(Art Central) Contemporary works, film and performance art

Local | 21 Mar 2016 7:13 pm

Contemporary art fair, Art Central, opened today bringing together a diver range of galleries, many of them from greater Asia and will open to the public from Wednesday to Saturday on the Central harbor front.

The fair also presents a program that includes interactive installations, panel discussions, experimental film and performance art.

New this year is the fair’s first exhibition of digital, new media and performance art supported by Champagne partner, G.H. Mumm.

Media X Mumm features five daring new media art installations with strong thematic elements that challenge visitors to explore the realms of new media art and question perceptions of artistic expression.

The experimental art space The Container, a contemporary gallery in Nakameguro, Tokyo, has been replicated and constructed in the street food area.

One of the four specially curated projects is Jack McLean’s Empty Headed Landscapes which presents works from three different, nonetheless related, bodies of work that include large-scale drawings and live performance.

Another new addition to the fair, Screen X Experimenta is curated by Hong Kong’s own Gina Wong and presents a diverse program of experimental and narrative film from emerging talent from Asia and the world. Screened for one hour each day of the fair, three different thematic streams – world drama, poetry and stage – explore a diverse range of curatorial themes and techniques in experimental cinema and promise to challenge and entertain audiences.

A site for discovery and education, Art Central has provided a platform for some of the region’s most active non-profit spaces, publications and curators, to develop programming that engages the fairgoer in fun and sometimes challenging ways.

New this year is 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art (Sydney) hosting Roundtable X 4A, a series of discussions, interviews, and performances that focus on artistic and curatorial practices from across Asia and the Pacific.

The interactive program also features new performances by artists Frances Barrett, Abdullah M.I. Syed and Latai Taumoepea, each of which reflect on the context of contemporary art in Asia. The Flying Buck by Abdullah M.I. Syed brings to the fore inherent narratives of institutionalism, capitalism and consumer culture, particularly in the context of the art market and the force of economic powers within.

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