Lumens Festival: Curating the Ancient City (2012)
Curated by Tammy Wong Hulbert, Shane Hulbert, Geoff Hogg & Clare Leporati
in collaboration with the Suzhou Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Jiangsu, China, May 2012, Federation Square, Melbourne, Victoria, December 2012
Artists included Hu Bing, Hua Qian, Li Weilin, Li Xiaosong, Wang Gang, Wu Zhongwen, Yang Haitao, Zhang Mingxing, Zhou Wei, John Billan, Martine Corompt, Mark Galer, Ian Haig, Shane Hulbert, Bronek Kozka, Harry Nankin, Nikos Pantazoplous, Craig Shell, Matthew Sleeth, Darren Sylvester, Dominic Redfern and Lyndal Walker. Lumens Festival: Curating the Ancient City was a public projection festival of Australian and Chinese photographers and video artists works in the Ping Jiang Road canal site of Suzhou, China, a busy local night time precinct. The project originated from my doctoral research onThe City as a Curated Space (2011) and investigated the potential of contemporary art projection to activate heritage sites and bring together local communities over a dialogue between Melbourne and Suzhou based artists. The city of Suzhou is famed for it's white lime washed network of canals, a legacy of the silk trade of the region from two thousand five hundred years ago. These amazing canal structures were the point of inspiration for developing a project working with media based contemporary artists. The works selected were divided into four themes of Landscape, memory and identity. A screening of the works was also held at Federation Square, Melbourne, December, 2012. This project was supported by Arts Victoria, through the Sister State relationship between Jiangsu and Victoria.