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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 - 10:30am - 12pm

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 - 10:30am - 12pm

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 & Alexia Maddox

Critical Mass

12.09.18 - 22.09.18

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Dianna Tarr & Alexia Maddox
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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.

Artists: J. Rosenbaum, Maddison Kitching, 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

0269

Hidden Worlds

J. Rosenbaum

Critical Mass

12.09.18 - 22.09.18

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J. Rosenbaum
0269
12.09.18 - 22.09.18

All ages

Can computers see gender?
An exhibition of Artificial Intelligence Computer Generated artworks using mobile Augmented Reality technologies, to see gender through the lens of computer vision.
This interactive work uses lightboxes, location tracking, virtual sculptures, trained neural networks, and soundscapes to explore non-binary gender and mythology beyond the limits of our human experience.

Image by: J. Rosenbaum

exhibition ][ fringe ][ VR ][ white box ]

0264

Selfie Flaneur

Ralph Kenke + Elmar Trefz /co-lab Adrian Hardjono

Critical Mass

12.09.18 - 22.09.18

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Ralph Kenke + Elmar Trefz /co-lab Adrian Hardjono
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12.09.18 - 22.09.18

All ages

Data surveillance goes under the microscope with Ralph Kenke, Elmar Trefz, and Adrian Hardjonoand’s full-room interactive installation. Tapping into the data set #selfies, Selfie Flaneur uses scanning and facial recognition to ‘match’ participant’s image to a picture pulled from Instagram’s #selfie database. This confrontation with a stranger introduced by artificial intelligence is at once an embodied experience and an unsettling realisation of our all-seeing networked society.

Image By: Ralph Kenke, Selfe Factory, 2017

black box ][ exhibition ][ fringe ][ interactive ]

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Critical Mass: Rally

Critical Mass

Critical Mass

22.09.18

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Critical Mass
0000
22.09.18

3pm at the intersection of Sydney Road and Glenlyon Road, Brunswick

All ages, all welcome to participate

A call to action through the simplest of gestures; a collective shout of joy, dissent, and the power of creative expression.

In the middle of Melbourne Fringe Festival, the Critical Mass Rally brings together all the the artists presenting work across Testing Grounds, Brunswick Mechanics Institute, Siteworks, and Black Dot Gallery to take over the intersection of Sydney Road and Glenlyon Road in Brunswick. These artists will bring live art to the living streets and claim space for the things that matter to them.

From 3pm on Saturday 22nd September, you are all invited to come and be part of the critical mass.

arts event ][ collaboration ][ community ][ event ][ fringe ][ public art ]

3pm at the intersection of Sydney Road and Glenlyon Road, Brunswick

All ages, all welcome to participate

0263

Memoirs of a Decent Man

Tenda McFly

Critical Mass

26.09.18 - 28.09.18

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Tenda McFly
0263
26.09.18 - 28.09.18

Bookings Essential

Show Times
Wednesday 26 September, 6:30pm
Thursday 27 September, 6:30pm
Friday 28 September, 6:30pm

This show unites elements of rap, spoken word poetry, theatre & visual art to guide you through the memoirs of a decent man. It explores themes of love, identity and belonging.

Tenda McFly is an accomplished musician and poet whose unconventional approach allows for a mesmerising and thought provoking analysis of current issues. There is an accessible youthful intelligence in this show that is both representative of his life experience and that of his generation.

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

Photography by Thomas Oliver

fringe ][ performance ][ spoken word ][ white box ]

Bookings Essential

Show Times
Wednesday 26 September, 6:30pm
Thursday 27 September, 6:30pm
Friday 28 September, 6:30pm

0262

Polito x Visual Display

POLITO X VISUAL DISPLAY

Critical Mass

26.09.18 - 28.09.18

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POLITO X VISUAL DISPLAY
0262
26.09.18 - 28.09.18

All ages
Wednesday 26 September
Thursday 27 September
Friday 28 September
8PM - 9PM

Live electronic composition and bodily practice conspire to create a mesmerising audio-visual landscape.

Real-time modular synthesis and evolving beat foundations create a transfixing sonic journey. Sound and movement are anchored to each other, introspectively reacting and evolving through a continuous form. Moments of euphoria emerge out of and supersede the mundane. Forms align, hyperextending into a blurry dissonance before snapping back into sublime harmony.

POLITO X VISUAL DISPLAY is a collaboration between musicians Robert Downie and Finn Langham and performers Arabella Frahn-Starkie and Hillary Goldsmith.

