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Upcoming Calendar
Testing Grounds

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Zone Four

Peter Blackburn

Performance

10.11.16 - 20.11.16

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Peter Blackburn
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10.11.16 - 20.11.16

Zone Four was a performance about young people and their relationship to art, authority and the transit system. Four new staged works by young writers mentored through ATYP’s Fresh Ink initiative included We Apologise by Georgia Symons, You Love It by Holly Brindley, Top Up by Fiona Spitzkowsky and Platform 13 by Angus Cameron.

The project utilised the entire site, prior to the official opening of Testing Grounds. It was directed by Peter Blackburn as part of the VCA Directors’ Season 2016.

clear box ][ grounds ][ performance ][ student ][ vca ]

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Transition

Yandell Walton

Projection

25.11.16 - 12.12.16

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Yandell Walton
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25.11.16 - 12.12.16

Yandell Walton combines architectural space with the projected image, merging the actual and the virtual. Often creating site-specific work for non-traditional and public spaces, she investigates notions of impermanence in relation to environmental, social and political themes. History, time and the traces we leave behind us have previously been explored through a series of works that focus on the movement of light and figures through architectural space. This commission for Testing Grounds, Transition, further developed this body of work, projecting moving bodies across the barn doors of the Clear Box, giving the site the sense of being occupied even when empty.

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Untitled

Andrew Atchison

Installation

25.11.16 - 09.12.16

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Andrew Atchison
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25.11.16 - 09.12.16

Installed in time for the Testing Grounds re-opening celebration, Andrew Atchison’s over-size sculptural mobile hung from the overhead structure of the site over three weeks. The free, endless movement and recombination of the various elements around a central anchor point was inspired by the idea of complexity within individuals.

 

 

canopy ][ grounds ][ installation ]

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Thinking Out Loud

Michael Prior

Installation

25.11.16 - 12.12.16

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Michael Prior
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25.11.16 - 12.12.16

Michael Prior automates material to create self-generating compositions of motion and sound. Relationships between sculptural elements grow through rhythm and chance, speaking to people’s fundamental impulses to interpret patterns. The artist is interested in the aesthetics of transduction: the transfer of energy from one form into another, the visual and sonic potentials of these events and their composition into works of art.

Over several weeks of development during the building of the new Testing Grounds site, Michael improvised site-responsive sculptural works, taking cues from the new structures, the weather, the sonic position and other people present. The works were on display for the re-opening celebration.

installation ][ white box ]

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Formation Evaporation

Rebecca Jensen

Performance

25.11.16

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Rebecca Jensen
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25.11.16

Formation Evaporation was a dance work choreographed by Rebecca Jensen and performed by an ensemble of participants at the reopening celebration for Testing Grounds.

grounds ][ performance ]

Formation Evaporation

0053

Jesus! Live! Here! Tonight! #1 (Spinning)

Kat Henry

Performance

25.11.16

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Kat Henry
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25.11.16

Jesus! Live! Here! Tonight! #1 (Spinning) was the first of a trilogy of long durational works directed by Kat Henry, featuring an ensemble of performers who undertook the singular activity of spinning on the spot for the duration of 60 minutes. This arduous task was set to a specifically composed piece of music by S.S. Sebastian. The work asked both its performers and audience to consider the transcendent possibilities created by acts of extreme physical endurance over long periods of time. It was performed as part of the Testing Grounds re-opening celebration in November 2016.

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Impermanence

Yandell Walton

Projection

25.11.16 - 12.12.16

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Yandell Walton
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25.11.16 - 12.12.16

A commission for Testing Grounds by projection artist Yandell Walton, Impermanence responded to the unique site and combined sculptural installation with video projection. Set up in the back section of the shipping container section of the Clear Box, Impermanence projected images of dance and movement against a besser-brick wall.

The work extended on Walton’s practice which combines architectural space with the projected image, merging the actual and the virtual. Often creating site-specific work for non-traditional and public spaces, she investigates notions of impermanence in relation to environmental, social and political themes. History, time and the traces we leave behind us have previously been explored through a series of works that focus on the movement of light and figures through architectural space.

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The Departure: The Hunt

The Hunt

Performance Art

25.11.16

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The Hunt
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25.11.16

The Hunt descended on Testing Grounds and performed a solo show in the Black Box – a slow-moving ritual of sustained horror and breathtaking transformation.

The Hunt is musician Christopher Gray, designer Grace Purton-Long and performer Bridget Mackey.

The Hunt combines industrial noise, performance and lights to create a dark and shifting world that disrupts the comforts of the human realm.  The trio engages the audience’s senses to create a visceral live experience. Since their first show in 2015, The Hunt has performed at various galleries and events in Melbourne, Australia.

'The Departure' by The Hunt

Video documentation

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Studio Exhibition 2016

SAE

Exhibition

16.12.16

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SAE
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16.12.16

School of Audio Engineering (SAE) took over Testing Grounds showcasing the work of their talented students. A night of celebration included sound and music, photography and video, installations, print media and more. 

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Plane and Field

Beth Arnold

Installation

22.12.16 - 22.03.17

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Beth Arnold
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22.12.16 - 22.03.17

For three summer months, from December 2o16 to March 2017, Beth Arnold’s installation work Plane and Field cast rainbows all over the Testing Grounds site, produced by panes of safety glass installed throughout the superstructure. The intent of the installation was to harness the refractions of light created by everyday safety glass, encouraging viewers to participate in the incidental delights of our built environment.

Depending on the sun and the time of day, subtle rainbow spectrums were cast onto the ground, the furniture, or the bodies moving through the site. Visitors were intited to pick up umbrellas from next to the bar to ‘chase’ these rainbows around the site, often discovering them in unexpected places like the shadow of a bench, or bending up a metal pole.

This project was based on Arnold’s observations of glass in our urban environments; much of the glass used now is safety glass with a polished, arrised edge which acts as a prism. It is this standard edge finish which casts these incidental rainbows. The installation used this same glass, reminiscent of louvre windows and industrial glass, but strays from its functional application to focus on the rainbow effect.

Plane and Field was a site-specific project based in sculptural practice and was accompanied by a publication and a series of performances where the artist and collaborators moved among the rainbows over hour-long periods. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

canopy ][ grounds ][ installation ][ site-specific ]

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Midsumma Artist Residency: Lesley Turnbull

Lesley Turnbull

Pre-Festival Residency

04.01.17 - 31.01.17

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Lesley Turnbull
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04.01.17 - 31.01.17

Lesley Turnbull, a Scottish/Australian lens based artist was in residence at Testing Grounds in the lead up to the 2017 Midsumma event ‘Horizon’.

Through photography – sequential, fragmented or otherwise – Lesley explores the ambiguity of human identity and the transformative potential of landscapes. Her most recent body of work, shot in Northern Scotland, speaks to an inherent tension between freedom and remoteness. Lesley’s work is exhibited in Australia and Europe, and paste ups from photographs taken during her residency were displayed on the Testing Grounds wall for months after her residency.

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Zlatna Video Project

T.R. Carter & Stephen Gilette

Development Work

04.01.17 - 06.01.17

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T.R. Carter & Stephen Gilette
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04.01.17 - 06.01.17

The White Box was used to development content for a music video clip for artists Bojan Stojanov and Jen Knight, from electronic group Zlatna. The collaboration included experimentation with light, performance and green screen techniques. Using various techniques, such as shadow play and movement, they also generated a collection of video imagery that were projected over the band throughout the evening of their album launch. The projection was metrically in sync with the sound using Ableton live to create rhythmic gate style effects to add movement and texture to sustained sounds.

development work ][ film ][ projection ][ shadow ][ white box ]

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Artist Residency: Kat Henry

Kat Henry

Buying Time Residency

09.01.17 - 02.02.17

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Kat Henry
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09.01.17 - 02.02.17

Kat Henry is a theatre director and performance artist working across the mediums of plays, opera, music theatre, rock concerts, physical theatre and live art. She is particularly concerned with physical endurance and durational performance, combined with an elegant visual aesthetic and an experience of transcendence for her audience. The Testing Grounds Buying Time residency allowed Kat to explore ideas of duration and a striking physical aesthetic that is site responsive.

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Tilde New Music and Sound Art Festival

Tilde

Festival

21.01.17

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Tilde
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21.01.17

Tilde was an all day celebration supporting modern notated music, free improvisation, sound art, and computer music. Taking over the whole of Testing Grounds, Tilde 2017 offered a supportive and open space for practitioners in these fields to explore new works, to test out ideas, and to share their insights with the next generation of music makers.

festival ][ grounds ][ music ][ sound art ]

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Nychthemeron: Motel

Kat Henry

Performance Art

01.02.17 - 02.02.17

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Kat Henry
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01.02.17 - 02.02.17

To conclude her Buying Time Residency in the Clear Box, Kat Henry devised and tested a 24 hour performance. In Nychthemeron: a full period of 24 hours, Kat planned on not eating, sleeping, or talking for 24 hours as a method to interrupt her usual habits of “spending time”. Over the performance, Kat also invited people to visit her in the Clear Box periodically to consider alternative possibilities of how they could be spending their time. While the combination of street noise, heat, and the open door approach took a toll, the performance contributed to both Kat’s understanding of her own practice and Testing Grounds staff understanding of the unique site conditions outside usual operating hours.

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Midsumma Horizon

Midsumma

Arts Event

04.02.17

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Midsumma
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04.02.17

What does a queer future look like?

Testing Grounds hosted the new-art extravaganza Midsumma Horizon, showcasing some of the country’s best experimental and queer artists. With the White Box taken over by projection fest Queertech.io, intimate performances filling the Black Box, spectacular stagings in the Clear Box, and the grounds pulsing with performance, it was a brilliant exploration of unfixed identities, radical perspectives, and queer politics.

