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0314

Untitled – No Trespassing

Lesley Turnbull

Residency

07.02.19 - 21.02.19

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Lesley Turnbull
0314
07.02.19 - 21.02.19

By appointment

Lesley Turnbull is a female Scottish-Australian lens-based artist living and working in Melbourne, Australia. Through photography, sequential fragmented or otherwise, Lesley’s work explores the ambiguity of gender, the gaze and the transformative potential of landscapes. Lesley is interested in the way photography and visual representation contributes to social and political understandings of identity and subjectivity, and as an artist locates herself within practical and theoretical spaces that allow for experimentation to develop new and resolved work. Lesley will utilise the White Box at Testing Grounds as a studio space to brainstorm and test ideas for her new research project exploring the articulation and erasure of female narratives of
 identity through the landscape. She will also be a participant in the Test Sites Workshop held on site and use this as a vehicle to open up new conversations in relation to scale and form in her research
 and art practice. Lesley welcomes all who wish to drop into the studio either to look, talk, ask, offer thoughts/ideas, all of the above.

Photo by Lesley Turnbull

photography ][ residency ][ visual art ][ white box ]

By appointment

0277

Aeolus

Virginia Stobart

Residency

14.02.19 - 02.03.19

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Virginia Stobart
0277
14.02.19 - 02.03.19

All ages

Exhibition Opening
Thursday 14 February, 4pm-6pm

The black box & shipping container becomes submerged into a crucible of sound and image, to lure you, the viewer, into a sublime emotional state.

The work references the epic journey of “Homer Odyssey 10” where Aeolus the “Keeper of the Winds” offers to assist Odysseus and his men on their journey home by confining all adverse winds into a bag. Just before reaching the shores of home, however, his men open the bag, expecting to find treasure. This simple act releases the uncontrollable winds and creates a string of challenges.

The constant sound of the wind becomes a metaphor for the way human beings seeking refuge are vulnerable to forces out of their control.

Image by: Virginia Stobart

black box ][ exhibition ][ projection ][ sound art ]

All ages

Exhibition Opening
Thursday 14 February, 4pm-6pm

0284

The Fabric of Communal Bonds

Alasdair MacKinnon

Residency

23.02.19 - 11.03.19

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Alasdair MacKinnon
0284
23.02.19 - 11.03.19

All ages

Follow the project updates here, @social_fabric_project

Operating a pop-up atelier,  Alasdair will investigate a range of garment construction techniques and incorporate fabric donated by contemporary artists and designers. The donated fabrics and the stories that come with them, allow Alasdair to explore the emotional reactions and attachments we have to textiles.

These fabrics represent tangible pieces of real life social media as it is through this medium that he has developed a relationship with many of the artists.
This subverts the fashion norm of trend interpretation and disposability. Part of the process will involve printing these stories onto fabric and incorporating them into the finished work.

Public access to the atelier is welcome through out the duration of the project, a chance to see the designer’s process laid bare.

 

Image by: Lesley Turnbull

design ][ fashion ][ residency ][ white box ]

All ages

Follow the project updates here, @social_fabric_project

0259

Fast Fashun

Tenfingerz & Sebastian Berto

Melbourne Fashion Week

27.02.19 - 17.03.19

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Tenfingerz & Sebastian Berto
0259
27.02.19 - 17.03.19

All Ages

Hourly fashion shows:

Saturday 2 March
12PM - 6PM

Saturday 9 March
12PM - 6PM

An eclectic group of local makers are coming together to work with salvaged fashion waste. Local heroes, Helping Hands op shop, will be donating over a tonne of clothing and accessories
otherwise destined for landfill. This being the case for most donations; with only 15% being resold nationwide each year.

Tenfingerz along with Berto will then crank up this haute concept by hosting an hourly fashion show during which each artist, costume designer and fashionisto will showcase their output from the day. Audiences can come and view the action or assist the experts with the up-cycling of the fashion waste. Come and create some couture, craft a sculpture and indulge in the frenetic world of Fast Fashun.

activism ][ clear box ][ fashion ][ visual art ]

All Ages

Hourly fashion shows:

Saturday 2 March
12PM - 6PM

Saturday 9 March
12PM - 6PM

0313

Showtime #2

Testing Grounds x Rose Street Market

Night Market

01.03.19

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Testing Grounds x Rose Street Market
0313
01.03.19

6pm - 10pm

Free
All ages
Wheelchair accessible

A different take on the night market idea, we’re pushing the limits of what to expect – think 80s high school science fair meets classic country show, meets contemporary art fair, all packed into a craft market and turned up to maximum frequency.

There’ll be market stalls by local artisans, good music by awesome Melbourne- based DJs, delicious food (hot & cold) and top-notch drinks, as well as a huge array of fun activities facilitated by contemporary artists.

Learn to play your favourite pop song on the drums, sample squid ink cocktails, get body-scanned and uploaded into a virtual world, play a trumpet made out of ice and turn an old television into an oscilloscope (and that’s just the tip of the iceberg…)

Curated by Arie Rain Glorie

Program Partners: Experimenta, Freeplay

Showtime Night Market #1, Friday 1 February, photo by Keelan O'Hehir

arts event ][ event ][ grounds ][ market ]

6pm - 10pm

Free
All ages
Wheelchair accessible

0326

Situations Vacant

Fashion Chelsea & FILFY RISH

Melbourne Fashion Week

03.03.19

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Fashion Chelsea & FILFY RISH
0326
03.03.19

All ages
6pm

An independent runway show telling the tale of a lone creature ravaging the ruins of human society as we know it, creating resourceful yet somehow opulent coverings. Unaware of any other sentient being in current existence, the creature still feels an urge to adorn itself in selected objects salvaged from the refuse rubble. Situations Vacant is an immersive fashion narrative and exploration of what fashion can mean when there is no one left to impress.

Image by: Photographer: @wantingcollection Models: @willemworldwide.w @moosedoll @lucid_mutant Hair: @georgiaplummer_hair Makeup: @kateryanmua

clear box ][ event ][ fashion ][ performance art ]

0299

Contiguous Evolves: Where to next?

Contiguous Productions

Development Work

06.03.19 - 09.03.19

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Contiguous Productions
0299
06.03.19 - 09.03.19

Artist on Site
11am - 5pm

A week of creative development and content creation.
An independent theatre maker decides to further his practice.
Decides to further his content. He attempts to fuel the curious mind.
May contain: Improvisation, Movement, Weird Noises & Music.

Image by Jack Dixon-Gunn.

Artist on Site
11am - 5pm

0324

Brave Street

Nuud Studio

Melbourne Design Week

14.03.19 - 17.03.19

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Nuud Studio
0324
14.03.19 - 17.03.19

Opening Night
Thursday 14 March, 6PM

Public Talk
Saturday 16 March, 4PM

A neighbourhood study; a design and architectural investigation into intentional neighbouring within the environment of a typical suburban street.

In collaboration with a diverse collective of local practitioners, thinkers and neighbours, we hope to extend our thinking of suburban interfaces and social environments. Where does architecture end and urban activism begin? Through this study, opportunities for positive interventions, contributions and transformations on a typical, speculative street, its houses and front gardens, will be presented as scaled architectural maquettes and essays. The collective of imaginations will form a brave new street.

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

 

Image by Nüüd Studio

architecture ][ black box ][ design ][ exhibition ]

Opening Night
Thursday 14 March, 6PM

Public Talk
Saturday 16 March, 4PM

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 ]

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

5pm

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

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