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0108

Untitled Facades

Michael Warnock

Melbourne Fringe festival

14.09.17 - 22.10.17

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Michael Warnock
0108
14.09.17 - 22.10.17

All ages

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays

10am - 10pm

A site-specific installation set in a hypothetical future when Capitalism has crumbled. Strewn across Testing Grounds are abandoned remnants of advertisements that continue to flash and seduce. The remnants are presented as large monolithic glass images that sample the real colour combinations used by large corporations in Australia today. Through their simple, yet alluring design, they attempt to demonstrate how such corporations use colour to create a strong familiarity with their brands so that we continue to use their products and services.
Untitled Facades is the opportunity to reflect upon the language of large corporations, and their advertising strategies. To ponder their influence on our everyday lives and think about what future interpretations will procure from the remnants of today’s commercial culture.

Image by: Michael Warnock

fringe ][ installation ][ visual art ]

All ages

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays

10am - 10pm

0161

Experimental Video System

Rob Larsen / Marcus Cook

Research project

14.09.17 - 31.03.18

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Rob Larsen / Marcus Cook
0161
14.09.17 - 31.03.18

All Ages
During open hours

The installation and research development of a video exhibition system that attempts to overcome issues around the showing of video works, especially time-based works and those of a linear narrative, in public spaces and traditional galleries.

The viewer picks up the headphones to start the video and when they put down the headphones the video stops and resets itself.

This experimental system also has the ability to collect data on how many people have watched the video and at what point in time they decided to stop watching the video.

If you are an artist and have a video that you would like to see exhibited on this experimental video system you can submit an EOI here.

All Ages
During open hours

0128

Field Expression

Behnja Woods

Residency

01.10.17 - 20.10.17

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Behnja Woods
0128
01.10.17 - 20.10.17

All ages
STUDIO PRACTICE RESIDENCY, 1st-19th October.

OPEN STUDIO, 6th October (6pm-9pm).

OPEN STUDIO, PUBLICATION + CLOSING PARTY
Sharing outcomes from the project, small Publication, 20th October (10am-9pm).

CLOSING PARTY, 20th October (6pm-9pm).

Behn’s residency explores garment-making from the point of view of movement and spatial practice. In general, clothes are designed and made by other people (often anonymously), to whom we defer labour and decisions about texture and pattern. At its heart, this project aims to frustrate or deconstruct the act of casually assuming shapes that are provided or found from “external” sources. I’m looking to develop the differences that can emerge when de/constructing, inheriting and adapting patterns of behavior/moving; and, to explore garments as materials that can join the body’s expression of these patterns. Wearing the works will be incidentally sharing and progressing the creative research.

Image: 'Practising with tidal forces in Altona coastal reserve, Narrm/Melbourne' BW, 2017

All ages
STUDIO PRACTICE RESIDENCY, 1st-19th October.

OPEN STUDIO, 6th October (6pm-9pm).

OPEN STUDIO, PUBLICATION + CLOSING PARTY
Sharing outcomes from the project, small Publication, 20th October (10am-9pm).

CLOSING PARTY, 20th October (6pm-9pm).

0178

Never Never

Kenneth L Suico

Exhibition

06.10.17 - 21.10.17

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Kenneth L Suico
0178
06.10.17 - 21.10.17

All ages

10am-6pm
Wednesdays- Saturdays

Opening night: ART PARTY
6th Oct, from 6pm- late

This light based text work is a siren-like pop song that promises to give you all that you want, and more than you need.

Two scrolling LED panels emanate ambient blue light that delivers affirmative messages of hope and assurance, exalting the audience to a feeling of ecstatic security, which is soon replaced by something strikingly more hollow.

This autobiographical work by Kenneth Suico is a coming of age story. It recalls joyful memories of his father dancing on the beach to Rick Astley’s ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’. Now estranged, the irony of these lyrics is not lost on the artist.

