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Testing Grounds will commission a series of banners from 2017-2019. This document demonstrates how the banner brackets are used, the process for commissioning and the how the project is further communicated through printed material.
Four fully realised and conceptually rigorous banners that are viewed as contemporary artworks, developed in consultation with Testing Grounds.
Banners are created with three audiences and temporal considerations in mind:
- Passing traffic on City Road – the largest audience with the least amount of viewing time.
- People visiting Testing Grounds – viewing the flags from inside the site and from the footpath and using the audio tour or other didactic resources.
- People viewing and reading about the project online – Reading about the project, viewing documentation of the banners and listening to the audio content on the Culture Victoria and Testing Grounds website.
This first Banners Project commission examines the significance of flags and banners as symbolic forms of resistance in various political movements. Beaziyt used her self-published printed publication, which archived political flags and banners over the past century, as source material to create four typographic banners specifically for the Testing Grounds site. The flags were screen printed in collaboration with Melbourne-based designer, Andrew Clapham.
This process (of screen printing) for the project, draws parallels to processes which were inherent during the revolutionary movements historically occurring during the statements referenced were taken from.
By taking slogans from historical movements and re-contextualizing them in the present through an exploration of colour, font, material and processes, Beaziyt illuminates an alternative way of learning about the political past which characterises so much of the present.
“It’s difficult to imagine the events that characterise human history without the presence of symbols and flags and banners. These instruments of political resistance, national pride, of occupation, act as mirrors, preserving and reflecting the beliefs and aspirations of its people” says Beaziyt.
Glossary of terms
A fixture (as for holding a banner) projecting from a wall or column.
A long strip of cloth bearing a slogan or design, carried in a demonstration or procession or hung in a public place (attached to a bracket).
A piece of cloth attachable by one edge to a pole or rope and used as a symbol or emblem.
Project is used to describe any creative activity taking place on site, be it an exhibition, performance, workshop or panel discussion. The term acknowledges all creative activity as practice-lead research rather than outcome or product.
To respond to conditions of the site and its immediate physical context. To consider the infrastructure, facilities and location when forming, producing or devising the project.