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Critical Mass


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A crowding of crucial ideas at Brunswick Mechanics InstituteSiteworks and Testing Grounds during Melbourne Fringe 2018.

Calling for Melbourne Fringe EOIs to join the Critical Mass.

Brunswick Mechanics Institute, Siteworks and Testing Grounds come together under one banner to program Critical Mass — a series of live performance, film, visual arts and multi-disciplinary events — for Melbourne Fringe 2018.

Selected artists will be part of a crowding of crucial ideas, amplifying a plethora of voices through curated programming.

Critical Mass is a space for an audacious community to gather and experience ambitious, experimental and critical art. There will be moments of respectful quiet, and times when we need to make noise.


Mark J Wilson, “Homage to Bricolage”, Melbourne Fringe 2017, Black Box, Testing Grounds

Live Art Happening

All selected artists will be invited to participate in a critical mass live art happening to rally their crucial ideas and to celebrate freedom of expression, dissent and the power of collective action.

Guest curator

Along with Brunswick Mechanics Institute, Testing Grounds and Siteworks, guest curator (to be announced)  will provide a vital and important voice in the selection of works.

Ellen Davies and Megan Payne, “Demystification Baby”, Melbourne Fringe, Clear Box, Testing Grounds

Key Dates

Expression of interest opens — 4 April 2018

Deadline for submissions — 11.59pm 29 April 2018

All applicants notified — 10 May 2018

All info for registrations submitted to Fringe — 23 May 2018

Key Terms

Ambitious — A challenge to make; exciting to achieve.

Critical — Expressing or involving an analysis of the merits and faults of ideas and actions, particularly in literature, music, or art.

Crucial — Decisive or critical; of great importance.

Experimental — Defined by what it is not: a defined or standard model of practice.