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0480

By This Lake

Lucy Bleach

Arts Event

17.06.21 - 24.06.21

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Lucy Bleach
0480
17.06.21 - 24.06.21

By This Lake by Lucy Bleach was commissioned by RISING and formed part of the Golden Square Carpark art precinct Inland Tides, curated by Grace Herbert.The works at Golden Square Carpark opened to the public on Wednesday 26 May, however due to the sudden lockdown, the festival was required to go ‘on pause’, and then ultimately was cancelled.

Several ice blocks that formed part of the project remained on-hold in freezer storage. As a way of attentively decommissioning the artwork, these ice blocks were relocated to Testing Grounds, where they underwent their melting process until Friday 25th June. They have now retired from active art service.

As part of this process, Lucy gave an artist talk on Friday 18 June to share insights into the work and explore what it might mean for a work to make a slow exit.

0450

Testing Nights: April

Testing Grounds

Art Party

29.04.21 - 29.04.21

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Testing Grounds
0450
29.04.21 - 29.04.21

On the last Thursday of each month, Testing Grounds host a free creative event for those in the community, to test their work. This month, alongside these works, we are hosting a multi-channel video series looking at rituals and colonial impacts, Yo City Connect will be screening a series of short documentaries and filmed garden session performances, there will be holograms, biomedical animations, ambisonic river recordings, tests on analogue film and a project centralised around sin, shame and religion.

0449

Testing Nights: March

Testing Grounds

Art Party

25.03.21 - 25.03.21

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Testing Grounds
0449
25.03.21 - 25.03.21

On the last Thursday of each month, Testing Grounds host a free creative event for those in the community, to test their work. On March 25th from 6-9pm there were experiments on 16mm film, a stop-motion comedy-thriller video work, there will be music, there will be 21 third year VCA dancers, the Zine vending machine will be back and it will be one of your last chances to view our current Continuously Under Construction: The Eel Trap exhibition. Highlighted were works-in-development from our Creative Development Program residents who were working on-site throughout March.

0431

Test Sites Online: Round 2

City of Melbourne x Testing Grounds

Public Art

01.02.21 - 30.04.21

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City of Melbourne x Testing Grounds
0431
01.02.21 - 30.04.21

Since 2016, Test Sites has provided opportunities for artists to explore and experiment with temporary creative ideas in the public realm. It has provided project funding, practical advice and support, as well as workshops for those new to exploring public realm and spatial practice. Test Sites Online provides $5000 project funding, practical advice, individualized support, and group workshops, with an extra focus on online professional development, while our access to public space is more limited.

The program is delivered in collaboration with the City of Melbourne.

Participating artists were: (click any artist’s name to find out more)

Aarti Jadu
Georgia Nowak
Georgia Banks
Jenny Zhe
J. Rosenbaum
Juliet Miranda Rowe
Lauren Dunn
Marta Figueiredo and Jonathon Griggs
Mathew Fung
Mel Deerson and Briony Galligan
Morwenna Schenck
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Rhys Ryan and Emily Boutard
Samantha Martin
Stephania Leigh
Trent Crawford and Matthew Ware

0430

Test Sites Online: Round 1

City of Melbourne x Testing Grounds

Public Art

03.02.21 - 30.11.20

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City of Melbourne x Testing Grounds
0430
03.02.21 - 30.11.20

Since 2016, Test Sites has provided opportunities for artists to explore and experiment with temporary creative ideas in the public realm. It has provided project funding, practical advice and support, as well as workshops for those new to exploring public realm and spatial practice. Test Sites Online provides $5000 project funding, practical advice, individualized support, and group workshops, with an extra focus on online professional development, while our access to public space is more limited.

The program is delivered in collaboration with the City of Melbourne.

Participating artists were: (click any artist’s name to find out more)

Amy Prcevich
Angela Louise Powell
Autumn Tansey
Brian Martin
David Williams
Helen Kwok
Jane Crappsley
Jack Mitchell
Katie Sfetkidis
Joseph Griffiths
Joel Zika
Lana Jones
Kirstine Wallis
Lauren Simmonds
Lichen Kelp
Rose Hawker
Sha Sawari
Thomas Woodman
Yu Fang Chi

0429

Testing Nights: February

Testing Grounds

Work in development

25.02.21 - 25.02.21

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Testing Grounds
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25.02.21 - 25.02.21

On the last Thursday of each month, Testing Grounds host a free creative event for those in the community, to test their work. On February 25th from 6-9pm there was art, there was music from Yo City Connect, there was social distancing, a Zine vending machine, a chance to add your story to queer history with Queer-Ways and there were burgers.

