Words in Art: Australian artist Josephine Starrs maps rivers with poetry


Australian artists Josephine Starrs and Leon Cmielewski use poetry, local quotes and lyrics in their environmentally-conscious new media art.

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Words in Art: New media artist Hung Keung’s war on Simplified Chinese


In this interview, Hong Kong-born new media artist Hung Keung explores the philosophy behind Traditional Chinese characters. Part of our “Words in Art” series.

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Words in Art: India’s Raqs Media Collective see all words as equal


Indian artist group Raqs Media Collective is the first to be featured as part of our new words-in-art series. In this interview, Raqs talks about how they use written language to express their particular views and thoughts within their new media works. – Group conversation and discussion, and the recording of this narrative, is integral to their art practice – Their biggest challenge to date was the curation of “The Rest of Now” for Manifesta 7 in 2008 – The group likes to use words that leave the reader asking questions and for them, words have no hierarchy – The installation Skirmish (2010) is part of an ongoing series of ‘love stories’ – Time is often explored in artwork by Raqs and is a concept that particularly interests the group; they discuss Escapement – A show at Experimenter Gallery in February, 2011, is announced as well as a new light sculpture, Revoltage.

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Art Radar explores use of words in Asian contemporary art: A series introduction


Art Radar Asia introduces the reader to a new series of interviews with Asian artists working with words in art. Among the artists and artist groups we speak with are Raqs Media Collective (India), Hung Keung (Hong Kong), Sujata Bajaj (India), Wenda Gu (China), Manuel Ocampo (Philippines) and Josephine Starrs (Australia). We have asked them questions about why and how they use words, script and text in their works and why language is significant to their work and to their world.

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Taiwanese photographers, video artists and an architect at 53rd Venice Biennale


TAIWANESE ARTISTS VENICE BIENNALE Though they span architecture, film and photography, the four Taiwanese artists featured in the 53rd Venice Biennale exhibition ‘Foreign Affairs’ share a common focus. Each looks at the unequal treatment of the disadvantaged in the midst of globalisation, and has taken action through distinctive, … Continue reading