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0321

Ethereal Blue: Travels Through Time & Space

Paperlilystudio & Lucia Palomeque

Exhibition

03.05.19 - 19.05.19

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Paperlilystudio & Lucia Palomeque
0321
03.05.19 - 19.05.19

All ages

An installation that invites you to immerse yourself in childlike imagination and dreaming.

A maze is created with veils of semi-transparent curtains. You are invited to enter this maze and discover artworks lying within. These artworks depict the adventures of one ginger feline on his travels through different surreal landscapes. Follow him as he goes fishing in space, camping by majestic mountains, watching the moon rise between two worlds and many more scenarios.

The installation deals with our universal search for meaning and the richness of travel and adventure. Join us on this journey into the mind. Leave your common sense at the door, and step into new portals of possibility.

Image by: Lily Nie

exhibition ][ grounds ][ installation ][ public art ]

0319

Black Tourmaline

Community Reading Room

Community Reading Room

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 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

0325

Situated City: Art Action Exchange

Lynda Roberts (Public Assembly)

Exhibition

22.05.19 - 07.06.19

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Lynda Roberts (Public Assembly)
0325
22.05.19 - 07.06.19

All ages

Closing Event:
Friday 7 June, 6pm

Become an arts activator and explore how you make art public in the shared spaces of the city.

 After a year of public conversations on the streets of Melbourne via the pop-up Public Field Office, participatory art and design practitioner, Lynda Roberts (Public Assembly) asks you to think of the future as an artist in this evolving exhibition at Testing Grounds.

See fieldwork, imagery, audio recordings and workshop outcomes gathered through community contributions alongside a mobile reading space. Pick up a toolkit on how to work with and within civic spaces and systems to provoke ideas about the future of the city.

This event is part of Melbourne Knowledge Week, 20 – 26 May 2019, proudly presented by the City of Melbourne.

Between Thursday 23 May – Saturday 25 May, the Public Field Office will pop-up at MKW Prototype Street at The Meat Market, 3 Blackwood Street North Melbourne: 10-6pm.

Image by: Public Field Office. Photo: Bryony Jackson.

design ][ education ][ exhibition ][ public art ]

All ages

Closing Event:
Friday 7 June, 6pm

0343

Melting & Migration Blank: How To Make A Trumpet Out Of Ice

Alex Hamilton

Residency

22.05.19 - 08.06.19

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Alex Hamilton
0343
22.05.19 - 08.06.19

All ages

Ice Trumpet Performance
Saturday 25 May, 3pm - 6pm

A program of recent drawings, experimental installation, film, discussions and performance, all centred around an ice trumpet sculpture which is played live and on film. This project explores the “blanks” in our lives- the social, physical, political world around us – a place where people think nothing exists, a place where people think there is nothing there, a tundra – is a positive opportunity to imagine, name and act.

Image by: Melting and Migrating 6 Blank 96 x 60 cm Pastel charcoal pen and ink 2019

sound art ][ video art ][ visual art ][ white box ]

All ages

Ice Trumpet Performance
Saturday 25 May, 3pm - 6pm

0319

Performance Poetry for Mob

Laniyuk, for this mob

Community Reading Room

22.05.19 - 25.05.19

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Laniyuk, for this mob
0319
22.05.19 - 25.05.19

Day 1:
Wednesday 22 May, 9am-12pm

Day 2:
Thursday 23 May, 9am-12pm

Day 3:
Saturday 25 May, 9am-12pm

*This workshop series is for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participants.

A series of three workshops co-run with Alison Whittaker, Maddee Clark and DRMNGNOW’s Neil Morris. Designed specifically for mob to develop techniques in writing, publishing and performing poetry.

Day 1 with Alison will include conversations around why we write and the writing process. We’ll start with blank pages and create poetry, then receive constructive feedback to work on and bring back to the next session.

Day 2 with Maddee will look at the editing process and navigating the world of publishing. How to and where to submit. Writing and editing continues to develop your work and have a finished piece for the final workshop.

Day 3 with Neil will cover topics including maintaining energy while developing a career in the arts as an Indigenous person as well as how to keep ourselves emotionally, mentally and spiritually safe. Performance techniques will be workshopped so you’ll have a complete piece ready to share!

There will be an opportunity to perform poetry created in the workshops at an event in June.

 

this mob is an arts collective run for and by emerging blak artists living and working in so-called Melbourne.

 

black box ][ first nations ][ poetry ][ workshop ]

Day 1:
Wednesday 22 May, 9am-12pm

Day 2:
Thursday 23 May, 9am-12pm

Day 3:
Saturday 25 May, 9am-12pm

*This workshop series is for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participants.

0319

Siblings of the Yam: Knowing Peace (Women + Femmes)

BLK SCHOOL X Negro Speaks of Books

Community Reading Room

25.05.19

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BLK SCHOOL X Negro Speaks of Books
0319
25.05.19

All ages

*This session is for women and femme folks of colour only.*

All equipment provided
Wear comfortable, warm clothing

Registration essential
Limited spaces available

What does it mean to seek peace in a world that daily robs us of it, and to seek self-connection within bodies that are so politicised?

