Overall themes

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We have created a teacher portal for each episode. To access the portal for an episode hover over the ‘Teacher portal’ menu above. Each portal contains information about the episode, links to resources, and questions the episode raises. This page contains some questions and resources relating to the entire series.

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Series Synopsis

Contemporary Asian art is new and exciting.

Art historian, Alison Carroll, shows how Asian art came out of a century scarred by national independence struggles and bolstered by emerging economies. It came from an Asia where new ideas clashed with traditional ways.

Join Alison as she travels the world, talking with artists in their studios and visiting museums. We go behind the scenes exploring storerooms and vaults, seeing key works from the 20th century that shaped Asian art.

The vibrant art from Asia amazes us. It is now time to understand it.

You can buy the DVD from our shop for use in the classroom.

Students can rent episodes and watch them at home via the Vimeo page. (Sorry this cannot be used in the classroom).

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Questions raised in this series

Question 1

Throughout this series we have heard the artist describing their work and practice using words such as ‘spiritual world’, ‘magic’, ‘unseen forces’, ‘hope’, ‘materials have their own energy and spirit’. These terms can be challenging to Western discourse, which traditionally prioritises the known world, a world which can be seen and measured.

Is art discourse enhanced or diminished by the inclusion of these concepts?

Question 2

The twentieth century in Asia was a time of great political upheaval, struggles for independence and devastation from armed conflict. Many Asian artists have engaged with their contemporary situation and developed images and techniques that contribute to the political discourse.

How engaged in the contemporary political debate can, and should, art be?

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There are some excellent resources at museums in Asia and Australia. They are in English.

QAGOMA TVhttp://tv.qagoma.qld.gov.au/

This site contains interviews with artists and videos of performances. APT means the Asia Pacific Triennial, and will be of particular interest. You will find interviews and artists talks by a number of the artists included in the series.

Singapore Art Museum YouTube channelhttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCak8zXyFxu_j11RDB8FlOIA

This site contains interviews with artists, including Amanda Heng!

Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art http://leeum.samsungfoundation.org/html_eng/global/main.asp

An excellent museum with one of the best collections of contemporary Asian art. You can look at works from their collection on their website.

Articles and interviews on the series

As they appear we will add to this list.

ABC TV: Key moments in Asian Arthttp://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/booksandartsdaily/a-journey-though-asian-art/5796052

This is a link to an interview with Alison Carroll by Michael Cathcart for Radio National’s Books and Arts Daily.

Alison Carroll on A Journey Through Asian Arthttp://dailyreview.crikey.com.au/alison-carroll-on-a-journey-through-asian-art/13554

This article is an interview with Alison Carroll. She talks to Daily Review about the process of making the series.

Fifty per cent feministhttp://overland.org.au/2014/07/fifty-per-cent-feminist/

This article looks at the effect of including female artists in the series. It was written by the director, Catherine Gough-Brady.

10-minute bites on Asian art a worthy chewhttp://visual.artshub.com.au/news-article/news/visual-arts/10-minute-bites-on-asian-art-a-worthy-chew-244882

This article is a review written by Gina Fairly for Artshub.