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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 ]

0021

Talking with the Taxman About Poetry

Darcey Bella Arnold

Exhibition

07.07.17 - 31.07.17

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Darcey Bella Arnold
0021
07.07.17 - 31.07.17

All ages
10am-6pm each day
10am-10pm on Fridays and other extended site hours

This project explores the textural facades of housing. White plastic vacuum mould paintings of brick, wood, and metal housing numbers have been created to hang on the Superstructure of Testing Grounds. Inside the White Cube are further sculptural objects and paintings which continue the exploration into the rich cultural history of housing and the ongoing dialogue between housing and art in Australia. Beginning in 2016 during walks from home to studio in Melbourne, Darcey photographed various housing textures and details of interest; this method of daily documentation drew out a theme of the facades, textures and the personalisation of housing. The project then continued during a residency with Eastside International Los Angeles (ESXLA) USA in the month of October 2016. During this residency, imagery collected developed into small acrylic paintings on board. The thoughts then arrived that “a painting is the staple to a home,” and that painting (art) and housing can be linked through personalisation, stability and property. So in describing painting and housing in these like terms, there is an obvious self-reflexivity both as subject and outcome. The desire to own a home, the desire for stability, to personalise it with belongings, the desire for art.

Image by: Darcey Bella Arnold, 2017

exhibition ][ painting ][ visual art ][ white box ]

All ages
10am-6pm each day
10am-10pm on Fridays and other extended site hours

0091

CULT

Katerina Kokkinos-Kennedy & William McBride // Triage Live Art Collective

Residency

25.07.17 - 29.07.17

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Katerina Kokkinos-Kennedy & William McBride // Triage Live Art Collective
0091
25.07.17 - 29.07.17

All ages
Showing
Saturday 29th
11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm

An examination of the potential intersections between film, live performance. An interactive ‘film shoot’ with participating audiences and using the ambiguous narratives, and visual tropes of several cult films. Kokkinos-Kennedy and McBride will investigate and play with the possiibilities offered by the moving image, still photography, sound & live performance.

They will produce a free showing of the project on Saturday during Open House Melbourne.

Image: Will McBride is Vanessa Redgrave

All ages
Showing
Saturday 29th
11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm

0163

Open House Melbourne

Testing Grounds

Community Event

29.07.17 - 30.07.17

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Testing Grounds
0163
29.07.17 - 30.07.17

Free
All Ages

10am-4pm each day

Join us for exhibitions, music, live art and Food Trucks for Open House Melbourne 2017, go on a self-guided tour and learn about the history (and future) of our site.

Initially designed as a low-cost and efficient response to the site, it has the capacity to enable a diversity of uses. Four indoor spaces attached to shipping containers provide residency spaces, galleries, theatres and stages. There is a licensed bar as well. In 1925, the YMCA opened its headquarters on this site but in 1983 structural damage caused by construction of the Arts Centre and Hamer Hall meant that the building needed to be demolished. The land was acquired by the State of Victoria as Crown Land and is reserved for arts purposes. Testing Grounds is a temporary infrastructure project providing an alternative place for art in the arts precinct while the future of the site is being determined.

 

00165

Poetry Doctor

Peter Bakowski

Workshop

30.07.17 - 30.07.17

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Peter Bakowski
00165
30.07.17 - 30.07.17

Free
All Ages
10am-4pm

Book a free 30-minute one-on-one consultation with Victorian Premier’s Award-winning poet, Peter Bakowski, who has been writing poetry for 34 years and is the author of seven poetry collections, including a bilingual edition, Selected Poems published in France. Bring along any specific poem(s) of yours that need a diagnosis, constructive practical criticism, line by line examination and discuss with Peter your greater goals as a practising or not-practising-enough poet. If you don’t book an appointment please feel to wait in the waiting room for your poem(s) turn to have their health discussed, to be prescribed the right medicine and regime. You’ll come away from your one-on-one consultation with Peter, able to look at your poem(s) with greater insight, precision and openness.

clear box ][ poetry ][ workshop ][ writing ]

Free
All Ages
10am-4pm

0162

The Body as a Vessel the Vessel as a Body

Kiera Brew Kurec

Buying Time Residency

01.08.17 - 21.08.17

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Kiera Brew Kurec
0162
01.08.17 - 21.08.17

All ages
Free

By apointment

While undertaking a residency at Testing Grounds Kiera Brew Kurec will use objects and choreographed movements to explore the body’s ability to contain.

