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0333

Perimeter Fence

Oliver Shearer

Work in development

06.03.19 - 30.04.19

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Oliver Shearer
0333
06.03.19 - 30.04.19

24/7
Along the perimeter fence of Sturt St

265 handcrafted discs, each containing a unique artefact found on site, glimmer along the fence at Testing Grounds. Each piece tells its own story about the area; what was previously insignificant debris is now delicately and deliberately exhibited.  

This work was developed through the City of Melbourne’s Test Sites workshop.

Image: Oliver Shearer

grounds ][ installation ][ jewellery ][ public art ]

24/7
Along the perimeter fence of Sturt St

0330

Continuously Under Construction

Testing Grounds

Melbourne Design Week

14.03.19 - 23.03.19

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Testing Grounds
0330
14.03.19 - 23.03.19

All ages

Working with one of the most common building materials, a single length of 90 x 45mm timber, the site will host a large structure made from 1000 of these units. Over the course of two weeks the structure will adapt and adjust while it negotiates a range of programs and events that take place around and amongst it. The structure invites a wider conversation about how a city and its inhabitants exist in a state of continual change.

Part of Melbourne Design Week 2019, an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the NGV.

Isabel Holloway, "On Site"

architecture ][ design ][ grounds ][ installation ]

0290

OBJECTUS

Phong Pham & Joseph Nguyen

Exhibition

14.03.19 - 30.03.19

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Phong Pham & Joseph Nguyen
0290
14.03.19 - 30.03.19

All ages

Opening Night:
Thursday 14 March, 6PM

An experimental furniture exhibition showcasing 1 to 1 scale prototypes of a design which prioritises interlocking wood joinery where screw and clue are unnecessary. Traditional craftsmanship meets high tech, these pieces feature the perfect interlocking joint where others can simply assemble the piece accordingly.

With the integration of digital technology, the craftsmanship of furniture making is rather elevated than being abolished or degraded. That boundary line between handmade and digital fabrication is gradually evanesced due to industrial adaptation and advancement in technology. The solution lies in design consciousness.

Observing the old and new, as well as cross-cultural comparison, the focus here is to elaborate on the integrity of an object instead of diluting it with extra functionalities. “Objectus” is the outcome in reflection of our exploration.

design ][ exhibition ][ installation ][ white box ]

All ages

Opening Night:
Thursday 14 March, 6PM

0327

Hostile Infrastructure

Bruno Booth

Development Work

14.03.19 - 04.04.19

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Bruno Booth
0327
14.03.19 - 04.04.19

All ages

Soft Opening
Thursday 14 March, 6pm

Official Opening
Friday 5 April, 6pm - 9pm

A participatory installation that lets you experience the feelings of rebelliousness, slight indignity, failure and amusement that disabled people feel on the daily. You have invited to wheel a wheelchair down along a neon-lit corridor that narrows imperceptibly, creating an unforeseen challenge of navigation.

Supported by the City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program

Image by: Bruno Booth

design ][ grounds ][ installation ][ interactive ]

All ages

Soft Opening
Thursday 14 March, 6pm

Official Opening
Friday 5 April, 6pm - 9pm

0332

Pause

Hassell

Installation

15.03.19 - 22.03.19

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Hassell
0332
15.03.19 - 22.03.19

All Ages
Wheelchair accessible

5pm - 9pm

Internationally renowned designers HASSELL have collaborated with Arup, MPA, and Eness, along with Allsense, 3Dinflate, and Kvadrat Maharam to create a sensory experiment that can only be experienced by one person at a time.

They invite you to leave your phone in their safe hands before entering a large inflatable structure that combines light with sound and smell to create a tranquil environment. Without the distraction, you can immerse yourself in the moment and surrender your senses, letting the everyday anxieties of the digital world wash away.

design ][ grounds ][ installation ][ public art ]

All Ages
Wheelchair accessible

5pm - 9pm

0329

Re-Imagining Data in Creative Practice

Alli Edwards & Kelly Anderson

Melbourne Design Week

20.03.19

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Alli Edwards & Kelly Anderson
0329
20.03.19

6pm - 8pm

Booking required

Whether loved, hated, leveraged or misunderstood, some form of data is essential to design that seeks to create change in the real world. In this workshop, participants can learn about how design data has been used to navigate interdisciplinary spaces, illuminate complex problems and propose disruptive ideas. Participants are invited to reflect on different types of data in their own practice, and examine the design decisions and activities that make that data known. Learning from and with each other, this event creates a space for any creative practitioner to interrogate and transform their preconceptions about what data might look like, feel like, and ways it might deepen and inform design practices.

