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Testing Grounds

Testing Grounds

Continuously Under Construction

 

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Over three years, These Are The Projects We Do Together (who operate Testing Grounds) facilitated three mass build projects with first-year RMIT students. Using materials from the Three Little Pigs- bricks, hay and wood- three temporary structures occupied Testing Grounds for at least two months, providing a new infrastructure for education, art and performances.

Continuously Under Construction 1 – The Pyramid

A Pyramid made of 4317 bricks landed one late February afternoon in the middle of Testing Grounds. A major installation as part of Melbourne Design Week (15-25 March 2018), it was raised to be both a platform and a provocation to (re)consider design, construction, public art and public space.

People participated in workshops on the pyramid, made performances, installations, had conversations and used it in their artworks.

Image: Nicole Breedon, Monument To The People, 2017

Continuously Under Construction 2 – Hostile Infrastructure

200 units of 90 x 45mm timber were used to create a large structure, which supported a range of different programming and projects. Most notably, Bruno Booth built his public art installation, using its framework to talk about his lived experience as an artist living with a physical disability. Part of Melbourne Design Week 2019, an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the NGV.

Continuously Under Construction 3 – Amphitheatre

100 hay bales were used to create a temporary amphitheatre. It was made through a  collective mass build by first-year RMIT Interior design students. The structures were then used to support workshops and conversations. Part of Melbourne Design Week 2019, an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the NGV.