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forms of resistance

Beaziyt Worcou

Flags Project

17.05.17 - 17.09.17

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Beaziyt Worcou
0083
17.05.17 - 17.09.17

All ages
All hours

Initiated in 2016, this project documents the gestures surrounding political flags of the past century and their related movements. Initially functioning as an archive in the form of a printed publication, the project examines the significance of the flag as a symbolic form of resistance in various political movements.

It’s difficult to imagine the events that characterise human history without the presence of symbols and flags. These instruments of political resistance, national pride, of occupation, act as mirrors, preserving and reflecting the beliefs and aspirations of its people.

‘Form of resistance’ is concerned with the act of a political gesture. These gestures are encapsulated through the relationship between the flag an the actions of the flag bearer. By exploring this relationship the aim is to illuminate an alternative way of mapping the trajectory of the political activity of human society.

In 2017, four typographic banners were produced in response to the publication specifically for the Testing Grounds site. The flags were screen printed in collaboration with Melbourne based designer, Andrew Clapham.

This project has been supported by the RMIT- Print Imaging Practice. Kindly supported by Richard Harding.

 

design ][ grounds ][ typography ]

0048

Another Space

Centre For Projection Art

Projection

02.06.17 - 30.06.17

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Centre For Projection Art
0048
02.06.17 - 30.06.17

All ages
6-10pm each Friday

'Tenome' by Aaron Christopher Rees
Experimental participatory work using home security cameras and VR headset
6:30-7:30pm 2nd June, 23rd June, 30th June

Closing Night
Reading by Emile Zile
8:00-8:30pm 30th June

A group exhibition bringing together seven contemporary artists from the United States and Melbourne. The project aims to highlight artists working with digital media investigating digital culture.

Because of our increasing dependence on the virtual world of the Internet, we inhabit a space where the physical and virtual are increasingly overlapping. The artists in this project attempt to access this ‘in between’ space embracing contemporary culture through their use of technology as a tool for creating.

Artists include Sean Capone (USA), Xanthe Dobbie (Melbourne), Lauren Dunn (Melbourne), Carla Gannis (USA), Brett Phares (USA), Keaton Fox (USA) and Aaron Christopher Rees* (Melbourne). The exhibition is curated by Yandell Walton.

Supported by Experimenta Media Arts and City of Melbourne.

Image by: Carla Gannis, Nude Descending

clear box ][ exhibition ][ grounds ][ public art ]

All ages
6-10pm each Friday

'Tenome' by Aaron Christopher Rees
Experimental participatory work using home security cameras and VR headset
6:30-7:30pm 2nd June, 23rd June, 30th June

Closing Night
Reading by Emile Zile
8:00-8:30pm 30th June

0039

Buying Time Residency

Nat Grant

Buying Time Residency

01.07.17 - 21.07.17

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Nat Grant
0039
01.07.17 - 21.07.17

All ages
By appointment

Nat Grant is a percussionist, sound artist and composer. Her work integrates field recordings and digital processing with live acoustic instrumental performance. Nat’s residency at the Testing Grounds will comprise a public performance and installation of the work she produces whilst there. Dates to be advised.

Image by: Edwina Stevens

All ages
By appointment

0116

Work in Progress

Liz Bradshaw

Work in development

05.07.17 - 08.07.17

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Liz Bradshaw
0116
05.07.17 - 08.07.17

All ages

Open studio
Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat 11-5

Liz Bradshaw is an artist and cultural researcher. She has exhibited and published internationally, and her work is held in public and private collections in Sydney, New York and the UK. She has taught art and design at highly regarded Universities & Colleges in Australia and England, and currently teaches drawing at the National Art School, Sydney. Liz’s work explores historical archives, sites, images and ideas. She is interested in the visual language of various histories that permeate our day-to-day living and interpersonal interactions; in Australian history and the legacies of colonialism; and in a particularly Australian vernacular & humour. She has developed a diverse practice that explores the way we use the Other to construct meaning and identity: whether through the object, place or memory.

Image: mixed media drawing 30cm x 42cm detail

All ages

Open studio
Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat 11-5

0021

Talking with the Taxman About Poetry

Darcey Bella Arnold

Exhibition

07.07.17 - 31.07.17

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Darcey Bella Arnold
0021
07.07.17 - 31.07.17

All ages
10am-6pm each day
10am-6pm on Fridays and other extended site hours

This project explores the textural facades of housing. White plastic vacuum mould paintings of brick, wood, and metal housing numbers have been created to hang on the Superstructure of Testing Grounds. Inside the White Cube are further sculptural objects and paintings which continue the exploration into the rich cultural history of housing and the ongoing dialogue between housing and art in Australia. Beginning in 2016 during walks from home to studio in Melbourne, Darcey photographed various housing textures and details of interest; this method of daily documentation drew out a theme of the facades, textures and the personalisation of housing. The project then continued during a residency with Eastside International Los Angeles (ESXLA) USA in the month of October 2016. During this residency, imagery collected developed into small acrylic paintings on board. The thoughts then arrived that “a painting is the staple to a home,” and that painting (art) and housing can be linked through personalisation, stability and property. So in describing painting and housing in these like terms, there is an obvious self-reflexivity both as subject and outcome. The desire to own a home, the desire for stability, to personalise it with belongings, the desire for art.

Image by: Darcey Bella Arnold, 2017

exhibition ][ painting ][ visual art ][ white box ]

All ages
10am-6pm each day
10am-6pm on Fridays and other extended site hours

0154

Forum & Panel Discussion

National Association of the Visual Arts (NAVA)

Arts Event

22.07.17

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National Association of the Visual Arts (NAVA)
0154
22.07.17

All ages
Saturday, 2-4pm

An event focused on activism and the future of our sector, it is committed to making change and taking agency by coming together to build our community and our future.

This event is a facilitated discussion with between guest speakers and audience, featuring key artists, producers and curators. ‘Speakers’ are people who will facilitate certain experiences and ideas that the audience will engage with. They will speak through their own models of practice and create conversations and provocations with the audience. The event will be facilitated around key frameworks for active participation and outcomes.

This event will end with the importance of coming together nationally – and imaginings of our future, and strategies to achieve these futures. This event is about developing a 2018 Strategy for the Arts and to inform the NAVA summit.

Image by: National Association of the Visual Arts (NAVA)

All ages
Saturday, 2-4pm

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