Part of Melbourne Design Week 2019, an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the NGV.

Image by Kelly Anderson

0320

Future Acts: Designing Oppression

Future Method Studio

Melbourne Design Week

22.03.19

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Future Method Studio
0320
22.03.19

All ages

5pm - 6pm

Booking is not required.

How are architects and designers complicit in structural racism? How can designers rethink and reconfigure the relationships that they have gone into the forming the societies they have inherited, such as with property, housing and settlement? This panel Designing Oppression: Settler Responsibility and Cultural Appropriation, with Bobuq Sayed, Thomas Ragner and Tarneen Onus-Williams, discusses how designers are complicit in structural racism, such as through cultural appropriation, and how to rethink and reconfigure this relationship.

Moderated by Genevieve Murray and Joel Sherwood-Spring, Future Acts is a series of conversations presented by Survival Guide and Future Method Studio that investigate the design of settlement, property and housing.

Part of Melbourne Design Week 2019, an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the NGV.

Image by: Seb R Wighton Tuckey

architecture ][ event ][ first nations ][ open box ]

All ages

5pm - 6pm

Booking is not required.

0322

Violence Against Women: How Human-Centred Design Can Disrupt the Status Quo

Monash University’s XYX Lab

Melbourne Design Week

22.03.19

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Monash University’s XYX Lab
0322
22.03.19

2pm - 6pm

Booking Required

The prevalence of violence against women is overwhelming. 1 in 3 women have experienced physical violence since the age of 15, and on average one woman per week is murdered by her current or former partner. This session will use design thinking and human-centred design methodologies to help participants understand common challenges in the complex landscape of violence faced by women on a daily basis. Collaborative design processes can play a key role in disrupting traditional hierarchies of power and place to promote gender equality and security for women in their home and communities. Join Associate Professor Nicole Kalms from Monash University XYX Lab and ECHOS Founder Juliana Proserpio for a combination of interactive presentations in this experimental workshop.

SPEAKERS

Nicole Kalms, Associate Professor and Director, Monash University XYX Lab

Juliana Proserpio, Co-founder, Echos Innovation Lab

Part of Melbourne Design Week 2019, an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the NGV.

 

Image courtesy of Monash University’s XYX Lab + ECHOS School of Design Thinking

0323

Caliper 05: Collapse Launch

Caliper Journal

Melbourne Design Week

22.03.19

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Caliper Journal
0323
22.03.19

All ages

6pm - 11pm

Student-led architecture journal journal Caliper launches its fifth issue Collapse, guest edited by Michael Strack, with a party at Testing Grounds.

The theme of the fifth issue is Collapse, which investigates the productivity of failure and the potential for a downfall to shepherd in a new era. First published in 2017 by a group of architecture students, Caliper was born out of a desire to have a messier and more meaningful discussion about architecture and its place in the world.

Part of Melbourne Design Week 2019, an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the NGV.

Caliper at Melbourne Design Week 2018
Photo: Sharni Hodge

architecture ][ event ][ grounds ][ student ]

0320

Future Acts: Housing, Gentrification and Aesthetics

Future Method Studio

Melbourne Design Week

23.03.19

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Future Method Studio
0320
23.03.19

All ages

4pm - 5pm

Booking is not required.

Australia is governed by a logic that land is appropriable, alienable and tradable on property markets; the recent property boom has heightened this system of land ownership. Tristen Harwood, Andy Fergus and Sarah Lynn Rees reflect on urban development in Australia and its aesthetics of gentrification: does this render invisible conflicting claims of land ownership, and what is the role of the designer in this process?

Moderated by Genevieve Murray and Joel Sherwood-Spring, Future Acts is a series of conversations presented by Survival Guide and Future Method Studio that investigate the design of settlement, property and housing.

