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0225

The Pyramid

Testing Grounds

Installation

26.02.18 - 30.06.18

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Testing Grounds
0225
26.02.18 - 30.06.18

Opening hours
All ages

A Pyramid made of 4317 bricks has landed at Testing Grounds for Melbourne Design Week (15-25 March 2018), and we’re invite designers, artists, and architects to take it on: use it as a provocation, as inspiration, as contemplation.

What is a monument without a moment? What is architecture without an inside? What is a stage without a platform?

Cutting through the temporary infrastructure of Testing Grounds, the pyramid is an answer in search of a question; a monumental form with no fundamental meaning; a blank canvas, a surface to be written on, a shell, a starting point…

What is it doing here? Could it be useful? What can we learn from it? What does it mean? What should we do with it?

Draw it.

Write about it.

Broadcast from it.

Sit on it.

Connect to it.

Sleep on it.

Talk to it.

Speak about it.

Exercise around it.

Discuss it.

Look at it.

Speak from it.

Pose questions to it.

Redesign it.

Ignore it.

Love it…

This event is part of Melbourne Design Week 2018, an initiative by Creative Victoria in partnership with NGV.

Built with the help of Interior Design at RMIT (and 140 willing and able first year students), and with generous support from the good people at Brickworks, who celebrate the moment when imagination is set free and the value of design education. See documentation of the build here

0225

Monument to the People

Nicole Breedon

Installation

04.05.18 - 02.06.18

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Nicole Breedon
0225
04.05.18 - 02.06.18

All ages

Monument to the People represents the everyday, the defeat of mortality, community, fun, and family.

Monument to the People is an anti-monument, not representing a person of great wealth or power; but an anthropomorphised idea of an average human.

Monument to the People represents everyone; it is non-denominational, politically unaffiliated; an androgynous
figure with a gentle demeanour. It exists for us to project ourselves, our dreams, and our desires onto.

#MonumentToThePeople

0234

Hoodie Mag: A Temporary Residency

Hoodie Mag

Residency

18.05.18 - 25.05.18

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Hoodie Mag
0234
18.05.18 - 25.05.18

All ages

Conversations:
Friday 18 May 4-6pm 
Friday 25 May 4-6pm 

Hoodie Mag bases its youth arts publishing project temporarily at Testing Grounds for a development period and to meet and engage with young artists.

Join them on Friday 18 & 25 May as they open the doors of their studio for a series of public conversations, discussing contemporary publishing in the rapidly changing world of magazine design, print and distribution.

Taking part in the conversations will be Dumbo Feather, Kill Your Darlings, Sticky Institute, Express Media & Voiceworks, with Sketch Group visually recording the events.

These conversations are free, but there is significant interest so book now.

Image by: Express Media

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All ages

Conversations:
Friday 18 May 4-6pm 
Friday 25 May 4-6pm 

0233

Mentorship: Kinetic Sound, Sculpture & Installation

Mimi Kind & Robbie Avenaim

Residency

19.05.18 - 03.06.18

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Mimi Kind & Robbie Avenaim
0233
19.05.18 - 03.06.18

All ages
Exhibition: Friday 1st June

Mimi Kind and Robbie Avenaim team up for a two week residency to create new kinetic sound sculpture and installation work, forming part of a mentorship Kind is undertaking with Avenaim.

Drummer and innovative sound artist Robbie Avenaim has an international reputation for bold, sonic exploration. Focussed primarily on percussion and instrument building, his practice spans the domains of free improvisation and avant garde composition. For over 25 years, he has been at the forefront of the Australian experimental music scene both as a performer and a curator.

Mimi Kind is an emerging artist from Sydney who’s work involves bringing sounds and movement out of objects, interacting with each other and their environment, through playful electronics and mechanics. She has a background as a musician and composer, and so fuses her experience in these realms with her drive to activate the energy within objects.

Join us on Friday 1 June for an exhibition of new works Kind and Avenaim have developed during the residency.

This mentorship is funded by Australia Council for the Arts.

Image by: Mimi Kind

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All ages
Exhibition: Friday 1st June

0247

Freeplay x Hovergarden: Night Market Party

Freeplay Independent Games Festival & Hovergarden

Event

26.05.18

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Freeplay Independent Games Festival & Hovergarden
0247
26.05.18

26th May, 7pm
All ages

Freeplay and Hovergarden team up once again to present a magical night full of videogames, installation art, live music, drinks, food, an artists market, and more!

