"I came with a plan, with a proposal. Things just went totally off my plan. I felt really relieved in a way. I've seen things here that totally went beyond my expectations. That's always what is happening here. You have to re-learn the game every time. That's the way it is." - Francis Alÿs
In 2012 Sarah Catherine Firth and Jason Leong travelled to Mexico for an artist in residency project with the Arquetopia Foundation. They worked on a hybrid documentary film project, recorded comedy rap songs and delivered a series of cultural development workshops with the Imagina Museo in Puebla.
This video piece “Los errores en México” catalogues the errors, interruptions, bloopers, failures, challenges, embarrassments and noise that peppered their experience in Mexico.
Jason is a Melbourne based emerging new media artist with a focus on film, photography and technology. With over a decade of experience in technology, management consulting and collaborative design, Jason is interested in exploring the space at which art and technology converge to create new forms of expression, interaction and experience.
Sarah is a Melbourne based multimedia artist. She is well known for the quirky, witty and playful style that infuses all her work. Firth’s kinetic sculpture first gained attention in 2005 with her work being selected for 25/25: Australia’s top 25 artists aged 25 and under. Her sculpture, comic and film work has been bought by Australian and International Collectors, won film festivals and received enthusiastic reviews. She also received the Nigel Thompson Traveling Scholarship to be an Australian representative for the first Asian Art Camp, an International Collaborative Symposium in Singapore.
Recently she was commissioned to make a large kinetic sculpture for Experimenta Media Arts, and last year she also received the Immigration Museum Talking Difference Fellowship, a three month artist in residency with Chantilly Studios and spent two months in Puebla and Oaxaca in Mexico, on an artist in residency to run cultural comic workshops with the Arquetopia Foundation and the Imagina Museum. Sarah is currently undertaking research and development for her upcoming film “This is Not Mexico” based on experiences and interviews conducted in Mexico in 2012.
Firth works professionally as a graphic facilitator, visual scribe, animator and a cultural change project facilitator. Over the past three years she has created a powerful series of cultural comic workshops that use a mix of comic drawing and innovative workshop modules to develop cultural dialogue and improve learning and self-awareness in children.
For more information visit: sarahthefirth.com