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0406

Queer-Ways (Melbourne)

Luciano and Georgia Keats

Residency

12.01.21 - 31.01.21

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Luciano and Georgia Keats
0406
12.01.21 - 31.01.21

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

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

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

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

0405

Culture of Violence

Dan Elborne

Work in development

01.12.20 - 24.12.20

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Dan Elborne
0405
01.12.20 - 24.12.20

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

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

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

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

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

0404

REVOLTING SMELLS

Sean Miles

Work in development

01.11.20 - 30.11.20

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Sean Miles
0404
01.11.20 - 30.11.20

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

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

What might our new world smell like?

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

0403

Tenfingerz Creative Development Residency

Teneille Clerke (artist name Tenfingerz)

Work in development

01.12.20 - 24.12.20

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Teneille Clerke (artist name Tenfingerz)
0403
01.12.20 - 24.12.20

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

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

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

Image of the artist, courtesy artist.

0402

The Close Worlds

Daniel Jenatcsh

Sound Art

01.11.20 - 30.11.20

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Daniel Jenatcsh
0402
01.11.20 - 30.11.20

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

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

residency ][ sound art ]

0389

Archer Magazine’s First Nations issue launch party

Archer Magazine

Event

01.02.20

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Archer Magazine
0389
01.02.20

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

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

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

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

0386

Comic Sans

Multicultural Arts Victoria

Exhibition

30.11.19 - 13.12.19

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Multicultural Arts Victoria
0386
30.11.19 - 13.12.19

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

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

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

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

0386

Community Arts Day: Mapping Melbourne

Multicultural Arts Victoria

Mapping Melbourne

30.11.19 - 30.11.19

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Multicultural Arts Victoria
0386
30.11.19 - 30.11.19

A day of food, performance, and installation featuring:

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

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

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

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

community ][ event ][ grounds ][ installation ]

0386

Mapping Melbourne 2019 Festival Launch

Multicultural Arts Victoria

Mapping Melbourne

29.11.19 - 29.11.19

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Multicultural Arts Victoria
0386
29.11.19 - 29.11.19

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

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

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

drawing ][ event ][ exhibition ][ grounds ]

0385

Snakes and Ladders Theory

RMIT Graduates- Bachelor Fashion (Design and Technologies)

Event

05.12.19

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

AN INDEPENDENT SUSTAINABLE RUNWAY

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

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

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

event ][ fashion ][ grounds ][ student ]

0384

Wild Mornings

Kate Russell

Exhibition

02.10.19 - 18.10.19

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Kate Russell
0384
02.10.19 - 18.10.19

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

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

0382

Wilder

Ren Gregorčič

Installation

11.11.19 - 01.05.20

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Ren Gregorčič
0382
11.11.19 - 01.05.20

Explores the potential of unsuppressed nature and land management in urban spaces.

The project presents a propositional space; a fissure in the blanket of bitumen and concrete where nature is given free license to grow wild without intervention or cognitive overlay.

Over the eight-month project period, audiences will have the opportunity to visit and re-visit the site to observe and reflect on nature’s response to the conditions of wilderness within the context of Melbourne’s urban environment.

0381

Turning Digital Geology into Art: An Underground Journey into Melbourne’s Arts Precinct

Tarryn Handcock

Residency

19.08.19 - 31.08.19

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Tarryn Handcock
0381
19.08.19 - 31.08.19

Artist Tarryn Handcock responded to 3 million years of geologic data unearthed through core sampling at Testing Grounds. With a fashion practice that explores dress at an urban scale, she populated the site with soft rocks, faux minerals, precious dust, and plastiglomerate propositions for the new geological age.

0380

The Worn Debris Collective

The Worn Debris Collective

Radiant Pavilion

28.08.19 - 07.09.19

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The Worn Debris Collective
0380
28.08.19 - 07.09.19

The Worn Debris Collective investigates anthropogenic debris within contemporary jewellery and objects as the heirlooms we leave behind us.

Discarded anthropogenic materials collected around Australia during 2014-17 were sealed within numbered envelopes and selected by 26 artists from around the world. Instructions and contents provide challenges for individual response to these discarded materials, to be transformed and incorporated into new works, while considering one’s own practice and environmental impact.

Various creative strategies employed inform a collection of new heirlooms in place of more traditional jewellery and object inheritances, creating a wearable legacy for national discourse and wearing change for a more sustainable future.

