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0124

The volume of a photograph/A photograph with less memory

Caitlin Cummane

Melbourne Fringe festival

13.09.17 - 30.09.17

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Caitlin Cummane
0124
13.09.17 - 30.09.17

All ages

10am-10pm
Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays

Photographs and videos are taking off and landing points, they allow for an occupation of indistinct, non-specific, and non-temporal spaces. These collapsing spaces threaten images and subjects; they threaten beauty and love; they reveal their precariousness and fragility; they expose them to the big lights, the spaces and winds; they reaffirm their presence, their physical state in the world, their preciousness.

Caitlin Cummane addresses memory, thought and feeling in order to release the potential in each of these images: for continuity; for an arc or trajectory; for noise; for containment; for release.

Image by: Caitlin Cummane

fringe ][ grounds ][ installation ][ visual art ]

All ages

10am-10pm
Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays

0125

Bent at an Angle

Cara Best & Josie Alexandra

Melbourne Fringe festival

14.09.17 - 30.09.17

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Cara Best & Josie Alexandra
0125
14.09.17 - 30.09.17

All ages

10am-10pm
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays

I’m an observer, quiet but surprisingly strong, curved, bent and mostly stable, always able, sometimes I support your jackets, I come in many variations, always at the ready for whats become hung.

The line between infrastructure and the human becomes blurred. Through performance documented by video, the two artists allow their interactions within the infrastructural space of Testing Grounds to create awareness in broader architectural environments. They turn to film in order to ‘play’ and contemplate on how Testing Grounds becomes a prompt to navigate and influence their attention to everyday interactions.

Through the filmic exploration of a chosen object, found within their initial study of Testing Grounds. This object becomes a guide for investigations into broader questions, which touch on the domestic sphere, semiotics and semantics and the differences and similarities in the thinking of their practices.

Image by: Cara Best

fringe ][ site-specific ][ video art ][ visual art ]

All ages

10am-10pm
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays

0130

The Art of Conversation

tbC australia

Melbourne Fringe festival

14.09.17 - 01.10.17

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tbC australia
0130
14.09.17 - 01.10.17

All ages

10am-10pm
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays

The Art of Conversation is a digital artwork designed to engage communities in conversations. On scanning the artwork (with a free app downloaded onto an apple device) you are asked questions and invited to engage in topical conversations. Conversations change, but include topics like: What’s it like to be young? Is art important? What role do experimental arts spaces play?

Image by: tbC australia

fringe ][ grounds ][ installation ][ visual art ]

All ages

10am-10pm
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays

0131

Hoodie Mag

Hoodie Mag

Melbourne Fringe festival

14.09.17 - 01.10.17

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Hoodie Mag
0131
14.09.17 - 01.10.17

All ages

10am-10pm
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays

Hoodie Mag is a professional youth arts publishing project. Participating artists engage in a range of creative practices that explore visual, digital, public, performative and activist art mediums in refreshing and sophisticated ways. At Hoodie we believe young artists should be viewed through an aesthetic lens, rather than a biographical one. The artists presented in this mag are naturally talented, despite their emerging experience and expertise, and deserve creative and critical attention – just like any artist. The title of this mag sets up an intentional contradiction and reflects the publications rebellious nature. The hoodie (slang for hooded sweatshirt) is often worn by and associated with young people. This association is not always a positive one. Hoodie Mag presents a group of young artists who are challenging these art world and cultural stereotypes. Hoodie Mag is a tbC australia production. tbC is an artist run initiative that collaborates with young artists.

Image by: Rohan Meinhart, contributor Hoodie Mag #2

festival ][ fringe ][ grounds ][ visual art ]

All ages

10am-10pm
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays

0110

Inner self

Iman Farzandi

Melbourne Fringe festival

14.09.17 - 30.09.17

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Iman Farzandi
0110
14.09.17 - 30.09.17

All ages

10am-10pm

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays

This 3 dimentional installation, challenges the viwers perception of their own reflection and they way they see themselves.It penetrates within the layers of the SELF. It explores the hidden part of the self and exposes it through expression when people have to face themselves.