QueerTech.io, is an internet-art project of works from around the globe curated by Alison Bennett.

arts event ][ canopy ][ exhibition ][ installation ][ LGBTQIA+ ][ projection ]

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While the Hour

While the Hour

Residency

06.02.17 - 25.02.17

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While the Hour
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06.02.17 - 25.02.17

What if time were multi-layered and prone to mutating?

In February Testing Grounds hosted a three week residency for artist collective While the Hour, who explored the peculiarities of the present moment through a series of workshops and events over their residency time. Events included: two ‘Restivals’, featuring performances, lectures, talks, and readings among soft architecture and hammocks; creative writing workshops; durational writing exercises; and drawing workshops. These events were the first public-facing work done by the newly-formed collective, helping define and refine the group’s artistic aims and the scope of their work. Their works-in-progress became an experiential offering to the public: an invitation to explore our place in the universe and to consider human’s connection to the planet and its possible futures.

Members also used the residency to produce installations including a perpetual-motion sculpture, rock carvings, and a chain-link work connected to the earth itself. The collective fully embraced new ways of thinking and relating to concepts of time not only through their work, but through their commitment to staying overnight on site for the middle week of their residency.

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Community Reading Room (CRR)

Torika Bolatagici

Discursive Project

08.02.17 - 25.02.17

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Torika Bolatagici
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08.02.17 - 25.02.17

During the three-week installation at Testing Grounds, multidisciplinary artists were invited to activate the space and respond to the book collection; there was a children’s area with books, a reader-in-residence program and talks and workshops. The project at Testing Grounds concluded with a performance by Sydney-based collective Black Birds who brought their new work ‘Third Culture’ to the Reading Room in a 45-minute performance that dissected the experience of Brown/Black Third/Cross Cultural Kids. The performance included verbatim, music and moved spoken word.

Community Reading Room is a pop-up destination for research, community discussion and engagement around international visual arts and culture. It is envisioned as a safe-space for individuals who identify as First Nations and people of colour to encounter texts that acknowledge and place their lived experience and practice at the centre, rather than the margin.

Founded in 2013 by Torika Bolatagici, the CRR has been presented at Colour Box Studio (2013) and Footscray Community Arts Centre (2014). The CRR is a discursive project that invites the general public to consider the inclusivity of public spaces and to contemplate how our institutions of knowledge privilege particular ways of knowing and being.

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Art, Beer & Critiques (ABC)

ABC Group

Art Critiques

09.02.17

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ABC Group
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09.02.17

ABC is/was an ongoing series of informal discussions where visual artists present new work in development to a cohort of artists for peer-to-peer reviewing in a  fun and casual setting. Too often visual artists work alone in their studio with little to no feedback or engagement with their work until exhibition. These sessions are just as much about creating a social context for arts practice as it is about the intended outcome of work.

These sessions occur once a month. Email ABC to find out more information or about securing a spot as a presenting artist in the next session.

ABC is a free flowing and open collective or cohort of artists. Anyone is welcome.

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Dewey Disengagement System

Stéphanie Kabanyana Kanyandekwe

Residency

10.02.17 - 24.02.17

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Stéphanie Kabanyana Kanyandekwe
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10.02.17 - 24.02.17

Rwandan-British composer and artist Stéphanie Kabanyana Kanyandekwe was Reader-in-Residence during Torika Bolatagici’s Community Reading Room project. During her time at Testing Grounds, Stéphanie presented a performative presentation of her work-in-progress: ‘Dewey Disengagement System’. Through live music and an interview with her career-librarian father, Stéphanie highlighted some of the faults underpinning the Dewey Decimal System of categorising information for libraries and catalogues. Drawing on graphic score translations created from narratives found within the Community Reading Room and Stéphanie’s personal collection, the presentation outlined the religious and colonial framework within which Dewey worked, and considered alternative systems in the current Information Age.

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Nothing to Do with a Plant

Thomas Woodman

Residency

16.02.17 - 03.05.17

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Thomas Woodman
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16.02.17 - 03.05.17

Over a number of months, Thomas Woodman worked intermittently in and around the range of spaces at Testing Grounds. These choreographic and dance practices involved: travelling with a plant, retracing its history, moving with and independently of it (in and out of sync), recovering and reinterpreting movement histories, replanting, having lunch, listening, reading, using touch to sensitise and desensitise the body to the space, adjusting anthropocentric hierarchies and their power structures, humming away, interviewing, observing and questioning plant interests, desires, feelings and thoughts.

Throughout this study, ideas of quick release and rapid consumption coincide with meandering thoughts and the act of slowing down and killing time. A text message is sent as a snail ambles towards something on a warm day. Woodman engages in a multi-sensory noticing of the plant to propose and inform alternative futures. How can the human experience be dictated by the plant? Does this diminish the anthropocentric bias?  Where is the human in the plant and the plant in the human? 

The knowledge generated by this research is inherently precarious and unstable.

Research was also conducted at the Temperance Hall, South Melbourne with space provided by Phillip Adam’s BalletLab.

dance ][ research project ][ residency ][ white box ]

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Introduction to Projection Art

Gertrude Street Projection Festival

Masterclass

22.02.17 - 25.02.17

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Gertrude Street Projection Festival
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22.02.17 - 25.02.17

Lead by accomplished projection artist Yandell Walton, a group of emerging artists were selected to develop skills and knowledge about projection art over a 4 day workshop. Taking over the grounds, they learned about the artform of projection, developed technical skills and projection mapping techniques, and learned about project development. Each participant developed a proposal for a site specific artwork that will be considered for exhibition in the 2017 GSPF program, with 3 selected for continued guidance as part of the Gertrude Street Projection Festival (GSPF) Mentorship Program. The masterclass provided these emerging artists with a framework to develop new projects and to create opportunities for growth in their practices.

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Black Birds present: Th(i)rd C(u)lture

Black Birds

Performance

24.02.17 - 24.02.17

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Black Birds
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24.02.17 - 24.02.17

Th(i)rd C(u)lture was a new performance work by Sydney-based all-female theatre group Black Birds, developed especially for the closing event of Community Reading Room. Directed by Emele Ugavule and starring Ayeesha Ash & Angela Sullen, the 45 minute performance explored the struggles of being mixed race in a country that you don’t belong to through movement, spoken word & music. The show told the story of the performers and their journeys as young girls both born outside of Australia (Grenada & the United States of America), their struggle through teen-hood to find community and likeness around them growing into young adults.

This free event attracted over 60 viewers, spilling out onto the grounds on a balmy February evening.

music ][ performance ][ spoken word ][ white box ]

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Contingency

Andrew Rewald

Residency

01.03.17 - 23.03.17

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Andrew Rewald
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01.03.17 - 23.03.17

During his three week residency in the Clear Box at Testing Grounds, Andrew Rewald filled the space with edible weeds growing from upcycled plastic food containers, arranged in intersecting circles and crossed lines symbolic of the processes of food production, preparation, and consumption. Through the edible weed installation and Andrew’s research materials – pinned images and piles of books on food, agriculture, urbanisation, and art – Contingency considered the nexus between the urban ecology and food security in context with sustainable agriculture practices.

On Thursday March 23, to mark the end of the residency and share his research and creative process, Andrew hosted an edible weed tasting. Featuring dishes like tempura dandelion and foraged weed pesto, the act of sharing food grown in the Clear Box acted as a powerful metaphor for the possibility of redefining our relationship to food consumption, industrial production and transportation processes, and food security. 

The work done in this residency extends from his previous work investigating diet as a marker of identity in diverse urban and rural contexts. Andrew is motivated by the impact of consumer culture behaviour and the globalisation of food industries on our understanding of what it means to have access to food. From corporate food production practices to foraging for edible weeds his work continues to investigate indicators of social disorder and dis-empowerment – but also empowerment – for individuals and communities alike.

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Where the Breath is Kept

Laura Lethlean

Development Work

01.03.17 - 19.03.17

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Laura Lethlean
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01.03.17 - 19.03.17

Playwright Laura Lethlean took up residence in the Black Box for three weeks in March 2017 to work on her play Where the Breath is Kept. During the residency, Laura used the space as a research facility to explore the impact that space and confinement can have on process, form and content in writing. Part set-design-trial, part giant pin-board, part writers den, elements of the space were designed to echo a solitary confinement cell – the setting of the play. Laura also invited visitors to contribute to her process through anonymous feedback boxes. At the end of the three week residency, a four-actor reading of her new draft took place in the space.

black box ][ development work ][ theatre ][ writing ]

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Urban Landscapes

RMIT- Art in Public Space

Workshop

01.03.17 - 03.03.17

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RMIT- Art in Public Space
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01.03.17 - 03.03.17

An intensive workshop designed to inspire new students coming into the Master of Arts – Art in Public Space program, Urban Landscapes gave candidates a hands-on experience in their first week of study. Students explored the condition of the laneway surrounding RMIT Building 50; its relationship to other laneways on campus; and along the journey between RMIT and Testing Grounds with a quick response proposition delivered at the end of the workshop. Students also heard from guest artists leading a workshop at Testing Grounds every afternoon, including drawing without a pencil and listening to the superstructure.

education ][ grounds ][ open box ][ public art ]

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Indeterminate States

Skye Kelly

Exhibition

03.03.17 - 18.03.17

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Skye Kelly
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03.03.17 - 18.03.17

Sculptures and installations that change in volume and colour and smell over time, consisting of suspended plastic bladders, liquid gelatin, cascading bubbles and other transitive materials.

The exhibition focused on a certain class of materials to create a space that blurs the line between abject and beauty as the artworks examine the mutable boundaries created by material indeterminacy within objects and their spaces of display. On opening night bubbles cascaded down the bladder to fall on the ground, slowly setting into a fixed state.

