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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.

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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

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.

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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 ]

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Aphids Studio

Aphids

Rehearsal

01.10.19 - 30.04.20

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Aphids
0370
01.10.19 - 30.04.20

During their time at Testing Grounds, Aphids will workers of the gig economy to create a new live artwork called Easy Riders, which asks: how much of our daily lives should be lived by others? What are the moral and social implications of outsourcing? And who do we become once we become fully outsourced?

0363

The Lifted Brow #44: ‘Digital Intimacies’ exhibition and launch

The Lifted Brow

Event

13.12.19

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The Lifted Brow
0363
13.12.19

The Lifted Brow warmly invites you to join us for a special night of interactive art and performance, in celebration of the special DIGITAL INTIMACIES edition of our magazine, published in December 2019.

This exhibition, curated in collaboration with BONFIRE PARK, features a series of original videogames and pieces of interactive art that respond to writing from the Brow’s archives, and new ekphrastic writing in response to existing games.

The night will debut new work from exceptional game devs Mohamed Chamas, Jess Reddi Coronell, and Maize Wallin, as well as writing from Loni Jeffs, Rory Green, and Raelee Lancaster.

Readings and performances will kick off at 6.30pm sharp, with a live techno ASMR performance from Flatwhite Damascus and Mxmv.

We are also incredibly excited to reveal that Chloe Alison Escott will be joining us for one night from Hobart, to score the evening with a live Zevende Klasse set.

In summary: There will be READINGS, there will be GAMES, there will be FOOD AND DRINKS, there will be MUSIC AND MERRIMENT. The whole evening will “””EXIST AT THE INTERSECTION OF ART AND TECHNOLOGY”””. It’s going to be something truly special.

art party ][ exhibition ][ grounds ][ literature ]

0362

Master, Slave

House of VnHoly

Event

02.08.19

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House of VnHoly
0362
02.08.19

New work and collaboration between light and performance artists House of Vnholy and experimental sound artist Jannah Quill. MASTER, SLAVE is an exploration of the histories of hierarchy and the way in which we use/misuse technology in our contemporary time.

Technology has become very much a day to day tool which we develop, design and utilises to enhance, enrich and attempt to simplify our everyday lives. Technology, being a solid foundation to how HØV now create their work, we want to investigate the way we use technology, or more interestingly the way we take advantage of the technology we have created for ourselves. Exploring the meaning of ethical production of the technological, does the technology we create ever become sentient? Do they take on characteristics of the human condition? From learn- ing and uploading new information to becoming old, out-of-date and defunct, is there a trajectory to which humans create technology as slaves to their own convenience? Who is slaving who?

MASTER, SLAVE uses these questions to explore a series of lighting and sound-based installations where we work with and explore the hierarchy of the human and technology, purposely slaving the objects to become lifeless or deformed, to become unpredictable and passive.

art party ][ event ][ site-specific ][ sound art ]

0361

Where We Belong?

Ye Liu

Projection

05.07.19

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Ye Liu
0361
05.07.19

Have you ever forgotten the natural world? Or have you thought daily life stories in the past now become legend?

Our city seems to infect us with bad amnesia, that leads to a decline in memory about the surrounding natural environment.

When wildlife face the terror of the modern world – where will they go?

A projection piece exploring what happens when wildlife face the terror of the modern world.

grounds ][ projection ][ public art ][ visual art ]

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Turning Digital Geology Into Art

Golder

Exhibition

21.08.19 - 30.08.19

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Golder
0360
21.08.19 - 30.08.19

An underground journey into Melbourne’s arts precinct.

Global engineering and consulting firm Golder was engaged by Development Victoria to undertake geotechnical investigations and assess the Testing Grounds site for future development. Known on-site as the ‘lovely orange-clad people drilling some holes’, Golder’s experts adopted the latest digital engineering tools to develop 3D models to present the geology of the site – and then turned them into art to showcase how the fascinating geology of Melbourne’s arts precinct evolved over the last 3.5 million years.   

The main model has been 3D-printed and featured in the exhibition along with geological core samples, multimedia and other pieces providing geological information about the site.