Image by: Iman Farzandi

All ages

10am-10pm

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays

0108

Untitled Facades

Michael Warnock

Melbourne Fringe festival

14.09.17 - 30.09.17

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Michael Warnock
0108
14.09.17 - 30.09.17

All ages

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays

10am - 10pm

A site-specific installation set in a hypothetical future when Capitalism has crumbled. Strewn across Testing Grounds are abandoned remnants of advertisements that continue to flash and seduce. The remnants are presented as large monolithic glass images that sample the real colour combinations used by large corporations in Australia today. Through their simple, yet alluring design, they attempt to demonstrate how such corporations use colour to create a strong familiarity with their brands so that we continue to use their products and services.
Untitled Facades is the opportunity to reflect upon the language of large corporations, and their advertising strategies. To ponder their influence on our everyday lives and think about what future interpretations will procure from the remnants of today’s commercial culture.

Image by: Michael Warnock

fringe ][ installation ][ visual art ]

All ages

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays

10am - 10pm

0111

Beyond the Binary

J. Rosenbaum

Melbourne Fringe festival

21.09.17 - 23.09.17

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J. Rosenbaum
0111
21.09.17 - 23.09.17

All ages

10am-10pm
Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Art History and Digital Art collide in this experimental Mixed Reality project by J. Rosenbaum. Inspired by classical art and ancient archaeological artifacts, Rosenbaum uses Augmented Reality and Machine Learning to present works that move beyond the digital binary, beyond the gender binary to show that we aren’t constrained by our programming.

Viewers will have the opportunity to explore these works at Testing Grounds over three days and watch the art and grounds come alive with traditional hung prints and artworks that exist only within the digital plane.

Image by: J. Rosenbaum

clear box ][ exhibition ][ queer ][ visual art ]

All ages

10am-10pm
Thursday, Friday, Saturday

0097

Looking for Dick (in all the wrong places)

Georgia Banks

Melbourne Fringe festival

21.09.17 - 23.09.17

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Georgia Banks
0097
21.09.17 - 23.09.17

All ages
Thursday / Friday / Saturday 10am - 10pm (drop in)

Taking its inspiration from Chris Kraus’ raw examination of sex, art, and feminism, in looking for Dick (in all the wrong places) Melbourne based performance artist takes to the dating app Tinder in her search for Dick.
looking for Dick (in all the wrong places) engages with reenactment through Chris Kraus’ I Love Dick. Kraus has quickly become a feminist matriarch for women in their twenties, with I Love Dick being a must read. This performance straddles a number of key themes in Kraus’ novel, such as romantic and sexual obsession, emotional vulnerability and honesty, and distinct power hierarchies within heterosexual relationships.
Using Tinder, the artist is live swiping, while only swiping right on people named ‘Richard’, or variations of ‘Richard’ (such as ‘Dick’). The usually private process of swiping and messaging becomes public, and is made available for consumption by viewers. This process mirrors Kraus’ brutal autobiographical style, and her almost masochistic impulse to dissect and display her most vulnerable self over and over. looking for Dick (in all the wrong places) offers a raw and unflinching overview of contemporary courtship; focusing a light on all the wounds that are still fresh between the sexes.

Image by: Georgia Banks

All ages
Thursday / Friday / Saturday 10am - 10pm (drop in)

0140

selfie factory

Kenke+Trefz

Melbourne Fringe festival

21.09.17 - 23.09.17

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Kenke+Trefz
0140
21.09.17 - 23.09.17

All ages

10am-10pm

To contribute your self portrait/selfie please use #selfiefactory on instagram.

The ‘#selfiefactory’ is an experimental art installation creating a temporary visual experience of online behaviour. It aims to raise awareness of the contemporary phenomenon of the digital self-portrait (#selfie) in context to its geographical, social and cultural position.

The installation offers a tangible experience to explore the scale and quality of online data uploaded in the present. It will utilise the real-time stream of Instagram (#selfie) data and print a collection of the most recent images uploaded onto receipt paper. This taxonomy of the online self-portrait (#selfie) is an investigation into the experienced divide of online spaces and physical places, the division of an individual experience and the collective experience of our telematic world.

The ‘#selfiefactory’ is an automated installation running for 24 hours. The audience is able to explore the taxonomy while the images are printed. People in Melbounre and around the globe are invited to contribute their digital self-portrait (#selfie) to become part of the ‘#selfiefactory.’

Image by: Ralph Kenke

All ages

10am-10pm

To contribute your self portrait/selfie please use #selfiefactory on instagram.