Skye Kelly is an artist living and working in Melbourne.  She is currently undertaking a Masters of Fine Art (Research) at RMIT.  Her work investigates a range of indeterminate, transitive materials through a sculptural framework.  Recent materials utilised include gelatine, fat, toffee and hydrophobic sand.  She is interested in exploring the latent potentials of these unstable materials, and how their inherent properties and behaviours can be used as a catalyst for sculptural outcomes.

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Size Doesn’t Matter

Size Doesn't Matter

Arts Event

10.03.17

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Size Doesn't Matter
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10.03.17

Initiated as an unofficial fringe festival to Dance Massive (a biannual festival for contemporary dance) this project was developed as an alternative platform for performance, choreography and dance in Melbourne. It questioned the methods for the presentation of contemporary dance and facilitated a dynamic, malleable and inclusive structure. A diverse range of artists proposed performances, practices and discourse through proposals that were formatted through a ‘live feed’ for the 6 hour duration. The facilitators of this open event were interested in creating a durational space and ecology of happenings, but didn’t program ‘events’ in a strict sense.

choreography ][ dance ][ fringe ][ grounds ]

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Speak Up

Testing Grounds x Parlour

Exhibition

17.03.17 - 25.03.17

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Testing Grounds x Parlour
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17.03.17 - 25.03.17

For Melbourne Design Week 2017, Testing Grounds joined forces with Parlour to produce an outdoor exhibition of large-format activist-inspired typography.

Testing Grounds invited Erin Callaghan, a young Melbourne-based multi-disciplinary designer, to develop Speak Up. The project was part of Testing Grounds’ commitment to foregrounding emerging and experimental creative practice, and Parlour’s advocacy and activism around gender equity in architecture.

Utilising the multi-functional outdoor grid system and hanging frames at Testing Grounds, Erin – with collaborators Millie Cattlin and Warren Taylor – designed a typographic project using content sourced from Parlour’s guest-hosted Instagram account.

architecture ][ design ][ exhibition ][ grounds ]

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Adult

Jamieson Pearce

Film Screening

23.03.17 - 25.03.17

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Jamieson Pearce
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23.03.17 - 25.03.17

Jamieson Pearce’s short film Adult screened at Testing Grounds as part of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival from Thursday 23 to Saturday 25 March. More than a film, Pearce created an immersive installation in the Black Box, juxtaposing a porn shop with a domestic living room. The installation framed the story of motherhood, sexuality and grief, based on the short story ‘Porn 1’ by Christos Tsiolkas.

black box ][ film ][ installation ][ queer ]

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Concept Generation

Ben Landau

Workshop

23.03.17

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Ben Landau
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23.03.17

An extension of Ben Landau’s previous work critiquing the innovation culture of contemporary design industries and the corporate world, Concept Generation was an interactive workshop where ideas were exchanged for beer and peanuts. Playing up slogans like “Fail fast!” and “Love what you do!”, Concept generation created an artificial pressure cooker for tackling nonsense problems, the solutions of which were traded for a beer before starting again.

Presented as part of Melbourne Design Week 2017.

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Sound, Site, Dance

Footscray Community Arts Centre

Residency

23.03.17 - 07.04.17

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Footscray Community Arts Centre
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23.03.17 - 07.04.17

The Amplified Elephants and Footscray Community Arts Centre Artlife performers took over Testing Grounds for a three week residency, culminating in an original performance of sound art and dance. The site responsive work was inspired by the hyper-urban space of Testing Grounds and explored themes of identity politics, belonging, and improvisation, using the site of Testing Grounds as an instrument.

This residency marked the beginning of a research phase for the ensemble as they developed new work for touring in 2017. More info, reflections, and photos are available in Footscray Community Arts Centre’s write-up on their residency here: http://footscrayarts.com/news/elephants-amplified/

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Parlour Autumn Salon

Parlour

Talk

24.03.17

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Parlour
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24.03.17

The Parlour Autumn Salon ran as part of Melbourne Design Week 2017, featuring eminent Melbourne architects Shelley Penn and Amy Muir in conversation. 150 architect practitioners and enthusiasts were also treated to a glass of wine and sausage sizzle, giving an opportunity for networking, swapping stories and strategies, forming new networks and reviving older ones.

Kicking off at 6:30 with an introduction to Testing Grounds from director/designer Millie Catlin, and a welcome from event organiser Justine Clarke, the highlight of the night was Amy Muir and Shelley Penn conversing about shared interests, career stories, and advice gleaned from hard years of practice. A large contingent stayed until closing at 10pm.

architecture ][ education ][ feminism ][ open box ]

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Spiritual Botox & The New Wage

Jule Small & Ceri Hann

Performance

05.04.17 - 08.04.17

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Jule Small & Ceri Hann
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05.04.17 - 08.04.17

Jule Small and Ceri Hann took on the Melbourne International Comedy Festival itself, critiquing the institutionalisation of both comedy and art.

The copy for the show said it all (in a way)…

An open forum chat show that explores relations between the art world, capitalism, implications of progress and the ideas that give rise to comedy.

Where does personality end & brain damage begin?

A self-help chat show.

I wouldn’t piss on Pauline Hanson if she was on fire.

An imagination prolapse.

Ads shit on your brain.

A multiverse of lies.

More skin toner for Didi the chihuahua.

Has anyone seen my Chewbacca bong, the one that sounds like him as you inhale?

Stop scrolling & deal with your feelings.

Missing Perth man found playing bongos in Thailand…

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Paintings

Kitty Norster

Exhibition

07.04.17 - 22.04.17

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Kitty Norster
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07.04.17 - 22.04.17

‘Paintings’ was an installation of 300 small, lattice-grid pattern paintings (Liquitex on canvas) by Melbourne artist Kitty Norster.
The exhibition was Norster’s most recent work from a series that began in 1999 and the artist’s second solo show at Testing Grounds.

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The Australian Youth Dance Festival 2017 Opening Ceremony

Ausdance Victoria

Festival

14.04.17

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Ausdance Victoria
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14.04.17

On 14 April 2017 Testing Grounds hosted over 150 young dancers from across Australia for the opening ceremony of the 2017 Australian Youth Dance Festival. Under the artistic direction of Adam Wheeler, the festival provided new opportunities to young people to access some of the finest dance experiences available in Australia. The opening ceremony included performances, a Welcome to Country, a BBQ, and a flash choreography session in the middle of the Grounds, kicking off a festival that brought together young dancers nationwide to share and learn together, forge strong relationships between young dancers, and meet their future colleagues.

black box ][ clear box ][ dance ][ festival ]

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The Hunt Creative Development

The Hunt

Work in development

21.04.17 - 05.05.17

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The Hunt
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21.04.17 - 05.05.17

Over two weeks, multi-disciplinary artist group The Hunt took over the Black and White boxes at Testing Grounds to develop a new work, culminating in a one-night showing of performance and installation. The group (Bridget Mackay, Grace-Purton Long and Christopher Gray) worked with curator Arie Rain-Glorie as an out-side-eye to extend on their previous work using sound, performance and imagery to create haunting and visually arresting performance vignettes. For this development, they set a self-imposed challenge of only using easily sourced domestic materials on an ultra-low budget. The resulting work featured an installation of grass collected from the grounds, lighting, and video footage of rehearsals set up in the White Box, a 15 minute staged performance in the Black Box, and a 10 minute performance throughout the grounds – drew on horror genres in film, fashion and literature to transport the audience into an unsettling fever-dream headspace.

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The Imagined Archive of Out of Home Care

Monash University & the Imagined Archive project

Residency

26.04.17 - 28.04.17

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Monash University & the Imagined Archive project
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26.04.17 - 28.04.17

Missing Pieces: An Imagined Archive Project was an art residency for young people (aged 16-30) who have experienced out-of-home care. Over three days at the end of April 2017, the project presented an open studio / drop-in centre with free workshops and a variety of art stations, encouraging individual experimentation & the creation of collaborative works. The aim of the project was to reframe the keeping of records about children in care to include views from their own perspective. Presented by the Setting the Record Straight for the Rights of the Child and Monash Faculty of Information Technology.

 

education ][ open box ][ visual artist ][ workshop ]

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Songs of the Sea

BegOpCoOp

Music

27.04.17 - 28.04.17

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BegOpCoOp
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27.04.17 - 28.04.17

Songs of the Sea was a new work by opera collective BegOpCoOp, staged in the Clear Box at Testing grounds over two nights – Thursday 27 & Friday 28 April. Featuring projections, percussion, keyboards, poetry and singing, Songs of the Sea presented subversive opera, a rollicking meditation on cultural dislocation and gender identity explored through sea characters and mythologies.

clear box ][ music ][ performance ][ projection ]

0032

Art, Beer, Critiques (ABC) #3

ABC Group

Work in development

05.05.17

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ABC Group
0032
05.05.17

The third session of a series which were not an exhibition, but a chance for visual artists who are not working in an institutional setting to present new work in development to a cohort of artists for peer-to-peer reviewing in a fun and casual setting.

Too often visual artists work alone in their studio with little to no feedback or engagement with their work until exhibition. These sessions were just as much about creating a social context for arts practice as it is about the intended outcome of work.

ABC was a free flowing and open collective or cohort of artists. Anyone was welcome.