Part of Melbourne Design Week 2019, an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the NGV.

Image by: Seb R Wighton Tuckey

architecture ][ black box ][ event ][ first nations ]

All ages

4pm - 5pm

Booking is not required.

0320

Future Acts: Land, Treaty and Property

Future Method Studio

Melbourne Design Week

24.03.19

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Future Method Studio
0320
24.03.19

All ages

2pm - 3pm

Booking is not required.

How does urban planning, development and policy recognise the sovereignty of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples? Is the creation of treaty and reparations possible through urban development or is it incongruous? Join Lidia Thorpe and Libby Porter as they discuss the potential of land, treaty and property.

Moderated by Genevieve Murray and Joel Sherwood-Spring, Future Acts is a series of conversations presented by Survival Guide and Future Method Studio that investigate the design of settlement, property and housing.

Part of Melbourne Design Week 2019, an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the NGV.

Image by: Seb R Wighton Tuckey

architecture ][ black box ][ event ][ first nations ]

All ages

2pm - 3pm

Booking is not required.

0331

Think-in: Architectural Labour

The Architecture Lobby

Melbourne Design Week

24.03.19

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The Architecture Lobby
0331
24.03.19

All ages

4pm - 6pm

This event is designed to generate substantive dialogue and debate on issues surrounding labour and work in architecture in Australia.

Each panelist will present a 5-minute proposition on the best way to move forward on the profession’s labour issues, springboarding into discussion and debate in which attendees are strongly encouraged to ask questions, introduce new perspectives and interrogate the positions and issues at hand.

Labour issues will be loosely divided into internal issues – how architects organise our labour and how we pay – and external issues – how architects are set in relation to industry, developers and the public.

The aim of the Think-In is to sketch a picture of the state of labour in the profession and generate actionable ideas on how to move forward on current issues. The discussion and outcomes will inform The Architecture Lobby’s activism and advocacy work in Victoria.

The Architecture Lobby welcomes guests of all gender identities, sexual orientations, abilities, ages, appearances, races, nationalities, classes and religions. Please get in touch if you would like this event Auslan interpreted.

Panelists:
Activist: Peggy Deamer, Professor of Architecture at Yale & T-A-L founding member

Employer: Stephanie Bullock, Director at Kosloff Architecture

Developer: Jeff Provan, Founder and Owner of NEOMETRO

Institution: Monique Woodward (AIA), Director at WOWOWA

Employee: William Ward, Worker & T-A-L member

Moderated by Dr Peter Raisbeck

All ages

4pm - 6pm

0306

Mexican Documentary Film Showcase

DOQUMENTA Australia

Festival

28.03.19 - 30.03.19

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DOQUMENTA Australia
0306
28.03.19 - 30.03.19

All ages

Thursday 28 March
4pm - 6pm: "Short films Somos and Guardianes del Manglar"
6pm - 8pm: "Six Dollar Cup of Coffee"

Friday 29 March
2pm - 4pm: "Rita, El Documenta"
4pm - 6pm: "Withkin & Withkin"
7pm: Opening Night Ceremony
8pm - 10pm: "Mamacita"

Saturday 30 March
2pm - 6pm: "Mi Hermano"
6pm - 8pm: "Rush Hour"
8pm - 10pm: "Hasta Los Dientes"

Join us for a three day documentary showcase, screening a curated selection of films from DOQUMENTA festival’s 2018 national program in Mexico.

As a free public event, the showcase is dedicated to broadening the scope of Latin-American film in Melbourne in an artistic and accessible setting. The Melbourne showcase gives space for both the enjoyment and critical viewing of a number of cultural stories residing from Mexico, that speak to the times we live in and help us better understand wider-ranging ways of life. Come experience the power of documentary to transform your view of the world and the unique narratives within it.

