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Zone Four

Peter Blackburn

Performance

10.11.16 - 20.11.16

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Peter Blackburn
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10.11.16 - 20.11.16

Zone Four was a performance about young people and their relationship to art, authority and the transit system. Four new staged works by young writers mentored through ATYP’s Fresh Ink initiative included We Apologise by Georgia Symons, You Love It by Holly Brindley, Top Up by Fiona Spitzkowsky and Platform 13 by Angus Cameron.

The project utilised the entire site, prior to the official opening of Testing Grounds.

Directed by Peter Blackburn as part of the VCA Directors’ Season 2016.

clear box ][ grounds ][ performance ][ student ][ vca ]

Zone Four performance in Clear Box, photo - Lachlan Woods

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Transition

Yandell Walton

Projection

25.11.16 - 12.12.16

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Yandell Walton
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25.11.16 - 12.12.16

Yandell Walton combines architectural space with the projected image, merging the actual and the virtual. Often creating site-specific work for non-traditional and public spaces, she investigates notions of impermanence in relation to environmental, social and political themes. History, time and the traces we leave behind us have previously been explored through a series of works that focus on the movement of light and figures through architectural space. The new commission for Testing Grounds, Transition, will further develop this body of work responding to the unique site and utilising sculptural installation and video projection.

Yandell’s work has been widely exhibited nationally and internationally in galleries and non-traditional public spaces including Light City Festival Baltimore (2016), Digital Graffiti Florida (2015), Experimenta Speak to Me (Melbourne & Brisbane 2012-14), PUBLIC Festival Perth (2014), Melbourne Festival (2012), VIVID Festival Sydney (2013), ISEA (International Symposium of Electronic Art 2013) and White Night Festival Melbourne (2013/15).

Awards include: Best of Show Award Digital Graffiti (2015), The Windsor Prize (2014), Highly commended Sunshine Coast New Media Art Award (2015), Finalist Substation Contemporary Art Award (2016), Finalist Linden Art Prize (2015), Finalist Screengrab International Media Arts Award (2014) and Best Video Work, Centre for Contemporary Photography Salon (2014).

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Untitled

Andrew Atchison

Installation

25.11.16 - 09.12.16

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Andrew Atchison
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25.11.16 - 09.12.16

Andrew Atchison presents an over-size sculptural mobile hanging from the overhead structure of Testing Grounds. The free, endless movement and recombination of the various elements around a central anchor point is inspired by the idea of complexity within individuals.

 

 

canopy ][ grounds ][ installation ]

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Thinking Out Loud

Michael Prior

Installation

25.11.16 - 12.12.16

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Michael Prior
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25.11.16 - 12.12.16

Michael Prior automates material to create self-generating compositions of motion and sound. Relationships between sculptural elements grow through rhythm and chance, speaking to people’s fundamental impulses to interpret patterns. The artist is interested in the aesthetics of transduction: the transfer of energy from one form into another, the visual and sonic potentials of these events and their composition into works of art.

Michael Prior will improvise sculptural works on site at Testing Grounds, taking cues from the new structures, the weather, the sonic position and other people present.

installation ][ white box ]

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Formation Evaporation

Rebecca Jensen

Performance

25.11.16

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Rebecca Jensen
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25.11.16

Formation Evaporation was a dance work choreographed by Rebecca Jensen and performed by an ensemble of participants at the reopening of Testing Grounds.

grounds ][ performance ]

Formation Evaporation

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Jesus! Live! Here! Tonight! #1 (Spinning)

Kat Henry

Performance

25.11.16

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Kat Henry
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25.11.16

Jesus! Live! Here! Tonight! #1 (Spinning) is the first of a trilogy of long durational works, the second is (Dancing) and the third is (Standing). In (Spinning) an ensemble of performers undertakes the singular activity of spinning on the spot for the duration of 60 minutes. This arduous task is set to a specifically composed piece of music by S.S. Sebastian. The work asked both its performers and audience to consider the transcendent possibilities created by acts of extreme physical endurance over long periods of time.

Kat Henry is a theatre director and live performance artist. She is Matilda Award and Green Room Award-nominated, and has directed at Queensland Theatre (where she is on the National Artistic Team), Melbourne Theatre Company, La Boite Theatre Company, Red Stitch Actors Theatre, and Sydney Chamber Opera, among many others. Kat has performed her long durational artworks across Australia and in Berlin, where she held a residency at the Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistiks. She is a graduate of NIDA’s directing program, holds First Class Honours in live art performance and is a PhD candidate in extreme physical endurance and long durational performance at Monash University, where she regularly teaches.

Project Case Study

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Impermanence

Yandell Walton

N/A

25.11.16 - 12.12.16

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Yandell Walton
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25.11.16 - 12.12.16

Yandell Walton combines architectural space with the projected image, merging the actual and the virtual. Often creating site-specific work for non-traditional and public spaces, she investigates notions of impermanence in relation to environmental, social and political themes. History, time and the traces we leave behind us have previously been explored through a series of works that focus on the movement of light and figures through architectural space. The new commission for Testing Grounds, Impermanence will further develop this body of work responding to the unique site and utilising sculptural installation and video projection.

Yandell’s work has been widely exhibited nationally and internationally in galleries and non-traditional public spaces including Light City Festival Baltimore (2016), Digital Graffiti Florida (2015), Experimenta Speak to Me (Melbourne & Brisbane 2012-14), PUBLIC Festival Perth (2014), Melbourne Festival (2012), VIVID Festival Sydney (2013), ISEA (International Symposium of Electronic Art 2013) and White Night Festival Melbourne (2013/15).

Awards include: Best of Show Award Digital Graffiti (2015), The Windsor Prize (2014), Highly commended Sunshine Coast New Media Art Award (2015), Finalist Substation Contemporary Art Award (2016), Finalist Linden Art Prize (2015), Finalist Screengrab International Media Arts Award (2014) and Best Video Work, Centre for Contemporary Photography Salon (2014).

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The Departure

The Hunt

Performance Art

25.11.16

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The Hunt
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25.11.16

The Hunt descended on Testing Grounds and performed a solo show in the Black Box – a slow-moving ritual of sustained horror and breathtaking transformation.

The Hunt is musician Christopher Gray, designer Grace Purton-Long and performer Bridget Mackey.

The Hunt combines industrial noise, performance and lights to create a dark and shifting world that disrupts the comforts of the human realm.  The trio engages the audience’s senses to create a visceral live experience. Since their first show in 2015, The Hunt has performed at various galleries and events in Melbourne, Australia.

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Studio Exhibition 2016

SAE

Exhibition

16.12.16

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SAE
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16.12.16

School of Audio Engineering (SAE) took over Testing Grounds showcasing the work of their talented students. A night of celebration included sound and music, photography and video, installations, print media and more. 

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Plane and Field

Beth Arnold

Installation

22.12.16 - 22.03.17

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Beth Arnold
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22.12.16 - 22.03.17

For three summer months, from December 2o16 to March 2017, Beth Arnold’s installation work Plane and Field cast rainbows all over the Testing Grounds site, produced by panes of safety glass installed throughout the superstructure. The intent of the installation was to harness the refractions of light created by everyday safety glass, encouraging viewers to participate in the incidental delights of our built environment.

Depending on the sun and the time of day, subtle rainbow spectrums were cast onto the ground, the furniture, or the bodies moving through the site. Visitors were intited to pick up umbrellas from next to the bar to ‘chase’ these rainbows around the site, often discovering them in unexpected places like the shadow of a bench, or bending up a metal pole.

This project was based on Arnold’s observations of glass in our urban environments; much of the glass used now is safety glass with a polished, arrised edge which acts as a prism. It is this standard edge finish which casts these incidental rainbows. The installation used this same glass, reminiscent of louvre windows and industrial glass, but strays from its functional application to focus on the rainbow effect.

Plane and Field was a site-specific project based in sculptural practice and was accompanied by a publication and a series of performances where the artist and collaborators moved among the rainbows over hour-long periods. The project was assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts.

canopy ][ grounds ][ installation ][ site-specific ]

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Midsumma Artist Residency

Lesley Turnbull

Pre-Festival Residency

04.01.17 - 31.01.17

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Lesley Turnbull
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04.01.17 - 31.01.17

Lesley Turnbull, a Scottish/Australian lens based artist currently living and working in Melbourne, was in residence at Testing Grounds in the lead up to the 2017 Midsumma event ‘Horizon’.

Through photography – sequential, fragmented or otherwise – Lesley explores the ambiguity of human identity and the transformative potential of landscapes. Her most recent body of work, shot in Northern Scotland, speaks to an inherent tension between freedom and remoteness. Lesley’s work is exhibited in Australia and Europe, and paste ups from photographs taken during her residency are displayed on the Testing Grounds wall.

Lesley Turnbull installing pasteups at Testing Grounds

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Zlatna Video Project

T.R. Carter and Stephen Gilette

Development Work

04.01.17 - 06.01.17

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T.R. Carter and Stephen Gilette
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04.01.17 - 06.01.17

The White Box was used to development content for a music video clip for artists Bojan Stojanov and Jen Knight, from electronic group Zlatna. The collaboration included experimentation with light, performance and green screen techniques. Using various techniques, such as shadow play and movement, they also generated a collection of video imagery that were projected over the band throughout the evening of their album launch. The projection was metrically in sync with the sound using Ableton live to create rhythmic gate style effects to add movement and texture to sustained sounds.

development work ][ film ][ projection ][ shadow ][ white box ]

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Artist Residency

Kat Henry

Buying Time Residency

09.01.17 - 02.02.17

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Kat Henry
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09.01.17 - 02.02.17

Kat Henry is a theatre director and performance artist working across the mediums of plays, opera, music theatre, rock concerts, physical theatre and live art. She is particularly concerned with physical endurance and durational performance, combined with an elegant visual aesthetic and an experience of transcendence for her audience. The Testing Grounds Buying Time residency allowed Kat to explore ideas of duration and a striking physical aesthetic that is site responsive.

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Tilde New Music and Sound Art Festival

Tilde

Festival

21.01.17

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Tilde
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21.01.17

Tilde was an all day celebration supporting modern notated music, free improvisation, sound art, and computer music. Taking over the whole of Testing Grounds, Tilde 2017 offered a supportive and open space for practitioners in these fields to explore new works, to test out ideas, and to share their insights with the next generation of music makers.

festival ][ grounds ][ music ][ sound art ]

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Nychthemeron: Motel

Kat Henry

Performance Art

01.02.17 - 02.02.17

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Kat Henry
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01.02.17 - 02.02.17

To conclude her Buying Time Residency in the Clear Box Kat Henry devised and tested a 24 hour performance.

Nychthemeron 

noun 

:a full period of 24 hours. 

Kat Henry will not eat, sleep, or talk for 24 hours as a method to interrupt her usual habits of “spending time”. Over the 24 hour performance, you are invited to visit Henry in the Clear Box periodically to consider alternative possibilities of how you could be spending your time, which Henry will propose through performance, gesture, action and inaction. Greet her at the end of the performance and help her resynchronise with regular time by sharing in some food, conversation and eventually… sleep.

 

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Midsumma Horizon

Midsumma

Arts Event

04.02.17

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Midsumma
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04.02.17

What does a queer future look like?

Testing Grounds hosted the new-art extravaganza Midsumma Horizon, showcasing some of the country’s best experimental and queer artists. With the White Box taken over by projection fest Queertech.io, intimate performances filling the Black Box, spectacular stagings in the Clear Box, and the grounds pulsing with performance, it was a brilliant exploration of unfixed identities, radical perspectives, and queer politics.

QueerTech.io, is an internet-art project of works from around the globe curated by Alison Bennett.

arts event ][ canopy ][ exhibition ][ installation ][ LGBTQIA+ ][ projection ]

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While the Hour

While the Hour

Residency

06.02.17 - 25.02.17

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While the Hour
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06.02.17 - 25.02.17

What if time were multi-layered and prone to mutating?

In February Testing Grounds hosted a three week residency for artist collective While the Hour, who explored the peculiarities of the present moment through a series of workshops and events over their residency time. Events included: two ‘Restivals’, featuring performances, lectures, talks, and readings among soft architecture and hammocks; creative writing workshops; durational writing exercises; and drawing workshops. These events were the first public-facing work done by the newly-formed collective, helping define and refine the group’s artistic aims and the scope of their work. Their works-in-progress became an experiential offering to the public: an invitation to explore our place in the universe and to consider human’s connection to the planet and its possible futures.

Members also used the residency to produce installations including a perpetual-motion sculpture, rock carvings, and a chain-link work connected to the earth itself. The collective fully embraced new ways of thinking and relating to concepts of time not only through their work, but through their commitment to staying overnight on site for the middle week of their residency.

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Community Reading Room (CRR)

Torika Bolatagici

Discursive Project

08.02.17 - 25.02.17

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Torika Bolatagici
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08.02.17 - 25.02.17

During the three-week installation at Testing Grounds, multidisciplinary artists were invited to activate the space and respond to the book collection; there was a children’s area with books, a reader-in-residence program and talks and workshops. The project at Testing Grounds concluded with a performance by Sydney-based collective Black Birds who brought their new work ‘Third Culture’ to the Reading Room in a 45-minute performance that dissected the experience of Brown/Black Third/Cross Cultural Kids. The performance included verbatim, music and moved spoken word.

Community Reading Room is a pop-up destination for research, community discussion and engagement around international visual arts and culture. It is envisioned as a safe-space for individuals who identify as First Nations and people of colour to encounter texts that acknowledge and place their lived experience and practice at the centre, rather than the margin.

Founded in 2013 by Torika Bolatagici, the CRR has been presented at Colour Box Studio (2013) and Footscray Community Arts Centre (2014). The CRR is a discursive project that invites the general public to consider the inclusivity of public spaces and to contemplate how our institutions of knowledge privilege particular ways of knowing and being.

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Art, Beer & Critiques (ABC)

ABC Group

Art Critiques

09.02.17

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ABC Group
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09.02.17

ABC is/was an ongoing series of informal discussions where visual artists present new work in development to a cohort of artists for peer-to-peer reviewing in a  fun and casual setting. Too often visual artists work alone in their studio with little to no feedback or engagement with their work until exhibition. These sessions are just as much about creating a social context for arts practice as it is about the intended outcome of work.

These sessions occur once a month. Email ABC to find out more information or about securing a spot as a presenting artist in the next session.

ABC is a free flowing and open collective or cohort of artists. Anyone is welcome.

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Dewey Disengagement System

Stéphanie Kabanyana Kanyandekwe

Residency

10.02.17 - 24.02.17

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Stéphanie Kabanyana Kanyandekwe
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10.02.17 - 24.02.17

Rwandan-British composer and artist Stéphanie Kabanyana Kanyandekwe was Reader-in-Residence during Torika Bolatagici’s Community Reading Room project. During her time at Testing Grounds, Stéphanie presented a performative presentation of her work-in-progress: ‘Dewey Disengagement System’. Through live music and an interview with her career-librarian father, Stéphanie highlighted some of the faults underpinning the Dewey Decimal System of categorising information for libraries and catalogues. Drawing on graphic score translations created from narratives found within the Community Reading Room and Stéphanie’s personal collection, the presentation outlined the religious and colonial framework within which Dewey worked, and considered alternative systems in the current Information Age.

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Nothing to Do with a Plant

Thomas Woodman

Residency

16.02.17 - 03.05.17

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Thomas Woodman
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16.02.17 - 03.05.17

Over the coming months, Thomas Woodman will work intermittently in and around the range of spaces at Testing Grounds. These choreographic and dance practices will involve: travelling with a plant, retracing its history, moving with and independently of it (in and out of sync), recovering and reinterpreting movement histories, replanting, having lunch, listening, reading, using touch to sensitise and desensitise the body to the space, adjusting anthropocentric hierarchies and their power structures, humming away, interviewing, observing and questioning plant interests, desires, feelings and thoughts.

 Throughout this study, ideas of quick release and rapid consumption coincide with meandering thoughts and the act of slowing down and killing time. A text message is sent as a snail ambles towards something on a warm day. Woodman engages in a multi-sensory noticing of the plant to propose and inform alternative futures. How can the human experience be dictated by the plant? Does this diminish the anthropocentric bias?  Where is the human in the plant and the plant in the human? 

The knowledge generated by this research is inherently precarious and unstable.

 Thomas’ days in residency at Testing Grounds are: 16.02.17; 23.03.17; 30.03.17; 13.04.17; 03.05.17.  Research is also being conducted at the Temperance Hall, South Melbourne with space provided by Phillip Adam’s BalletLab.

dance ][ research project ][ residency ][ white box ]

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Introduction to Projection Art

Gertrude Street Projection Festival

Masterclass

22.02.17 - 25.02.17

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Gertrude Street Projection Festival
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22.02.17 - 25.02.17

Lead by accomplished projection artist Yandell Walton, a group of emerging artists were selected to develop skills and knowledge about projection art over a 4 day workshop. Taking over the grounds, they learned about the artform of projection, developed technical skills and projection mapping techniques, and learned about project development. Each participant developed a proposal for a site specific artwork that will be considered for exhibition in the 2017 GSPF program, with 3 selected for continued guidance as part of the Gertrude Street Projection Festival (GSPF) Mentorship Program. The masterclass provided these emerging artists with a framework to develop new projects and to create opportunities for growth in their practices.

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Th(i)rd C(u)lture

Black Birds

Performance

24.02.17 - 24.02.17

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Black Birds
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24.02.17 - 24.02.17

Th(i)rd C(u)lture was a new performance work by Sydney-based all-female theatre group Black Birds, developed especially for the closing event of Community Reading Room. Directed by Emele Ugavule and starring Ayeesha Ash & Angela Sullen, the 45 minute performance explored the struggles of being mixed race in a country that you don’t belong to through movement, spoken word & music. The show told the story of the performers and their journeys as young girls both born outside of Australia (Grenada & the United States of America), their struggle through teen-hood to find community and likeness around them growing into young adults.

This free event attracted over 60 viewers, spilling out onto the grounds on a balmy February evening.

music ][ performance ][ spoken word ][ white box ]

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Contingency

Andrew Rewald

Residency

01.03.17 - 23.03.17

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Andrew Rewald
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01.03.17 - 23.03.17

During his three week residency in the Clear Box at Testing Grounds, Andrew Rewald filled the space with edible weeds growing from upcycled plastic food containers, arranged in intersecting circles and crossed lines symbolic of the processes of food production, preparation, and consumption. Through the edible weed installation and Andrew’s research materials – pinned images and piles of books on food, agriculture, urbanisation, and art – Contingency considered the nexus between the urban ecology and food security in context with sustainable agriculture practices.

On Thursday March 23, to mark the end of the residency and share his research and creative process, Andrew hosted an edible weed tasting. Featuring dishes like tempura dandelion and foraged weed pesto, the act of sharing food grown in the Clear Box acted as a powerful metaphor for the possibility of redefining our relationship to food consumption, industrial production and transportation processes, and food security. 

The work done in this residency extends from his previous work investigating diet as a marker of identity in diverse urban and rural contexts. Andrew is motivated by the impact of consumer culture behaviour and the globalisation of food industries on our understanding of what it means to have access to food. From corporate food production practices to foraging for edible weeds his work continues to investigate indicators of social disorder and dis-empowerment – but also empowerment – for individuals and communities alike.

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Indeterminate States

Skye Kelly

Exhibition

03.03.17 - 18.03.17

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Skye Kelly
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03.03.17 - 18.03.17

Sculptures and installations that change in volume and colour and smell over time, consisting of suspended plastic bladders, liquid gelatin, cascading bubbles and other transitive materials.

The exhibition focused on a certain class of materials to create a space that blurs the line between abject and beauty as the artworks examine the mutable boundaries created by material indeterminacy within objects and their spaces of display. On opening night bubbles cascaded down the bladder to fall on the ground, slowly setting into a fixed state.

Skye Kelly is an artist living and working in Melbourne.  She is currently undertaking a Masters of Fine Art (Research) at RMIT.  Her work investigates a range of indeterminate, transitive materials through a sculptural framework.  Recent materials utilised include gelatine, fat, toffee and hydrophobic sand.  She is interested in exploring the latent potentials of these unstable materials, and how their inherent properties and behaviours can be used as a catalyst for sculptural outcomes.

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Size Doesn’t Matter

Size Doesn't Matter

Arts Event

10.03.17

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Size Doesn't Matter
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10.03.17

Initiated as an unofficial fringe festival to Dance Massive (a biannual festival for contemporary dance) this project was developed as an alternative platform for performance, choreography and dance in Melbourne. It questioned the methods for the presentation of contemporary dance and facilitated a dynamic, malleable and inclusive structure. A diverse range of artists proposed performances, practices and discourse through proposals that were formatted through a ‘live feed’ for the 6 hour duration. The facilitators of this open event  were interested in creating a durational space and ecology of happenings, but didn’t not program ‘events’ in a strict sense.

choreography ][ dance ][ fringe ][ grounds ]

Image by Morgan Jones

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Speak Up

Testing Grounds x Parlour

Exhibition

17.03.17 - 25.03.17

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Testing Grounds x Parlour
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17.03.17 - 25.03.17

For Melbourne Design Week 2017, Testing Grounds joined forces with Parlour to produce an outdoor exhibition of large-format activist-inspired typography.

