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A Shared Public

A Shared Public: Kiera Brew Kurec and Hannah Raisin

Banners project

06.07.18 - 10.09.18

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A Shared Public: Kiera Brew Kurec and Hannah Raisin
0252
06.07.18 - 10.09.18

All ages
Constant

This project presents artists Kiera Brew Kurec and Hannah Raisin’s first collaborative series that recognises and pays homage to various local women of Melbourne.

A Shared Public identifies four extraordinary individuals who have positively impacted on the lives of women in Victorian and broader Australian communities. In the works the artists use the forms of their bodies to spell the names, symbolically holding up and honoring these individuals.

With innumerable opportunities of extraordinary women to work with, this incarnation of the project acknowledges Hana Assafiri — restaurateur, women’s activist and founder of Speed Date a Muslim. Mandy Nicholson — Wurundjeri-willam artist, traditional custodian, cultural mentor and Djirri Djirri dance group’s co-ordinator. Zelda D’Aprano — womens rights and equal pay advocate. And Mollie Dean — feminist, emerging writer and independent thinker who’s story and experience of public violence is as pertinent today as it was in her lifetime.

The artists hope that these Banners will prompt the viewer to conduct further research in to the contributions these women have made to the city, celebrating their titles in a public forum and creating more space to celebrate women who deserve recognition in a shared public space.


This work intersects the artists Yarra Ranges Council project exploring women’s voices in public spaces through a series of new projections in the Dandenong Ranges.

Image by: ASP, Kiera Brew Kurec and Hannah Raisin, 2018

0275

The Jaffle Symposium

Testing Grounds

NGV MEL&NYC

07.07.18 - 25.08.18

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Testing Grounds
0275
07.07.18 - 25.08.18

All ages

Saturday, 7th& 28th July
Saturday, 18th & 25th August
12–1.30PM

A series of conversations about how cities, both as infrastructure and embodiments of ideals, might promote or hinder civic agency. While cooking jaffles around a fire in the middle of the city…

What are we allowed to do in public space? How do we comply, challenge or break these rules? How do we even know the rules? Is there a permit for this fire? Who approved this?

There will be four conversations that bring together fascinating guest speakers: artist and curator David Cross; curator and artist Lynda Roberts; creative producer Jedda Andrews; live-art collective Field Theory.

Curated by Arie Rain-Glorie.

This program is part of MEL&NYC, supported by the Victorian Government.

All ages

Saturday, 7th& 28th July
Saturday, 18th & 25th August
12–1.30PM

0249

All The People I Don’t Know Anymore

Rose Hawker

Exhibition

18.07.18 - 23.08.18

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Rose Hawker
0249
18.07.18 - 23.08.18

All ages

A reaction to emotions brought about through memory and distance.

Moving across the world generates feelings of nostalgia and loneliness, bringing thoughts of people we wished we’d stayed in contact with, as well as memories of those we were glad to leave behind.

People go through life leaving others behind and being left behind. This installation is a monument to how each person we meet influences us.

The mug of tea represents a common social interaction, and something that is as equally mundane in its monotony as it is significant and ritualistic.

Although stemmed from personal experience, All The People I Don’t Know Anymore is about the passing of time and how relationships with people and place affect us. The narratives in the work are both specific and ambiguous at the same time.

Image by: Rose Hawker

exhibition ][ grounds ][ installation ][ visual art ]

0280

Where you rest

Amy Kreitals

Craft Cubed Festival

03.08.18 - 23.08.18

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Amy Kreitals
0280
03.08.18 - 23.08.18

All ages

An exploration of themes of the site of the body as ‘home’. The body is the most basic vessel of home, with us wherever we go, as we shift through different sites and states of belonging in, to and of place. This relationship to the site of the body can be fluid, familiar, safe, or it may be is more fraught and fractured.

With this work the artist is re-approaching this relationship to the body as a place of belonging by engaging in a process-driven experience that allows for exploration and joy in what can be created, rather than frustration over what cannot. ‘Where you rest’ is an opportunity to find peace at home.