Kiera Brew Kurec completed her Master of Fine Art in 2014 at Victorian College of the Arts, her practice-led-research explored Performance, Ritual and Transformation, locating the history of contemporary performance practice in ancient ritual and shamanism. Brew Kurec utilises live endurance performance, performance for video, photography and installation to explore the middle ground or ‘grey area’ mapping the physical and mental boundaries and the resulting space between two forces.

She has exhibited extensively in Melbourne and Australia as well as, New York, Oregon, Berlin and Penang. Brew Kurec directed The Projects temporary art gallery in the Yarra Ranges exhibiting an extensive program of contemporary artists who are affiliated with the area. She is the recipient of the National Association for Visual Artists Ignition Prize, Australia Council for the Arts New Work Grant for Early Career Artists, Yarra Ranges Council Cultural Development Grant and the Copyright Agency Limited Career Fund. She has undertaken residencies and internships in Berlin, Oregon, New York, Glen Helen — West MacDonald Ranges, Mildura and Gippsland. 

Image by: photograph by Basic Artists Services

All ages
Free

By apointment

0071

Canine Horizons

Danielle Reynolds

Buying Time Residency

01.08.17 - 21.08.17

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Danielle Reynolds
0071
01.08.17 - 21.08.17

All ages
Visit by appointment

The pet economic sector/pet-love industry in Australia is a multibillion-dollar one. According to their website, around 30,000 passionate Dog Lovers attended the 2017 ‘Dog Lovers Show Melbourne.’ The website reads: “Our Dogs are family and no words could ever portray just how much joy and love they bring to our lives. The Show is a tribute to the unconditional love that we share with our Dogs… to celebrate, interact and learn more about our Best Friends.”

Danielle will use her Testing Grounds Residency as a development period for her project currently being created with the support of the Next Wave Kickstart Helix program. The three-week development will deepen her on-going research into the dog as a symbol for human absurdities, and art practice examining the anthropomorphizing of animals.

Image by: Marina Lamari

All ages
Visit by appointment

0122

Becoming (again and again)

Zoë Bastin

Residency

01.08.17 - 21.08.17

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Zoë Bastin
0122
01.08.17 - 21.08.17

All ages
Open studio 4th of August

Zoë Bastin will use Testing Grounds as a dynamic performance site to experiment with newly made works and consider the relationships between the performative potential of sculpture and processes of making and assembling. ‘Becoming (again and again)’ is both a product and an encounter; an ephemeral negotiation with built structures and a consideration of environmental factors – a continual becoming. Where Testing Grounds exaggerates its nature as a potential construction site through the bare aesthetics of steel beams and scaffold flooring, Bastin explores how interactions with site can be informed by these construction materials. The artist’s sculptural assemblages of foam, concrete, clay, plaster, latex and rope will act as catalysts for choreographic play and improvisation throughout the residency. The tenuous and liminal are embraced as connection point; a coconut-encrusted hammock concealing its foam innards as it swings, and a plaster-casted clay mould reveals the negative imprint of its maker, pierced and supported in rope-perspex cylindrical grip.

Bastin is a Melbourne-based artist researching process and materiality through improvised and unfolding sculptural events. She is currently undertaking her PhD at RMIT University and has exhibited extensively in Melbourne as well as Zurich, Switzerland and rural Victoria as well as holding numerous public performances. She is the recipient of an Australian Postdoctoral Award and the RMIT Vice-Chancellor’s Award for academic excellence and co-ordinates the Research Exchange, a peer-to-peer research community. Bastin’s interest in textile and materiality is cemented in her cofounding of the label To Artemis.

Image by: Zoë Bastin and Emma Paine

All ages
Open studio 4th of August

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