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forms of resistance

Beaziyt Worcou

Flags Project

17.05.17 - 17.09.17

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Beaziyt Worcou
0083
17.05.17 - 17.09.17

All ages
All hours

Initiated in 2016, this project documents the gestures surrounding political flags of the past century and their related movements. Initially functioning as an archive in the form of a printed publication, the project examines the significance of the flag as a symbolic form of resistance in various political movements.

It’s difficult to imagine the events that characterise human history without the presence of symbols and flags. These instruments of political resistance, national pride, of occupation, act as mirrors, preserving and reflecting the beliefs and aspirations of its people.

‘Form of resistance’ is concerned with the act of a political gesture. These gestures are encapsulated through the relationship between the flag an the actions of the flag bearer. By exploring this relationship the aim is to illuminate an alternative way of mapping the trajectory of the political activity of human society.

In 2017, four typographic banners were produced in response to the publication specifically for the Testing Grounds site. The flags were screen printed in collaboration with Melbourne based designer, Andrew Clapham.

This project has been supported by the RMIT- Print Imaging Practice. Kindly supported by Richard Harding.

 

design ][ grounds ][ typography ]

0088

The Augmented Trumpet

Elliott Hughes

Residency

21.08.17 - 04.09.17

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Elliott Hughes
0088
21.08.17 - 04.09.17

All ages
Friday 01/09/17, 4pm & 7pm: Public showing & Performance.

An electro-acoustic music project aiming to closely link together the performer and the electronic processing of the acoustic sounds. Usually, electronic sound and processing must be operated separately from playing an instrument. By tracking the movements of the trumpet valves, this project aims to allow the performer to just play, with the electronics controlled entirely by how the instrument moves.

The name ‘Augmented Trumpet’ refers to the fact that it is simply a regular trumpet with added features but creating vast sound-worlds very different to a trumpet alone. Using effects such as granular synthesis, delays, filters, pitch-shifting & looping, the single-pitch sound of the trumpet can be transformed to an orchestra of colours and textures.

This residency will first experiment with new sounds and different relationships between the performer and computer, and then new works for the instrument will be composed from these experiments. Throughout the project, I will also be documenting my progress, and producing a guidebook for other musicians & composers interested in working with or writing new music for the instrument.

Image by: Elliott Hughes

clear box ][ music ][ residency ][ sound art ]

All ages
Friday 01/09/17, 4pm & 7pm: Public showing & Performance.

0032

ABC # 5

ABC Group

Arts Event

25.08.17

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ABC Group
0032
25.08.17

All ages
Friday 6.30-7.30pm

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.

All ages
Friday 6.30-7.30pm

0165

Breaking Sounds

Breaking Sounds

Live Music

26.08.17 - 26.08.17

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Breaking Sounds
0165
26.08.17 - 26.08.17

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: Tim Wright

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

0124

The volume of a photograph/A photograph with less memory

Caitlin Cummane

Exhibition

13.09.17 - 30.09.17

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Caitlin Cummane
0124
13.09.17 - 30.09.17

All ages

10am-10pm
Thursday, Friday, Saturday

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
Thursday, Friday, Saturday

0113

Reduced Vision Sound Experiments

Ashley Bartholomew

Melbourne Fringe festival

14.09.17 - 16.09.17

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Ashley Bartholomew
0113
14.09.17 - 16.09.17

All ages
Thursday 6pm-6:45
Friday 6pm-6:45
Saturday 6pm-6:45

Please arrive 5-10min prior to start time.

What do you get when you release a lion into a shipping container full of blind people?

An experiment involving reduced or limited vision, sound art and the public listening space. This work will explore and redefine the experience of sound/music performance by forcing auditory perception to become the dominating sense. By removing the visibility of the performer, other audience members, and the space itself, the stereotypical visual associations that come with the sound/music performance experience disappear. What happens in darkness will happen perhaps, who knows?

The artist will explore this new territory and orchestrate a kaleidoscopic vocal sound environment that will focus on the varying compositional factors that arise with the absence of vision.

Image by: Chelsea De Main

clear box ][ fringe ][ music ][ sound art ]

All ages
Thursday 6pm-6:45
Friday 6pm-6:45
Saturday 6pm-6:45

Please arrive 5-10min prior to start time.

0126

oneSELF

oneSELF

Melbourne Fringe festival

14.09.17 - 16.09.17

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oneSELF
0126
14.09.17 - 16.09.17

All ages
9pm (40 mins)

oneSELF, presented for Melbourne Fringe Festival 2017.

oneSELF explores the notion of identity through the lens of one performer. To what extent does one recognise themselves? What does it mean to feel associated or disassociated with facets of your identity? Sound and movement originating from the single body is manipulated, replayed, re-framed and distorted, appearing in the space as live soundscapes, projection and movement.

oneSELF addresses the very fabric of identity, and how we relate to who we are – our gender, our sexuality, our heritage, our culture, our experience, our spirituality, our oneSELF.

Dancer and choreographer Isabella Whawhai Mason collaborates with sound designer Andy O’Connor and projection artist Edward Dan for this multi-sensory, medium blending performance.

Image by: Bella Mason & Andy O'Connor

black box ][ dance ][ festival ][ fringe ]

All ages
9pm (40 mins)

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 each day

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 each day

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
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday's 10am-6pm

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
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday's 10am-6pm

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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
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10am-6pm

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
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10am-6pm

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