This work is for anyone who has experienced that life changing moment when you realise that people, even those you trust the most, are capable of breaking a promise.

Image by: Lucy Foster

All ages

10am-6pm
Wednesdays- Saturdays

Opening night: ART PARTY
6th Oct, from 6pm- late

0017

TimePod

Kat Henry

Performance

06.10.17 - 20.10.17

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Kat Henry
0017
06.10.17 - 20.10.17

All ages

DISPLAY POD: Friday 6th October, 6pm-10pm

ENTERING CEREMONY: Tuesday October 10, 6:00-7:00pm

EXITING CEREMONY: Saturday Octrober 20, 6:00-7:00pm

Is it possible to experience a world without time? What would happen to the human condition in a space where time does not exist?

For 240 hours – ten days – from 7pm on October 10 to 7pm on October 20 2017, at Testing Grounds art space in Melbourne, performance artist and theatre director Kat Henry will inhabit a TimePod, to experience a world without time. TimePod is an ambitious project of extreme physical endurance and durational performance. It is a purpose-built, room-like sculpture that acts as a temporal isolation chamber and excludes, as far as possible, all external indicators of time. No natural light will penetrate, no sound will travel in and out, no one will come and go.

What Kat does in the pod, how she passes her time, what she is experiencing, will be concealed from the audience. The audience is invited to attend an entering and exiting ceremony, and then return to the installation as often as they like during the ten days to consider time, its effects, and the effect the absence of its indicators might have on a person.

Creation, Concept & Performance: Kat Henry

Design Consultation: Eugyeene Teh

Producer: Natasha Phillips

Lead Builder: Tim Phillips

Image by: Jake Coulter

All ages

DISPLAY POD: Friday 6th October, 6pm-10pm

ENTERING CEREMONY: Tuesday October 10, 6:00-7:00pm

EXITING CEREMONY: Saturday Octrober 20, 6:00-7:00pm

0101

Complete Content

Benjamin Portas

Exhibition

06.10.17 - 21.10.17

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Benjamin Portas
0101
06.10.17 - 21.10.17

All ages
During open hours

Art party celebration
October 6th, 6pm-12pm

At first glance the visions presented to us by video artist Benjamin Portas appear idyllic, yet there is something askew: something lurks beneath the surface of these scenes, creating a sense of unease at odds with their utopian aesthetics. Portas’ videos undulate in compelling cycles- while immersive, there is something fragile about these constructed worlds – blink and everything might reconfigure and change again; destabilising our field of vision and subsequently shifting the way that we relate to the Testing Grounds site. Presented upon sculptural geometric frames, correlating screens initiate a filmic dialogue as you inhabit the grounds.

These psychedelic narratives must be contextualised with Portas’ critique of capitalist systems: in his videos products have been imbued with a sublimity once reserved for heavenly deities. For Complete Content Portas manipulates the commodification of spiritual experiences, interrogating commercial visual language used when transformative experiences are packaged as products. Rather than the dulcet tones of a vocal guided meditation, Portas creates a sumptuous, yet contemplative visual experience. Responding to the vacuous ugliness of consumer culture, Portas has created something other; a fantastical lurid realm that pulses with a rhythmical tension.

Image by: Benjamin Portas

black box ][ video art ][ visual art ]

All ages
During open hours

Art party celebration
October 6th, 6pm-12pm

0182

Higher Visions

Matthew Feder

Installation

06.10.17 - 20.10.17

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Matthew Feder
0182
06.10.17 - 20.10.17

All ages
From 6pm, 6th October

Higher Visions is an immersive installation project, the work consists of handmade and decorated single components (individual works), bound together to form walls of an interactive structure. The components that make up the walls are paintings, rugs, work vests and work pants, joined together like patchwork or brickwork. The content of this brickwork is taken directly from my day to day interactions with the city of Melbourne. The content within these elements are those that speak to me directly, that I cannot visually escape from, that continuously bombard my vision. My visual filter picks up on the city’s patterning made with high contrasting colours, the untrained and often naive signage in the store fronts, the hand painted fluoro markings left behind by workers and the high visibility work wear worn by the workers themselves.

