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0317

Hidden In Plain Site

Environmental Performance Authority

Residency

15.04.19 - 05.05.19

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Environmental Performance Authority
0317
15.04.19 - 05.05.19

All ages

Public events:

Open training: Body Weather
Saturday mornings, 10am-12pm
20April, 27 April & 4 May
($10 at door)

EPA Urban Research Lab
Site-specific performance workshop
Saturday 27 April, 1pm-6pm.
(bookings required)

Public Forum
Sunday 5th May, 2pm-5pm
($20 at door)

An embodied investigation of the resonances of natural and built sites around Testing Grounds and the CBD. EPA will uncover cultural and ecological aspects of our urban surroundings that fall beneath the surface of everyday experience.

Image by: EPA, Distal Fragments, Altona 2016

All ages

Public events:

Open training: Body Weather
Saturday mornings, 10am-12pm
20April, 27 April & 4 May
($10 at door)

EPA Urban Research Lab
Site-specific performance workshop
Saturday 27 April, 1pm-6pm.
(bookings required)

Public Forum
Sunday 5th May, 2pm-5pm
($20 at door)

0289

Wasteland Wonderland

Nickk Hertzog

Residency

17.04.19 - 05.05.19

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Nickk Hertzog
0289
17.04.19 - 05.05.19

All ages

Showing
Friday 3 May
6pm-9pm

Explores the hidden beauty of trash and e-waste in a mutating video installation using discarded recycled and broken screens and TV Monitors. The growing e-waste phenomenon is examined through this strange collection of screens that flicker and distort dreamlike visions of nature and trash. Wasteland Wonderland revives these broken and outdated technologies salvaged from scrapheaps or destined for them. A range of vibrantly cracked screens flicker and distort moving images in uniquely unpredictable ways, offering visions of technology, waste and natural beauty. Wasteland Wonderland changes and mutates throughout the exhibition period, providing a new experience with each viewing.

Image by: Nickk Hertzog

black box ][ residency ][ video art ][ visual art ]

All ages

Showing
Friday 3 May
6pm-9pm

0311

CLIMARTE Poster Project II

CLIMARTE

Exhibition

26.04.19 - 18.05.19

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CLIMARTE
0311
26.04.19 - 18.05.19

All ages

Opening Night
Friday 3 May, 6pm

CLIMARTE Poster Project II commissions ten contemporary artists to each create a unique poster provoking public dialogue and accelerating a response to the unfolding climate crisis. Hundreds of the posters will be plastered around Melbourne as well as exhibited at Testing Grounds during the ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019 Festival.

The artists, based on land of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung people of the Kulin nation, and on Gadigal Country of the Eora nation, have created a diverse, critical and sometimes alarming collection of responses exploring decolonization, the transition to renewables, the tragedy of the commons and the impacts of climate damage.

In this second iteration of the poster project key questions have emerged: Whose voices are heard when we talk about climate change? Who has agency to act? How can we amplify the knowledge of significant and affected people and communities?

With strength, optimism and urgency, the works in the CLIMARTE Poster Project II challenge the conceptual possibilities of the poster and call for a collective effort to tackle the mess we are in. Hundreds of the posters will be displayed around Melbourne, as well as exhibited at Testing Grounds.

CLIMARTE Poster Project II is a key initiative of the ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019 festival.

Artists
Eugenia Lim
Sam Wallman
Amy Spiers
Clare McCracken
Julia Ciccarone
Jen Rae
Peter Waples-Crowe
Kelly Doley
Salote Tawale
Dean Cross

Curator
Will Foster

Eugenia Lim, The Coal Face (ScoMo), 2019 A0 poster

activism ][ clear box ][ exhibition ][ festival ]

0339

Testing: Her City Boundaries

MAPS

Exhibition

03.05.19 - 03.05.19

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MAPS
0339
03.05.19 - 03.05.19

All ages

6pm-9pm

Explores the boundaries placed on by or for women and femme folks. Our boundaries are constantly being pushed, broken, redefined and reaffirmed. When we consider the city as a living, breathing person, what do we have to say about our own city perimeters?

This project is an opportunity for students studying RMIT Master of Art in Public Space (MAPS) to collaborate and test ideas in a public space. Artists intend to respond to each other and engage the public in critical dialogue, seeking feedback on their work.

Feat. artists: Thao Nguyen, Paola Ibarra Llano, Tong Shu, Jacqui Gordon, Trixi Rosa

Image by: Jose Ibarra, feat. artist Trixi Rosa performing work 'Unravelling', Feb 2019

All ages

6pm-9pm

0319

Black Tourmaline

Community Reading Room

Discursive Project

08.05.19 - 15.06.19

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Community Reading Room
0319
08.05.19 - 15.06.19

All ages

Between 8 May and 15 June 2019, The Community Reading Room presents Black Tourmaline –  a space to consider the inclusivity of our education system, problematize ‘resilience’ narratives and contemplate how our institutions of knowledge privilege particular ways of knowing and being.

Over 6-weeks Torika Bolatagici, Beaziyt Worcou, this mob, Negro Speaks of Books, Mary Quinsacara, Pauline Vetuna and Blk School have curated a program of events and installations including panel discussions, audio interviews and workshops for focused reflection on how Black, Indigenous and people of colour experience mainstream education in an ‘Australian’ context with an emphasis on healing, self-determination, dreaming and visioning. Transforming the ‘passive’ library into a participatory project, the artists invite the public to create an archive of lived experiences by contributing anonymous written reflections of their own education.

This project is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and the Carstairs Prize, funded by a private donor and administered by the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA). #navagrants

0309

nomnomnom

Roshelle Fong

Performance

09.05.19 - 12.05.19

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Roshelle Fong
0309
09.05.19 - 12.05.19

18+

75min

Thursday (preview)
Friday (2 shows)
Saturday (4 shows)

Sunday (4 shows)

Fresh from winning the Melbourne Fringe 2018 award for Innovation in Culturally Diverse Practice and sell-out shows in Iceland, nomnomnom is a site-specific, participatory event in which YOU the audience role-play as time-travelling food delivery people. Explore time travel portals at nomnomnom HQ (aka Testing Grounds) and deliver fresh meals and your winning smile to households around the world.

We’ll provide the visors – all you need to bring is an open heart and your passion for customer service! Tickets are limited so lock in your first shift now!

This project is supported by City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program and the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Development support by Moreland City Council.

Image by: Vy Nguyen

18+

75min

Thursday (preview)
Friday (2 shows)
Saturday (4 shows)

Sunday (4 shows)

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