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The view from elsewhere

‘The view from elsewhere’ features contemporary video art and cinema practice from across Asia and the Middle East, comprising a series of film and video screenings presented in the Australian Cinémathèque, and an exhibition of installed video works, ‘Small acts’, in the Media Gallery.

A cinema-based exhibition of digital feature film, documentary, shorts, experimental film and video art, ‘The view from elsewhere’ showcases works that address particular aesthetic, social and political contexts, while extending the possibilities of cinematic and artistic expression. Artists and filmmakers include Ayisha Abraham, Sasithorn Ariyavicha, Ranu Ghosh, Amos Gitaï, Hu Jie, Jocelyne Saab, Wang Jianwei, Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Yoo Soon-mi.

‘Small acts’ features artists’ videos in which the artist performs simple acts before a camera, alone or in conjunction with others, that are sometimes comical and often involve feats of endurance, physical gestures, or disruptive and untranslatable acts. Early works by Nam June Paik and Yoko Ono are presented alongside contemporary works by artists including Tsui Kuang-yu, Ghazel, Kimsooja and Song Dong. Currently, a significant number of younger artists are returning to performance-based video works using a simple digital camera. This parallels the freedom experienced by contemporary filmmakers using digital technology which allows fluid responses to different situations and a high degree of realism. 

'The view from elsewhere' and ‘Small acts’ point to other ways of seeing and understanding and include works by nearly 50 artists and filmmakers. The integration of the cinema and video exhibitions creates relationships between moving image works produced for various audiences and contexts, while also respecting the historical specificities of art and cinema exhibition. The project is a partnership between the Queensland Art Gallery and the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney, and an accompanying full-colour catalogue is available from the Gallery Store, Gallery Store Modern and online.

Small acts
Media Gallery, GoMA
26 July – 15 November 2009
Visit the Exhibition section

The view from elsewhere
Australian Cinematheque, GoMA
7 October – 15 November 2009  

Public Programs

Curator's Tour

Media Gallery, GoMA
3.00pm Sunday 26 July

Tour 'Small acts’ with exhibition curator Kathryn Weir, Curatorial Manager (International Art and the Australian Cinémathèque). No bookings required / Free

New Wave Program: for tertiary students and young people

Media Gallery, GoMA
2.00pm Saturday 10 October

Tour ‘Small acts’ with the assistant curator of the exhibition Naomi Evans (Assistant Curator, International Art). No bookings required / Free

Gallery Members Programs 

In situ – monthly lunch and lecture in the Gallery

Media Gallery & Foyer Bistro, GoMA
11.30am Thursday 15 October

Small acts’ talk by Naomi Evans (Assistant Curator, International Art). Bookings required / $35 Gallery Members / $45 Members’ Guests (includes lunch and a glass of wine, followed by coffee and sweets) / Please call (07) 3840 7278 to RSVP by Friday 17 July

In situ – in-Gallery tour and talk

Media Gallery, GoMA
2.00pm Saturday 17 October

‘Small acts’ talk by Naomi Evans (Assistant Curator, International Art). No bookings required / Free