0099

Eve St John

The Other Brodie

Melbourne Fringe festival

21.09.17 - 23.09.17

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The Other Brodie
0099
21.09.17 - 23.09.17

Over 18
6.30pm-9.30pm

(15-minute sessions)

An immersive individual auditory experience, EVE ST JOHN is an intersection of mythologies, a mute healer, a space twelve people will enter one-by-one to hear the sermon of spoken word poetry and – if you consent – be washed hands, face, and feet. In the mess of modern life, ritual returns.

A zine has been made with all the works across the show which you will be given as a keepsake after the experience.

EVE ST JOHN is a chance to experience something wholly unique at Melbourne Fringe, an experimental work at Testing Grounds that merges the practices of Christianity with Ho’oponopono, Orphism with Individualism, and ancient Delphi with modern-day Melbourne.

Warning: Contains coarse language, adult themes, themes of consent, as well as themes of a potentially triggering nature regarding sex, sexuality, religion, politics, and trauma. Please note the performance has a degree of intimacy in regards to hands-on contact with the participant.

Image by: Matto Lucas

fringe ][ performance art ][ poetry ][ white box ]

Over 18
6.30pm-9.30pm

(15-minute sessions)

0120

The Last Ovum

Angela Clarke

Melbourne Fringe festival

21.09.17

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Angela Clarke
0120
21.09.17

All ages

6pm (4 hours)

*Enter any time

The Last Ovum is a live performance installation that explores the life cycle of the last ovum from inside a woman’s ovary. Over four hours, performance practitioners Angela Clarke and Vicky Kapo with visual artist Fleur Summers will create a sonic/visual landscape that brings forth the unique voice of the last ovum.

This experimental performance will take place in the black box space at Testing Grounds, on 21st September 2017. Using experimental sonic practices and live vocal loops, Clarke and Kapo will traverse the imagined life cycle of the last ovum whilst Summers helps them create a live sculptural installation of an imagined woman’s ovary.

Making their debut in this year’s Melbourne Fringe Festival as an ensemble, Clarke, Kapo and Summers are experienced practitioners in their own right who have come together to explore the performative encounter and how bodies, as sonic and spatial beings, can make the invisible, visible and the unheard, heard through multi-sensory performance.

Image by: Joel Filipe (Public Domain) and Angela Clarke

black box ][ feminism ][ fringe ][ sound art ]

All ages

6pm (4 hours)

*Enter any time

0123

Food Fight

Scott Wings & Chai Vivan

Melbourne Fringe festival

22.09.17 - 23.09.17

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Scott Wings & Chai Vivan
0123
22.09.17 - 23.09.17

Over 18 +

Friday , Saturday
8:30pm (60mins)

Saturday Matinee
12pm (60mins)

Culture, love and family clash in an explosively surreal Food Fight by Malaysia’s Vivan Chai and Australia’s Scott Wings. Hosted by Testing Grounds in Southbank, Food Fight brings together two of Expect anything as Vivan and Scott combine their live art, movement and physical theatre skills to create an interactive experience over dinner.

Image by: Jackey Chan

black box ][ fringe ][ performance ][ theatre ]

Over 18 +

Friday , Saturday
8:30pm (60mins)

Saturday Matinee
12pm (60mins)

0105

Within Reach

Hanli Sean Botha and Alice Bennett

Melbourne Fringe festival

22.09.17 - 23.09.17

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Hanli Sean Botha and Alice Bennett
0105
22.09.17 - 23.09.17

Over 18
Friday & Saturday @ 18:30

Within Reach is performed by composer, sound artist and writer Hanli Sean Botha and sound artist and flautist Alice Bennett. The performance will showcase Sean’s ability to turn a phrase and narrate an intimate account of human existence, and breaking gender barriers. The narration of seven pieces of poetry will explore acceptance of the self, shedding of inner demons and becoming a voice of hope in today’s society. Alice Bennett accompanies the narration with avant-garde and experimental sound, which includes electronics, looping of the voice and the flute.

Image by: Mari Hamilton/Hilda Bezuidenhout

black box ][ performance ][ poetry ][ sound art ]

Over 18
Friday & Saturday @ 18:30

0104

Uncle Bobby’s Found Sounds

Uncle Bobby

Melbourne Fringe festival

28.09.17 - 30.09.17

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Uncle Bobby
0104
28.09.17 - 30.09.17

Over 18 +

8pm (40 mins)

What started as a psychedelic rock band, Uncle Bobby has now evolved into a multifaceted experimental art pop project. The band is known for putting on wild, unpredictable, surrealist shows, combining a wide range of musical styles, and involving comedy, theatre and audience interaction. Off the back of his 2015 single My Mind Is Already Gone, Bobby has played Strawberry Fields and By The Meadow, supported acts like Tuka and Jarrow, and begun a new band called Hemm.