Become grounded in your body and breath through a calming restorative yoga session. We will work through a delicious 75 minutes of movement guided by Lauren Gower, followed by a discussion about restoring, reclaiming and recentering practices.

black box ][ community ][ feminism ][ workshop ]

All ages

*This session is for women and femme folks of colour only.*

All equipment provided
Wear comfortable, warm clothing

Registration essential
Limited spaces available

0338

Naked Greens Market

Naked Greens Market

Market

30.05.19

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Naked Greens Market
0338
30.05.19

All ages

5:30pm - 9pm

A mini sustainable market that offers produce and everyday essentials. Striving for: vegan, organic, plastic free, cruelty-free, locally produced.

A green alternative for conscious consumers living and working in Southbank and greater Melbourne.

Live music to soothe the soul and tasty food trucks to feed the belly.

BYO bags and jars.

@nakedgreensmarket

event ][ grounds ][ market ][ music ][ open box ]

All ages

5:30pm - 9pm

0319

Siblings of the Yam: Knowing Peace (All Folks of Colour)

BLK SCHOOL X Negro Speaks of Books

Community Reading Room

01.06.19

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BLK SCHOOL X Negro Speaks of Books
0319
01.06.19

All ages

*This session is for people of colour only*

All equipment provided
Wear comfortable, warm clothing

Registration essential
Limited spaces available

What does it mean to seek peace in a world that daily robs us of it, and to seek self-connection within bodies that are so politicised?

Become grounded in your body and breath through a calming restorative yoga session. We will work through a delicious 75 minutes of movement guided by Lauren Gower, followed by a discussion about restoring, reclaiming and recentering practices.

black box ][ community ][ workshop ]

All ages

*This session is for people of colour only*

All equipment provided
Wear comfortable, warm clothing

Registration essential
Limited spaces available

0350

The Lizard Is Present

Marina Abramolizardvic

Special Event

07.06.19

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Marina Abramolizardvic
0350
07.06.19

6pm - 9pm

All Ages
Wheelchair accessible

Testing Grounds is incredibly excited to host international lizard and artist Marina Ambramolizardvic on her first visit to Melbourne CBD as a part of her national tour.

Marina Abramolizardvic is an internationally renknowned lizard/ artist best known for her pioneering performance art work The Lizard is Present, which premiered during the 2018 Happenstance Festival on the Merri Creek, Melbourne. Her work explores body art, endurance art, feminist art, the relationship between performer and audience, the limits of the body, being present, being a lizard who is present, and being present as a lizard. Other notable works include being a lizard. 

Curatorial assistance by Vidya Rajan. 

Image: Marina Abramolizardvic at Happenstance Festival, 2018

6pm - 9pm

All Ages
Wheelchair accessible

0319

BLK SCHOOLS

BLK SCHOOL

Community Reading Room

08.06.19

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BLK SCHOOL
0319
08.06.19

All ages

1pm - 4pm

“Nobody is going to give you the education you need to overthrow them.” – Assata Shakur

BLK SCHOOL is interested in self-determined spaces that encourage the skill-sharing, dialogue and collective learning of Black folks in Birrarunga (Melbourne). The first BLK SCHOOL discussion is a chance to celebrate and get to know folks doing important teaching and learning in our communities.

Local educators speak to each other and us about the legacies and lineages that influence their work, and their visions for Black and Indigenous learning spaces. We talk about the challenges of learning and teaching inside institutions on this land, and different examples of self-determined education spaces created by and for us, whether they already exist, or are still being thought up.

0319

Breaking Atoms: B-Girl Being + Knowing in the cypher*

Presented by Mary Quinsacara & co-curated by Demi AKA demiltion bgirl, Melo, Sammie, Stash

Community Reading Room

15.06.19

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Presented by Mary Quinsacara & co-curated by Demi AKA demiltion bgirl, Melo, Sammie, Stash
0319
15.06.19

All ages

3pm - 5pm

Drawing on the solidarity and mad love generated from the early 2000’s ladiesluvhiphop movement and beyond, Breaking Atoms: B-Girl Being + Knowing in the cypher is where women of colour B-Girls + dance educators are front and centre.  Through a public jam and conversation Demi aka demiltion bgirl, Melo, Sammie and Stash will explore ideas and experiences of battling, belonging and agency with DJ Naru.  Be part of an auspicious conversation + jam with a community of B-Girls and educators embodying, generating and sharing knowledge cypher-style at Black Tourmaline. P.S this is not a panel discussion.

 

*The cypher is an intense, intimate and/or public dynamic space in hip-hop culture where battles take place in addition to the sharing of style, personality and skills (movement and lyrical dexterity) through active listening, observation and participation. In terms of breaking, the cypher is most often a contested space and/or an improvised and often mobile dance circle and is a revered site of potentiality in relation to one’s self and others’ physical states of being.

black box ][ dance ][ discursive project ][ event ]

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