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Art Center Ongoing, Tokyo, Japan | Boxcopy, Brisbane, Australia | FELTspace, Adelaide, Australia | House of Natural Fiber, Yogyakarta, Indonesia | Locksmith Project Space, Sydney, Australia | Post-Museum, Singapore | Six_a Artist Run Initiative, Hobart, Australia | Tutok, Manila, Philippines  | Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou, China | West Space, Melbourne, Australia | Y3K, Melbourne, Australia.

Next Wave Festival, May 2010

Transforming the Arts House Meat Market complex, Structural Integrity is a monumental and melancholic, World’s Fair-styled exhibition and residency project.

Exploring independent arts cultures from across Australia and Asia, Structural Integrity includes the work of six Australian and five Asian Artist Run Initiatives (ARIs). The exhibition will be open every day of the Festival, and is Next Wave’s biggest and most ambitious engagement with the Asia-Pacific region in the Festival’s 25-year history.

Working on-site at the Meat Market in the month leading up to the Festival, each artist group will create a large-scale structure, or ‘pavilion’, inside this vast historical building. Taking wildly different forms, from faux architectural constructions, to new media laboratories, sound installations, public workshops, and many variations in between, the eleven pavilions will form a snapshot of emerging arts practice in today’s rapidly changing artistic and geo-cultural landscape.

Some of the pavilions will house additional artworks, whilst others will simply exist as the artwork itself. Many invite public interaction, welcoming audiences into the lively and chaotic world that each structure represents. The pavilion structure has long been loaded with cultural values and ideals: think of the grand expositions of the 19th Century, or of the Venice Biennale. With this in mind, each pavilion in Structural Integrity will be developed as an expression of the participating ARIs’ artistic principles, in relation to their particular cultural or geographic situation.

Playfully questioning the values and ideals that motivated many of these grand international fairs and expositions, Structural Integrity examines national and local cultural identity through the lens of innovative contemporary arts practice, taking in the shared, as well as distinctive, characteristics of grass-roots artistic culture across the region. As both metaphoric and physical structures, the pavilions will be in turns playful, provocative, melancholic, speculative and rhetorical.

Project Documentation

Supported by: Arts Victoria, City of Melbourne, Arts House, Australia Council for the Arts, Sidney Myer Fund, Australian Indonesia Institute, Australia Japan Foundation, Asialink, Harold Mitchell Foundation