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Published on Feb 11, 2016
The APT8 Conference invited artists, researchers, and curators from Australia, Asia and the Pacific to address some of the key conceptual threads in the exhibition.
During the APT8 Conference the Yamani group responded to Len Lye's 'Tusalava' 1929 with an original composition featuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages from around Queensland, Australia. The languages that were featured in the composition are Warrgamay, Kalaw Kawaw Ya, Butchulla, Gunggari and Yugambeh. The music was by Faith Baisden and reflected on the instinct for connection and its counterbalance in the struggle for control.
Yamani is a community project formed as a collaboration between the Queensland Indigenous Languages Advisory Committee (QILAC) and Wantok Musik. The group features indigenous women from across Queensland, Australia, singing in their traditional languages.
Due to copyright issues, the screening of Len Lye’s Tusalava 1929 is not featured in this footage.
The Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT) is the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art's flagship exhibition focused on the work of Asia, the Pacific and Australia. The 8th edition emphasised the role of performance in recent art, with live actions, video, kinetic art, figurative painting and sculpture exploring the use of the human form to express cultural, social and political ideas, and the central role of artists in articulating experiences specific to their localities.