Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba | Memorial Project Nha Trang, Vietnam, towards the complex - for the courageous, the curious, and the cowards 2001 | DVD: 13 minutes, colour, stereo | Purchased 2002. Queensland Art Gallery Foundation Grant | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery
14 May – 4 September 2011 | Media Gallery, GoMA
‘Physical Video’ is an exhibition featuring examples of performance and theatricality in video art from the 1970s to the present day. While thematically diverse, each work engages the human body as its core subject, focusing on how physical gestures and actions can illustrate social, political and aesthetic concerns. Acts of play and endurance are complemented by tactile explorations of materials and objects, in particular explorations of the elements of air, water and fire, as well as items encountered in the everyday.
Many of the video works demonstrate the resurgence of direct-to-camera performance. This was a strategy that enabled artists to document — within their studios — controlled performances which often presented the body in situations of risk, endurance and transformation. Other works draw on theatrically staged scenarios in which the body is used to examine broader narratives drawn from history and culture.
‘Physical Video’ features works by Pierre Bismuth (France), Qin Ga (China), Donghee Koo (South Korea), Laith McGregor (Australia), Bruce Nauman (USA), Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba (Japan/USA/Vietnam), Dennis Oppenheim (USA), James Oram (New Zealand), Mike Parr (Australia), Campbell Patterson (New Zealand), Sriwhana Spong (New Zealand), Charwai Tsai (Taiwan), Judith Wright (Australia) and Erwin Wurm (Austria).
Curator's Perspective Tour | 2.30pm Friday 26 August | Join Amanda Slack-Smith, Assistant Curator, Australian Cinémathèque, on a short tour of the exhibition, where you can ask questions along the way and be a part of the discussion. Free. No bookings required.