0093

Testing Night

RMIT-Art in Public Space

Development Work

05.05.17 - 05.05.17

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RMIT-Art in Public Space
0093
05.05.17 - 05.05.17

Three artists undertaking RMIT’s Master of Art – Art in Public Space used the Testing Grounds site as a canvas for their practice lead research. tMariah Bakhtir, Ryoko Kose and Helen Gray created site specific works, presented in a public showing on 5 May 2017.

grounds ][ installation ][ public art ][ student ]

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Yirramboi Festival Creation Lab

YIRRAMBOI First Nations Arts Festival

Work in development

09.05.17 - 12.05.17

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YIRRAMBOI First Nations Arts Festival
0062
09.05.17 - 12.05.17

Part of the inaugural Yirramboi First Nations arts festival, Creation Lab was a 5-day workshop intensive for selected First Nations artists from around the world. The whole Testing Grounds site became a playground, workshop, and meeting place, providing a space for international First Nations collaboration, exchange and the seeding of new works.

Artistically, the Lab invited participants to challenge the role and influence of western performance methodologies and explore dramaturgy through the cultural lens of First Nations peoples. With facilitation and feedback from some of Australia’s preeminent indigenous artists, the week concluded with an impressive showing of work developed through the week including spoken word performance, dance, projection, sculpture, and installations.

Creation Lab was presented by the British Council and Australia Council for the Arts, with support from Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, City of Melbourne and Arts NSW.

festival ][ first nations ][ residency ][ yirramboi ]

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An Act of Showing

Anabelle Lacroix & Maria Miranda

Exhibition

17.05.17 - 27.05.17

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Anabelle Lacroix & Maria Miranda
0004
17.05.17 - 27.05.17

An Act of Showing brought together 22 Artist Run Initiatives and Aboriginal Art Centres from around Australia and around the Asia-Pacific region, with each initiative/centre contributing a work that spoke of their distinct sense of place and community. Set as a material conversation between these places and communities, the project – curated by Anabelle Lacroix – was the culmination of a broader research project into Australian artist run initiatives by Maria Miranda. Questions guiding the project included: How does place matter for artists? Why do ARIs exist in specific places? What is the place of practice?

The project was guided by the ideas of writer Chris Kraus around ‘radical localism’, which underlines the importance of the local places of art-making compared to global-centrism. An Act of Showing highlighted how ARIs create “an opportunity to remain in one’s own community and assert an alternative ethos”; an ethos crucial to the survival of art because ARIs create a sustainable and rich culture built from the ground up.

The exhibition included creative responses from AirSpace Projects, Articulate Project Space, BUS Projects, BLINDSIDE, Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Cooperative, c3 Contemporary Art Space, Cementa, FELTspace, One Place After Another, Open-Contemporary Art Center (Taipei), Raygun Projects, Ruang MES 56 (Yogyakarta), Trocadero Art Space, The Laundry Art Space, The Walls, Waringarri Arts, Watch This Space, and West Space, and featured a lively 3 hour roundtable with nine invited speakers interrogating the problems and opportunities of artist run spaces.

Curated by Anabelle Lacroix. A research project directed by Maria Miranda.

exhibition ][ grounds ][ visual artist ][ white box ]

0038

Wrought & Hewn

Liss Fenwick & Atticus Bastow

Exhibition

17.05.17 - 27.05.17

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Liss Fenwick & Atticus Bastow
0038
17.05.17 - 27.05.17

A collaboration between photographer Liss Fenwick and sound installation artist Atticus Bastow, Wrought & Hewn was a multi-site response to industrialised landscapes, using photographs, installations, and soundscapes to create a link between constructed environment and the disrupted natural environment from which it arises.

In the Clear Box, Liss Fenwicks’ Wrought presented a photographic exhibition including images of a decimated river, the rural Queensland community nearby, and the products of the industry that ties both together.

In the Black Box, Atticus Bastow’s Hewn presented a sound installation experienced through multiple speakers in front, beside, and behind the viewer, with the space structured by an installation of quarried rock, acacia branches, and suspended perspex panels. The sonic and components of the work were created from documentation of three separate instances of industrialised landscape; a vehicle manufacturing plant, a defunct quarry, and an oil refinery, tracing the narrative of resource transfer from unearthing of raw materials through to their eventual manufactured ends.

The collaborative exhibition was capped by an artist talk given by both artists on the final afternoon of the show.

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forms of resistance

Beaziyt Worcou

Banners project

17.05.17 - 17.09.17

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Beaziyt Worcou
0083
17.05.17 - 17.09.17

Initiated in 2016, this project documents the gestures surrounding political flags of the past century and their related movements. Initially functioning as an archive in the form of a printed publication, the project examines the significance of the flag as a symbolic form of resistance in various political movements.

It’s difficult to imagine the events that characterise human history without the presence of symbols and flags. These instruments of political resistance, national pride, of occupation, act as mirrors, preserving and reflecting the beliefs and aspirations of its people.

‘Form of resistance’ is concerned with the act of a political gesture. These gestures are encapsulated through the relationship between the flag an the actions of the flag bearer. By exploring this relationship the aim is to illuminate an alternative way of mapping the trajectory of the political activity of human society.

In 2017, four typographic banners were produced in response to the publication specifically for the Testing Grounds site. The flags were screen printed in collaboration with Melbourne based designer, Andrew Clapham.

This project has been supported by the RMIT- Print Imaging Practice. Kindly supported by Richard Harding.

design ][ grounds ][ typography ]

0031

Ports of Call

Morgan Jones

Residency

01.06.17 - 21.06.17

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Morgan Jones
0031
01.06.17 - 21.06.17

For three weeks in the middle of a Melbourne Winter, artist Morgan Jones took up residence in the white box to workshop ideas and continue his research into time, labour, the sea and imagination, in preparation for a journey aboard a cargo ship from Genoa, Italy to Sydney, Australia in late 2017.

During his residency, Morgan opened the doors and created an open studio, inviting visitors to work, play, rest, eat drink tea, and experiment with ideas alongside him, including helping to stitch together his ongoing sail of teabags.

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Another Space

Centre For Projection Art

Projection

02.06.17 - 30.06.17

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Centre For Projection Art
0048
02.06.17 - 30.06.17

A group exhibition, which brought together seven contemporary artists from the United States and Melbourne. The project highlighted artists working with digital media investigating digital culture.

Because of our increasing dependence on the virtual world of the Internet, we inhabit a space where the physical and virtual are increasingly overlapping. The artists in this project attempt to access this ‘in between’ space embracing contemporary culture through their use of technology as a tool for creating.

Artists include Sean Capone (USA), Xanthe Dobbie (Melbourne), Lauren Dunn (Melbourne), Carla Gannis (USA), Brett Phares (USA), Keaton Fox (USA) and Aaron Christopher Rees (Melbourne) and Emile Zile (Melbourne). The exhibition is curated by Yandell Walton.

Supported by Experimenta Media Arts and City of Melbourne.

clear box ][ exhibition ][ grounds ][ public art ]

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Polito

Robert Downie & Finnian Langham

Live Music

02.06.17

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Robert Downie & Finnian Langham
0141
02.06.17

Art-techno collective Polito performer for the First Friday of the Month celebration in June 2017, bringing their distinctly performative approach to dance music to the Testing Grounds site. Set up outside next to fire pits, the duo crafted mesmerising, entirely improvised long form music, laying down evolving beat foundations with real-time synthesis over a mesmerising hour performance.

black box ][ grounds ][ music ][ sound art ]

0141

Experimenta Social 9: Moving Image

Experimenta

Talk

14.06.17

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Experimenta
0141
14.06.17

Testing Grounds hosted the second half of Experimenta Social 9, a discussion both formal and informal about projection art, digital media works, and specifically the ‘Another Space’ exhibition at Testing Grounds. The evening started at ACMI X at 6pm with talks by innovative post-video artists Xanthe Dobbe and Aaron Christopher Rees who discussed the development of their new projection-based works and the futures of the moving image. The session then moved to Testing Grounds at 7:30pm featuring projects presented as part of the ‘Another Space’ exhibition.

clear box ][ grounds ][ projection ][ video art ]

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Buying Time Residency

Nat Grant

Buying Time Residency

01.07.17 - 21.07.17

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Nat Grant
0039
01.07.17 - 21.07.17

Percussionist, sound artist, and composer Nat Grant completed a Buying Time residency in July at Testing Grounds, developing new work integrating field recordings, digital processing, and live acoustic instrumental performance. Nat presented two public performances of work developed during the residency. Part 1: Breathe was performed on Friday the 14th of July featuring Nat Grant on drums, Peter Knight on trumpet, Elnaz Sheshgelani working puppets and Mark Pedersen on visuals. Part 2: 2/2 Shout was performed on Friday 21st and featured Nat Grant (drums), Miranda Liebscher, Toby Brodel (sound), and Channels (Gem Falconer).

Throughout the residency, Nat also documented her surroundings with one photo taken every hour on the hour, pasted up on the walls of the Clear Box as the residency unfolded. This method of documentation focused Nat on the way she ‘spends’ (and doesn’t spend) time and fed back into thinking about recording the surrounding soundscapes.

 

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Work in Progress

Liz Bradshaw

Work in development

05.07.17 - 08.07.17

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Liz Bradshaw
0116
05.07.17 - 08.07.17

Artist and cultural researcher Liz Bradshaw flew south for winter (from Sydney) for a short-term residency the start of July 2017, utilising the 3 metre high walls of the black box to develop a large scale drawing work.  Bradshaw opened the doors on Friday 7th for a public showing of the work produced.

 

During her time on site, Bradshaw also interviewed Program Manager Arie Rain-Glorie about creating queer spaces within the arts industry, feeding into her previous research on the visual language of various histories that permeate our day-to-day living and interpersonal interactions, in particular Australian history and the legacies of colonialism, and Australian vernacular & humour.

