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0356

Jaffle Symposium

Testing Grounds

Discursive Project

01.07.19 - 25.08.19

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Testing Grounds
0356
01.07.19 - 25.08.19

All Ages

Free (bookings essential)

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Let’s sit around the open fire at Testing Grounds and listen to interesting people talk about interesting things, while making and eating jaffles.

Let’s talk about these things for no other reason than that they are interesting and that fires are warm and that jaffles are delicious. Let’s be convivial and generous and experimental and see what ideas might emerge. Let’s let the glowing ambers of the fire distract our eyes and our mind so that we may listen, solely with our ears.

The Jaffle Symposium is Testing Grounds winter program of free talks for the public to enjoy.

Curated by Arie Rain Glorie.

All Ages

Free (bookings essential)

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0381

Turning Digital Geology into Art: An Underground Journey into Melbourne’s Arts Precinct

Tarryn Handcock

Residency

19.08.19 - 31.08.19

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Tarryn Handcock
0381
19.08.19 - 31.08.19

All ages

Exhibition Open:
Wed-Sat, 11am - 6pm

Contact artist for specific studio times

Artist Tarryn Handcock responds to 3 million years of geologic data unearthed through core sampling at Testing Grounds. With a fashion practice that explores dress at an urban scale, she will be populating the site with soft rocks, faux minerals, precious dust, and plastiglomerate propositions for the new geological age.

Image by: Tarryn Handcock

All ages

Exhibition Open:
Wed-Sat, 11am - 6pm

Contact artist for specific studio times

0360

Turning Digital Geology Into Art

Golder

Exhibition

21.08.19 - 30.08.19

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Golder
0360
21.08.19 - 30.08.19

All Ages

11am - 6pm
Wednesday-Saturday

Contact for education

An underground journey into Melbourne’s arts precinct.

Global engineering and consulting firm Golder has been engaged by Development Victoria to undertake geotechnical investigations and assess the Testing Grounds site for future development. Known on-site as the ‘lovely orange-clad people drilling some holes’, Golder’s experts have adopted the latest digital engineering tools to develop 3D models to present the geology of the site – and then turned them into art to showcase how the fascinating geology of Melbourne’s arts precinct evolved over the last 3.5 million years.   

The main model has been 3D-printed to be featured in the exhibition along with geological core samples, multimedia and other pieces providing geological information about the site.

As part of the exhibition, Golder has commissioned local artist and fashion designer Tarryn Handcock to create an installation in the space, and throughout the site, demonstrating how geological data can be interpreted and applied to other fields of knowledge. Landscape architect Luella Exton is also responding to the data with collage and two-dimensional works.  

Image: Golder

All Ages

11am - 6pm
Wednesday-Saturday

Contact for education

0356

Accidental Arts Precincts and Heavenly Blue Cheese Jaffles 

Testing Grounds

Jaffle Symposium

24.08.19

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Testing Grounds
0356
24.08.19

All Ages
12pm - 1.30pm

Let’s talk about how there is no such thing as an accidental arts precinct with Max Coffman, Executive Director – Agencies and Infrastructure, Creative Victoria and Hannah Clement, Project Director – Melbourne Arts Precinct Transformation, Development Victoria, while eating heavenly blue cheese jaffles around the fire.

Hannah Clement is the Project Director – Melbourne Arts Precinct Transformation for Development Victoria. She is an experienced and highly regarded project management practitioner with more than 20 years’ experience in Australia and overseas. She has delivered a suite of projects across Victoria’s creative industries including the Vision 2020 refurbishment of the State Library Victoria and Geelong Performing Arts Centre Redevelopment. She holds a Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Science from the University of Melbourne and a Masters in International Urban Development and Environmental Management from RMIT.

Max Coffman leads a team that is responsible for overseeing Victoria’s seven major arts organisations, as well as infrastructure projects across the arts portfolio. His team also has responsibility for Creative Victoria’s corporate operations. Since migrating to Australia from the United States in 2009, Max has held leadership roles in the planning and infrastructure portfolios in the Department of Premier and Cabinet, and with the Office of the Coordinator-General, which delivers the Metro Tunnel and level crossing removal projects, among many others. Max holds an undergraduate degree in international affairs from Georgetown University in Washington, DC, and a Master’s Degree in urban and regional planning from Portland State University in Oregon.

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0380

The Worn Debris Collective

The Worn Debris Collective

Radiant Pavilion

28.08.19 - 07.09.19

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The Worn Debris Collective
0380
28.08.19 - 07.09.19

All ages

Wed– Sat
11am-6pm

Exhibition Opening:
Saturday 7 September, 6pm

The Worn Debris Collective investigates anthropogenic debris within contemporary jewellery and objects as the heirlooms we leave behind us.

