Intel: Podcast Series - Episode 4
Topic: It’s a little early
Publishing date: Thursday, 14 May 2020
For Tokyo-based Elena Knox, an artist who in recent years has sustained her creative practice exhibiting internationally, what is the way forward from here?
Across her music, performance, video and installation work, Elena has worked with other artists, science labs and premier cultural institutions, including Mori Art Museum, Tokyo and the upcoming Yokohama Triennale, AFTERGLOW, curated by Raqs Media Collective, set to open in July.
It might be a little early to tell, but art with technology - Elena’s longstanding area of inquiry - will play an important role moving forward. Meanwhile, the current pause in presentation commitments offers space to reflect on the realities of living and working as an ‘outsider’ in Japan, and a timely appreciation of the small gatherings that the Tokyo music and art scenes have always approached with integrity.
Featured in this episode is Elena Knox’s music, as part of electric pop duo Actual Russian Brides, This Haus. Courtesy Brigade Music Berlin
Image credit: Elena Knox, Comfortable and Alive, 2014, video still. Courtesy the artist.
Elena Knox is represented by Anomaly, Tokyo.
Sound design: Sudeep Lingamneni
Editing and mastering: Jonnine Nokes
About the INTEL: Podcast Series
The Australia Council’s INTEL: PODCAST SERIES is a peer-to-peer market intelligence resource designed to inform and upskill the arts sector on ‘live’, best practice, and innovative approaches to international engagement. The series spotlights guests who are actively forging pathways for the internationalisation of Australian work, and who continue to work within a cross-cultural and cross-border capacity.
Joanna Bayndrian: International Market Adviser, North Asia
Elena Knox is a media artist and scholar. Her artworks stage enactments of persona, gender and sonzai kan in technoscience and communications media, and are presented in première venues internationally.
Recent shows include: Video Art and Experimental Film Festival, New York; Beijing Media Art Biennale; Nine Tomorrows, PowerLong Art Center Hangzhou; Beholder, Hong Kong International Commerce Centre (ICC) 118-storey façade; Algorithmic Art, Hong Kong City Hall; International Symposium on Electronic Art; Athens Digital Arts Festival; Cairo Video Festival; Simultan Festival Romania; Festival Silêncio Portugal; Video Vortex (Kochi Biennale).
Knox’s experimental projects are nominated for various awards, recently Australian Art Music Awards and LA Underground Film Forum. She is a research fellow in Intermedia Art and Science at Waseda University, Tokyo.