0426

Zaffé

Stéphanie Ghajar

Residency

02.03.21 - 31.03.21

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Stéphanie Ghajar
0426
02.03.21 - 31.03.21

Zaffé is an immersive devised work about displacement and expat guilt. It looks into what it means to be displaced, what it means to live in limbo between different places you call home, and how people recreate what home means to them in different environments. Zaffé is a wedding march, traditionally performed to welcome the bride and groom to the wedding party. For this show, it is a vehicle to express our mixed identities as Australians who have migrated from South West Asia and North Africa.

performance ][ residency ][ theatre ][ workshop ]

0424

Alex Walker Creative Development Residency

Alex Walker

Residency

01.02.21 - 28.02.21

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Alex Walker
0424
01.02.21 - 28.02.21

Alex Walker experiments with the perception and representation of a site across two and three dimensions. Recently, she has employed projection as a means of extending architectural photographs into three dimensions; changing their form as they bend around walls, repeating themselves when reflected through a mirror, and breaking free from their two-dimensional constraints.

film ][ photography ][ projection ][ residency ]

0419

A.R Studio Residency

Abbey Rich

Residency

06.04.21 - 30.04.21

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Abbey Rich
0419
06.04.21 - 30.04.21

Abbey Rich is a multidisciplinary artist working across canvas, walls and the body. With a focus on human relationships to one another and their environments, Rich uses any means to explore their ideas visually. Through this residency Rich created their first series of sculptural works, looking at the body in nature, genderless curving forms interacting with other natural forms such as plants or the intended environment itself.

Photo credit – Madeline Bishop.

0417

Searching for riverbeds

Sally Craven & Ena Grozdanić

Residency

03.05.21 - 31.05.21

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Sally Craven & Ena Grozdanić
0417
03.05.21 - 31.05.21

Sally Craven and Ena Grozdanić proposed a new work titled ‘Searching for riverbeds’ which aimed to document sites of resistance and draw connections between diverse socio-cultural spaces. Inspired by on-ground activism to save river systems, and the human and more-than-human stories embedded in landscapes, Sally and Ena situated the local histories of the Sana River and Birrarung / Yarra River in a broader global context.

0415

L’Ephemera

Leitu Letia

Work in development

01.02.21 - 28.02.21

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Leitu Letia
0415
01.02.21 - 28.02.21

L’Ephemera is a project in development that aims to explore the contrast between disposable and enduring.

Ephemera are transitory and mass produced for a single purpose. However, the temporary availability and reflection of a particular time and place creates unique value. Objects that are durable, multifunctional or one-off are assumed to have a longer life span and more worth. This residency was used to research and experiment with the relationship between these binary concepts. The intention was to question why particular objects are retained and reused and others discarded through testing forms and materials.

Clothing items were created by combining different re-purposed materials (cotton, linen, plastic) with ephemeral receipts (thermal printed paper). They were attached to one another using various methods including secure stitching, loose decorative stitching, melting and masking tape. The people who tested the items were left to decide what was temporary / removable, and what was permanent / adaptable.

design ][ fashion ][ residency ][ Studio Program ][ white box ]

0414

Order up, Mashriq

Majed Fayad

Residency

03.05.21 - 31.05.21

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Majed Fayad
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03.05.21 - 31.05.21

A bar in the desert (Mashriq), set in the future, after social-distancing and climate change catastrophe. 
A wasteland of sound and service from the bar,  for the public to interact in.
 
‘Order up, Mashriq’, is a new installation piece that speaks of being a part of a public remote monumental sculpture that displays iconic sounds enveloped by the barren landscape of the Mashriq area (a word use to describe the region on the Middle East). The work speaks of an odd and unusual dystopian space, a public Arabian bar as a monument constructed by the artist, which talks to us from the position of living in a world during and/in the aftermath of social-distancing and climate catastrophe.
In collaboration with (this team includes), Polat Yazgana, Aysu Kurucan, Jake Dalozzo and Safa Elsamad.

0413

NOSTOS, SING TO ME (BALIKBAYAN)

Kenneth Suico

Residency

06.04.21 - 30.04.21

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Kenneth Suico
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06.04.21 - 30.04.21

Kenneth Suico is a visual artist and photographer living and working in Naarm / Melbourne, Australia. Born in Cebu, Philippines, Suico’s pan disciplinary practice ranges from video, photo, and projection, to sculptural installation, and performance. This project, a public artwork in progress, stems from Homer’s ancient Greek epic’ The Odyssey’ and its themes of Nostos (“returning to the homeland by sea”), the siren/s encountered by the hero Odysseus, which has been portrayed and translated over the centuries from Classical art to Pop music. The crux of this story is the concept of the hero Odysseus’ longing and pining for ‘home’ (Nostos); back to Ithaka from fighting in the Trojan war.