Bradshaw has exhibited and published internationally, and her work is held in public and private collections in Sydney, New York and the UK. She has taught art and design at highly regarded Universities & Colleges in Australia and England, and currently teaches drawing at the National Art School, Sydney. Liz’s work explores historical archives, sites, images and ideas. She has developed a diverse practice that explores the way we use the Other to construct meaning and identity: whether through the object, place or memory.

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Talking with the Taxman About Poetry

Darcey Bella Arnold

Exhibition

07.07.17 - 31.07.17

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Darcey Bella Arnold
0021
07.07.17 - 31.07.17

Darcey Bella Arnold’s Talking With the Taxman About Poetry combined white plastic vacuum moulds and paintings of brick, wood, and metal building details to project explore the textural facades of housing. Hanging from frames around the Superstructure of Testing Grounds and inside the White Box, the exhibition considered the rich cultural history of housing and the ongoing dialogue between housing and art in Australia, re-framing building materials as forms to consider in the context of art.

Beginning in 2016 during walks from home to studio in Melbourne, Darcey photographed various housing textures and details of interest; this method of daily documentation drew out a theme of the facades, textures and the personalisation of housing. The project then continued during a residency with Eastside International Los Angeles (ESXLA) USA in the month of October 2016. During this residency, imagery collected developed into small acrylic paintings on board. The thoughts then arrived that “a painting is the staple to a home,” and that painting (art) and housing can be linked through personalisation, stability and property. In describing painting and housing in these like terms, there is an obvious self-reflexivity both as subject and outcome. The desire to own a home, the desire for stability, to personalise it with belongings, the desire for art…

exhibition ][ painting ][ visual art ][ white box ]

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First Friday performance

The Hunt

Performance

07.07.17 - 07.07.17

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The Hunt
0163
07.07.17 - 07.07.17

Bringing their fever-dream punk style music and horror performance to Testing Grounds, the trio returned to Testing Grounds to perform on the Open Box stage. Think winter madness, think haunting visuals, think surreal aural soundscapes.

The Hunt is a multi-disciplinary group of artists who use sound, performance and imagery to create haunting and visually arresting performance vignettes that draw on horror genres in film, fashion and literature. Intentionally working on shoe-string budgets their use of common and mundane materials reveals the ever present potential for horror in our domestic and daily lives.

music ][ open box ][ performance ][ sound art ]

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AILA Victoria Landscape Architecture exhibition

Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture

Exhibition

19.07.17 - 22.07.17

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Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture
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19.07.17 - 22.07.17

Culminating in the 2017 Australian Institute for Landscape Architecture Awards night on Friday 21st July, AILA presented an exhibition of 33 award entries across 11 categories in the Black Box and on hanging frames throughout the site of Testing Grounds. Presentations included works in the categories of Play Spaces, Parks and Open Spaces, Urban Design, Community Contribution and Small Projects. The exhibition and awards night provided a key vehicle for the promotion of the achievements and work of landscape architects in Australia. The exhibition was an opportunity for public and peer recognition of landscape architect’s work, and provided a platform to illustrate to industry, business, government and the wider community the positive impact the profession has on Australian lives through the planning and design of the built and natural environments.

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Forum & Panel Discussion

National Association of the Visual Arts (NAVA)

Arts Event

22.07.17

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National Association of the Visual Arts (NAVA)
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22.07.17

Saturday 22nd July saw the National Association for Visual Arts (NAVA) hold a panel discussion focused on activism and the future of the Arts sector, highlighting NAVA’s commitment to making change and taking agency by coming together to build our community and our future.

This event was a facilitated discussion with between guest speakers and audience, featuring key artists, producers and curators. The ‘speakers’ – David Pledger, Guy Abrahams, Eugenia Flynn and Lucrecia Quintanilla – presented thoughts and ideas through their own models of practice and created conversations and provocations with the audience. The event was facilitated around key frameworks for active participation and outcomes, including developing a 2018 Strategy for the Arts and to inform the NAVA summit.

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CULT: BLOW UP

Triage Live Art Collective

Residency

25.07.17 - 29.07.17

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Triage Live Art Collective
0091
25.07.17 - 29.07.17

Transforming the Clear Box into a wardrobe / photo studio / sound stage, live art collective Triage developed a new interactive work ‘Cult: blow up’. A week of development culminated in an interactive ‘film shoot’ that re-works the narratives and visual tropes of several cult films, offering participants a chance to get in the wardrobe department, do their screen test, interview for the role, and feel what it’s like to be in the spotlight.

Featuring artists Katerina Kokkinos-Kennedy and Will McBride, Cult created a playful cine-world, layering moving image, still photography, sound & live performance.

0163

Open House Melbourne

Testing Grounds

Community Event

29.07.17 - 30.07.17

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Testing Grounds
0163
29.07.17 - 30.07.17

Testing Grounds was included in the program for Open House Melbourne 2017, with self-guided tours to learn about the history (and future) of our site.

 

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Poetry Doctor

Peter Bakowski

Workshop

30.07.17 - 30.07.17

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Peter Bakowski
0165
30.07.17 - 30.07.17

On the Sunday of Open House Melbourne 2017, visitors had a chance to book a free 30-minute one-on-one consultation with Victorian Premier’s Award-winning poet Peter Bakowski. Peter who has been writing poetry for 34 years and is the author of seven poetry collections, including a bilingual edition, Selected Poems published in France.

Solidly booked all day, Peter worked with people bringing along their own poems for diagnosis, constructive practical criticism, line by line examination and a discussion about greater goals as a practising or not-practising-enough poet. From these one-on-one consultations with Peter, visitors were able to look at their poem(s) with greater insight, precision and openness.

clear box ][ poetry ][ workshop ][ writing ]

0162

The Body as a Vessel the Vessel as a Body

Kiera Brew Kurec

Buying Time Residency

01.08.17 - 20.08.17

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Kiera Brew Kurec
0162
01.08.17 - 20.08.17

On residency at Testing Grounds, Kiera Brew Kurec made, choreographed, photographed and filmed, extending on recent work that explores the body and it’s ability to contain. Focused around clay sculptures both brought in and made on site, the pictures and film sketches produced builds on themes in Kiera’s practice-led-research around performance, ritual and transformation, locating the history of contemporary performance practice in ancient ritual and shamanism.

Kiera’s previous works have utilised live endurance performance, performance for video, photography and installation to explore the middle ground or ‘grey area’ mapping the physical and mental boundaries and the resulting space between two forces. She has exhibited extensively in Melbourne and Australia as well as, New York, Oregon, Berlin and Penang. 

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Canine Horizons

Danielle Reynolds

Buying Time Residency

01.08.17 - 21.08.17

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Danielle Reynolds
0071
01.08.17 - 21.08.17

Danielle Reynolds used her three week residency at Testing Grounds to further develop a project created with the support of the Next Wave Kickstart Helix program. The development was a chance to test and stage performances and give space for research with animals, deepening her on-going research into the dog as a symbol for human absurdities and art practice examining the anthropomorphizing of animals.

Danielle Reynolds and friend

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Becoming (again and again)

Zoë Bastin

Residency

01.08.17 - 21.08.17

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Zoë Bastin
0122
01.08.17 - 21.08.17

Zoë Bastin was in residence in the Clear Box for three weeks, using Testing Grounds as a dynamic performance site to experiment with newly made works and consider the relationships between the performative potential of sculpture and processes of making and assembling. ‘Becoming (again and again)’ extended on recent research for Zoë’s PhD, developing work as both a product and an encounter; an ephemeral negotiation with built structures and a consideration of environmental factors – a continual becoming.

Zoë used the exaggerated nature of Testing Grounds as a potential construction site through the bare aesthetics of steel beams and scaffold flooring to explore how interactions with site could be informed by these construction materials. Her sculptural assemblages of foam, concrete, clay, plaster, latex and rope, as well as screens suspended throughout the Clear Box playing recordings of her performances staged in and around Testing Grounds, acted as catalysts for (further) choreographic play and improvisation throughout the residency. These works embraced the tenuous and liminal nature of both performance and built spaces as connection points; a coconut-encrusted hammock concealing its foam innards as it swings, and a plaster-casted clay mould reveals the negative imprint of its maker, pierced and supported in rope-perspex cylindrical grip.

Bastin is a Melbourne-based artist researching process and materiality through improvised and unfolding sculptural events. She is currently undertaking her PhD at RMIT University and has exhibited extensively in Melbourne as well as Zurich, Switzerland and rural Victoria as well as holding numerous public performances. She is the recipient of an Australian Postdoctoral Award and the RMIT Vice-Chancellor’s Award for academic excellence and co-ordinates the Research Exchange, a peer-to-peer research community.

Brigid Hansen for Zoë Bastin's Becoming (again and again)

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The Augmented Trumpet

Elliott Hughes

Art Party

23.08.17 - 02.09.17

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Elliott Hughes
0088
23.08.17 - 02.09.17

An electro-acoustic music project aiming to closely link together the performer and the electronic processing of the acoustic sounds. Usually, electronic sound and processing must be operated separately from playing an instrument. By tracking the movements of the trumpet valves, this project aims to allow the performer to just play, with the electronics controlled entirely by how the instrument moves.

The name ‘Augmented Trumpet’ refers to the fact that it is simply a regular trumpet with added features but creating vast sound-worlds very different to a trumpet alone. Using effects such as granular synthesis, delays, filters, pitch-shifting & looping, the single-pitch sound of the trumpet can be transformed to an orchestra of colours and textures.

This residency will first experiment with new sounds and different relationships between the performer and computer, and then new works for the instrument will be composed from these experiments. Throughout the project, I will also be documenting my progress, and producing a guidebook for other musicians & composers interested in working with or writing new music for the instrument.