This time, Uncle Bobby has something even bigger up his sleeves. Carrots, sieves, turntables, cutlery, printers, bicycles, bottles and fishing line melt together into large sound sculptures controlled by electrical and mechanical parts. The sounds created by these machines are transformed with audio processing in an attempt to create ‘likeable’ pop music, subverting audiences’ expectations. This is tied together into an absurdist theatre performance in true Uncle Bobby style.

Image by: Rex Kane-Hart

music ][ performance art ][ sound art ][ white box ]

Over 18 +

8pm (40 mins)

0135

Woman in Car

The Hunt

Melbourne Fringe festival

28.09.17 - 30.09.17

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The Hunt
0135
28.09.17 - 30.09.17

Over 18 +

9pm (60 mins)

The Hunt draw on horror genres in film, fashion and literature to transport the audience into an unsettling fever-dream headspace. The Hunt perform their latest work ‘Woman in Car’, supported by a special guest.

Image by: Grace Purton-Long

black box ][ fringe ][ performance art ][ sound art ]

Over 18 +

9pm (60 mins)

0171

FRANKGHANISTAN

FRANKGHANISTAN

Melbourne Fringe festival

28.09.17 - 30.09.17

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FRANKGHANISTAN
0171
28.09.17 - 30.09.17

Over 18 +

6.30pm (60 mins)

Forget sex, sausages sell. The question is, “d’ya want dead horse with that?” Get sold on a one way ticket to the end of the line and experience the Gateway to the Peninsula in all it’s guts and glory. Hilarious. Heart-warming. Edgy. Raw. Frankston the ugly cousin we love to hate, is celebrated through the eyes of a long time loyal local, Noel. Nel Da Silva, a first-generation Blasian Australian is a one- woman powerhouse, storytelling through performance art, spoken word, cabaret, film and neo-natal burlesque of defining moments growing up in Funkytown, Stabbston, Franga (you know where). Nel cracks open the patriotic roots of suburbia and pull out the weeds for you to smoke. Join Noel and a handful of Franghanistanians as Nel chucks all her art and soul on the barbie for a yarn that’ll take your curry breath away.

Image by: Jesse Leaman

clear box ][ fringe ][ spoken word ][ theatre ]

Over 18 +

6.30pm (60 mins)

0128

Field Expression

Behnja Woods

Residency

01.10.17 - 20.10.17

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Behnja Woods
0128
01.10.17 - 20.10.17

All ages
STUDIO PRACTICE RESIDENCY, 1st-19th October.

OPEN STUDIO, 6th October (6pm-9pm).

OPEN STUDIO, PUBLICATION + CLOSING PARTY
Sharing outcomes from the project, small Publication, 20th October (10am-9pm).

CLOSING PARTY, 20th October (6pm-9pm).

Behn’s residency explores garment-making from the point of view of movement and spatial practice. In general, clothes are designed and made by other people (often anonymously), to whom we defer labour and decisions about texture and pattern. At its heart, this project aims to frustrate or deconstruct the act of casually assuming shapes that are provided or found from “external” sources. I’m looking to develop the differences that can emerge when de/constructing, inheriting and adapting patterns of behavior/moving; and, to explore garments as materials that can join the body’s expression of these patterns. Wearing the works will be incidentally sharing and progressing the creative research.

Image by: 'practising with tidal forces in Altona coastal reserve, Narrm/Melbourne' BW, 2017

All ages
STUDIO PRACTICE RESIDENCY, 1st-19th October.

OPEN STUDIO, 6th October (6pm-9pm).

OPEN STUDIO, PUBLICATION + CLOSING PARTY
Sharing outcomes from the project, small Publication, 20th October (10am-9pm).

CLOSING PARTY, 20th October (6pm-9pm).

0178

Never Never

Kenneth L Suico

Exhibition

06.10.17

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Kenneth L Suico
0178
06.10.17

All ages

10am-6pm
Wednesdays- Saturdays

Opening night: ART PARTY
6th Oct, from 6pm- late

This light based text work is a siren-like pop song that promises to give you all that you want, and more than you need.

Two scrolling LED panels emanate ambient blue light that delivers affirmative messages of hope and assurance, exalting the audience to a feeling of ecstatic security, which is soon replaced by something strikingly more hollow.

