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The Sphere visits Sydney

 

The Greater Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere (GACPS) is on a diplomatic mission to Artereal Gallery, Sydney this month, presenting artefacts from the NWF 2012 exhibition. Conceived as an embassy for a fictional pan-Asian empire, GACPS explores the duality of the artists’ cultural legacy as Australians of both Western and Asian heritage. Works from the exhibition display the complexities and challenges of identity, forming a bizarre and humorous take on the clash between traditional cultures and contemporary globalised culture.

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The Greater Asia Co-prosperity Sphere Next Wave Festival 2012

The Greater Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere

The Greater Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere is a collaboration between Perth-based artists Abdul Abdullah, Casey Ayres and Nathan Beard. Capitalising on their Asian-Australian heritages, the artists have created an embassy for a fictional pan-Asian empire, located in Federation Square. This Oriental embassy is the setting for a cultural program of live events, where various Eastern and Western influences are brought together and confused. As ambassadors for this faux-embassy, the artists investigate how multiculturalism operates in contemporary Australian society with humour, and personal reflections on how the work mirrors their own hybrid cultural experiences as Asian-Australians.