Discarded anthropogenic materials collected around Australia during 2014-17 were sealed within numbered envelopes and selected by 26 artists from around the world. Instructions and contents provide challenges for individual response to these discarded materials, to be transformed and incorporated into new works, while considering one’s own practice and environmental impact.

Various creative strategies employed inform a collection of new heirlooms in place of more traditional jewellery and object inheritances, creating a wearable legacy for national discourse and wearing change for a more sustainable future.

Exhibition, workshops and multi-disciplinary collaborations invite public intervention to further question and investigate underlying themes, the often unsustainable practices and resource depletion of consumerist society, and what this means for our future in the era or error of the Anthropocene.

Diamonds are forever, so is anthropogenic debris.

Participating Artists:

Ruby Aitchison
Chris Bahng
Victoria Bulgakova (US)
Katie Collins
Lindsey Fontijn (NL)
Annie Gobel
Marcos Guzman
Jill Hermans

Pennie Jagiello
Cara Johnson
Djurdjica Kesic
Inari Kiuru
Wendy Korol
Christopher Earl Millbourne
Ailsa Morrant (GB)
Thomas O’Hara
Michaela Pegum
Nicole Polentas
Natalia Rumiantseva (RU)
Janika Slowik (DE)
Nadja Soloviev (DE)
Hiu Tung Yip (GB)
Katrina Tyler
Carolin Volz (DE)
Keri- Mei Zagrobelna (NZ)
​Lucrecia Zappegno (ES)

Photo: Pennie Jagiello

All ages

Wed– Sat
11am-6pm

Exhibition Opening:
Saturday 7 September, 6pm

0341

After All Its A Small World

Annie Gobel & Marcos Guzman

Radiant Pavilion

28.08.19 - 07.09.19

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Annie Gobel & Marcos Guzman
0341
28.08.19 - 07.09.19

All ages

Exhibition Opening:
Saturday 7 September, 6pm

A collaborative project between Annie Gobel and Marcos Guzman. This collaboration results in jewellery work and small objects that combines imagined places and ordinary routines in their home city, Melbourne. Inspired by industrial and urban city landscapes, the artists explore model making and incorporate object and jewellery making techniques. The tangible quality the final work inhabits appears unfinished and promising at once, much like the constant change experienced in a shifting and growing city. Through this, a chance to initiate discussion arises about completeness (or incompleteness) of artwork.

Annie Gobel, Untitled, 2019, paper, variable dimensions. Photo Ruby Aitchison

All ages

Exhibition Opening:
Saturday 7 September, 6pm

0340

Tea & Dumplings

Pamela Chan & Jana Roman

Radiant Pavilion

07.09.19

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Pamela Chan & Jana Roman
0340
07.09.19

All ages
11 am- 10 pm
Included in Radiant Pavilion festival launch: 6-10pm

At this one-day popup exhibition the artists invite you to join their ten-year conversation about making by sitting at their table to handle an all-new series of functional vessels and utensils. Highlighting texture and form using metal, timber and ceramics, these handmade individual and collaborative works centre on the functional aspects of consuming Tea and Dumplings. The works are made to fit right in the user’s hand.
Jana Roman and Pamela Chan employ repetitive and meditative methodologies in their making; tools become extensions of their hands through repetitive processes in the forming of objects. The ritual of a shared meal is a reflection of the repetition of making simple functional vessels. Inspired by the natural environment, materials show the passage of time with surfaces marked by the process of making. Beautiful surface imperfections and the feeling of impermanence are expressed by subtle changes of colour and texture.

Image by: Pamela Chan & Jana Roman, Tea & Dumplings, 2019, dimensions variable, ceramic, copper, reclaimed Eucalyptus, Photo: Jana Roman

black box ][ exhibition ][ interactive ][ jewellery ]

All ages
11 am- 10 pm
Included in Radiant Pavilion festival launch: 6-10pm

0342

Radiant Pavilion 2019 Launch Party

Radiant Pavilion

Radiant Pavilion

07.09.19

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Radiant Pavilion
0342
07.09.19

All ages

6pm - 10pm

Come down for a drink, meet the artists, and celebrate the launch of Radiant Pavilion 2019, the Melbourne Contemporary Jewellery and Object Biennial.

Samantha Dennis, Coleoptera, 2019, glazed ceramic sterling silver and stainless steel. Photo courtesy of Mel de Ruyter

event ][ grounds ][ jewellery ]

All ages

6pm - 10pm

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