Image of artist courtesy artist.

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Koala Ltd.

Maddison Kitching

Workshop

01.12.20 - 24.12.20

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Maddison Kitching
0410
01.12.20 - 24.12.20

Koala Ltd. is a new series of paintings and artist-run workshops that expand on previous investigations into the commodification of the Australian landscape, through the use of Australian flora and fauna in branding. Kitching is interested in commodified representations of landscape, and projections of Australian identity.

Koala Ltd. places a painted version of Australian animal logos into gestural landscapes. The sites are imaginary amalgamations of iconic tourist locations, creating an invented (but ecologically appropriate) habitat for the depicted animals with bands of geometric colours referencing the established visual language of branding and advertising. The paintings playfully explore how native fauna and evocative landscapes are employed to sell an idea of the nation that never really existed.

There will be a workshop hosted by Maddison Kitching, open to the public, exploring the potential of un-branding/rebranding consumerist understanding of landscapes.

residency ][ visual art ][ workshop ]

0408

Cystic x Soma

Olivia Lucia

Residency

01.11.20 - 30.11.20

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Olivia Lucia
0408
01.11.20 - 30.11.20

Cystic x Soma: a love letter to the forgotten voices in the search for comfort, answers and help for chronic hormonal conditions. A visual chronicle of health trials and tribulations. People who are not planning to conceive, transgender, intersex and gender diverse often get left out of the mainstream conversations surrounding chronic hormonal conditions. This project will question what it means for medical professionals to ‘do no harm’ and what societal opinions do to negatively impact the afflicted. Turning the conversation away from fertility and towards the daily struggles and experiences navigating the medical world and society.

Cystic x Soma is a project open to participants who will be encouraged to and take ownership of their body’s story.

Project run by spatial artist Olivia Lucia. Their body of work is vastly informed by living in seemingly malfunctioning anatomy. Referencing themes of physiological reflection and intuitive internal self-portraiture. At Testing Grounds, Olivia Lucia will work towards documenting other peoples experiences with chronic pain. Focusing on the navigation of cyst induced ailments. Due to having both personal and academic experience on the subject. After working on this self reflective project for years and it’s time to open it up publicly.

LGBTQIA+ ][ queer ][ research project ][ residency ]

0407

Draw Out

Brigit Ryan and Kari Lee McInneny-McRae.

Workshop

01.12.20 - 24.12.20

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Brigit Ryan and Kari Lee McInneny-McRae.
0407
01.12.20 - 24.12.20

Draw Out is a mini-festival of workshops which aims to build community participation, confidence, connections and cohesion through creative practice. Draw Out is facilitated by Brigit Ryan and Kari Lee McInneny-McRae. This project stems from our loss of connection due to COVID19.

Bringing together a collection of workshops from a diverse group of artists, each explores the practitioners’ approach to creating personal, conceptual and physical connections. Accessible for people from all backgrounds, this program connects emerging, amateur and established artists with each other.

Through these workshops, the continuation of Draw In, an open access drawing exchange, and the ongoing development of a publication documenting these projects, Brigit and Kari aim to develop skills in facilitating projects that are free of traditional hierarchies.

residency ][ visual art ][ workshop ]

0404

REVOLTING SMELLS

Sean Miles

Work in development

01.11.20 - 30.11.20

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Sean Miles
0404
01.11.20 - 30.11.20

REVOLTING SMELLS is an expansive project that asks us to imagine what our potential futures might smell like.

In our current revolutionary moment, envisioning and (re)imagining our potential futures is crucial to look to for alternative models of a plethora of failed colonial systems, from environmental management to reformative social justice. Working from a trickster ontology, as I typically do in my practice, I wish to inspire lateral thinking about our potential futures.

What might our new world smell like?

Working from a trickster ontology, as I typically do in my practice, I wish to inspire lateral thinking about our potential futures.

0389

Archer Magazine’s First Nations issue launch party

Archer Magazine

Event

01.02.20

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Archer Magazine
0389
01.02.20

It’s party time! Join some of Melbourne’s finest queer and First Nations artists to celebrate this much-loved magazine’s latest issue!

Archer Magazine, the world’s most inclusive publication about sex, gender and identity, is a fiercely-loved Melbourne institution. We’re excited to launch our First Nations issue, guest-edited by Bridget Caldwell-Bright and Maddee Clark, and featuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and writers sharing their perspectives and musings on sexuality, gender, identity and community.