As part of the exhibition, Golder commissioned local artist and fashion designer Tarryn Handcock to create an installation in the space, and throughout the site, demonstrating how geological data can be interpreted and applied to other fields of knowledge. Landscape architect Luella Exton also responded to the data with collage and two-dimensional works.  

0359

Personal Space

Holly Macdonald & Rosslyn Wythes

Performance

05.07.19

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Holly Macdonald & Rosslyn Wythes
0359
05.07.19

A project where audiences are invited to be involved in building a hollow soft clay object. The object that emerges from each collaborative effort records and is shaped by the evolving space between participants and the conversations they are having. Each build is performed in a 40 minute time frame. This is intended to bring the slow process of making in clay closer to the immediate time of dance. ‘Personal Space’ is a collaboration between contemporary dancer Rosslyn Wythes and ceramicist Holly Macdonald. It is one of several works in development that bring together dance and ceramics in an enquiry into the relationship between these two mediums.

collaboration ][ dance ][ interactive ][ open box ]

0356

Fatbergs & Three Cheese Jaffles

Science Gallery Melbourne

Jaffle Symposium

03.08.19

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Science Gallery Melbourne
0356
03.08.19

The third of a series of discussions as part of the Jaffle Symposium 2019, talking about about fat, with artists Mike Thompson, Nina Sellars and Tanya Ha, while eating deliciously fatty three-cheese jaffles around the fire.

This very special discussion coincided with the Science Gallery Melbourne’s ‘Disposable’ exhibition, featuring a fatberg being grown by Mike Thompson and Arne Hendricks.

Mike Thompson is a designer, researcher, and educator, drawn to the dark corners of biotechnological research, and co-founder of experimental, art/design research collective Thought Collider. Together, Hendriks and Thompson are known as the agents driven to build the worlds first floating island of fat – the Fatberg in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Nina Sellars is a curator of the Harry Brookes Allen Museum of Anatomy and Pathology, University of Melbourne, and an artist and researcher who works with human adipose tissue (aka fat). Viewing fat as a critical organ of posthumanism, Nina explores the ways in which fat challenges, and subsequently may be seen to transform, our understanding of anatomy in the twenty-first century.

Tanya Ha is an award-winning Australian environmental campaigner, best-selling author, science journalist and communication consultant. Tanya is Director of Engagement at Science in Public, where she media trains scientists and is heavily involved behind-the-scenes in National Science Week. She is also a member of the executive of Science and Technology Australia, an Associate of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, and an advisory board member of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science.

artist talk ][ event ][ exhibition ][ grounds ]

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Sasquatches & Marshmallow Jaffles

Sibyl Kempson & Mark Pritchard

Jaffle Symposium

17.08.19

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Sibyl Kempson & Mark Pritchard
0356
17.08.19

The fourth of a series of discussions as part of the Jaffle Symposium 2019, talking about the place of mythologies and rituals in urban landscapes with dramaturg Mark Pritchard and playwright Sibyl Kempson while eating marshmallow jaffles around the fire.

Sibyl Kempson’s plays have been presented in the United States, Germany, and Norway and in 2015 she launched the theatre and performance company 7 Daughters of Eve in NYC. Her project, 12 Shouts to the Ten Forgotten Heavens, a 3-year cycle of rituals for the new Whitney Museum of American Art in the Meatpacking District of NYC, began on the Vernal Equinox in March 2016, recurring on every Solstice and Equinox through December 2018. Other recent projects include true pearl, a new opera with David Lang for the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and Sasquatch Rituals at The Kitchen in NYC, both in 2018. Her plays are published by 53rd State Press, PLAY: Journal of Plays, and Performance & Art Journal (PAJ).

Mark Pritchard is a dramaturg with a focus on new writing and hybrid dramaturgies, trained at the Victorian College of the Arts, PACT, and the University of Wollongong. Mark is the New Work Manager at Malthouse Theatre, and in 2019 he established the Centre for Dramaturgy and Curation. As Dramaturg for Malthouse Theatre, Mark has worked on a number of plays, including Atomic by Amelia Chandos Evans, Going Down by Michele Lee, Heart is a Wasteland by John Harvey, Little Emperors 小皇帝 by Lachlan Philpott, Turbine by Dan Giovannoni, Love & Information by Caryl Churchill and Blak Cabaret by Nakkiah Lui.

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