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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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