Government supports residencies in Asia for five NSW artists

Baden Pailthorpe, Still, MQ-9 Reaper II (That Others May Die), 2014, High Definition, two-channel 3D animation (3840 x 1080), colour, stereo, 6 mins. ED. 4 + 1AP. Sound engineer: Jack Prest.

Baden Pailthorpe, Still, MQ-9 Reaper II (That Others May Die), 2014, High Definition, two-channel 3D animation (3840 x 1080), colour, stereo, 6 mins. ED. 4 + 1AP. Sound engineer: Jack Prest.

Five NSW artists will share in $36,000 NSW Government funding to undertake residencies in Hong Kong, Nepal, India and Japan under the Asialink program.

The innovative residencies include a study of humanity’s synergy with technology in the wake of the Nepal earthquake, 3D animations in Japan and cyber sci-fi cinema in Hong Kong.

The Asialink Arts Residency Program provides residencies in Asia for Australia-based arts professionals working in the fields of writing, visual arts, arts management and multidisciplinary practitioners.

Based at the University of Melbourne, Asialink promotes public understanding of the countries of Asia and Australia’s role in the region through international collaborations, leadership training, education and cultural exchange programs.

By connecting with fellow artists in Asia, NSW-based artists are able to develop their professional practice and introduce Australian audiences to new ideas and art forms.

The five NSW artists awarded 2016 Asialink residencies are:

Michael Candy of Murwillumbah: $12,000 for a residency to Robotics Association of Nepal.  Michael uses physical technologies to impart systems theory on ecology and sociology. His residency will involve running cybernetic experiments and workshops exploring humanity’s spiritual synergy with technology in the aftermath of the Nepal earthquake.

Baden Pailthorpe of Dulwich Hill: $12,000 for a residency to teamLab, Japan.  Baden is a new media artist focused on contemporary militarism, institutions and power. His residency at teamLab, Tokyo – an ultra-technologist collective known for pushing current technological capabilities while maintaining traditional Japanese motifs – will see him develop new technical abilities and practices, and experiment with gaming and 3D animations.

Mohini Chandra of Potts Point: $6,000 for a residency at Kriti Gallery, India.  Mohini is a visual artist working across photography, moving-image and installation. She is the descendant of Indian-Fijian indentured labourers, and explores issues of fragmentation and fluidity of diaspora experience. Her residency will involve extending her Paradise Lost project about her family’s migration from North India to Fiji, and will lead to new photographic and moving-image work.

Dan and Dominique Angeloro of Newtown: $6,000 for a residency at Videotage, Hong Kong. Dan and Dominique have been collaborating as Soda_Jerk since 2002. They work with sampled materials in the form of video installations and live video essays. The pair will conduct research and collect Hong Kong cyber sci-fi cinema for their film project Netsploits. The work is sample-based and rewires footage from American and Hong Kong cyberpunk films and internet instructional VHS tapes, to construct a counter mythology of hacker resistance.


In addition to the above residencies financially supported by Arts NSW, two other NSW-based artists will undertake residencies in 2016 under the Asialink program.

  • Sydney-based Aboriginal artist Tony Albert will undertake the Kerjasama reciprocal residency between Alice Springs and Indonesia, supported by Arts NT and DFAT’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander department.
  • NSW-based visual artist Marilyn Schneider will spend 10 weeks at Goyang Art Studio, South Korea before undertaking a two-week residency with a South Korean artist at BigCi in the Blue Mountains. This is part of an annual reciprocal residency between South Korea and NSW supported by the Australia Korea Foundation.


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Published: 8 March 2016