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Upcoming Calendar
Testing Grounds

0450

Testing Nights: April

Testing Grounds

Art Party

29.04.21 - 29.04.21

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Testing Grounds
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29.04.21 - 29.04.21

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

0449

Testing Nights: March

Testing Grounds

Art Party

25.03.21 - 25.03.21

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Testing Grounds
0449
25.03.21 - 25.03.21

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

0446

Swirling: Queer Hermeneutics and Jewish Thought.

Testing Grounds x WRITING & CONCEPTS

Lecture series

01.04.21

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Testing Grounds x WRITING & CONCEPTS
0446
01.04.21

This talk explores hermeneutics and the ways it can be harnessed into a queer, relational research practice. By disrupting the author/text binary, we can see the messy ways in which we “swirl” when we come into contact with texts, transforming them while being transformed in often rapid succession. WRITING & CONCEPTS is a lecture and publication series exploring the insights that visual arts practitioners have in to their own creative and cultural practices, and provides an opportunity for them to discuss and publish these insights in a public forum.

WRITING & CONCEPTS started in 2016. Since then it has hosted over one hundred lectures in venues all over Melbourne and some in Sydney, Adelaide and regional Victoria. The first two publications are now in bookshops. The website is a publicly accessible archive of all presentations.

Image courtesy Shoshana Rosenberg.

0429

Testing Nights: February

Testing Grounds

Work in development

25.02.21 - 25.02.21

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Testing Grounds
0429
25.02.21 - 25.02.21

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

0426

Zaffé

Stéphanie Ghajar

Residency

02.03.21 - 31.03.21

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Stéphanie Ghajar
0426
02.03.21 - 31.03.21

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

performance ][ residency ][ theatre ][ workshop ]

0424

Alex Walker Creative Development Residency

Alex Walker

Residency

01.02.21 - 28.02.21

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Alex Walker
0424
01.02.21 - 28.02.21

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

film ][ photography ][ projection ][ residency ]

0424

De//composition

Kaylie Melville and Tilman Robinson

Residency

02.03.21 - 31.03.21

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Kaylie Melville and Tilman Robinson
0424
02.03.21 - 31.03.21

Percussionist Kaylie Melville and sound artist Tilman Robinson are collaborating on the creative development of “De//composition” – a new audiovisual work investigating ideas of decay and disintegration in sound and film. The project explores 16mm film and the projector as sonic objects, creating a musical response to the documented destruction of a 16mm film loop.

film ][ projection ][ sound art ][ video art ]

0423

Phuong Lam Creative Development Residency

Phuong Lam

Residency

01.02.21 - 28.02.21

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Phuong Lam
0423
01.02.21 - 28.02.21

This was an outdoor art experience that combines sound walk, sculptures/installations that make you move, scavenger hunt style and discovery. Phuong Lam is a recent Master of Arts Management graduate from RMIT University.

Phuong Lam documentation February 2021.

0419

A.R Studio Residency

Abbey Rich

Residency

06.04.21 - 30.04.21

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Abbey Rich
0419
06.04.21 - 30.04.21

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

Photo credit – Madeline Bishop.

0418

Noisy Rubbish

Michelle Macklem

Residency

03.05.21 - 31.05.21

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Michelle Macklem
0418
03.05.21 - 31.05.21

Noisy Rubbish seeks to turn our ears back towards the sounds we’ve deemed unwanted – to hear what we may discover in the process. Camilla Hannan, Marco Cher-Gibard, Michelle Macklem, Miyuki Jokiranta and Zoe Scoglio undertook a sustained engagement to produce works that properly engage with the site – in the heart of Southbank’s arts precinct, and wedged between some of the city’s busiest and loudest roads.

0417

Searching for riverbeds

Sally Craven & Ena Grozdanić

Residency

03.05.21 - 31.05.21

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Sally Craven & Ena Grozdanić
0417
03.05.21 - 31.05.21

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

0416

The Exact Dimensions of Hell

Alice Darling & Bridget Mackey

Residency

06.04.21 - 30.04.21

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Alice Darling & Bridget Mackey
0416
06.04.21 - 30.04.21

‘The Exact Dimensions of Hell’ – Alice Darling & Bridget Mackey:

CW: Sexual Assault.

Bridget and Alice will be working together during their residency, alongside musician Christopher Gray and designer Meg Wilson, on their experimental and collaborative project titled, ‘The Exact Dimensions of Hell’. TEDH deconstructs a true-crime article by John Saffran titled The Witch of Corella Place (The Age, 2015), and the real-life account of “muse” Leah Hirsig’s relationship to Occultist Aleister Crowley. They call on contemporary feminist theories, drawing particularly from the books ‘Rape’ (Joanna Bourke) and ‘Rethinking Rape’ (Ann J. Cahill) to disembowel the Charismatic Leader Archetype, and bring into focus the experience of the young adult at the centre of our story.

 

Photograph of artist Bridget Mackey dancing with friends at her 14th Birthday party. Photo Credit: Jonquil Mackey.

residency ][ theatre ][ workshop ][ writing ]

0415

L’Ephemera

Leitu Letia

Work in development

01.02.21 - 28.02.21

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Leitu Letia
0415
01.02.21 - 28.02.21

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

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

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

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

0414

Order up, Mashriq

Majed Fayad

Residency

03.05.21 - 31.05.21

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Majed Fayad
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03.05.21 - 31.05.21

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

0413

NOSTOS, SING TO ME (BALIKBAYAN)

Kenneth Suico

Residency

06.04.21 - 30.04.21

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Kenneth Suico
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06.04.21 - 30.04.21

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

Image of artist courtesy artist.

0412

Sugarbush

Roberta Rich & Naomi Velaphi

Residency

12.01.21 - 31.01.21

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Roberta Rich & Naomi Velaphi
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12.01.21 - 31.01.21

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

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

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Nocturnal Relay

Jonathan Homsey & Georgia Kartas

Residency

12.01.21 - 31.01.21

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Jonathan Homsey & Georgia Kartas
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12.01.21 - 31.01.21

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

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

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

dance ][ performance ][ poetry ][ queer ]

0410

Koala Ltd.

Maddison Kitching

Workshop

01.12.20 - 24.12.20

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Maddison Kitching
0410
01.12.20 - 24.12.20

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

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

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

residency ][ visual art ][ workshop ]

0409

FAMILI residency

Ripley Kavara/ FAMILI

Residency

01.11.20 - 30.11.20

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Ripley Kavara/ FAMILI
0409
01.11.20 - 30.11.20

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

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

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

0408

Cystic x Soma

Olivia Lucia

Residency

01.11.20 - 30.11.20

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Olivia Lucia
0408
01.11.20 - 30.11.20

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

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

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

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

0407

Draw Out

Brigit Ryan and Kari Lee McInneny-McRae.

Workshop

01.12.20 - 24.12.20

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

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

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

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

residency ][ visual art ][ workshop ]

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