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A Shared Public

A Shared Public: Kiera Brew Kurec and Hannah Raisin

Banners project

06.07.18 - 10.09.18

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A Shared Public: Kiera Brew Kurec and Hannah Raisin
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06.07.18 - 10.09.18

All ages
Constant

This project presents artists Kiera Brew Kurec and Hannah Raisin’s first collaborative series that recognises and pays homage to various local women of Melbourne.

A Shared Public identifies four extraordinary individuals who have positively impacted on the lives of women in Victorian and broader Australian communities. In the works the artists use the forms of their bodies to spell the names, symbolically holding up and honoring these individuals.

With innumerable opportunities of extraordinary women to work with, this incarnation of the project acknowledges Hana Assafiri — restaurateur, women’s activist and founder of Speed Date a Muslim. Mandy Nicholson — Wurundjeri-willam artist, traditional custodian, cultural mentor and Djirri Djirri dance group’s co-ordinator. Zelda D’Aprano — womens rights and equal pay advocate. And Mollie Dean — feminist, emerging writer and independent thinker who’s story and experience of public violence is as pertinent today as it was in her lifetime.

The artists hope that these Banners will prompt the viewer to conduct further research in to the contributions these women have made to the city, celebrating their titles in a public forum and creating more space to celebrate women who deserve recognition in a shared public space.


This work intersects the artists Yarra Ranges Council project exploring women’s voices in public spaces through a series of new projections in the Dandenong Ranges.

Image by: ASP, Kiera Brew Kurec and Hannah Raisin, 2018

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The Jaffle Symposium

Testing Grounds

NGV MEL&NYC

07.07.18 - 25.08.18

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Testing Grounds
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07.07.18 - 25.08.18

All ages

Saturday, 7th& 28th July
Saturday, 18th & 25th August
12–1.30PM

A series of conversations about how cities, both as infrastructure and embodiments of ideals, might promote or hinder civic agency. While cooking jaffles around a fire in the middle of the city…

What are we allowed to do in public space? How do we comply, challenge or break these rules? How do we even know the rules? Is there a permit for this fire? Who approved this?

There will be four conversations that bring together fascinating guest speakers: artist and curator David Cross; curator and artist Lynda Roberts; creative producer Jedda Andrews and artist Ian Strange; live-art collective Field Theory.

Curated by Arie Rain-Glorie.

This program is part of MEL&NYC, supported by the Victorian Government.

All ages

Saturday, 7th& 28th July
Saturday, 18th & 25th August
12–1.30PM

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All The People I Don’t Know Anymore

Rose Hawker

Exhibition

18.07.18 - 04.08.18

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Rose Hawker
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18.07.18 - 04.08.18

All ages

A reaction to emotions brought about through memory and distance.

Moving across the world generates feelings of nostalgia and loneliness, bringing thoughts of people we wished we’d stayed in contact with, as well as memories of those we were glad to leave behind.

People go through life leaving others behind and being left behind. This installation is a monument to how each person we meet influences us.

The mug of tea represents a common social interaction, and something that is as equally mundane in its monotony as it is significant and ritualistic.

Although stemmed from personal experience, All The People I Don’t Know Anymore is about the passing of time and how relationships with people and place affect us. The narratives in the work are both specific and ambiguous at the same time.

Image by: Rose Hawker

exhibition ][ grounds ][ installation ][ visual art ]

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NIDAnights: You Are Not Here with Peril Magazine

National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) x Peril Magazine

Performance

19.07.18

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National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) x Peril Magazine
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19.07.18

All ages
6:30pm
Commencing at NIDA Melbourne studios in Southbank
Finale at Testing Grounds

NIDA Melbourne and Peril Magazine co-present an evening of poetry and spoken word, featuring six Narrm-based poets and spoken word artists who explore where we are in the world as a society, as artists and as individuals.

The evening will involve a spoken word ‘treasure hunt’ of sorts: each poet will read somewhere in or around the arts precinct, and each reading will leave us with a clue as to where to find the next artist. The treasure hunt will commence at NIDA Melbourne studios in Southbank. As the clues surface in the verse(s) recited, you will work collectively to partake in a placemaking experience.

You Are Not Here explores how and where we map ourselves as ideas of home – of place as home – are more blurred than ever.

Image by: Brodie Rowlands

event ][ poetry ][ spoken word ][ white box ]

All ages
6:30pm
Commencing at NIDA Melbourne studios in Southbank
Finale at Testing Grounds

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OYSTER

Barking Spider Visual Theatre

NGV MEL&NYC

20.07.18 - 08.08.18

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Barking Spider Visual Theatre
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20.07.18 - 08.08.18

All Ages

Delicious. Decadent. Divine, and Diminishing: OYSTER is an art installation about quantity and appetite. The Wadawurrung and Boonwurrung people – the original Melbournians – and the Lenape people – the first New Yorkers – ate the abundant oysters of their lands. When Europeans arrived they relished the abundance, and quickly oyster populations declined in both Melbourne & NYC.