Image by: Sarah Murphy

All ages
From 6pm, 6th October

0184

(yet to be confirmed)

Kristen Brownfield

Work in development

16.10.17 - 22.10.17

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Kristen Brownfield
0184
16.10.17 - 22.10.17

All ages
Kristen welcomes people to come down and chat to her about the project as she works on site over the seven days.

‘Within the space of a week’
For her on site project at Testing Grounds Kristen will be developing work in situ within the grounds. ‘Within the space of a week’ investigates the relations between time, the site and the things within it. Through interventions and rearrangements, Kristen will look at ways to draw attention to these relations.

Image by: Courtesy of the artist

grounds ][ installation ][ site-specific ][ student ]

All ages
Kristen welcomes people to come down and chat to her about the project as she works on site over the seven days.

0165

Breaking Sounds

Breaking Sounds

Live Music

21.10.17 - 21.10.17

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Breaking Sounds
0165
21.10.17 - 21.10.17

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 ]

0032

ABC # 6

ABC Group

Arts Event

27.10.17

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ABC Group
0032
27.10.17

All ages
Friday 6.30-8pm

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 6.30-8pm

0156

Smile from Concussion

Karl Shoobridge

Exhibition

03.11.17 - 19.11.17

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Karl Shoobridge
0156
03.11.17 - 19.11.17

All ages

Opening night art party: Friday 3rd
6-11pm

Gallery open hours:
Wed-Sat 10am-6pm

An exhibition of new sculptural works, using industrial steel, concrete, plaster, wood, fibreglass and resin. Individually, each one of these materials is familiar, but through the process of mixing and combining them, they create experimental forms that provide lexicons for people to imagine new narratives. It is a ‘getting to know you’ exercise, as the unknown and unfamiliar start to become known and familiar over time and through conversation.

Whilst some forms seem industrially fabricated, others reveal evidence of the process used to make them.

Smile from Concussion is a space to become more aware of the intrinsic value systems we place on the physical world around us in order to try and make sense of it.

Image by: karl shoobridge

All ages

Opening night art party: Friday 3rd
6-11pm

Gallery open hours:
Wed-Sat 10am-6pm

0072

Infinite Version

Michael Prior

Residency

05.11.17

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Michael Prior
0072
05.11.17

All ages

Visit by appointment

Michael Prior’s work activates materials to create self­ generating compositions of sound, light and gesture. He is interested in the aesthetics of transduction: the transfer of energy from one form into another, harnessing the visual and sonic potentials of these events and composing them into works of art. This residency seeks to explore relationships between sources and outcomes, sounds and sculpture, making processes of translation a central theme.

Image by: George Husband

black box ][ residency ][ sculpture ][ visual art ]

All ages

Visit by appointment

0163

123 ID Exhibition

RMIT Student Interior Design Association

Exhibition

10.11.17

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RMIT Student Interior Design Association
0163
10.11.17

All ages
Friday 10 November, 6 - 10 pm

This exhibition is a display of projects generated by 1st, 2nd and 3rd year students in the Bachelor Interior Design (Honours) program at RMIT University. The studio stream is the main focus of the Interior Design program and provides students with a range of methods for exploring Interior Design practice. Thirteen distinct design studio projects were offered to students in semester 2 2017, each design studio is based on a project that explores a range of ideas, sites, questions, contexts, and explorations to the practice of Interior Design. This exhibition is designed by students and is recognized as a significant occasion for the celebration of project outcomes generated. The exhibition offers insight into the various ways interior design is practiced and allows students to share their outcomes with the public and their design community.

Image by: Lauren Kay

education ][ event ][ exhibition ][ student ]

All ages
Friday 10 November, 6 - 10 pm

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