Exhibition, workshops and multi-disciplinary collaborations invite public intervention to further question and investigate underlying themes, the often unsustainable practices and resource depletion of consumerist society, and what this means for our future in the era or error of the Anthropocene.

Diamonds are forever, so is anthropogenic debris.

Participating Artists:

Ruby Aitchison
Chris Bahng
Victoria Bulgakova (US)
Katie Collins
Lindsey Fontijn (NL)
Annie Gobel
Marcos Guzman
Jill Hermans

Pennie Jagiello
Cara Johnson
Djurdjica Kesic
Inari Kiuru
Wendy Korol
Christopher Earl Millbourne
Ailsa Morrant (GB)
Thomas O’Hara
Michaela Pegum
Nicole Polentas
Natalia Rumiantseva (RU)
Janika Slowik (DE)
Nadja Soloviev (DE)
Hiu Tung Yip (GB)
Katrina Tyler
Carolin Volz (DE)
Keri- Mei Zagrobelna (NZ)
Lucrecia Zappegno (ES)

0379

Dan Newell Studio

Dan Newell

Studio Program

01.10.19 - 30.04.20

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Dan Newell
0379
01.10.19 - 30.04.20

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

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

0379

Susannah Langley Studio

Susannah Langley

Studio Program

01.10.19 - 30.04.20

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Susannah Langley
0379
01.10.19 - 30.04.20

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

0378

Roberta Rich Studio

Roberta Rich

Studio Program

01.10.19 - 30.04.20

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Roberta Rich
0378
01.10.19 - 30.04.20

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

0377

Lichen Kelp Studio

Lichen Kelp

Studio Program

01.10.19 - 30.04.20

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Lichen Kelp
0377
01.10.19 - 30.04.20

During her studio time, Lichen will also work on a project called ‘E skin’. It is an interactive electronic textile based on cuttlefish skin, which operates as a dazzling invisibility cloak and investigates the act of camouflage as a political practice. The textile will be developed into a wearable costume for performance.

0376

Justin Balmain studio

Justin Balmain

Visual Art

01.10.19 - 30.04.20

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Justin Balmain
0376
01.10.19 - 30.04.20

Justin will be preparing an exhibition in Tromsø, Norway, and a seminar program at ERforS, drawing from cryptographic inscriptions created for spiritual, physical, and metaphorical protection against the suspected magical properties of a Black Mirror (held within the museum’s collections).

0375

James Voller Studio

James Voller

Installation

31.10.19 - 30.04.20

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James Voller
0375
31.10.19 - 30.04.20

During his time at Testing Grounds, James will launch his new artist-run public art agency, focusing on increasing the diversity and scope of installations in and around Melbourne. The artworks generated will explore the space between temporary and permanent methodologies.

0374

Emilie Walsh studio

Emilie Walsh

Visual Art

01.10.19 - 30.04.20

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Emilie Walsh
0374
01.10.19 - 30.04.20

During Emilie’s time at Testing Grounds, she will focus on her special practice, particularly with viewing devices, investigating the impact on her work in public space. She will also work on producing a new body of work for a solo show programmed at Forty-five Downstairs Gallery in late January 2020.

Emilie is a Melbourne based artist currently finishing her PhD at the Victorian College of the Arts on the narratives and imagination of adventure. She works with a range of media, from video to printmaking and 3D printing. She is also a comic book artist and her works have been published in The Lifted Brow and by Tree paper comics.

0372

Bridget Chappell Studio

Bridget Chappell

Sound Art

01.10.19 - 30.04.20

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Bridget Chappell
0372
01.10.19 - 30.04.20

Bridget is developing the project “To (Phase) Cancel The Cops”, encompassing the development of custom phase cancelling technology and its presentation as a performance-installation. The project explores the philosophy and acoustic science of phase cancellation, and its practical applications against urban politics of dis-appointment.

0371

Ava Amedi Studio

Ava Amedi

Performance

01.10.19 - 30.04.20

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Ava Amedi
0371
01.10.19 - 30.04.20

During Ava’s time on site, he will work on a project called ‘Where Are You Now?’. It will address a problem that many artists face: the expectation to speak in grandiose terms about their practises when in public, a constant projection of excellence for those who consume their work. Through the intimacy offered by an interview with a small audience, ‘Where are you now?’ will instead allow artists to take stock of where their careers currently stand.

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