An installation of oyster shells that displays this decline in both cities, over decades. Good news though – oyster population restoration is underway.

Presented by Victorian independent arts company Barking Spider Visual Theatre with artists Penelope Bartlau, Fingle Sin and Luna Gawler.

OYSTER is supported by The Nature Conservancy Australia, Seafood Industry Victoria & South Melbourne Market.
This program is part of MEL&NYC, supported by the Victorian Government.

exhibition ][ grounds ][ installation ][ visual art ]

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The Keepsakery

Susannah Williams & Warren Armstrong

Experimental Project

25.07.18 - 05.08.18

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Susannah Williams & Warren Armstrong
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25.07.18 - 05.08.18

All ages

A virtual reality experience where visitors are invited to experience a 3D drawing “housing” a number of treasured objects and their accompanying stories, gathered from an open call out.

While you are in this space, you can reach out and virtually “touch” these objects, hearing the recording of the story of the object and what it means to the person who “holds” it in their real life.

NOW CALLING FOR OBJECTS TO SCAN

Do you have an object that means something to you? That has a story that you would like share with the world? How would like to share it through the medium of virtual reality?

Click “Register Your Object” to find out more.

Part of Melbourne Art Week Experimenta Social.

Image by: Denis Beaubois

interactive ][ media art ][ VR ][ white box ]

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Soft-Butch Show Queen

Mark J Wilson

Performance

26.07.18 - 27.07.18

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Mark J Wilson
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26.07.18 - 27.07.18

All ages
Shows
July 26th, 7pm
July 27th, 7pm

Mark J Wilson appears in this new performance art work, that fuses musical parody, hyper-masculinity and Krispy Kreme doughnuts to explore gay identity on dating apps.

It is the show queen.

“He delivers, and his commitment is staggering” Theatre Press.

“Wilson’s ahead of his time” Out of the Pan, 3CR.

“Mark does something with dialogue that no other performers are doing” Stephan Elliott.

Image by: Kurt Sneddon

black box ][ music ][ performance ][ queer ]

All ages
Shows
July 26th, 7pm
July 27th, 7pm

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Conceptual back-of-house

Testing Grounds

Open House Melbourne

28.07.18 - 29.07.18

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Testing Grounds
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28.07.18 - 29.07.18

All ages

For Open House 2018, Testing Grounds takes you on a staccato tour of our conceptual back-of-house.

Development sketches, abandoned designs, first impressions, and structural details that show how infrastructure meets architecture in the hot creative mess that is Testing Grounds.

We pull back the curtain on how the site came into being and why it looks the way it does. Why this design, in this place, with these materials? Why the big barn doors and a steel grid overhead? Why no literal back-of-house? And why so many damn magnets?

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Melbourne Art Week Experimenta Social

Experimenta x Testing Grounds

Arts Event

03.08.18

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Experimenta x Testing Grounds
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03.08.18

Free but bookings essential
All ages
6pm - 9pm

Experimenta is partnering with Testing Grounds for a very special Melbourne Art Week Experimenta Social, bringing together some of the best in Melbourne’s experimental arts practice.  

Experimenta Social is a monthly program of artist talks, tech demos and networking for people who work and play in art, digital media, technology and design. These events combine some of Australia’s most adventurous contemporary artists, researchers and creative technologists with activated audiences for lively debate, demos and discussion.

For Melbourne Art Week, digital art takes over Testing Grounds with art collective Queertech.io and artists Susannah Williams and Warren Armstrong demonstrating new works installed throughout the site, allowing you to immerse yourself in real-time virtual works through 3D scanning and VR technology.  Stick around into the evening for a wintery art party and enjoy drinks by the firepits, with live sound art and silky tunes.

This event is presented in partnership with Experimenta Media Arts & Testing Grounds, supported by Marc Besen AC and Eva Besen AO. 

artist talk ][ arts event ][ media art ][ video art ]

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Experimenta Social: Kelp D

Kelp D

Performance

03.08.18

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Kelp D
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03.08.18

All ages
7:30pm

Part of Melbourne Art Week Experimenta Social, join us for a live performance from multi-disciplinary artists ensemble Kelp D, who use unusual materials and unexpected devices to create soundscapes that take you on a journey of enquiry.

You can expect technical bells, floristry combined with ice sculptures and musical drinks.

Melbourne Art Week Experimenta Social is presented in partnership with Experimenta Media Arts & Testing Grounds, supported by Marc Besen AC and Eva Besen AO. 

clear box ][ event ][ performance ][ sound art ]

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