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0161

Experimental Video System

Rob Larsen / Marcus Cook

Research project

14.09.17 - 31.03.18

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Rob Larsen / Marcus Cook
0161
14.09.17 - 31.03.18

All Ages
During open hours

The installation and research development of a video exhibition system that attempts to overcome issues around the showing of video works, especially time-based works and those of a linear narrative, in public spaces and traditional galleries.

The viewer picks up the headphones to start the video and when they put down the headphones the video stops and resets itself.

This experimental system also has the ability to collect data on how many people have watched the video and at what point in time they decided to stop watching the video.

If you are an artist and have a video that you would like to see exhibited on this experimental video system you can submit an EOI here.

All Ages
During open hours

0180

Long Live Southbank

Andrew Clapham and Trent Griffiths

Banners project

03.11.17 - 31.03.18

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Andrew Clapham and Trent Griffiths
0180
03.11.17 - 31.03.18

All ages
All hours

This project is a creative response to the recent past and the near future of Southbank, in light of the major redevelopment of the suburb and the arts precinct slated to begin in 2018. Considering the unique position of Testing Grounds – geographically at the furthest corner of the precinct and temporally as a short-term project – the banners shout a declaration of love and hope for the future of the suburb in which we sit.

The project is a collaboration between designer Andrew Clapham and Testing Grounds Operations Manager Trent Griffiths, born of conversations about the evolution of Testing Grounds, the history of the site sometimes sitting inside and sometimes outside of the arbitrary space known as the ‘Arts Precinct’, and the imminent redevelopment of Southbank.

Accompanying the banners is a Love Letter to Southbank – part poem, part plea…

Image: Trent Griffiths

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0167

Conversing About The Other

Courtney Coombs

Residency

14.02.18 - 03.03.18

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Courtney Coombs
0167
14.02.18 - 03.03.18

All ages
Conversation times:

Wednesday 21 Feb 12-1pm
Saturday 24 Feb 12-1pm
Wednesday 28 Feb 12-1pm
Saturday 3 Mar 12-1pm

Brisbane-based artist, Courtney Coombs thinks a lot about the words: other, otherness, The Other. Courtney is fascinated with these words that are used so often that they seem to no longer really hold meaning. And yet we connect with them. And disconnect with them.

During their time as Artist in Residence at Testing Grounds, Coombs will be working to better understand these terms, why they have always identified with them, how they engage with them while remaining aware of their position(s) of privilege, and question whether, while they are so often understood as negative, can these words be embraced as a positive strategy for change?

In order to open this conversation, Coombs will invite a selection of Melbourne-based artists to co-facilitate group discussions on these words and/or ideas.

Please feel free to drop by anytime during opening hours to discuss one-on-one with the artist.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. 

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All ages
Conversation times:

Wednesday 21 Feb 12-1pm
Saturday 24 Feb 12-1pm
Wednesday 28 Feb 12-1pm
Saturday 3 Mar 12-1pm

0169

Stand Here

Tons of Sense

Performance

23.02.18

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Tons of Sense
0169
23.02.18

All ages
23rd February 8pm, doors open 7:30pm

Rad new Melbourne acrobatic collective ‘Tons of Sense’ present Stand Here, an immersive circus experience. Let seven talented performers draw you into a world where everything is not what it seems. In Stand Here the audience is free to move around the performance space, able to interact with the cast and the set, becoming part of the show. Expect to touch, smell, taste and hear, as you are transported into the story unable to look away, unsure if you will choose to make a stand.

The show’s eclectic cast of seven performers who’s backgrounds vary from dance, theatre, circus and music join together to create a show that is intersectional and broad in scope but that also connects with audience members on an individual level. Free to the public this one night only event is not to be missed.

Image by: https://www.facebook.com/emmelinedphotography/?ref=br_rs

All ages
23rd February 8pm, doors open 7:30pm

0207

2Q18

The Wandering Room

Arts Event

24.02.18 - 24.02.18

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The Wandering Room
0207
24.02.18 - 24.02.18

6pm - 11pm

The Wandering Room present 2Q18, a one-night-only event featuring performances, interactive art, and installations which respond to themes in Haruki Murakami’s novel 1Q84.

Murakami’s 1Q84 is set in the year 1984. The novel is named as such because in the opening chapter a character decides to do something ‘out of the ordinary,’ and emerges in a place that is not quite 1984 anymore.

The intention with this event is to bring together artists and works that in some way question reality. Exhibiting artists include: Alrey Batol, Courtney Coombs, Xanthe Dobbie, Wesley Dowling, Ceri Hann, Half Asian (David Creed and Akiko Yamasaki), Ruth McConchie, Dhana Merritt, Lynda Roberts, Angela Rossitto, Sha Sawari, Karl Shoobridge and T.O.D.

The Wandering Room (David Creed and Angela Rossitto) and guests will also host a five-hour book club responding to 1Q84. We invite people to take part in the activities and discussions.

6pm - 11pm

0175

crossed hair

Lucy Foster

Exhibition

02.03.18 - 18.03.18

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Lucy Foster
0175
02.03.18 - 18.03.18

All ages
I'm unsure

A projection art installation that brings to focus the camera lens and the covert ways in which it continues to influence our concept of time and memory. Circulating its own reflection around the four corners of the room, the installation performs as an anchor to the present, while the familiar imagery remains solidified in the past. Foster’s practice uses both personal and found archives that mine ideas of parasitic memory through photographic thinking. She is currently undertaking her BFA (Honours) at the Victorian College of the Arts.

 

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spinning scope

cross eye crossed hair

memories fickle residue

bleed ballads black & light

 

eclipsed warning

holding heavy held hands

beckoning time reversal

family image sham

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Image by: Lucy Foster

All ages
I'm unsure

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