st Century Kids: Romuald Hazoumè ‘(MIB) Made in Brisbane’ 2010

Beninese artist Romuald Hazoumè travelled to Brisbane to conduct workshops with local high school students to create a large scale installation especially for ’21st Century Kids’. As part of the installation a documentary of the creative process presents the artist’s and the students’ views on this unique experience.

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Discover Treasure Island 2010 | Site-specific murals and sound files | Commissioned by the Children’s Art Centre for ‘21st Century: Art in the First Decade’ | Courtesy: The artist and the Queensland Art Gallery | Supported by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation 2010

21st Century Kids: Jorge Méndez Blake ‘Discover Treasure Island’ 2010

Discover Treasure Island 2010 is a series of large-scale murals created by Mexican-born artist Jorge Méndez Blake especially for the Children’s Art Centre’s Park level foyer. The artist has chosen his favourite story as a child — Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic swash-buckling tale Treasure Island and brought it to life in an immersive, sound-based installation.

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Children will show you art 2010 | DVD: 6 minutes, colour, sound: works from the Queensland Art Gallery Collection, glasses fitted with cameras, modified USB hubs, computers, touchscreens, decorative moulding, mirror, glass, timber, acrylic and MDF board | Commissioned by the Children’s Art Centre for ‘21st Century: Art in the First Decade’ | Courtesy: The artist and the Queensland Art Gallery | Supported by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation 2010 | Photography by Katie Bennett

21st Century Kids: Jana Sterbak ‘Children will show you art’ 2010

Recorded inside a purpose-built, faux 19th century gallery space, Jana Sterbak’s artist project features an exhibition of works from the Gallery’s historical collections curated by kids. Young visitors are able to view the exhibition and record a film from their point of view using a pair of high tech glasses with a built-in digital camera. The finished film clips can be sent to friends and family via email to show the young visitors ideas about works on show.