Join us for performances, DJs, dancing, readings from the magazine, raffles and more.

first nations ][ grounds ][ LGBTQIA+ ][ queer ]

0386

Mapping Melbourne 2019 Festival Launch

Multicultural Arts Victoria

Mapping Melbourne

29.11.19 - 29.11.19

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Multicultural Arts Victoria
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29.11.19 - 29.11.19

Join us for a special preview into the festival in this night of surprises as we launch the 2019 program!

Hear from participating artists, keynote speakers and celebrate the opening of the amazing Comic Sans Exhibition curated by LIMINAL.

Featuring performances by Margot TanjutcoP7:1SMA (Singapore), and introductions from festival artists and producers.

drawing ][ event ][ exhibition ][ grounds ]

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Comic Sans

Multicultural Arts Victoria

Exhibition

30.11.19 - 13.12.19

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Multicultural Arts Victoria
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30.11.19 - 13.12.19

The Comic Sans series considers drawing to be a mode of enquiry; a new way of thinking; a literary art form. These comics stretch from a few amusing thoughts to quiet moments, to deep dives into the most intimate, devastating relationships.

Curated by Rachel Ang and Leah Jing, Comic Sans is a serialised Australian comics anthology published by LIMINAL. This exhibition features work from the series, by dangerlamHumyara MahbubIssey FujishimaLee LaiMatt HuynhMeg O’SheaRachel Angurbigfrog, and more.

Join us at the Mapping Melbourne Community Day for food, performance, and installations in partnership with Comic Sans x LIMINAL.

drawing ][ exhibition ][ grounds ][ public art ]

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Community Arts Day: Mapping Melbourne

Multicultural Arts Victoria

Mapping Melbourne

30.11.19 - 30.11.19

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Multicultural Arts Victoria
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30.11.19 - 30.11.19

A day of food, performance, and installation featuring:

1.00-3.00pm An interactive COMIC DRAWING WORKSHOP, facilitated by the amazing comic artist, Kim Lam (dangerlam), the workshop will create a fun and inclusive environment for self-expression and discussion to learn, play and experiment with comic art.

2.00-3.00pm FORBIDDEN LAUGHTER is created as a collaborative mobile Butoh performance installation between Japanese/Australian performance artist Yumi Umiumare and Thai/Australian installation artist Pimpisa Tinpalit. Several pop-up performances with a surreal sense of humour will occur onsite with performers dancing and interacting as a moving installation.

3.00-3.45pm The exclusive Australian debut of BELON by P7:1SMA (Singapore) an interactive dance performance which explores the equilibrium between traditional conventions and the contemporary. The work seeks to occupy and engage the space of the in between and is embodied by the belon (Malay for balloon).

Audiences will also have the chance to experience the COMIC SANS EXHIBITION curated by Rachel Ang and Leah Jing, a serialised Australian comics anthology published by LIMINAL. These comics stretch from a few amusing thoughts to quiet moments, to deep dives into the most intimate, devastating relationships.

community ][ event ][ grounds ][ installation ]

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Wild Mornings

Kate Russell

Exhibition

02.10.19 - 18.10.19

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Kate Russell
0384
02.10.19 - 18.10.19

Are you a morning person? Come sit and ponder what the day holds for you while observing the twilight and listening to a dawn chorus. Wild Mornings is a landscape video and sound installation recorded in the Australian bush where the birds, the custodians of the wilderness, call to each other and defend their territory.

grounds ][ sound art ][ video art ][ visual art ]

0379

Dan Newell Studio

Dan Newell

Studio Program

01.10.19 - 30.04.20

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Dan Newell
0379
01.10.19 - 30.04.20

Newell is the creator of performance hybrid DANDROGYNY and is currently working on queer, multi-modal performative critiques of Australian masculinities, its contradictions and toxicity, through their project NED KYLIE, which will be a focus of their studio with Testing Grounds.

black box ][ dance ][ fashion ][ performance art ]

0379

Susannah Langley Studio

Susannah Langley

Studio Program

01.10.19 - 30.04.20

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Susannah Langley
0379
01.10.19 - 30.04.20

With her Testing Grounds studio, Susannah is working on innovative uses of virtual reality. Her project aims to set up virtual drawing experiments based on 360 sound, using Tilt Brush & AnimVR software, that audiences experience through a system of projection mapping and surround sound speakers.

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Roberta Rich Studio

Roberta Rich

Studio Program

01.10.19 - 30.04.20

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Roberta Rich
0378
01.10.19 - 30.04.20

During Roberta’s time with Testing Grounds, she will be undergoing research and creative development towards her collective, Her Africa Is Real (H.A.I.R) project, Afropodes; Reimagining African Archives.

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