Art x Action is a two-part series and online video art festival that presents a selection of artists who work with the gallery and who currently create video – a versatile medium for its adaptability and power to transport us.
Now at a time when we must physically distance ourselves from one another amidst the global pandemic, participating in this digital festival is a powerful reminder that we are capable of building a community wherever we are. This pivot to virtual immersions enables the works to reach a wider audience globally and unify them.
This curated festival invites audiences to experience the transformative power of film and video, promotes the cultural awareness and appreciation of the art of screenwriting and storytelling, and calls for the celebration of video artists and their work. The current issue showcases individual journeys, epiphanies and investigations, all of which are testament to each artist’s unique creative and thinking process. They can be quiet but profound, like Avis Ann’s montage of wordless communication that rely more on the intensity of human gaze or eye contact than speech. They can be meditative, like Kar-men Cheng’s diaristic search for rhythm, which is inextricably tied to music and environment, and Cole Sternberg’s peaceful observations of nature. Poignant, like Moi Tran’s reconfiguration of sadness from an emotion that makes us feel powerless to an emotion that empowers and binds us together. Or even provocative, like Quynh Dong’s challenge to cultural perceptions and Marcin Dudek’s interventions, which violently exposes truth.
With this programme, we ask the following questions: How do we make sense of the relentless commotion that is reality and filter out the detritus of daily life to hone in on what really matters? What should we be looking and listening out for, and how do we reach this grounding definition?
This is about what we discover, and upon discovery, what resonates.
Featuring Artists: Cole Sternberg, Marcin Dudek, Moi Tran, Quynh Dong, Kar-men Cheng, Yeyoon Avis Ann
Total Time: 3 Hours 24 Mins 2 Seconds
When: 1 - 27 Dec 2020,
By: Yeo Workshop