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Jason Phu: Analects of Kung Phu In Conversation


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Jason Phu and editor Conor Bateman talk to curator Chelsey O’Brien about the martial arts films that feature in Analects of Kung Phu: Book 1, The 69 Dialogues between the Lamp and the Shadow.

In this in conversation event, hear about Jason’s editing process, finding insight among the action, as well as the issues of representation and historical inaccuracies inherent in the genre and get inspired to make your own guide to life from cinematic sayings.

Jason Phu is the 2021 recipient of the Mordant Family Moving Image Commission for young Australian artists.

The Mordant Family Moving Image Commission for young Australian artists is created in partnership with Professor Cav. Simon Mordant AO and Catriona Mordant AM, the City of Melbourne, John Allsopp from Web Directions, and ACMI.

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Sat 4 Dec 2021



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About Jason Phu

Jason Phu was born in 1989 in Sydney, Australia, and he lives and works in Melbourne. His artworks explore Chinese histories in Australia, his own family history, and Chinese/Vietnamese folktales.

Jason has shown in the Dobell Drawing Biennale (2018) at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, The Burrangong Affray (2018) at the 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Primavera 2018: Young Australian Artists at the Museum of Contemporary Art and was commissioned by the Sydney Opera House for the 2019 Art Assembly Commission. In 2021 he was the recipient of the $80,000 Mordant Family Moving Image Commission for young Australian artists for Analects of Kung Phu: Book 1, The 69 Dialogues between the Lamp and the Shadow. His work is showing in The Way We Eat at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and he is an artist for the arts festival Rising: Melbourne. He is represented by Station Gallery (Melbourne) and Chalk Horse (Sydney).

Artist Jason Phu in his studio

About Conor Bateman

Conor Bateman is a writer, video editor, film programmer, and the managing editor of 4:3, an independent online film magazine. His writing has been published in RealTime, The Lifted Brow, Senses of Cinema and more, and his video work has been screened at UQ Gallery and the Monash University Museum of Art.

He is one of the lead programmers of Static Vision, an independent Australian film collective. He also works as the Digital and Social lead at ABC Arts and previously has worked for Sydney Film Festival, ABC iView, SBS and the University of Sydney. He was a jury member at the Possible Worlds Film Festival, a participant in the Melbourne International Film Festival's Critics Campus program as both mentee and mentor, and has been a panelist at the Emerging Writers Festival and the Melbourne International Film Festival.

Conor Bateman

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