Selectively Revealed is an Asialink and Experimenta Media Arts touring exhibition supported by the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, that presents twelve Australian artists/groups with a total of fifteen artworks attempting to provide the viewing public of Taiwan with a glimpse into the development and diversity of contemporary Australian video art.
Selectively Revealed, an exhibition that explores the notion of what is public and what is private in our contemporary times. While it was once universally accepted that what was internal was private and what was external was public, in our current age of reality TV, Twitter and Facebook, confessional YouTube videos and ubiquitous CCTV coverage of city streets, this delineation is no longer adequate. The line between public and private is increasingly blurred and we are constantly forced to question what is appropriate (and indeed interesting) for public consumption and what is best kept to ourselves.
Employing a variety of screen-based practices and contemporary video-making techniques, the artists in Selectively Revealed choose precisely what - or what not - to reveal about themselves and those around them. Some go boldly, testing the boundaries of acceptable behaviour, placing themselves or others wholeheartedly in the spotlight. Others are more subtle, going to great lengths to create a moment of privacy or reprieve from the public gaze. Selectively Revealed presents the artist as performer, subject, voyeur and social commentator. Ultimately, everything is presented for scrutiny, interaction and interpretation in the very public sphere of the gallery, leaving the viewer to ponder personal and collective histories, the sanctity of private emotions, the complex construction of self and identity and behaviour in public space. Each work speaks of relationships, boundaries, community, as well as moments of unease and of transcendence. Through varying acts of disclosure, as the audience, we are taken over a line of intimacy with the artists and their subjects, drawn into the position of voyeur as we are presented with close-up glimpses into the life of the other and have our own lives reflected back in new and illuminating ways.