Wednesday, 16 June 2004

artv - art and tv together at last

Sixteen of Australia's finest contemporary artists rethink the language of moving image and the rhythms of television programming by creating a series of 30-second works specifically for the television screen.

Visually intriguing, wildly imaginative and quite unlike standard TV fare, ARTV will sneak up on most television viewers. Neat ad-sized gems of art inserted into the SBS TV schedule.

Participating artists come from across Australia and include painters, sculptors, photographers, new media artists and even a texta artist. Not surprisingly ARTV features a startling diversity of subject matter ranging from:

  • the mysterious, luminous universe that Hossein Valamanesh creates from the original 35mm footage of his own angiogram
  • to Julie Rrap's unconventional nude study which uses digital technology to animate a fleshy mutant form as a woman slides into her own reflection
  • and the rich imagination of Chinese-Australian artist Guo Jian with his unique, irreverent take on the art of propaganda

ARTV is commissioned by ACMI and SBS Independent as part of 2004: Australian Culture Now, a spectacular national survey exhibition of visual culture that represents work by more than 130 leading and emerging Australian artists. ARTV airs on SBS from 7 June and screens in ACMI Cinemas and Screen Lounges for the duration of the 2004 exhibition, ACMI (8 June - 12 September) and NGV (8 June - 1 August).

The ARTV project brief was extremely open, ACMI and SBS Independent were keen to see some of Australia's finest visual artists translate their work into a new context and asked only that the artists consider the ways in which their work would be shown: on SBS television, in ACMI Cinemas and Screen Lounges, and on the web. "SBS Independent is delighted to have been a part of this wonderful collaboration with the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) and the NGV.  I love seeing what happens when artists choose to work in another medium and it's such a gift for the SBS audience. Works made specially for the TV screen by Australia's finest artists, what a treat!" Glenys Rowe, General Manager, SBS Independent

For many of the participating artists translating their different media into a television format raised many questions and the resulting productions demonstrate the ingenious responses to this challenge. "ARTV stimulates ideas about how art could appear on television, its potential to interrupt or sneakily invade regular scheduling. Working closely with sixteen of Australia's finest artists and such an adventurous broadcaster (SBS) to translate these ideas into dynamic works that are both art and television, has produced some terrific results". Clare Stewart, ARTV Executive Producer, ACMI.

Participating artists: Vernon Ah Kee (QLD), Daniel Crooks (VIC), Cherine Fahd (NSW), Simryn Gill (NSW), Shaun Gladwell (NSW), Helen Grace (NSW), Guo Jian (NSW), Janet Merewether (NSW), Scott Redford (QLD), Julie Rrap (NSW), Arlene TextaQueen (VIC), Hossein Valamanesh (SA), Daniel von Sturmer (VIC), Martin Walch (TAS), Craig Walsh (QLD), Guan Wei (NSW).

ARTV: produced with the assistance of ACMI and SBS Independent

ARTV screening information SBS TV

Venue:            Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Federation Square

Dates:             Starts 8 June 2004

For further information/interviews /images/preview tapes: 

Danielle Poulos, Communications Co-ordinator, ACMI, 03 8663 2415 / 0417 540543 /

Kathryn Hibbert, Senior Publicist, SBS Television, 02 9430 3709 / 0410 509 332/

Further information

Claire Butler
Communications Coordinator
[direct phone] 61 3 8663 2415 [fax] 61 3 8663 2498 [mobile] 0434 603 654
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