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Nothing to Do with a Plant

Thomas Woodman

Residency

16.02.17 - 03.05.17

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Thomas Woodman
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16.02.17 - 03.05.17

Next occupation:
23rd March
10am-6pm
White Box

Over the coming months, Thomas Woodman will work intermittently in and around the range of spaces at Testing Grounds. These choreographic and dance practices will involve: travelling with a plant, retracing its history, moving with and independently of it (in and out of sync), recovering and reinterpreting movement histories, replanting, having lunch, listening, reading, using touch to sensitise and desensitise the body to the space, adjusting anthropocentric hierarchies and their power structures, humming away, interviewing, observing and questioning plant interests, desires, feelings and thoughts.

 Throughout this study, ideas of quick release and rapid consumption coincide with meandering thoughts and the act of slowing down and killing time. A text message is sent as a snail ambles towards something on a warm day. Woodman engages in a multi-sensory noticing of the plant to propose and inform alternative futures. How can the human experience be dictated by the plant? Does this diminish the anthropocentric bias?  Where is the human in the plant and the plant in the human? 

The knowledge generated by this research is inherently precarious and unstable.

 Thomas’ days in residency at Testing Grounds are: 16.02.17; 23.03.17; 30.03.17; 13.04.17; 03.05.17.  Research is also being conducted at the Temperance Hall, South Melbourne with space provided by Phillip Adam’s BalletLab.

Photo credit: Thomas Woodman

dance ][ research project ][ residency ][ white box ]

Next occupation:
23rd March
10am-6pm
White Box

0084

Fringe Festival Artist Callout

Testing Grounds x Fringe Festival

Artist Callout

04.04.17 - 15.05.17

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Testing Grounds x Fringe Festival
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04.04.17 - 15.05.17

EOIs are open until midnight on 15 May 2017

Testing Grounds will curate a multi-disciplinary Fringe Festival program of visual art, new media art, live-art, dance and performance projects that are site-responsive, take calculated risks and are experimental in their form.

Testing Grounds will provide free space for selected projects and does not take commissions from tickets or artworks sold.

EOIs are now open.

Please submit an EOI 

EOIs are open until midnight on 15 May 2017

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The Hunt Creative Development

The Hunt

Work in development

21.04.17 - 05.05.17

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The Hunt
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21.04.17 - 05.05.17

Over 18
Showing
8pm

The Hunt is a multi-disciplinary group of artists who use sound, performance and imagery to create haunting and visually arresting performance vignettes that draw on horror genres in film, fashion and literature. Intentionally working on shoe-string budgets their use of common and mundane materials reveals the ever present potential for horror in our domestic and daily lives.

Over the two-week creative development at Testing Grounds, working with curator Arie Rain-Glorie as an out-side-eye, The Hunt (Bridget Mackay, Grace-Purton Long and Christopher Gray) will seed ideas for a new work with a showing at the end of their residency that will be a night of unsettling encounters with your subconscious.

Video documentation still from development, table cloth, styrofoam balls and elastic bands draped on person, 2017.

Over 18
Showing
8pm

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The Imagined Archive of Out of Home Care

Monash University and the Imagined Archive project

Residency

26.04.17 - 28.04.17

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Monash University and the Imagined Archive project
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26.04.17 - 28.04.17

Wednesday 26/4, 11am-4pm - stencil workshop 1 with losop @ 1pm
Thursday 27/4, 11am-4pm - mobile-devices photography workshop with Marlene Habib @ 1pm)
Friday 27/4 11am-6.30pm - stencil workshop 2 with losop @ 1pm / participant BBQ 3.30pm

MISSING PIECES – an Imagined Archive project.

Missing Pieces is an art residency for young people (aged 16-30) who have experienced out-of-home care. Over three days, the Open Studio is operating as a drop-in centre with free workshops and a variety of art stations, encouraging individual experimentation & the creation of collaborative works.

Missing Pieces aims to reframe the keeping of records about children in care to include views from their own perspective.

Collaborative works created during the residency will be included in the Imagined Archive exhibition, on show May 8-9 at ‘Setting the Record Straight: For the Rights of the Child’ National Summit at Federation Square.

The Missing Pieces residency at Testing Grounds will close on Friday 28 April with a BBQ for all the young artists involved, and a public showcase of works created.

education ][ open box ][ visual artist ][ workshop ]

Wednesday 26/4, 11am-4pm - stencil workshop 1 with losop @ 1pm
Thursday 27/4, 11am-4pm - mobile-devices photography workshop with Marlene Habib @ 1pm)
Friday 27/4 11am-6.30pm - stencil workshop 2 with losop @ 1pm / participant BBQ 3.30pm

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Songs of the Sea

BegOpCoOp

Music

27.04.17 - 28.04.17

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BegOpCoOp
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27.04.17 - 28.04.17

All ages
Thursday 27 April 7:30pm & Friday 28 April 7:30pm

Songs of the Sea is a new work by opera collective BegOpCoOp, a meditation on cultural dislocation and gender identity explored through sea characters and mythologies. Running time approx 60 minutes. Starring Jessica Harris with Clare Nina Norelli on keyboard. Projections by Tonya Meyrick.

clear box ][ music ][ performance ][ projection ]

All ages
Thursday 27 April 7:30pm & Friday 28 April 7:30pm

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Art, Beer, Critiques (ABC) #3

ABC Group

Work in development

05.05.17

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ABC Group
0032
05.05.17

All ages
6.00-7.30pm

This is not an exhibition but a chance for visual artists who are not working in an institutional setting to present new work in development to a cohort of artists for peer-to-peer reviewing in a fun and casual setting. Too often visual artists work alone in their studio with little to no feedback or engagement with their work until exhibition. These sessions are just as much about creating a social context for arts practice as it is about the intended outcome of work.

