July 16 2012
By Jane O-Sullivan
Several Australian visual artists, among them Tony Albert and Khaled Sabsabi, have been commissioned by the Australia Council for an unusual new project. Called 24 Frames Per Second, the project is part of an initiative to promote dance but also spans film and the visual arts.
Eighteen Australian and six international artists have been invited to produce new work for the project, which will end with a major exhibition at Carriageworks in Sydney in 2015. The commissioned works will also be fed into smaller touring exhibitions.
Other visual artists involved in include James Newitt and Christian Thompson from Australia, New Zealand’s Sriwhana Spong and video artist Ming Wong from Singapore.
Carriageworks director Lisa Havilah says that in addition to being interdisciplinary, the project will have a strong ‘Indigenous and cross-cultural focus’.
It is another step forward for Havilah who, since taking over the reins at Carriageworks in early 2011, has developed a more serious focus for the arts organisation. Her approach is clearly resonating with her audience, with visitor numbers to Carriageworks doubling in the first six months of 2012.
Image: James Newitt, Saturday Night. Courtesy: the artist