Part of Craft Cubed Festival 2018 by Craft Victoria.

Image by: Amy Kreitals

craft ][ exhibition ][ grounds ][ installation ]

0258

Site Enactments

Clara Murphy

Residency

15.08.18 - 25.08.18

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Clara Murphy
0258
15.08.18 - 25.08.18

All ages

This project presents an exploration into the display logics of the Testing Grounds site. As an extension of the artist’s honours research in spatial practice, she aims to re-imagine environmental encounter in an exhibition context. Use of the space drives the reconfiguration and modification of the temporary infrastructure, employing framing devices to establish a dialogue with a cumulative and layered space.

This gradual construction site is a starting point for an investigation into the potential of the space through a propositional way of working. Marking the beginning of a spatial evolution as an unfolding, open-ended exhibition.

Image by: Clara Murphy

0276

The Geofacial Node

Simon Reis

Installation

24.08.18 - 07.09.18

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Simon Reis
0276
24.08.18 - 07.09.18

All ages

How do you value your own image? Priceless or throwaway – your image is no longer yours to own. In this data driven world your every move is worth something to someone and I want to cash in on it. The GeoFacial Node is here to observe, capture and record your biometric data and build a database of your appearance and movements for future reference. Not only will your “location @ time” be logged, but your appearance, mood, and demeanor will also be logged against your biometric I.D. and recorded as part of a national database.

From the Dutton Dept. of Home affairs to the Suede Denim Secret Police, the information collected by this node will provide a crucial cross-reference of information, that when linked with your social media posts and updates, will assist future lawmakers to address the problems within their society. No longer will the crime you commit (or intend to commit, even subconsciously) require you to defend yourself in a court of law, artificial minds immeasurably superior to ours will know, without a doubt, the real truth of your criminal act or intention.

So please smile for the camera.

Image by: Simon Reis

grounds ][ installation ][ interactive ][ media art ]

0240

NAURU — NOTES FROM A CRETACEOUS WORLD

Nicholas Mangan

Anthropocene Campus Melbourne

01.09.18 - 07.09.18

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Nicholas Mangan
0240
01.09.18 - 07.09.18

All ages

This project attempts to enter into the history of the island Republic of Nauru by completing a proposition put forward by the former president Bernhard Dowiyogo. Lying on his death bed in a Washington D.C hospital in 2003, at the time of Nauru’s imminent bankruptcy, Dowigyogo was quoted by an American reporter as saying that his plan to save Nauru’s ailing economy was to turn the remaining coral rock on the island into ancient coffee coral tables. These were to be sold on the US market. Dowiyogo passed away before his project could be realized.
The rock used in Dowiyogo’s Ancient Coral Coffee Table was sourced from Melbourne, Australia; the exact coral limestone pinnacles which had been shipped from Nauru during its 1970s hay-day. The pinnacles were installed in the forecourt of the high-rise Nauru House, which the country had built with money made from the strip-mining and selling of their island’s nutrient rich interior to western interests. Agriculture-phosphate.
The pinnacles were erected as a symbol of prosperity, but in 2004 when Nauru House was sold to pay off the island’s national debt, they were torn from their podiums and removed from the site. By locating and purchasing a section of the pinnacles from the private owner who came to possess them, a homage to Dowiyogo’s project and the dying island itself was completed.

Front cover of Nauru 1990: An Environmental Challenge for Australia and the Pacific, produced for the Government of the Republic of Nauru by Helen Bogdan and Associates in Melbourne, 1990.
Reproduction photographer: Andrew Curtis

0236

M/others and Future Humans

The Multispecies Salon / Laboratory for Aesthetics and Ecology

Anthropocene Campus Melbourne

05.09.18 - 08.09.18

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The Multispecies Salon / Laboratory for Aesthetics and Ecology
0236
05.09.18 - 08.09.18

All ages

Keynote Conversation
6 September
3:30 - 5PM
Booking Essential

We live in an era of extinction. Capital flows, industrial infrastructures, molecules, affects, technoscientific enterprises are engendering human life, while unraveling ecological communities and multispecies worlds.

