APT8 artists Gabriella Mangano and Silvana Mangano present There is no there at 1pm Sunday 20 March and Sunday 10 April , in which current news events are portrayed through choreographed movements, gestures and sound. This work is performed by and presented in collaboration with second year students from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Creative Industries Faculty.
Gabriella and Silvana studied drawing before they began making video works together. Using improvised choreography and working with their own bodies and simple materials, they emphasise gesture, process and sculptural form. There is no there was inspired by the Blue Blouse theatre collective (1924–32), which created a type of performance called Living Newspapers based on topical news events.
Expanding their concept of performance, the Manganos have designed an installation space at APT8 featuring a video projection and geometric platforms upon which dancers perform carefully choreographed gestures and movements referring to current news events. Extending the notion of community engagement, they have collaborating with dance students to activate the space.
APT8 Live continues to animate QAG and GOMA for the duration of the exhibition, and visitors are invited to engage with the program through our monthly events exploring performance and the body in APT8. These incorporate artist performances, drop-in workshops, curators’ tours and a discussion forum in which performance art specialists, academics and artists consider the breadth of contemporary performance art from the Asia Pacific, and how it contends with the regions wide-ranging issues and contexts.
Sunday 20 March
Closing Weekend: Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 April
The Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT)
is the Gallery’s flagship exhibition focused on the work of Asia, the Pacific and Australia.
21 November 2015 – 10 April 2016
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