These sessions will occur once a month. Email ABC to find out more information or about securing a spot as a presenting artist in the next session.

ABC is a free flowing and open collective or cohort of artists. Anyone is welcome.

Image by Erin Callaghan

All ages
6.00-7.30pm

0093

Testing Night

RMIT-Art in Public Space

Development Work

05.05.17 - 05.05.17

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RMIT-Art in Public Space
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05.05.17 - 05.05.17

All Ages

6-10pm

Three artists undertaking RMIT’s Master of Art – Art in Public Space return to Testing Grounds to explore a suite of temporary site specific works. Mariah Bakhtir, Ryoko Kose and Helen Gray share insights about the unique site through their installations. 

grounds ][ installation ][ public art ][ student ]

All Ages

6-10pm

0062

Creation Lab

YIRRAMBOI First Nations Arts Festival

Work in development

09.05.17 - 12.05.17

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YIRRAMBOI First Nations Arts Festival
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09.05.17 - 12.05.17

All ages
General Public

Drop-in times:
9th– 11th
2pm – 5pm

12th May
2pm – 4pm

Showing
4pm – 6pm.

A 5-day workshop intensive for selected First Nations artists from around the world, the Creation Lab invites First Nations artists to challenge the role and influence of western performance methodologies and explore dramaturgy through the cultural lens of First Nations peoples. The lab will provide a space for international First Nations collaboration, exchange and the seeding of new works.
It is an open space to ‘drop-in’ and observe / engage with Yirramboi’s artists in action. Each night the venue will turn into a bar and informal meeting space where lab participants can share their work, meet other artists and festival goers and let their hairs down.

Presented by the British Council and Australia Council for the Arts, with support from Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, City of Melbourne and Arts NSW.

Image by:

festival ][ first nations ][ residency ][ yirramboi ]

All ages
General Public

Drop-in times:
9th– 11th
2pm – 5pm

12th May
2pm – 4pm

Showing
4pm – 6pm.

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An Act of Showing

Anabelle Lacroix and Maria Miranda

Exhibition

17.05.17 - 27.05.17

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Anabelle Lacroix and Maria Miranda
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17.05.17 - 27.05.17

All ages

Opening event
Wednesday 17 May, 6-9pm
with performances by LISTEN,
6-7.30pm

Roundtable (discussion)
Saturday 20 May, 3-6pm

Set as a material conversation between Artist Run Initiatives (ARI’s) and Aboriginal Art Centres in Australia and the Asia-Pacific, this project embodies and provokes conversations about place: How does place matter for artists? Why do ARIs exist in specific places? What is the place of practice? 

Writer Chris Kraus’s ‘radical localism’ points to the importance of the local places of art-making compared to global-centrism noting that ARIs create “an opportunity to remain in one’s own community and assert an alternative ethos.” This ethos is crucial to the survival of art because ARIs create a sustainable and rich culture built from the ground up. 

This exhibition includes creative responses from AirSpace Projects, Articulate Project Space, BUS Projects, BLINDSIDE, Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Cooperative, c3 Contemporary Art Space, Cementa, FELTspace, One Place After Another, Open-Contemporary Art Center (Taipei), Raygun Projects, Ruang MES 56 (Yogyakarta), Trocadero Art Space, The Laundry Art Space, The Walls, Waringarri Arts, Watch This Space, West Space and more…

Curated by Anabelle Lacroix. A research project directed by Maria Miranda.

This project is supported by the City of Melbourne and The Australia Council for the Arts

Image by Elwyn Murray

exhibition ][ grounds ][ visual artist ][ white box ]

All ages

Opening event
Wednesday 17 May, 6-9pm
with performances by LISTEN,
6-7.30pm

Roundtable (discussion)
Saturday 20 May, 3-6pm

0038

Wrought & Hewn

Liss Fenwick & Atticus Bastow

Exhibition

17.05.17

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Liss Fenwick & Atticus Bastow
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17.05.17

All ages

Open during site hours

A multi-site response to the industrialised landscape, creating a link between constructed environment and the disrupted natural environment from which it arises.

Wrought is a photographic exhibition, by Liss Fenwick, exploring an obscure mining town in rural Queensland with a globally connected history. Spanning five years, this project presents the fruits of a prosperous enterprise alongside studies of the devastated river nearby.

Hewn is a sound installation, by Atticus Bastow, tracing the narrative of resource transfer from unearthing of raw materials, through to their eventual manufactured ends. The sonic and sculptural components of the work comprise a documentational response to three separate instances of industrialised landscape; a vehicle manufacturing plant, a defunct quarry, and an oil refinery.

Image by: Mount Morgan ore, from the series Wrought, 2017. Pigment print on platine fibre paper. Liss Fenwick.

All ages

Open during site hours

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