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Culture Court

Posted in Events with tags , , , on September 20, 2010 by secretnaomi

Culture Court – A Performance Art Project at National Gallery of Victoria International, Australia

Artist: Shigeyuki Kihara

Title of performance: Culture Court

Performance duration: 60 min

Medium: Live performance featuring musical instruments and dance

Culture Court is a new performance art project I staged most recently at the 17th & 18th Century Gallery of the National Gallery of Victoria International (NGV International) based in Melbourne, Australia, and held during my residency with Multicultural Arts Victoria. The Culture Court performance alludes to a ‘human jukebox’ examining the relationship between art, performance and capitalism and the extent to which society ‘values’ culture.

The Culture Court Melbourne performance featured cultural performers from Indonesia, Kiribati Islands, Australia and South Sudan where the performers are specifically instructed to perform briefly and only when money is placed inside the bowl located in front of each performer. At all other times, the performer stands in silence inside the gallery space. At first, the audience enjoys the lively performance(s) by performers of their choice. It is during the performer’s silence that the audience begins to question their own actions as to whether they are contributing to the exploitation of the performer through the measure of their financial contribution. The Culture Court performance shifts the focus from the cultural performers to the audience where the act of placing money in the performer’s bowl becomes a spectacle on its own.

The cultural performers also appear to be busking – a practice associated with ‘low culture’ performance on the street (which also happens to be an active scene in Melbourne), while in Culture Court they are performing in an arts institution known as ‘high culture’, where through the deliberate ‘collapse’ of the social hierarchy exposes a myriad of discussions surrounding the commodification of ‘culture’.

To view documentary stills from the Culture Court performance held at National Gallery of Victoria International, please visit:
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=183097&id=566319206&l=9adebd32e8

I am open to discussion regarding the re-staging of Culture Court internationally, and seeking expressions of interest from those who are keen to partner in staging this dynamic, contemporary art project that strongly favours community participation and audience engagement.

If you would like to discuss the Culture Court performance (or any other performance for that matter) please contact me directly on email: duskygeisha@yahoo.co.nz

Photos from Culture Court

Posted in Events with tags , , on July 6, 2010 by secretnaomi

Photos from Culture Court. Photography by James Little.

Culture Court (2010) by Shigeyuki Kihara
Venue: National Gallery of Victoria International, Melbourne, Australia.
Supported by Multicultural Arts Victoria and NGV International.

Culture Court is a public performance devised by Shigeyuki Kihara in collaboration with Multicultural Arts Victoria communities and staged at the 17th & 18th Century Gallery of the NGV International in Melbourne, Australia.

Cultural performers from Indonesia, Kiribati Islands, Australia and South Sudan perform briefly only when money is placed inside the bowl situated in front of each performer – at all other times, the performer stands in silence inside the gallery space.

The performance alludes to a ‘human jukebox’ examining the relationship between art, performance and commerce and the extent to which society “values” culture in an age of globalisation and capitalism.

Talanoa Forum

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on June 23, 2010 by secretnaomi

Talofa lava & Greetings,

Thanks to all who attended the amazing and successful Talanoa performance between the Dambai Dancing Group of Sudan and Te Roro n Rikirake Kiribati Youth Group at today’s Emerge Festival!!

On Tuesday 22 June we had the Talanoa Forum – a discussion and reflection on the Talanoa: Walk the Talk VII project with community leaders including Dambai Dancing Group of Sudan; Te Roro n Rikirake Kiribati Youth Group; Abraham Mamer; Dr Katerina Teiawa and Shigeyuki Kihara. This event was equally successful and thanks to all those who attended both the performance and the forum.

Talanoa: Walk the Talk VII and the Talanoa Forum are major events held as part of my Artist in Residence programme hosted and commissioned by Multicultural Arts Victoria, Melbourne, Australia.

Click here for more information on the inspiring Talanoa Forum.

Culture Court comes to NGV

Posted in Events with tags , , on May 18, 2010 by secretnaomi

Culture Court flyer

Talanoa: Walk the Talk VI at Emerge Festival!

Posted in Events with tags , , , , on May 5, 2010 by secretnaomi
Talanoa flyer May 2010

Talanoa: Walk the Talk VI flyer

MAV Artist in Residence

Posted in Events with tags , , , on April 12, 2010 by shigeyukikihara

Dear friends and colleagues,

Below you’ll find an e-flyer about my upcoming Talanoa: Walk the Talk VII public performance and related activities, commissioned by Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV), Melbourne, Australia.

Talanoa: Walk the Talk VII
Tuesday 22nd June 2010
The Willin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development

Featuring a public performance by:
Dambai Dancing Group of Sudan
Te Roro n Rikirake Kiribati Youth Group
Shigeyuki Kihara
Commissioned by Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV), Melbourne.

The first ever Talanoa Forum; Art, Community & Social Function brings together elders and community leaders from Indigenous Australia, Kiribati and the Sudanese communities based in Melbourne in a conversation about their past, present and future goals. Invited guests include artists, human rights activists, academia, police, members of parliament, lawyers, religious leaders, students, grass roots organisations, political analysts, social services for indigenous, refugee and asylum seeker communities, youth services and more.

This event is kindly hosted by The Willin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development, Faculty of the VCA and Music, The University of Melbourne. The event is also accompanied by a reprise of the Talanoa: Walk the Talk VII public performance.

“It’s time for art to function for real social change.”

Multicultural Arts Victoria - Talanoa e-flyer

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