Elliot performed an encore of his Augmented Trumpet development at Art Part #2 on 3rd November 2017.

clear box ][ music ][ residency ][ sound art ]

Demonstration of the augmented trumpet

Demonstration of the augmented trumpet

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SCORE: For Piano

SCORE

Sound Art

01.09.17 - 01.09.17

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SCORE
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01.09.17 - 01.09.17

As a continuation or second part of the performance developed for re::set at Laughing Waters in 2015, SCORE (Amy-Jo Jory and T.R.Carter) deconstructed/destroyed the onsite Testing Grounds piano as an improvised sound performance. At Laughing Waters the sound installation involved cutting wood, sparking flint, sharpening axes and throwing the axes into a wooden stump to create an acoustic listening space.

For Testing Grounds these same axes were used to dismantle a piano. Circling the piano in open space, the duo will slowly begin taking the piano apart; methodically, strike by strike, becoming more rapid. Using microphones and amplified digital delay effects the sounds made during this performance were filtered in real time.

With a nod to the Destruction In Art Symposium’ (DIAS) in 1966, SCORE: For Piano was an opportunity to explore ideas around class, labour, and the subjective digital filtering of cultural tropes in the current age.

music ][ open box ][ performance ][ sound art ]

Time-lapse of the piano being deconstructed

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Speaker’s Corner

Keith Mason

Sound Performances

01.09.17 - 01.09.17

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Keith Mason
0176
01.09.17 - 01.09.17

For one night, travelling sound-bard Keith Mason brought his unique brand of electro blues and folk music to Testing Grounds. Based in Melbourne, via Hobart, he has released 3 albums, the most recent in the form of the limited edition Riso print/download ‘K Mason 3’. His most recent live work takes the street music traditions of blues and folk and adds the flexibility of battery amplification to add electronica to the traveling musicians kit.

design ][ performance ][ public art ][ sound art ]

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What I See is Me

PSC

Exhibition

01.09.17 - 01.09.17

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PSC
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01.09.17 - 01.09.17

One-night screening to showcase the range of work by students of Photography Studies College (PSC) in Southbank. The screening was curated by a group of students involved in the PSC Pals student mentor program and featured work by students from all across the college including the Bachelor Degree and the Advanced Diploma courses. The event also served as an opportunity to announce the winners of PSCs most recent photo competition with the theme “What I See Is Me”.

Image by Anastasia Jackson

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The volume of a photograph / A photograph with less memory

Caitlin Cummane

Melbourne Fringe festival

13.09.17 - 30.09.17

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Caitlin Cummane
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13.09.17 - 30.09.17

Exhibition as part of Fringe Festival 2017, in the grounds from 14.09 – 30.09

Photographs and videos are taking off and landing points, they allow for an occupation of indistinct, non-specific, and non-temporal spaces. These collapsing spaces threaten images and subjects; they threaten beauty and love; they reveal their precariousness and fragility; they expose them to the big lights, the spaces and winds; they reaffirm their presence, their physical state in the world, their preciousness.

Caitlin Cummane addresses memory, thought and feeling in order to release the potential in each of these images: for continuity; for an arc or trajectory; for noise; for containment; for release.

fringe ][ grounds ][ installation ][ visual art ]

0113

Reduced Vision Sound Experiments

Ashley Bartholomew

Melbourne Fringe festival

14.09.17 - 16.09.17

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Ashley Bartholomew
0113
14.09.17 - 16.09.17

Performance as part of Melbourne Fringe Festival 2017, in the Clear Box from 14.09 – 16.09

What do you get when you release a lion into a shipping container full of blind people?

An experiment involving reduced or limited vision, sound art and the public listening space. This work will explore and redefine the experience of sound/music performance by forcing auditory perception to become the dominating sense. By removing the visibility of the performer, other audience members, and the space itself, the stereotypical visual associations that come with the sound/music performance experience disappear. What happens in darkness will happen perhaps, who knows?

The artist will explore this new territory and orchestrate a kaleidoscopic vocal sound environment that will focus on the varying compositional factors that arise with the absence of vision.

clear box ][ fringe ][ music ][ sound art ]

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oneSELF

oneSELF

Melbourne Fringe festival

14.09.17 - 16.09.17

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oneSELF
0126
14.09.17 - 16.09.17

oneSELF, presented for Melbourne Fringe Festival 2017.

oneSELF explores the notion of identity through the lens of one performer. To what extent does one recognise themselves? What does it mean to feel associated or disassociated with facets of your identity? Sound and movement originating from the single body is manipulated, replayed, re-framed and distorted, appearing in the space as live soundscapes, projection and movement.

oneSELF addresses the very fabric of identity, and how we relate to who we are – our gender, our sexuality, our heritage, our culture, our experience, our spirituality, our oneSELF.

Dancer and choreographer Isabella Whawhai Mason collaborates with sound designer Andy O’Connor and projection artist Edward Dan for this multi-sensory, medium blending performance.

black box ][ dance ][ festival ][ fringe ]

0125

Bent at an Angle

Cara Best & Josie Alexandra

Melbourne Fringe festival

14.09.17 - 30.09.17

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Cara Best & Josie Alexandra
0125
14.09.17 - 30.09.17

I’m an observer, quiet but surprisingly strong, curved, bent and mostly stable, always able, sometimes I support your jackets, I come in many variations, always at the ready for whats become hung.

The line between infrastructure and the human becomes blurred. Through performance documented by video, the two artists allow their interactions within the infrastructural space of Testing Grounds to create awareness in broader architectural environments. They turn to film in order to ‘play’ and contemplate on how Testing Grounds becomes a prompt to navigate and influence their attention to everyday interactions.

Through the filmic exploration of a chosen object, found within their initial study of Testing Grounds. This object becomes a guide for investigations into broader questions, which touch on the domestic sphere, semiotics and semantics and the differences and similarities in the thinking of their practices.

fringe ][ site-specific ][ video art ][ visual art ]

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The Art of Conversation

tbC australia

Melbourne Fringe festival

14.09.17 - 01.10.17

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tbC australia
0130
14.09.17 - 01.10.17

The Art of Conversation was digital artwork designed to engage communities in conversations. On scanning the artwork (with a free app downloaded onto an apple device) audience were asked questions and invited to engage in topical conversations. Conversations changed, but include topics like: What’s it like to be young? Is art important? What role do experimental arts spaces play?

fringe ][ grounds ][ installation ][ visual art ]

0131

Hoodie Mag

Hoodie Mag

Melbourne Fringe festival

14.09.17 - 01.10.17

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Hoodie Mag
0131
14.09.17 - 01.10.17

Installation/print publication as part of Fringe Festival 2017, in the grounds from 14.09 – 30.09

Hoodie Mag #2 launched as part of Fringe Festival 2017 at Testing Grounds, with the printed magazine available at the bar and profiles of contributing writers and artists on posters around the grounds.

Hoodie Mag is a professional youth arts publishing project. Participating artists engage in a range of creative practices that explore visual, digital, public, performative and activist art mediums in refreshing and sophisticated ways. At Hoodie we believe young artists should be viewed through an aesthetic lens, rather than a biographical one. The artists presented in this mag are naturally talented, despite their emerging experience and expertise, and deserve creative and critical attention – just like any artist. The title of this mag sets up an intentional contradiction and reflects the publications rebellious nature. The hoodie (slang for hooded sweatshirt) is often worn by and associated with young people. This association is not always a positive one. Hoodie Mag presents a group of young artists who are challenging these art world and cultural stereotypes. Hoodie Mag is a tbC australia production. tbC is an artist run initiative that collaborates with young artists.

festival ][ fringe ][ grounds ][ visual art ]

0110

Inner self

Iman Farzandi

Melbourne Fringe festival

14.09.17 - 30.09.17

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Iman Farzandi
0110
14.09.17 - 30.09.17

Installation/performance as part of Fringe Festival 2017, in the grounds from 14.09 – 30.09

This 3 dimensional installation, challenges the viwers perception of their own reflection and they way they see themselves. It penetrates within the layers of the SELF. It explores the hidden part of the self and exposes it through expression when people have to face themselves.

0133

Homage to Bricolage

Mark J Wilson

Melbourne Fringe festival

14.09.17 - 16.09.17

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Mark J Wilson
0133
14.09.17 - 16.09.17

Blending projection, performance, Shakespeare, KFC, identity and politics in the digital age.

From a reflection about not wanting to think about the politician George Christensen’s penis; to a guy in his underwear playing the video game World of Warcraft who’s reached the limit of Facebook friends; to an insatiable hunger for ‘The Colonel’s’ original chicken combo.

The controversial Safe Schools program is sharply brought into the spotlight. Wilson then turns to the lived experience of online/offline identity, sexuality, gender, marriage, media and Shakespeare.

Did you just say KFC and Shakespeare? Yes.

Performed against a dynamic and immersive backdrop, the stage becomes a canvas as image, text, music and media create a surreal rainbow world.

Homage to Bricolage will surprise and provoke at every turn: Audacious, brave and beautiful, Mark J Wilson’s artful creativity and voice will command.

black box ][ performance ][ projection ][ theatre ]

0109

Elevation

Kate Russell

Melbourne Fringe festival

14.09.17 - 16.09.17

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Kate Russell
0109
14.09.17 - 16.09.17

Exhibition as part of Fringe Festival 2017, in the White Box from 14.09 – 16.09

Elevation is a filmed recording of the Mojave Desert and the nuances of its arid zones. In May 2016, Kate participated in a residency at Andrea Zittel’s artist encampment in the California High Desert. AZ West is a testing ground for investigative living where participants explore the relevance that art has within day to day communal life on Andrea’s 35 acre desert property. Through a daily practice of setting up a camera and recording the landscape while quietly observing the habitat, Kate recorded the high desert in Joshua Tree and in Death Valley at the lowest recorded elevation in Bad Water Basin.