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

Image by: POLITO X VISUAL DISPLAY

clear box ][ fringe ][ music ][ performance ]

All ages
Wednesday 26 September
Thursday 27 September
Friday 28 September
8PM - 9PM

0261

Karaokpen

Hosted by Chuman

Critical Mass

26.09.18 - 28.09.18

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Hosted by Chuman
0261
26.09.18 - 28.09.18

Over 18
Wednesday, 26 September
Thursday, 27 September
Friday, 28 September
6:30PM - 8:30PM

What’s that you say? “Karaokpen isn’t a word”… Well it is now. It means karaoke and open mic combined and there are many ways to involve yourself. Select a song to sing, pick up an instrument or guide us all through the song lyrics with the pointy stick. You might have no musical talent whatsoever but that doesn’t matter, it’s an open access band! Will it be a beautiful, avant-garde interpretation of your favourite classic or will it descend into chaos? There’s only one way to find out. ‘1, 2, 3, 4…’

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

 

black box ][ fringe ][ interactive ][ music ]

Over 18
Wednesday, 26 September
Thursday, 27 September
Friday, 28 September
6:30PM - 8:30PM

0256

The 24 Hour Dance Project

Freya McGrath and Harriet Wallace-Mead

Critical Mass

29.09.18 - 30.09.18

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Freya McGrath and Harriet Wallace-Mead
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29.09.18 - 30.09.18

All ages
From 9am, Saturday 29 September
Till 9am, Sunday 30 September
(24 Hours)

Freya dances for 24 hours.

She does not eat, sleep or rest – unless you take her place. We invite you to join the dance; to dance with Freya, dance as Freya, to dance in groups, alone, and in a crowd!

The 24 Hour Dance Project is an immersive, participatory dance experience, a celebration and exploration of the rebellious, expressive power of dance. It is an Inhibition Liberator Machine. A celebration, a mourning, a rite of passage. Leave your insecurities and hang-ups at the door; the 24 Hour Dance Project welcomes everybody.

Inspired by the iconic dance films of the 80s, the 24 Hour Dance Project is a campy, queer, ritual dance extravaganza that invites you to go beyond your comfort zone and come home to yourself.

Get yourself a ticket, come and go throughout the project, and whether you spend five minutes or five hours with (or as) Freya on the dance floor, you won’t be the same again.

Get loose, get low, let your body do the talking, release your inhibitions — join the dance.

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

Image by: Evan Fowler

clear box ][ dance ][ fringe ][ performance ]

All ages
From 9am, Saturday 29 September
Till 9am, Sunday 30 September
(24 Hours)

0291

Local Avians

Alex Last

Residency

03.10.18 - 20.10.18

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Alex Last
0291
03.10.18 - 20.10.18

All ages

Open Studio
Friday 19 October, 6pm
Saturday 20 October, 10am - 6pm

In the heart of the city, a vast host of introduced and native birds form assemblies of resistance to the abrasive encroachment of petro-capitalist urban development. The adaptive intelligence of these birds in the midst of such devastation is something that the artist-in-residence (Alex Last) aims to track and explore.

Entangling with the local avian population through a combination of diverse experimental, scientific and ecologically-grounded methodologies, Alex will try and synchronise with avian temporal rhythms while exploring their intricate and evolutionarily-unique modes of communication and coordination. Through a daily practise of listening, scavenging, nutrient cycling, habitat building, feeding, recording and notational observation, Alex hopes to learn from local avians and perhaps build a collaborative response to the imminently perilous and ever-thickening urban landscape.

Image by: Alex Last

All ages

Open Studio
Friday 19 October, 6pm
Saturday 20 October, 10am - 6pm

0281

What’s In A Room?

Efterpi Soropos

Residency

10.10.18 - 27.10.18

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Efterpi Soropos
0281
10.10.18 - 27.10.18

Over 18

Open Studio
Friday 19 October - 6pm

This residency reflects on 10 years of practice as a researcher and developer of spaces for vulnerable people, exploring the challenges and rewards of community-based interior design as an arts practice. Artist/designer Efterpi Soropos works with memory practice, sound, light and video technology, to consider the experience of spaces for the sick and dying. How can artistic intervention make space for relaxation and relief from conditions such as anxiety and stress?

The residency will end with an open studio — or Human Room — on Friday 19 October, where visitors are invited to imagine their own space of dying.

Image by: Efterpi Soropos

design ][ interactive ][ residency ][ white box ]

Over 18

Open Studio
Friday 19 October - 6pm

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