Contemporary biotechnologies are transforming and subverting reproductive conventions. Gene editing tools, IVF practices, synthetic biology, digital algorithms, and sperm banks are remaking germ plasm, reconfiguring horizons of desire and care for the human species.

While motherhood is being radically transformed by technoscientific prosthetics and contractual arrangements, this exhibition conveys and confronts disregarded (his)stories, strenuous presents and speculative futures of the maternal in a more-than-human field.

Join a public keynote conversation with Patricia Piccinini & Claudia Vickers on Thursday, 6 September.

Participating artists:

Patricia Piccinini / Tamara Pertamina /Pony Express / Sonja Hindrum / Selena de Carvalho / Eben Kirksey / Svenja Kratz

M/others and Future Humans is a curatorial collaboration between the Multispecies Salon and Laboratory for Aesthetics and Ecology. The exhibit was made possible by generous support of the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation as well as Deakin University’s Science and Society Network.

Patricia Piccinini Bootflower, 2015

artist talk ][ clear box ][ exhibition ][ open box ]

All ages

Keynote Conversation
6 September
3:30 - 5PM
Booking Essential

0240

Enthusiasm: The Symphony of Donbass

Kaylie Melville Ensemble

Anthropocene Campus Melbourne

07.09.18

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Kaylie Melville Ensemble
0240
07.09.18

All ages
7pm

“Coal comes out of the earth. Coal for factories. Coal for locomotives. Coal for coke furnaces. Coal has arrived. The conveyors and sorting machines have started up. The aerial chains of coal-filled carts have begun to move. The blast furnaces are operating at full speed. Metal has arrived.” –  Dziga Vertov
Dziga Vertov’s 1931 film Enthusiasm was created to promote and celebrate Stalin’s Five-Year Plan which took place during the years 1928 to 1932. Donbass, which is now Ukraine, was rich in coal which the Soviet state extracted to fuel it’s transformation to a modern, industrial economy. The film is more propaganda than Vertov’s most celebrated film The Man With a Movie Camera. It seeks to promote, in the fasted paced clatter of machine hammers, coal conveyors, trains and miners, the “enthusiastic” relationship between technology and politics.
The film’s original score was considered especially experimental, and Vertov considered it as important as the film itself. Instead of using a traditional orchestra, Vertov and his team recored and applied a range of industrial factory sounds. However many critics complained but the film’s “inhuman noises.”
For the Anthropocene Campus Melbourne, Kaylie will be re-interpreting Vertov’s experimental film with an original live score.

Image by: public domain

event ][ film ][ grounds ][ music ]

All ages
7pm

0266

Please Tell Me What My Work Is About

Georgia Banks

Critical Mass

12.09.18 - 22.09.18

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Georgia Banks
0266
12.09.18 - 22.09.18

Over 18

Appointment hours are as Follows:
12 September - 10AM - 9PM
13 - 15 September - 10AM - 6PM
19 - 22 September - 10AM - 6PM

Online participation is available:
12 - 22 September - 24 hours

Do you identify as straight white male? If so, can you please tell me what my work is about?

You can tell me what my work is about in person or online.

Visit www.georgiabanks.net to make an appointment, or to leave your comments anonymously.

Image by: Georgia Banks

fringe ][ grounds ][ performance art ]

Over 18

Appointment hours are as Follows:
12 September - 10AM - 9PM
13 - 15 September - 10AM - 6PM
19 - 22 September - 10AM - 6PM

Online participation is available:
12 - 22 September - 24 hours

0265

Lucky Country Escapes

Maddison Kitching

Critical Mass

12.09.18 - 22.09.18

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Maddison Kitching
0265
12.09.18 - 22.09.18

All ages

Workshop Sessions:
Wednesday 12 September - 6pm
Saturday 15 September - 10.30am-12pm
Saturday 22 September - 3pm - 4.30pm

An immersive work space set 60 years in the future which explores our relationship with the Australian landscape, tourism and the environment.