Kate Russell is an observational filmmaker and practicing biophiliac, documenting landscapes in Australia and the USA.

projection ][ video art ][ visual art ][ white box ]

0129

Demystification Baby

Ellen Davies & Megan Payne

Art Party

14.09.17 - 16.09.17

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Ellen Davies & Megan Payne
0129
14.09.17 - 16.09.17

Performance as part of Fringe Festival 2017, in the Clear Box from 14.09 – 16.09. Encore performance at Art Party #2 in 03.11.

Demystification Baby is about looking to our idols and using their images to find a new kind of dance. We use figures of creative power as channels to inhabit intelligence, openness and emotion. Demystification Baby explores the space between possibility and inability and creates desired environments and states of power to be in. We want to become like our performing idols. We want to transmit the magnetism they give us. We want to feel as they make us feel they feel.

0108

Untitled Facades

Michael Warnock

Melbourne Fringe festival

14.09.17 - 22.10.17

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Michael Warnock
0108
14.09.17 - 22.10.17

Installation as part of Melbourne Fringe Festival 2017 (and beyond), in the grounds from 14.09 to 22.10

A site-specific installation set in a hypothetical future when Capitalism has crumbled. Strewn across Testing Grounds are abandoned remnants of advertisements that continue to flash and seduce. The remnants are presented as large monolithic glass images that sample the real colour combinations used by large corporations in Australia today. Through their simple, yet alluring design, they attempt to demonstrate how such corporations use colour to create a strong familiarity with their brands so that we continue to use their products and services.
Untitled Facades is the opportunity to reflect upon the language of large corporations, and their advertising strategies. To ponder their influence on our everyday lives and think about what future interpretations will procure from the remnants of today’s commercial culture.

fringe ][ installation ][ visual art ]

0117

Public Displays of Therapy

Daniele Constance

Melbourne Fringe festival

14.09.17 - 16.09.17

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Daniele Constance
0117
14.09.17 - 16.09.17

Live art as part of Melbourne Fringe Festival 2017, on the Open Box from 14.09 – 16.09

This live art work seeks to provide a window into the mysterious, illustrious therapy room. What is usually kept hidden behind closed doors is cracked open for public viewings.
Join artists Daniele Constance and Kei Murakami in their ambitious pursuit to challenge the perceptions, bias and stigma of therapy based practices.

0127

International Tarp Blue

Shane McGrath

Melbourne Fringe festival

14.09.17 - 30.09.17

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Shane McGrath
0127
14.09.17 - 30.09.17

Installation as part of Melbourne Fringe Festival 2017, around the superstructure from 14.09 – 30.09

International Tarp Blue is a series of site-specific installation pieces that experiment with combining Yona Friedman’s theoretical drawings of Spacial Cities and Mobile Architecture with temporary bundles that mimic the blue tarp constructions of the homeless both here and overseas. These cardboard box constructions, wrapped and bound in blue, are located throughout the Testing Grounds superstructure, above the heads of the audience lashed to horizontal beams, resembling both tree houses as well as geometric totems.

canopy ][ installation ][ public art ]

0161

Experimental Video System

Rob Larsen & Marcus Cook

Research project

14.09.17 - 21.03.18

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Rob Larsen & Marcus Cook
0161
14.09.17 - 21.03.18

From September 2017 to February 2018, the site played host to the installation and research development of a video exhibition system that attempted to overcome issues around the showing of video works, especially time-based works and those of a linear narrative, in public spaces and traditional galleries.

The viewer would pick up the headphones to start the video and when they put down the headphones the video would stop and reset itself.

This experimental system also had the ability to collect data on how many people have watched the video and at what point in time they decided to stop watching the video.

Projects exhibited:

Bent at an Angle, Cara Best & Josie Alexandra

Total Comfort, Benjamin Portas

Forum of Sensory Motion, Nathan Gray

We (After Mumme) for Double Bind, Benjamin Shephard

0111

Beyond the Binary

J. Rosenbaum

Melbourne Fringe festival

21.09.17 - 23.09.17

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J. Rosenbaum
0111
21.09.17 - 23.09.17

Exhibition as part of Melbourne Fringe Festival 2017, in the Clear Box from 21.09 – 23.09

Art History and Digital Art collide in this experimental Mixed Reality project by J. Rosenbaum. Inspired by classical art and ancient archaeological artifacts, Rosenbaum uses Augmented Reality and Machine Learning to present works that move beyond the digital binary, beyond the gender binary to show that we aren’t constrained by our programming.

Viewers will have the opportunity to explore these works at Testing Grounds over three days and watch the art and grounds come alive with traditional hung prints and artworks that exist only within the digital plane.

clear box ][ exhibition ][ queer ][ visual art ]

0097

Looking for Dick (in all the wrong places)

Georgia Banks

Melbourne Fringe festival

21.09.17 - 23.09.17

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Georgia Banks
0097
21.09.17 - 23.09.17

Installation/performance as part of Fringe Festival 2017, in the Clear Box from 21.09 – 23.09

Taking its inspiration from Chris Kraus’ raw examination of sex, art, and feminism, in looking for Dick (in all the wrong places) Melbourne based performance artist takes to the dating app Tinder in her search for Dick.
looking for Dick (in all the wrong places) engages with reenactment through Chris Kraus’ I Love Dick. Kraus has quickly become a feminist matriarch for women in their twenties, with I Love Dick being a must read. This performance straddles a number of key themes in Kraus’ novel, such as romantic and sexual obsession, emotional vulnerability and honesty, and distinct power hierarchies within heterosexual relationships.
Using Tinder, the artist is live swiping, while only swiping right on people named ‘Richard’, or variations of ‘Richard’ (such as ‘Dick’). The usually private process of swiping and messaging becomes public, and is made available for consumption by viewers. This process mirrors Kraus’ brutal autobiographical style, and her almost masochistic impulse to dissect and display her most vulnerable self over and over. looking for Dick (in all the wrong places) offers a raw and unflinching overview of contemporary courtship; focusing a light on all the wounds that are still fresh between the sexes.

0140

selfie factory

Kenke+Trefz

Melbourne Fringe festival

21.09.17 - 23.09.17

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Kenke+Trefz
0140
21.09.17 - 23.09.17

Exhibition as part of Melbourne Fringe Festival 2017, in the Clear Box from on 21.09 – 23.09

The ‘#selfiefactory’ is an experimental art installation creating a temporary visual experience of online behaviour. It aims to raise awareness of the contemporary phenomenon of the digital self-portrait (#selfie) in context to its geographical, social and cultural position.

The installation offers a tangible experience to explore the scale and quality of online data uploaded in the present. It will utilise the real-time stream of Instagram (#selfie) data and print a collection of the most recent images uploaded onto receipt paper. This taxonomy of the online self-portrait (#selfie) is an investigation into the experienced divide of online spaces and physical places, the division of an individual experience and the collective experience of our telematic world.

The ‘#selfiefactory’ is an automated installation running for 24 hours. The audience is able to explore the taxonomy while the images are printed. People in Melbounre and around the globe are invited to contribute their digital self-portrait (#selfie) to become part of the ‘#selfiefactory.’

0099

Eve St John

The Other Brodie

Melbourne Fringe festival

21.09.17 - 23.09.17

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The Other Brodie
0099
21.09.17 - 23.09.17

Performance as part of Melbourne Fringe Festival 2017, in the White Box from 21.09 – 23.09

An immersive individual auditory experience, EVE ST JOHN is an intersection of mythologies, a mute healer, a space twelve people will enter one-by-one to hear the sermon of spoken word poetry and – if you consent – be washed hands, face, and feet. In the mess of modern life, ritual returns.

A zine has been made with all the works across the show which you will be given as a keepsake after the experience.

EVE ST JOHN is a chance to experience something wholly unique at Melbourne Fringe, an experimental work at Testing Grounds that merges the practices of Christianity with Ho’oponopono, Orphism with Individualism, and ancient Delphi with modern-day Melbourne.

Warning: Contains coarse language, adult themes, themes of consent, as well as themes of a potentially triggering nature regarding sex, sexuality, religion, politics, and trauma. Please note the performance has a degree of intimacy in regards to hands-on contact with the participant.

fringe ][ performance art ][ poetry ][ white box ]

0120

The Last Ovum

Angela Clarke

Melbourne Fringe festival

21.09.17

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Angela Clarke
0120
21.09.17

Performance as part of Melbourne Fringe Festival 2017, in the Black Box on 21.09

The Last Ovum is a live performance installation that explores the life cycle of the last ovum from inside a woman’s ovary. Over four hours, performance practitioners Angela Clarke and Vicky Kapo with visual artist Fleur Summers will create a sonic/visual landscape that brings forth the unique voice of the last ovum.

This experimental performance will take place in the black box space at Testing Grounds, on 21st September 2017. Using experimental sonic practices and live vocal loops, Clarke and Kapo will traverse the imagined life cycle of the last ovum whilst Summers helps them create a live sculptural installation of an imagined woman’s ovary.

Making their debut in this year’s Melbourne Fringe Festival as an ensemble, Clarke, Kapo and Summers are experienced practitioners in their own right who have come together to explore the performative encounter and how bodies, as sonic and spatial beings, can make the invisible, visible and the unheard, heard through multi-sensory performance.

black box ][ feminism ][ fringe ][ sound art ]

0170

Life Drawing 1-on-1

Janelle Da Silva

Melbourne Fringe festival

21.09.17 - 23.09.17

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Janelle Da Silva
0170
21.09.17 - 23.09.17

Interactive performance as part of Fringe Festival 2017, on the Open Box from 21.09 – 23.09

NudeNotRude presents free life drawing sessions. Flex your artistic muscles or start growing some! Life Drawing 1-on-1 invites you to a free 15 minute private session where you can let your arty hair down and sharpen your basic drawing skills. Outdoors but inside your own private idaho, let the life model inspire your artistic expression.

