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The Market Research

Dan Koop

2-23 Sep 202312:00pm to 1:30pmFreeMarketPerformanceResearchResidencyTalk

Join Dan Koop and special guests for a creative tour and lunchtime lecture that explores the Place, People & Products of the Queen Victoria Markets, through social exchange not financial transaction. 

Event information
Meet at Testing Grounds at Market Square
12-1:30pm, every Saturday in September
391 Queen St, Melbourne VIC 3000
BYO shopping bags, but light lunch included.

(Please note any access or dietary requirements upon booking and we will do our best to plan for your participation.)

Session 1 with Jason Mailing — 12–1:30pm, Saturday 2 September
Jason Mailing is an artist whose work is a conceptually driven amalgamation of object creation, performance, and social processes that engage with the distinct conditions of locations and people. Jason is a member of Field Theory who created 9000 Minutes at the Market for the Melbourne Biennale Lab (2016).

Session 2 with Amy Spiers — 12–1:30pm, Saturday 9 September
Amy Spiers is an artist, curator, writer and researcher who focuses upon socially engaged and public art practice, including investigation of counter-monuments and creative labor. Amy was co-editor of the public art anthology Let’s Go Outside: Art in Public (2002).

Session 3 with David Cross — 12–1:30pm, Saturday 16 September
David Cross is an artist, writer and curator for various site-based commissioning programs through the Public Art Commission at Deakin University, which is devoted to the commissioning and scholarship of temporary public art. David was a member of the curatorium for the Melbourne Biennale Lab (2016) at the Market.

Session 4 — 12–1:30pm, Saturday 23 September

Dan Koop’s previous market research has included residencies at South Melbourne Market (2020) with Jamie Lewis, Preston Market (2021) with Katerina Kokkinos-Kennedy and Gleadell St Market (2023) and has continued with Testing Grounds at the Queen Victoria Market since July. Listen to previous works and keep up to date with his current residency via @themarketresearch.com.au on Instagram.

Dan Koop is an Artist, Curator-Producer, Facilitator and Researcher making performance works in public spaces and social situations that encourage participation. As an Artist Dan makes performance works in public spaces and social situations that encourage participation. Receiving Green Room Awards for his works Dan has created audience centred projects including rowing across rivers, walking and talking along creeks and hosting rapid honeymoons in hotel rooms. 

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