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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

design ][ grounds ][ typography ]

0164

Monotone Rainbow

Nicole Breedon

Installation

03.11.17 - 02.12.17

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Nicole Breedon
0164
03.11.17 - 02.12.17

All ages

Opening night: Friday 3rd of November from sunset.

Fridays until 10pm

Special events to be announced.

In the evening at dusk a ghostly rainbow will appear like an ethereal apparition. The project extends the artists interest in technology and optical phenomenon to create a black and white holographic rainbow. Recycled water and rear projection technology will form the illusion of a rainbow – stripped of the full-colour saturation. Reminiscent of online gaming ‘nature’ interfaces, the ethereal spectre will be like a 3D hologram, manifesting each evening against the darkening sky.

Monotone Rainbow is visible from the streets surrounding the site from 8:45 to 11pm every Wednesday to Saturday, and from inside the grounds every Friday night until 10.

Monotone Rainbow is supported by the City Of Melbourne Arts Grants Program.

Image by: Rainy Season in the Tropics, Frederic Edwin Church (public domain)

grounds ][ installation ][ projection ][ public art ]

All ages

Opening night: Friday 3rd of November from sunset.

Fridays until 10pm

Special events to be announced.

0191

The Mechanism

Nathan Gray

Experimental Video System

03.11.17 - 30.11.17

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Nathan Gray
0191
03.11.17 - 30.11.17

All Ages

During open hours

In 1901 a mysterious device is found in a Roman shipwreck off the island of Antikythera. In 1974 a science fiction author has a revelation that reality is an illusion controlled by an ancient Roman machine called the Black Iron Prison. In 2028 a prominent technologist gives a press conference to announce he has died and is addressing his audience from an augmented reality network called After-life. This complex narrative weaves together historical research, philosophical enquiry and speculation on future events. 

 The Mechanism is a new Short Film By Nathan Gray that juxtaposes narration over hypnotic video shot in Greece, Germany and Australia. It was developed over the last 3 months with the help of ZK/U, Berlin and The Forum for Sensory Motion.

Video still

film ][ residency ][ video art ][ visual art ]

All Ages

During open hours

0072

Infinite Version

Michael Prior

Residency

04.11.17 - 21.11.17

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Michael Prior
0072
04.11.17 - 21.11.17

All ages

Visit by appointment

Michael Prior’s work activates materials to create self­ generating compositions of sound, light and gesture. He is interested in the aesthetics of transduction: the transfer of energy from one form into another, harnessing the visual and sonic potentials of these events and composing them into works of art. This residency seeks to explore relationships between sources and outcomes, sounds and sculpture, making processes of translation a central theme.

Image by: George Husband

black box ][ residency ][ sculpture ][ visual art ]

All ages

Visit by appointment

0095

A R T B U R N

BLACKBURN HIGH SCHOOL

Arts Event

22.11.17 - 25.11.17

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BLACKBURN HIGH SCHOOL
0095
22.11.17 - 25.11.17

All ages
During open hours

Closing party / performance / BBQ
25th November.

An exhibition that documents the high calibre works of Studio Arts students from Blackburn High School. The work curated into the exhibition has been selected based on meeting the study design criteria and also the curatorial vision that has emerged from the production and refinement of works throughout each individual creative process. The collection of art works will represent the differentiated styles, techniques and conceptual frameworks each artist has worked through to produce powerful works that communicate their individual ideas, techniques and aesthetic styles developed throughout their studies. Art works range from sculpture, ceramics, installation, drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, multimedia, video and performance art works. The exhibition has been designed to give students the opportunity to exhibit their work in an innovative and professional gallery context with a focus on Installation. The curator will directly collaborate with students to install their own work; highlighting their understanding of and experience of installation and the presentation of artworks within an arts industry context.

Image by: BURNING FLOWER - RACHEL TAYLOR - 2017

All ages
During open hours

Closing party / performance / BBQ
25th November.

0063

Smash It Up

Polly Courtin

Exhibition

22.11.17 - 25.11.17

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Polly Courtin
0063
22.11.17 - 25.11.17

All Ages
During open hours

Celebration event
6-10pm Friday 24th

smash it up.

snap a timber

remove a yellow stream

play the shape

re-twine orange sticky plastic tape

drum into position

mellow moon dance a fire

hang it on a wall

smile in the smash

smash it up.

Push the oil paint in line with traffic sound from a self-portrait the moving image playful in the dark space sydney streets during an afternoon iphone in place dance the colour magnet on the wall hold up drawn images feel sound touch a floor lean on the corrugated walls closed eyes feel sound.

Image: Polly Courtin

clear box ][ exhibition ][ painting ][ projection ]

All Ages
During open hours

Celebration event
6-10pm Friday 24th

0165

Breaking Sounds

Breaking Sounds

Live Music

25.11.17 - 25.11.17

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Breaking Sounds
0165
25.11.17 - 25.11.17

All ages
3-5pm
Free event

Breaking Sounds aims to give young singer/song writers and bands a chance to get performance experience, to meet other performers like them, and to learn the ropes in front of a welcoming audience. Over four Saturdays in 2017 at Testing Grounds (26th August, 16th September, 28th October, and 25th November), Breaking Sounds will give new talent the chance to learn the tricks of the live performance trade, with guidance from experienced musicians and technical support.

Breaking Sounds is run by people who have a background in the Melbourne music and creative scene and who think there’s a lot of awesome young performers out there who could do with more performance and mentoring opportunities to hone their craft and build their confidence. Breaking Sounds is a not-for-profit venture.

Image credit: Trent Griffiths

community ][ event ][ music ][ open box ][ performance ]

0098

They hear shrines inside

Mapping Melbourne 2017

Mapping Melbourne

01.12.17 - 16.12.17

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Mapping Melbourne 2017
0098
01.12.17 - 16.12.17

All ages
Opening night performances 7pm and 9pm Friday 1 Dec
Open studio Fri 15th Dec

This event intentionally focus on spontaneous interventions consisting of material textures, sounds, gamelan instruments and prepared piano, writing, gestures, space, place, time and the body to search for alternative scorings of sacredness embedded in the everyday strangeness. It tests relationships between materials, viewer and site through ways of operating in another spatiality located inside and outside and employing several scenarios that offer a context for relating through communal work, vitality, intellectual reflection, listening and leisure to promote dialogue between different practices of musician Bianca Gannon, visual artists En En See, Olivia Sobejko, Aniquah Stevenson, and Geoffrey Watson SC dancer, experimental performance maker and contemporary emotional innovation strategist.

Image by: En En See

All ages
Opening night performances 7pm and 9pm Friday 1 Dec
Open studio Fri 15th Dec

0192

Inanimate Science

Anonymous Pot Plant Holder

Art Party

01.12.17 - 01.12.17

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Anonymous Pot Plant Holder
0192
01.12.17 - 01.12.17

Art Party:
6-9pm

Have you ever suspected that inanimate objects lead a life of their own? That they listen to your conversations, have their own secrets and meddle in your life when your back is turned? You know that this is not a rational thought- it’s not the kind of thing an adult should spend their time considering- but is it completely impossible?

Less about anthropomorphism and more about chremomorphism, a test-subject will go undercover as pot plant holders to investigate the secret life of inanimate objects.

This is not a childish fantasy, its a science.   

Photo: Marina Lamari

Art Party:
6-9pm

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