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0429

Testing Nights: February

Testing Grounds

Work in development

25.02.21 - 25.02.21

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Testing Grounds
0429
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.

0412

Sugarbush

Roberta Rich & Naomi Velaphi

Residency

12.01.21 - 31.01.21

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Roberta Rich & Naomi Velaphi
0412
12.01.21 - 31.01.21

Sugarbush (working title) is a collaborative project led by Naomi Velaphi and myself, both an extension and departure from the previous Afropodes project I was developing at Testing Grounds. Through an online journal format the aim is to explore our exchange with the continent that is steeped in many layers. We learn of sites and histories based on mostly western research, imagine tastes and smells of cities unknown and hold tight connections with family and friends we hope will endure in limited but meaningful moments.

Through a continued exercise of exchange with peers located on the continent, Australia and family connections, this focused dialogue allows our identity to unfold, remain and prosper. These dialogues aim to create an online repository of audio interviews, video and still image content that centres the voices and experiences of the southern African diaspora and our relationship to this, as well as strengthen relationships, and creative partnerships with southern Africa and diaspora of the settler Australian context. The journal will house Parts* with two currently in development one centred on creative relationships and the other on language and family.

0411

Nocturnal Relay

Jonathan Homsey & Georgia Kartas

Residency

12.01.21 - 31.01.21

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Jonathan Homsey & Georgia Kartas
0411
12.01.21 - 31.01.21

Nocturnal Relay (working title) is a propulsion of poetry and choreography exploring the fragility of reality. As society embarks upon a virtual/physical hybrid journey, this work aims to provide critical discourse around illusions. Nocturnal Relay will be created as a literal relay, with Saint Jorge working during the day on site and Jonathan Homsey working throughout the night, both virtually and at Testing Grounds. It concludes with a short film, free to the public, in March 2021.

Nocturnal Relay explores symbolism and ambiguous imagery, from Rorschach drawings to long exposure photography, as a real time journal on psychological discernment; it aims to see-saw between phantasmagorical clocks and the inevitable destruction of our bodies.

The work is rooted in their own internalised stigma around using intuition as their main source of methodology. They will prototype and interrogate illusions using binaural audio and placing virtual reality cameras suspended upside down in the centre of Testing Grounds.

dance ][ performance ][ poetry ][ queer ]

0410

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 ]

0409

FAMILI residency

Ripley Kavara/ FAMILI

Residency

01.11.20 - 30.11.20

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Ripley Kavara/ FAMILI
0409
01.11.20 - 30.11.20

FAMILI, an artist collective, is creating a community resource that will be accessible for future generations to connect to culture through music, performance, images and video. Speaking to processes of reclamation of mana (strength) through music, movement, language and stories, we evoke the spirits of our ancestors. The visual EP will highlight contemporary electronic music coming out of our communities, amplifying a fresh approach to Hip Hop and new wave R&B that includes traditional Oceanic musicality, words and movement.

The visuals, equally important, will create agency around the representation of our bodies in public space, highlighting Oceanic LGBTIQA+ diaspora communities and their unique talent and lived experiences. Collective Artists include, Ripley Kavara, Bella Waru, Lay the Mystic, Iki, Kalala, Kalyani Mumtaz, Stacey Piper, Paul Gorrie, Lonelyspeck, Daisy Catterall, Meleika Gesa. with production support from Guy Louis Faletolu and Syrene Favero.

activism ][ first nations ][ LGBTQIA+ ][ queer ][ residency ]

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 ]

0406

Queer-Ways (Melbourne)

Luciano and Georgia Keats

Residency

12.01.21 - 31.01.21

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Luciano and Georgia Keats
0406
12.01.21 - 31.01.21

Luciano and Georgia Keats, in partnership with the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archive(ALGA), present Queer-ways: Retracing Melbourne’s Queer Footprint. Queer-ways maps the queer cartography of Melbourne, combining queer stories and voices of Melbourne’s past and present into a permanent, interactive record of being queer in Melbourne.

Working in collaboration with ALGA, we will locate queer landmarks, venues and queered spaces significant to Melbourne’s queer history. A digital map of this data will be publicly available, encouraging people to physically/digitally explore Melbourne on a self-guided queer walking tour post COVID-19.

