Throughout ‘The 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art‘ (APT8) the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) and Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) will be animated by APT8 Live, an ongoing program of artist performances and projects that takes art off the four walls of the Gallery.
The first ever APT Live is a collaboration between the Gallery’s Public Programs and Curatorial teams, and seeks to breathe life into the exhibition through live artist performances, talks, workshops and panel discussions that focus on performance and the body in APT8.
The program came about as we considered the various ways that audiences could experience this aspect of work from Asia and the Pacific, and the importance of being a part of live performances. Performance by its nature is ephemeral, and while its residue can be recorded in a multitude of ways – with video, installation, photographs and documentation – experiencing an artist performance firsthand is unique.
From Anida Yoeu Ali’s The Buddhist Bug 2015 and Hetain Patel’s Be Movie 2.0 2014–15 performance lecture on the Opening Weekend, through to Justin Shoulder and Bhenji Ra’s mythical creatures in Ex Nilalang: Incarnations 2015-16 returning on the closing weekend, APT8 comes to life with APT8 Live.
You’re invited to engage with APT8 Live through a series of monthly event days exploring performance and the body in APT8. In addition to live performances, each month will feature a performance-focussed discussion forum in which specialists, academics and artists consider the breadth of contemporary performance art from Asia and the Pacific, and the wide ranging issues and contexts it contends with.
APT8 Live Sundays from 11am on 31 January, 21 February, 20 March 2016.
APT8 Live Closing Weekend from 12noon on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 April 2016.
Missed the APT8 Opening Weekend? Watch online at QAGOMATV
The accompanying APT8 publication features a suite of richly illustrated essays by the exhibition’s curators providing insights into artists’ practices and drawing connections between works from across the region. A children’s book accompanies APT8 Kids onsite.
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
Exhibition Founding Sponsor: Queensland Government
Exhibition Principal Sponsor: Audi Australia
APT8 Live: Supported by the Commonwealth through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade