The language used by Testing Grounds intentionally bypasses common definitions so it does not restrict how we come to understand new, experimental and emerging models of creative practice.
1.1 Temporary Infrastructure
A place from which to begin.
Support for action.
The base requirement for any given action with the understanding that this too shall pass.
1.2 Creative Practice
A broad term to encompass all creative fields of art, theatre, design and architecture, including film, music, new media, writing and spoken word.
1.3 Creative Practitioner
Creative practitioner is used in place of artist in order to broaden the definitions of contemporary artistic practice. Creative organisations or companies using the site are referred to as creative practitioner in this terms and conditions document.
1.4 Ongoing Expression of Interest
Testing Grounds is programmed through the ongoing EOI process. This means that the EOI is always open for submissions.
A term commonly associated with young artists and experimental practice,Testing Grounds acknowledges that the creative practitioner who desires to break new ground might always be considered emerging (Glass-Kantor. A & Cormack. E, “Well Merged: Artists at the End of their Era”, 2013). Therefore Testing Grounds does not select projects based on age or years of experience.
Testing Grounds understands that experimental is described by what it is not – a defined or standard model of practice. Testing Grounds is a site for creative practitioners to test new ideas or methods. Testing Grounds acknowledges that experimental creative practice has a practice-led-research method.
The term new acknowledges all that has come before it. A project that is new can take an already existing idea and transform it to begin anew. The project is therefore being seen or experienced for the first time.
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.
To resonate in current social and political contexts, events, movements or happenings.
Testing Grounds is not an institution. Testing Grounds is a temporary project and its longevity and sustainability is not a primary focus. Therefore, risks may be taken, boundaries pushed and ideas developed in new and experimental ways.
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.
1.12 Calculated Risk
The creative practitioner who uses Testing Grounds is invited to take calculated risks. Risk can be conceptual, physical, material or financial and therefore the potential for failure is invited to be undertaken with full awareness that their may be consequences.
Install/de-install refers to setting up, bumping in, packing down and bumping out of a project. The process of install should include everything that is required in order to present or commence the project. The de-install process should include everything required to return the site to its original state.
1.14 Co-contribution Levy
A co-contribution levy refers to a payment made by the creative practitioner to Testing Grounds for a service such as insurance or cleaning. These are negotiated on a case by case basis depending on the project requirements.
1.15 Marketing Copy
Marketing copy is a clear and simple description of a project. It describes the what, who and when of the project, and should make the reader want to experience the project. Marketing copy is different from a media release.
1.16 Media Release
A media release has a bigger word count and is exclusively used for publicity to journalists, media organisations or interested parties.
1.17 Hero image
A hero image is the primary image that describes the project used for listings and all marketing of the project. A hero image should not contain the project title or any text and should be a high-quality image that clearly represents the project.