NudeNotRude is a collaborative of life models who are challenging society’s view of the naked body. Reclaiming the mundane beauty of being el naturale and promoting the opportunity for art to be accessible for all skill levels.

All you require is a willingness to give it a go! We will supply your materials or BYO sketch pad.

Be apart of a live installation piece indulging the artist in you.

Warning: Contains nudity

drawing ][ fringe ][ visual art ]

0123

Food Fight

Scott Wings & Chai Vivan

Melbourne Fringe festival

22.09.17 - 23.09.17

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Scott Wings & Chai Vivan
0123
22.09.17 - 23.09.17

Performance as part of Fringe Festival 2017, in the Black Box from 22.09 – 23.09

Culture, love and family clash in an explosively surreal Food Fight by Malaysia’s Vivan Chai and Australia’s Scott Wings. Hosted by Testing Grounds in Southbank, Food Fight brings together two of Expect anything as Vivan and Scott combine their live art, movement and physical theatre skills to create an interactive experience over dinner.

black box ][ fringe ][ performance ][ theatre ]

0105

Within Reach

Hanli Sean Botha & Alice Bennett

Melbourne Fringe festival

22.09.17 - 23.09.17

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Hanli Sean Botha & Alice Bennett
0105
22.09.17 - 23.09.17

Performance as part of Fringe Festival 2017, in the Black Box from 22.09 – 23.09

Within Reach is performed by composer, sound artist and writer Hanli Sean Botha and sound artist and flautist Alice Bennett. The performance will showcase Sean’s ability to turn a phrase and narrate an intimate account of human existence, and breaking gender barriers. The narration of seven pieces of poetry will explore acceptance of the self, shedding of inner demons and becoming a voice of hope in today’s society. Alice Bennett accompanies the narration with avant-garde and experimental sound, which includes electronics, looping of the voice and the flute.

black box ][ performance ][ poetry ][ sound art ]

0104

Uncle Bobby’s Found Sounds

Uncle Bobby

Melbourne Fringe festival

28.09.17 - 30.09.17

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Uncle Bobby
0104
28.09.17 - 30.09.17

Performance as part of Fringe Festival 2017, in the White Box from 28.09 – 30.09

What started as a psychedelic rock band, Uncle Bobby has now evolved into a multifaceted experimental art pop project. The band is known for putting on wild, unpredictable, surrealist shows, combining a wide range of musical styles, and involving comedy, theatre and audience interaction. Off the back of his 2015 single My Mind Is Already Gone, Bobby has played Strawberry Fields and By The Meadow, supported acts like Tuka and Jarrow, and begun a new band called Hemm.

This time, Uncle Bobby has something even bigger up his sleeves. Carrots, sieves, turntables, cutlery, printers, bicycles, bottles and fishing line melt together into large sound sculptures controlled by electrical and mechanical parts. The sounds created by these machines are transformed with audio processing in an attempt to create ‘likeable’ pop music, subverting audiences’ expectations. This is tied together into an absurdist theatre performance in true Uncle Bobby style.

music ][ performance art ][ sound art ][ white box ]

0135

Woman in Car

The Hunt

Melbourne Fringe festival

28.09.17 - 30.09.17

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The Hunt
0135
28.09.17 - 30.09.17

Performance as part of Melbourne Fringe 2017, in the Black Box from 28.09 – 30.09

Liveworks Experimental Art Award winner

The Hunt draw on horror genres in film, fashion and literature to transport the audience into an unsettling fever-dream headspace. The Hunt perform their latest work ‘Woman in Car’, supported by a different special guest each night:

Thursday night: Regional Curse

Friday night: Astral Skulls

Saturday night: Nick Tsiavos

black box ][ fringe ][ performance art ][ sound art ]

0171

FRANKGHANISTAN

FRANKGHANISTAN

Melbourne Fringe festival

28.09.17 - 30.09.17

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FRANKGHANISTAN
0171
28.09.17 - 30.09.17

Performance as part of Melbourne Fringe Festival 2017, in the Clear Box from 28.09 – 30.09

Forget sex, sausages sell. The question is, “d’ya want dead horse with that?” Get sold on a one way ticket to the end of the line and experience the Gateway to the Peninsula in all it’s guts and glory. Hilarious. Heart-warming. Edgy. Raw. Frankston the ugly cousin we love to hate, is celebrated through the eyes of a long time loyal local, Noel. Nel Da Silva, a first-generation Blasian Australian is a one- woman powerhouse, storytelling through performance art, spoken word, cabaret, film and neo-natal burlesque of defining moments growing up in Funkytown, Stabbston, Franga (you know where). Nel cracks open the patriotic roots of suburbia and pull out the weeds for you to smoke. Join Noel and a handful of Franghanistanians as Nel chucks all her art and soul on the barbie for a yarn that’ll take your curry breath away.

clear box ][ fringe ][ spoken word ][ theatre ]

0128

Field Expression

Behnja Woods

Residency

01.10.17 - 20.10.17

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Behnja Woods
0128
01.10.17 - 20.10.17

Over three weeks in the Clear Box, Behn Woods explored processes – both industrial and domestic – of garment-making from the point of view of movement and spatial practice. In general, clothes are designed and made by other people (often anonymously), to whom we defer labour and decisions about texture and pattern. At its heart, this ongoing project aims to frustrate or deconstruct the act of casually assuming shapes that are provided or found from “external” sources. Over a series of low-key open studios and showings, Behn explore garments as materials that can join the body’s expression of movement and being-in space.

0178

Never Never

Kenneth L Suico

Exhibition

06.10.17 - 21.10.17

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Kenneth L Suico
0178
06.10.17 - 21.10.17

In this autobiographical work by Kenneth Suico, two scrolling LED panels emanated ambient blue light that deliverd affirmative messages of hope and assurance, exalting the audience to a feeling of ecstatic security, soon replaced by something strikingly more hollow.

A kind of coming of age story, the work was based off joyful memories of the artist’s father dancing on the beach to Rick Astley’s ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’; now estranged, the irony of these lyrics was not lost on the artist.

A work for anyone who has experienced that life changing moment when you realise that people, even those you trust the most, are capable of breaking a promise…

0101

Complete Content

Benjamin Portas

Exhibition

06.10.17 - 21.10.17

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Benjamin Portas
0101
06.10.17 - 21.10.17

Benjamin Portas’ surreal and spectacular video exhibition COMPLETE CONTENT explored the commodification of spiritual experiences, creating a realm of lurid fascinations and pulsing visual motifs on video screens installed in the Black Box and Open Box of Testing grounds. Framed in steel sculptures, at first glance the visions presented to us appear idyllic, but they soon break down into parts of parts, unsettling the sense of a whole and reflecting the mechanics of a commercial visual language that defines markets through images.

black box ][ video art ][ visual art ]

0182

Higher Visions

Matthew Feder

Installation

06.10.17 - 20.10.17

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Matthew Feder
0182
06.10.17 - 20.10.17

An immersive installation featuring handmade and decorated single components bound together to form walls of an interactive structure, Matthew Feder’s playful ongoing project Higher Visions brought high-vis aesthetic to Testing Grounds for three weeks in October 2017. The components making up the walls of the installation structure are banners, sheeting, work vests and work pants – all iconic items of the construction industry – joined together like patchwork or brickwork. The project adopts and re-presents the visual language of inner city development, an incidental aesthetic that in certain streets dominates the visual scene…

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TimePod

Kat Henry

Performance

10.10.17 - 20.10.17

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Kat Henry
0017
10.10.17 - 20.10.17

At 7pm Tuesday 10th October, Kat Henry entered a place without time. For the next 240 hours – ten days – in the middle of the Testing Grounds site, Kat lived inside a purpose-built, room-like sculpture that acted as a temporal isolation chamber and excluded, as far as possible, all external indicators of time. No clocks, no natural light, no discernable outside sounds, no way to spend time, no screens, no one coming or going, no fresh fruit that could ripen and rot… For ten days, as far as possible, Kat’s only time was her own.

TimePod was an ambitious project of extreme physical endurance and durational performance that asked the question, is it possible to experience a world without time? What would happen to the human condition in a space where time does not exist?

What Kat did in the Pod – how she spent time – was concealed from the audience. While inside, the audience’s only access to Kat’s ‘performance’ was the reflective surfaces of the Pod, which became a space for people to imagine their own experience of timelessness.

The time inside the Pod was framed by an opening ceremony and a closing ceremony. The opening ceremony was staged in every sense; a one hour spectacle of a cast of performers in choreographed spinning, an oration from artist/academic Stuart Grant, and Kat’s slow walk up to and slide into the Pod. At the other end, the exiting ceremony was much more organic, with Kat emerging slowly, a little disoriented, and taking a quick bow before slipping away to recover and recalibrate.

On the middle Saturday of the ten days, Testing Grounds hosted a panel discussion on performance, art, endurance, Kat Henry’s TimePod project, and the possibility of experiencing (no) time. The panel featured: Stuart Grant (Kat’s PhD supervisor), James Carey (durational artist), Natasha Phillips (TimePod pro- ducer), Chris Cheers (Kat’s psychologist), and was moderated by Grady Hancock (lecturer in screen and design). Topics discussed included what kind of a performance is a performance that happens out of view, known but not seen, without markers of things having happened? How is time itself performed? And what does time do to a person when they can’t divide it or claim it or watch it pass?

Creation, Concept & Performance: Kat Henry; Design Consultation: Eugyeene Teh; Producer: Natasha Phillips; Lead Builder: Tim Phillips.