Monday, January 21, 2008

THE LAST VESTIGE EXHIBITION: 28 July 2007, The Hardship/albb, Ho Chi Minh City

Launched on the cusp of a full moon, The Last Vestige existed as a fleeting one-night only art experience set afloat down the Mekong on the vintage boat 'The Hardship' - its destination a private riverfront property on the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City, where an electronic music party lay waiting ...

Reinforced by a coterie of all-female Australian artists, each room and cabin of the Hardship boat became the setting for a series of mini-dramas, site-specific installation and performance works drawing inspiration from themes related to time-travel, mutancy, and piracy.

Presented across a series of interconnected temporary autonomous zones; 2 bus shuttles, a 'Vulture House' party property, and 'The Hardship' boat, The Last Vestige sought to create a dynamic new exhibition experience toying with the freedoms and comfort levels usually afforded art audiences, sending the audience hurtling as passengers and players into the apocalyptic unknown.

Alice Lang
It Came From The River

Madeleine King
Luminary Fugitive: The Hitchhiker who suffered an eclipse

Imagination: Suprnation
immortIS mutatIS mutandIS h5nOneness escort agency and carrier craft service

The Ephemeral Flesh Projects

Lucy Dyson
Deliver Us From Evil (2006)
Mixed Media, lightboxes

Sue Hajdu
Magma II

The Bush-Couture Bag-Lady of Reptilian GLory

* Photographic Documentation of Artist Performances: Ngo Dinh Truc

Thankyou to the following collaborators and supporters for their assistance and goodwill:

. Sonic Accompaniment: Suckaphish P. Jones
. Party Property: Ly Le Hoa, Nguyen Cong Quang, Phan Ngoc Thuong Dung, DJ Mark Jolly, Justin Barerra
. albb assistants: Le Trong Duong, Van Thuy Linh, Julia Mironova, Vu Anh Thu, Le Ngoc Son, Nguyen Tan Dat, Matt Rose
. MAGMA: Ngo Thi Ngoan, Bui Thi Ngoc Thuy, Tong Xuan Tien, Nguyen Ngoc Tri, Phan Chi Mai, Nha May Chau, Ton That Hoan Vu, Alexandra Tolstikova
. The Hardship: Le Thi Tung Suong, Nguyen Van Minh, Captain Ha and the crew
. Showtime: Philip Brophy, Thorin Cagle
. Documentation: Peter Stuckings, Ngo Dinh Truc, Francois Lamontagne
. Design and Print Management: Fabrice Lecouffe, Madeleine Allen-Cawte, Lucas Surtie

Swee Lim and the Staff of Asialink
Kim Machan of MAAP - Multimedia Art Asia Pacific

The artists would like to thank: Mike Riddle, Glenn Anderson, Andrew McNamara, Thu Baumann, Thomas New, Theo Baumann, Dr. Liz Ahern, Jan Lang, Rebecca MacBean, Meg Heaslop, Carmen Tyler, David Spooner

Monday, January 7, 2008

Philip Brophy at Lush: 1st August 2007

Curated by Thea Baumann, the albb Showtime Screening presented a selection of Audio-Visual works by Australian artist Philip Brophy.

The AV works were presented at LUSH, a popular night club in Ho Chi Minh City as part of The Last Vestige exhibition launch.

Philip Brophy is one of Australia’s leading mixed-media artists who has exhibited in art and non-art contexts over many years. He has exhibited at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Australian Centre of the Moving Image, and the Singapore Biennale 2006. He is a significant writer and curator of audiovisual media & technology; comics, graphics and associated mass media; and Pop Art in its historical and contemporary forms. His most recent major curatorial project is the major manga retrospective TEZUKA - The Marvel of Manga for the National Gallery of Victoria (touring to the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco).

Philip Brophy là một trong các nghệ sĩ truyền thông pha trộn hàng đầu của Úc và đã triển lãm các nội dung nghệ thuật và ngoài nghệ thuật trong nhiều năm qua. Ông đã có triển lãm ở Phòng Tranh New South Wales, Trung Tâm Hình Chuyển Động của Úc và Singapore Biennale năm 2006. Ông là một nhà văn và giám tuyển nổi bật trong lĩnh vực truyển thông và công nghệ nghe nhìn; truyện tranh, đồ họa và phương tiện truyền thông đại chúng có liên quan và Nghệ Thuật Đại Chúng trong dạng lịch sử và cả đương thời của nó. Dự án giám tuyển lớn gần đây nhất của ông là sự hồi tưởng manga lớn có tên “TEZUKA – sự kỳ diệu của manga” cho Phòng Triển Lãm Quốc Gia Victoria (và sau đó tới Phòng Triển Lãm Nghệ Thuật New South Wales và Bảo Tàng Nghệ Thuật Châu Á ở San Francisco).

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Panoramic Perturbations

Featuring a selection of video and animation works by Australian artists:
Tara Marynowsky; Ben Ducroz; Sally Golding; Anto Skene; Soda_Jerk; Alice Lang; Jemima Wyman; Luke Ilett

Tuesday 29 May 2007 from 18:30
Screening 19:00 & 20:15
@ Manna, 26 Ho Huan Nghiep, Q1

Wednesday, May 9, 2007


Insignia design for The Last Vestige: egg & cross bone testtubes with tendril fallopian tubes and the bloated eYe of Providence - design by I:S (Madeleine Allen-Cawte)

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Artists on Board

Through the Asialink residency in Ho Chi Minh City I will be working and collaborating with Australian artists and artists from the Vietnamese community to develop and exhibit works to suit the thematics of the Last Vestige floating exhibition premise, and accompanying workshops and artist talks.

Artists exhibiting and performing on board The Last Vestige include:

Madeleine Allen-Cawte (I:S)
Alice Lang
Alicia King
Madeleine King
Vivian Jean
Lucy Dyson
Sue Hajdu from a little blah blah

Madeleine Allen-Cawte & Alice Lang (2006)


The Last Vestige

1. a mark, trace, or visible evidence of something no longer present or in existence
2. a degenerate or imperfectly developed organ or structure that has little or no utility, but that in an earlier stage of the individual or in preceding evolutionary forms of the organism performed a useful function
3. a footprint; track

Themes informing the development of installation work and performances on board The Last Vestige include:

time travel, soviet space programme and cosmonautical style, cruiseships
lounge parties and gift giving/exchange between artists and the community
evolution, mutancy
pirate utopias
Concepts of the Apocalypse

About The Last Vestige

The Last Vestige is a multi-arts cross-cultural exhibition presenting the work of a group of contemporary Australian artists, and artists from the Vietnamese arts community.

It aims to present site-specific work, performances, and a launch party on board a floating junk boat between the focus week of the 28th July and the 4th of August 2007. The Last Vestige also extends to on-board artist talks and presentations to promote exchange dialogue between the Australian and Vietnamese arts community.

The Last Vestige is curated by Thea Baumann as part of an arts management residency which will be undertaken in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam from April 26th - August 26th 2007.

This residency is an Asialink Project funded by the Australia Council, the Federal Government's arts funding and advisory body and Arts Queensland.

Thea Baumann acknowledges the support of Brisbane City Council Lord Mayor Fellowship for assistance in researching nomadic arts practice in Asia and in the delivery of The Last Vestige arts programme.