Come and see the ‘Hovercade Collection 2K18’, a series of original works by local artists commissioned just for this event, as well as a collection of artwork by various local artists, under the exhibit name ‘Outwave’.

Do you have arts, crafts, stickers, zines, badges, t-shirts that you’d like to sell, swap, or give away? Bring them to the market! Get in touch with the contact for more information.

Featuring:
// HOVERCADE COLLECTION 2K18 //
Original work by:
● Kalonica Quigley
● Ian MacLarty
● Joanna Tran
● Daniel Linssen
● Olivia Haines & Andrew Brophy

// OUTWAVE //
● Maya Kerr
● Kati Elizabeth & Kate Geck
● Tim Dwyer
● Tom Penney
● Pitch Studios

Hovergarden is a curatorial duo based in Melbourne, Australia, and is dedicated to contributing to and celebrating the culture of independent games. They organize get-togethers where people can play cool videogames that are unique, experimental or just plain amazing.

Hovergarden is co-directed and curated by Andrew Brophy & Chad Toprak.

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0228

Uniform Year: Alternate Practice

Klara Kelvy

Exhibition

01.06.18 - 17.06.18

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Klara Kelvy
0228
01.06.18 - 17.06.18

All ages

Opening celebration:
June 1st, 6pm

Performance:
June 9th, 3pm

Artist Talk:
June 9th, 4pm

An installation of photographs and garments that document how an artist’s life can be an artwork.

Uniform Year is a 12-month-long performance in which artist Klara Kelvy wears The Uniform every day of the year. This exhibition comprises of four sets of photographs taken in collaboration with artist Kay Abude, a performance on the 9th of June, and the detritus from the performance.

In essence, Uniform Year is an experiment activated by the daily wearing of The Uniform. The colour of The Uniform and the print on the back of a wild woman are symbols to remind Kelvy daily of the most important attitudes in her approach to her practice and life. The daily act of dressing becomes an engagement with practice by the artist, a reminder of the attitudes that will help her. The rhythms of routine and commuting become a public viewing for onlookers. The creative process, the duration, and the performance are one simple action. Work and life are not in opposition, competing for energy and attention, but are integrated into one action, rhythm, choice, and process.

Come and see the results of this year-long experiment.

Image by: Kay Abude 2017

All ages

Opening celebration:
June 1st, 6pm

Performance:
June 9th, 3pm

Artist Talk:
June 9th, 4pm

0260

Box

Haiyun Wang

Performance

01.06.18

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Haiyun Wang
0260
01.06.18

All ages

June 1st, 6pm - 9pm

As a consequence of immigration policy, more countries tend to become multicultural and global. Due to language barriers and cultural differences, new arrivers who come from oversea always have to meet the social issue called culture shock. Based on personal experience, this project focuses on different perspectives of culture shock through the box mask.

It applies mobile projection and live performance to present that participants wear the box and appear in different urban spaces. ‘Boxhead’ usually is a slang for English soldiers to talk about Germans. However in this context, it shows another meaning, which is to show the sense of isolation and also convey the cultural differences about understanding the word and form.

A work in development.

Image by: Haiyun Wang

All ages

June 1st, 6pm - 9pm

0239

Museums

Thomas Ragnar

Residency

08.06.18 - 23.06.18

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Thomas Ragnar
0239
08.06.18 - 23.06.18

All ages

Film Screening / Q&A
June 14th, 7pm - 8pm

Lecture / Sound Performance
June 21st, 7pm

A residency and exhibition presenting new diagrams, images and monochromes, which articulates the social, economic and psychological underpinnings of national museums as altered by an engagement with extra-state and or extra-territorial frameworks.

Frameworks studied and presented are ICOM’s Red List publication series, The National Museum of Beirut, The National Gallery Singapore, The National Gallery Victoria, Sumer Park Kültür Merkezi, the 2002 museum-master plan developed by China’s State Administration of Cultural Heritage, and the forthcoming museums of Tunisia Economic City.

Hosting a free screening of a bootleg copy of Andrea Fraser’s Museum Highlights (1989) with opening and closing remarks by Chloe Martin on Thursday 14th June.

Presenting a lecture and sound piece on Thursday 21 of June, developed by Thomas Ragnar and Jennifer Loveless.

Image by: National Museum of Beirut (1990)

All ages

Film Screening / Q&A
June 14th, 7pm - 8pm

Lecture / Sound Performance
June 21st, 7pm

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