Testing Grounds invited Erin Callaghan, a young Melbourne-based multi-disciplinary designer, to develop Speak Up. The project was part of Testing Grounds’ commitment to foregrounding emerging and experimental creative practice, and Parlour’s advocacy and activism around gender equity in architecture.

Utilising the multi-functional outdoor grid system and hanging frames at Testing Grounds, Erin – with collaborators Millie Cattlin and Warren Taylor – designed a typographic project using content sourced from Parlour’s guest-hosted Instagram account.

architecture ][ design ][ exhibition ][ grounds ]

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Sound, Site, Dance

Footscray Community Arts Centre

Residency

23.03.17 - 07.04.17

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Footscray Community Arts Centre
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23.03.17 - 07.04.17

The Amplified Elephants and Footscray Community Arts Centre Artlife performers took over Testing Grounds for a three week residency, culminating in an original performance of sound art and dance. The site responsive work was inspired by the hyper-urban space of Testing Grounds and explored themes of identity politics, belonging, and improvisation, using the site of Testing Grounds as an instrument.

This residency marked the beginning of a research phase for the ensemble as they developed new work for touring in 2017.

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Parlour Autumn Salon

Parlour

Talk

24.03.17

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Parlour
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24.03.17

The Parlour Autumn Salon ran as part of Melbourne Design Week 2017, featuring eminent Melbourne architects Shelley Penn and Amy Muir in conversation. 150 architect practitioners and enthusiasts were also treated to a glass of wine and sausage sizzle, giving an opportunity for networking, swapping stories and strategies, forming new networks and reviving older ones.

Kicking off at 6:30 with an introduction to Testing Grounds from director/designer Millie Catlin, and a welcome from event organiser Justine Clarke, the highlight of the night was Amy Muir and Shelley Penn conversing about shared interests, career stories, and advice gleaned from hard years of practice. A large contingent stayed until closing at 10pm.

architecture ][ education ][ feminism ][ open box ]

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Spiritual Botox & The New Wage

Jule Small and Ceri Hann

Performance

05.04.17 - 08.04.17

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Jule Small and Ceri Hann
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05.04.17 - 08.04.17

Jule Small and Ceri Hann took on the Melbourne International Comedy Festival itself, critiquing the institutionalisation of both comedy and art.

The copy for the show said it all (in a way)…

An open forum chat show that explores relations between the art world, capitalism, implications of progress and the ideas that give rise to comedy.

Where does personality end & brain damage begin?

A self-help chat show.

I wouldn’t piss on Pauline Hanson if she was on fire.

An imagination prolapse.

Ads shit on your brain.

A multiverse of lies.

More skin toner for Didi the chihuahua.

Has anyone seen my Chewbacca bong, the one that sounds like him as you inhale?

Stop scrolling & deal with your feelings.

Missing Perth man found playing bongos in Thailand…

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The Hunt Creative Development

The Hunt

Work in development

21.04.17 - 05.05.17

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The Hunt
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21.04.17 - 05.05.17

Over two weeks, multi-disciplinary artist group The Hunt took over the Black and White boxes at Testing Grounds to develop a new work, culminating in a one-night showing of performance and installation. The group (Bridget Mackay, Grace-Purton Long and Christopher Gray) worked with curator Arie Rain-Glorie as an out-side-eye to extend on their previous work using sound, performance and imagery to create haunting and visually arresting performance vignettes. For this development, they set a self-imposed challenge of only using easily sourced domestic materials on an ultra-low budget. The resulting work featured an installation of grass collected from the grounds, lighting, and video footage of rehearsals set up in the White Box, a 15 minute staged performance in the Black Box, and a 10 minute performance throughout the grounds – drew on horror genres in film, fashion and literature to transport the audience into an unsettling fever-dream headspace.

Video documentation still from development: table cloth, styrofoam balls and elastic bands draped on person.

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Songs of the Sea

BegOpCoOp

Music

27.04.17 - 28.04.17

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BegOpCoOp
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27.04.17 - 28.04.17

Songs of the Sea was a new work by opera collective BegOpCoOp, staged in the Clear Box at Testing grounds over two nights – Thursday 27 & Friday 28 April. Featuring projections, percussion, keyboards, poetry and singing, Songs of the Sea presented subversive opera, a rollicking meditation on cultural dislocation and gender identity explored through sea characters and mythologies.

clear box ][ music ][ performance ][ projection ]