This autobiographical work by Kenneth Suico is a coming of age story. It recalls joyful memories of his father dancing on the beach to Rick Astley’s ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’. Now estranged, the irony of these lyrics is not lost on the artist.

This work is for anyone who has experienced that life changing moment when you realise that people, even those you trust the most, are capable of breaking a promise.

Image by: Lucy Foster

All ages

10am-6pm
Wednesdays- Saturdays

Opening night: ART PARTY
6th Oct, from 6pm- late

0017

TimePod

Kat Henry

Performance

06.10.17 - 20.10.17

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Kat Henry
0017
06.10.17 - 20.10.17

All ages

DISPLAY POD: Friday 6th October, 6pm-10pm

ENTERING CEREMONY: Tuesday October 10, 6:00-7:00pm

EXITING CEREMONY: Saturday Octrober 20, 6:00-7:00pm

Is it possible to experience a world without time? What would happen to the human condition in a space where time does not exist?

For 240 hours – ten days – from 7pm on October 10 to 7pm on October 20 2017, at Testing Grounds art space in Melbourne, performance artist and theatre director Kat Henry will inhabit a TimePod, to experience a world without time. TimePod is an ambitious project of extreme physical endurance and durational performance. It is a purpose-built, room-like sculpture that acts as a temporal isolation chamber and excludes, as far as possible, all external indicators of time. No natural light will penetrate, no sound will travel in and out, no one will come and go.

What Kat does in the pod, how she passes her time, what she is experiencing, will be concealed from the audience. The audience is invited to attend an entering and exiting ceremony, and then return to the installation as often as they like during the ten days to consider time, its effects, and the effect the absence of its indicators might have on a person.

Creation, Concept & Performance: Kat Henry

Design Consultation: Eugyeene Teh

Producer: Natasha Phillips

Lead Builder: Tim Phillips

Image by: Jake Coulter

All ages

DISPLAY POD: Friday 6th October, 6pm-10pm

ENTERING CEREMONY: Tuesday October 10, 6:00-7:00pm

EXITING CEREMONY: Saturday Octrober 20, 6:00-7:00pm

0181

31st Birthday

Mark Pritchard

Development Work

06.10.17 - 06.10.17

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Mark Pritchard
0181
06.10.17 - 06.10.17

All Ages

6pm-12pm

Member of the Testing Grounds advisory group and precinct partner, Mark Pritchard gathers with friends and family for wine and cake around the Testing Grounds fire to celebrate his life and reminisce on life’s ups and downs.

A work in development, Pritchard was born in 1986 to Denise and Brian Pritchard and is the product of a fruitful marriage and has successfully thrived for 31 years, leading him to this very point.

Part real life and part dramaturgical study, this excuse for a party will involve verbal and non-verbal communication and will likely culminate in dancing.

Everyone is welcome. Presents desired but are not compulsory.

Image: Arie Rain Glorie

endurance art ][ event ][ grounds ][ theatre ]

All Ages

6pm-12pm

0101

Complete Content

Benjamin Portas

Exhibition

06.10.17 - 21.10.17

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Benjamin Portas
0101
06.10.17 - 21.10.17

All ages
During open hours

Art party celebration
October 6th, 6pm-12pm

At first glance the visions presented to us by video artist Benjamin Portas appear idyllic, yet there is something askew: something lurks beneath the surface of these scenes, creating a sense of unease at odds with their utopian aesthetics. Portas’ videos undulate in compelling cycles- while immersive, there is something fragile about these constructed worlds – blink and everything might reconfigure and change again; destabilising our field of vision and subsequently shifting the way that we relate to the Testing Grounds site. Presented upon sculptural geometric frames, correlating screens initiate a filmic dialogue as you inhabit the grounds.

These psychedelic narratives must be contextualised with Portas’ critique of capitalist systems: in his videos products have been imbued with a sublimity once reserved for heavenly deities. For Complete Content Portas manipulates the commodification of spiritual experiences, interrogating commercial visual language used when transformative experiences are packaged as products. Rather than the dulcet tones of a vocal guided meditation, Portas creates a sumptuous, yet contemplative visual experience. Responding to the vacuous ugliness of consumer culture, Portas has created something other; a fantastical lurid realm that pulses with a rhythmical tension.

Image by: Benjamin Portas

black box ][ video art ][ visual art ]

All ages
During open hours

Art party celebration
October 6th, 6pm-12pm

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