Through interacting with this dystopian space, participants are encouraged to make a postcard which reflects their thoughts on the past, present and future.

Image by: Maddison Kitching

clear box ][ exhibition ][ fringe ][ workshop ]

All ages

Workshop Sessions:
Wednesday 12 September - 6pm
Saturday 15 September - 10.30am-12pm
Saturday 22 September - 3pm - 4.30pm

0268

Sun for a Hidden Horizon

Jessye Wdowin-McGregor

Critical Mass

12.09.18 - 22.09.18

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Jessye Wdowin-McGregor
0268
12.09.18 - 22.09.18

All ages

Projection
From dusk each evening

Projected onto a portion of the exterior wall of the Australian Ballet Centre at dusk, ‘Sun for a Hidden Horizon’ invokes an echo of the sun as it sets, momentarily offering a connection to the horizon line and a natural phenomenon otherwise largely obscured from view inside the built environment.

Installed in the Clear Box, a counterpart video extends this narrative, summoning the same spectral sun alongside the presence of wild flora and fauna reclaiming a position within an urban-industrial landscape.

Both videos consider the idea that the elements are tangible and can appeal to our senses, even from within the human-made domain of cities.

Image by: Jessye Wdowin-McGregor

clear box ][ exhibition ][ fringe ][ projection ]

All ages

Projection
From dusk each evening

0274

Food for Thought

Dianna Tarr

Critical Mass

12.09.18 - 22.09.18

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Dianna Tarr
0274
12.09.18 - 22.09.18

All ages

An interactive glow-in-the-dark installation, offering a window into your own ‘food print’.

Six ‘pods’ represent common consumption and waste practices, with a seventh pod offering seeds of knowledge and understanding that may help us make more informed food choices. Each pod gives you the chance to learn about your own food print.

This installation is part of a wider project to map regional variations in fresh food consumption and waste practices in and around Melbourne. Through this installation, artist/anthropologist Dianna Tarr and Sociologist Dr Alexia Maddox present a playful opportunity to consider how closely we relate to that which sustains us – the food that we eat, and the natural world.

Image by: Dianna Tarr

fringe ][ grounds ][ installation ][ interactive ]

0286

Critical Mass: Exhibition

Critical Mass

Critical Mass

12.09.18 - 22.09.18

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Critical Mass
0286
12.09.18 - 22.09.18

All ages
Opening Night
Wednesday, 12 September
6PM

A crowding of crucial ideas, bringing together visual art installations, new media, conversations and projection. It is a space for an audacious community to gather and experience ambitious, experimental and critical art. Explore ideas about feminism, queer politics, technology, environment and mental health. Add your own crucial idea to the exhibition by painting a placard, exhibited around the Testing Grounds site.

Artists: J. Rosenbaum, Maddison Kitchings, Georgia Banks, Jessye Wdowin-McGregor, Dianna Tarr & Dr. Alexia Maddox, Kenke + Trefz with Adrian Hardjono.

Join us on the opening night– Wednesday 12th, 6-9pm– with sneak peak of Critical Mass performance program.

Blak Dot Gallery, Brunswick Mechanics Institute, Siteworks and Testing Grounds come together under one banner to program Critical Mass — a series of live performance, film, visual arts and multi-disciplinary events — for Melbourne Fringe 2018.

Selected artists are a part of a crowding of crucial ideas, amplifying a plethora of voices through curated programming.

Critical Mass is a space for an audacious community to gather and experience ambitious, experimental and critical art. There will be moments of respectful quiet, and times when we need to make noise.

event ][ exhibition ][ fringe ][ visual art ]

All ages
Opening Night
Wednesday, 12 September
6PM

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