Image by: Film Still from Mamacita by José Pablo Estrada Torrescano

black box ][ event ][ festival ][ film ]

All ages

Thursday 28 March
4pm - 6pm: "Short films Somos and Guardianes del Manglar"
6pm - 8pm: "Six Dollar Cup of Coffee"

Friday 29 March
2pm - 4pm: "Rita, El Documenta"
4pm - 6pm: "Withkin & Withkin"
7pm: Opening Night Ceremony
8pm - 10pm: "Mamacita"

Saturday 30 March
2pm - 6pm: "Mi Hermano"
6pm - 8pm: "Rush Hour"
8pm - 10pm: "Hasta Los Dientes"

0295

Reflection

LAAP

Exhibition

29.03.19 - 05.04.19

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LAAP
0295
29.03.19 - 05.04.19

All ages

Opening night performance
Friday 29th
6-9pm

An immersive sound and film installation inspired by the research of Neurologist Oliver Sacks and the phenomena of auditory hallucinations in dreamlike states. It focuses on how the mind can subconsciously gather information while awake and collate that information while asleep into music compositions that linger on awakening.

Over an 18 month period composer Morgan Hickinbotham used this method to induce and compose music in dreamlike states and notate them while awake. These fragments of dreamed music have been compiled and composed into three movements electronically. This score has been adapted into classical notation in collaboration with Gemma Kneale and Chiara Anderson.

Reflection II invites you to immerse yourself in the composition alongside a new super 8 film. This film was developed with Dancer, Amber McCartney and filmed across various landscapes around Victoria.

A live performance of the composition featuring Gemma Kneale and Chiara Anderson will take place at the opening on 29th of March 2019 at Testing Grounds.

This project is supported by the City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program.

Image by: Morgan Hickinbotham

clear box ][ music ][ performance ][ sound art ]

All ages

Opening night performance
Friday 29th
6-9pm

0316

Workshop for Ideological Reinvention

Bianca Tainsh

Workshop

03.04.19

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Bianca Tainsh
0316
03.04.19

2.30pm-5pm
All Ages

Transcend into a radical workshopping space in a reflective, but light-hearted afternoon/evening of ideological reinvention.

In this workshop, we consider the absurdity of commercially generated ideologies and attempt to retire the myriad of social expectations we encounter throughout everyday life. We’ll explore the concept of collective consciousness in the milieu of global instability, then re-empower by creatively brainstorming a new vision of life, free from the manipulative forces of consumerism. Values, self-identity, nature and life experience will all become a reflective framework for crafting your own Blueprint of Being, a philosophical checklist for a meaningful and conscientious living.

This will be a galvanising meeting of art and social exploration held in the BLINDSIDE gallery space or Testing Grounds. Please note that there is no religious agenda behind these workshops, and they are inclusive to all people.

grounds ][ performance ][ visual art ][ workshop ]

2.30pm-5pm
All Ages

0316

Integrity Ritual

Bianca Tainsh & Integrity Participants

Ritual

05.04.19

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Bianca Tainsh & Integrity Participants
0316
05.04.19

All Ages

6pm - 9pm

In an urban ritual where colloquial idylls become props to diverge the psychogeography of the city, Integrity members usher in the opening night festivities by manifesting the world wide web of humanity. This is activist art with an occultist twist.  Circumvent Mass Consumerism, elevate your consciousness, and connect with the movement.

community ][ event ][ grounds ][ performance ]

All Ages

6pm - 9pm

0316

Sustainable DIY Concrete for Creatives

Daniella Ruffino

Workshop

12.04.19

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Daniella Ruffino
0316
12.04.19

3.30-5.30pm
All Ages

In this creative workshop artist Daniella Ruffino will demonstrate how to transform waste products into a versatile, sculptural material. Daniella ’s re-use of waste products as the main ingredients for making her concrete is akin to an experimental practice called the closed loop material cycle (CLMC). Daniella will take participants through the process of making homemade concrete from scratch.

activism ][ grounds ][ sculpture ][ visual art ]

3.30-5.30pm
All Ages

0316

Backyard Cob Rocket-Stove Building from Scratch

Alrey Batol

Workshop

12.04.19

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Alrey Batol
0316
12.04.19

1-3pm
All Ages

Join Melbourne artist Alrey Batol as he shows how to construct a portable wood fuelled rocket-stove out of cob, an eco-friendly building material consisting mostly of backyard soil and natural fibres. This rocket-stove is mainly used for cooking and only requires tinder or kindling, which is usually found in abundance.

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