Blurring the boundaries between the fine and applied arts.
Is This Art? is a fascinating 17 Volume DVD series featuring interviews with leading practitioners and conceptual artists from media, performance, visual art music and sound.
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Each episode presents a series of interviews with contemporary artists intercut with images and recent footage of their work. The interviews provide insight to why, how and for whom these artists create their work, and where their passion and artistic inquiries originate from. Where are the boundaries between science, technology, politics, popular culture and art? Viewers are challenged with the question while witnessing the freeflow of imagination.
Primarily interested in hybrid / site-specific projects and the exploration of alternative contexts for contemporary art, Craig Walsh’s work often utilizes projection in response to existing environments and contexts. He has been working across a range of artforms including theatre, architecture, public works, gallery exhibitions and festivals. His work has been selected for major survey exhibitions, commissions and residencies both in Australia and internationally, including Japan, England, Cuba, and Korea. He has been awarded the Australia Council’s New York studio residency for early 2007.
BRETT GRAHAM & RACHAEL RAKENA
Aniwaniwa is a large-scale collaborative artwork by sculptor Brett Graham and audiovisual artist Rachael Rakena from New Zealand. Brett Graham is one of New Zealand’s most exciting and accomplished sculptors, highly regarded for his ability to abstract complex historical and cultural ideas into formally strong and beautiful sculptural forms. Graham places strong emphasis on materiality and surface with the formal simplicity of his sculptural pieces and predominant use of wood and stone. Graham’s work engages in a dual dialogue of Maori and European histories whilst adhering to the modernist emphasis on form and material quality. Although his works may not directly invoke Maori sculptural tradition, they nonetheless speak of that tradition in their titles and concept. His work is accessible at an aesthetic, personal and historical level, enabling both the object and viewer to occupy a common ground. Rachael Rakena lives and works in Palmerston North, Aotearoa/New Zealand.
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer was born in Mexico City in 1967. In 1989 he received a B.Sc. in Physical Chemistry from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. He is an Electronic artist who develops large-scale interactive installations in public space, usually deploying new technologies and custom-made physical interfaces. Using robotics, projections, sound, internet and cell-phone links, sensors and other devices, his installations aim to provide "temporary antimonuments for alien agency". His work has been commissioned for events such as the Millennium Celebrations in Mexico City (1999), the Cultural Capital of Europe in Rotterdam (2001), the United Nations' World Summit of Cities in Lyon (2003), the opening of the Yamaguchi Centre for Art and Media in Japan (2003) and the Expansion of the European Union in Dublin (2004).