The digital map will be turned into illustrations by LUCIANO and Georgia Keats. These illustrations will become interactive through the AR app EyeJack. Stories of each area will be recounted by recordings of queer voices and supported through subtitles viewable in the app, ensuring the project remains accessible to diverse audiences.

LGBTQIA+ ][ participatory ][ public art ][ queer ]

0405

Culture of Violence

Dan Elborne

Work in development

01.12.20 - 24.12.20

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Dan Elborne
0405
01.12.20 - 24.12.20

TRIGGER WARNING: This project focuses on the topic of domestic abuse and family violence. Call 1800 RESPECT (1800 737732) for counseling or 000 if in danger within Australia.

Culture of Violence (working title) will provide a handmade ceramic object to each reported instance of domestic abuse in Australia for the year of 2020.

These statistics are ordinarily alarming and considered an emergency of modern society. The project is currently in ‘early development’ with the horrible expectation that reported cases in Australia will exceed 300,000 due to the events of 2020.

The individual objects will resemble small dwellings, where one ceramic ‘dwelling’ represents one reported case of domestic abuse within Australia. The pieces will be made from a composite material of stoneware and finely crushed, recycled bricks from demolished homes: intended to simultaneously reference ideas of domesticity and destruction. In its presentation, the ‘dwellings’ will be exhibited in a way that alludes to the satellite view of a city.

As this is a multi-year project, advocacy on the central topic will be a foundational aspect throughout its production. This means that both the process and final presentation of the work will publicly interrogate this as an urgent frontier of human violence.

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.

0403

Tenfingerz Creative Development Residency

Teneille Clerke (artist name Tenfingerz)

Work in development

01.12.20 - 24.12.20

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Teneille Clerke (artist name Tenfingerz)
0403
01.12.20 - 24.12.20

Queer artist, Tenfingerz, makes the kind of art that you probably won’t find in a traditional theatre space. You’re more likely to find it in a public square, or in the middle of a field somewhere.

Tenfingerz is a multi-disciplinary artist working with visual art, physical movement, writing, theatre and experience design. Within their extensive queer arts community, Tenfingerz has become well-known for creating immersive live art events, installations and interactive performances. She has been relentlessly contributing to this community and honing her practice for the past decade.

Drawing from their travels throughout the world, as well as throughout non-ordinary states of reality, Tenfingerz has developed their own method of creating commentary on our political and cultural landscapes with a strong emphasis on gender roles, identity, authority and social conditioning. Their personal work is predominantly made for Australian music festivals and psychedelic culture. They have developed her own brand of interactive art and coined a term to describe it: psychedelic satire.

Image of the artist, courtesy artist.

0402

The Close Worlds

Daniel Jenatcsh

Sound Art

01.11.20 - 30.11.20

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Daniel Jenatcsh
0402
01.11.20 - 30.11.20

‘The Close Worlds’ is a mini-opera of riddles about the in-between worlds. Worlds we drift through as swift as an owl is silent. This little opera will be sung by three little owls. Owls are mostly solitary, though, when found together are called a parliament, but what can an owl say about politics…who?

These idea’s will be playfully explored by three singing owls who’s will be situated between the worlds of the gallery and a fictional liminal place through their interaction with each other.

residency ][ sound art ]

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
0386
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 ]

0386

Comic Sans

Multicultural Arts Victoria

Exhibition

30.11.19 - 13.12.19

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Multicultural Arts Victoria
0386
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 ]

0386

Community Arts Day: Mapping Melbourne

Multicultural Arts Victoria

Mapping Melbourne

30.11.19 - 30.11.19

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Multicultural Arts Victoria
0386
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 ]

0385

Snakes and Ladders Theory

RMIT Graduates- Bachelor Fashion (Design and Technologies)

Event

05.12.19

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RMIT Graduates- Bachelor Fashion (Design and Technologies)
0385
05.12.19

AN INDEPENDENT SUSTAINABLE RUNWAY

By RMIT Students Graduates uniting in their final year of the Bachelor Fashion (Design and Technologies).

This event will create an entirely new experience to bring fear and intrigue. Showcasing to the viewers our understanding of what it means to be human expressing yourself through clothing in the 21st century.

Emerging designers will address pressing global issues such as climate change and exploring the process of trial and error that we’ve navigated through creating and how our independent practice will have a global impact.

event ][ fashion ][ grounds ][ student ]

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