It almost seems like another world away- and in a way it was, look at all 2014 has swept over us so far- but here is a fantastic snapshot of my little project from February this year. Filmed and edited by Andrew Ferguson from Ferguson Films, the video shows the seven films exhibited in Melbourne's laneways and various sites as part of my Masters of Fine Art at Monash University. Big thanks to all who assisted, attended the exhibition, and showed their support.
I'm thrilled to be part of "Vertigo"- a touring exhibition curated by the indefatigable Claire Anna Watson. The exhibition tours Indonesia, Taiwan and South Korea throughout 2014. The exhibition features works by Boe-lin Bastian, Cate Consandine, Simon Finn, Justine Khamara, Bonnie Lane, Kristin McIver, Kiron Robinson, Kate Shaw, Alice Wormald et moi.
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Last week I exhibited seven video works in Melbourne's CBD over three nights as the culmination of my Masters of Fine Art at Monash University. The series Untitled (domestic gestures) shows various cheeky gestures performed in public spaces (letting off a fire extinguisher, rolling down a hill, smashing plates etc etc). The works were then shown in various contexts- a library, a laneway, shop windows, a bar!- repeating and looping, ad infinitum. I was thinking about expectations of behaviours and boundaries to do with public space, to do with women, and the labour and maintenace of society. But I also hoped the works would function as a little "message in a bottle"- something noticed by the usual flaneurs and travellers through the city as a humourous interruption to their day. There were no labels or explantory texts on the works to facilitate further information. I was pretty happy with how it all went (bar some tech issues, ce la vie!), and the happiest news came to me this week. A librarian commented to a work colleague who was watching my video that it was causing confusion at the lending desks. The librarians would often see someone at the desks, move to help them, but find they were instead watching my video. Ah, my little message in a bottle...
A little bit of this....
... and I can't wait! See you there (especially Wed 15th January 2014).
TRASH BAGS are a glam-anarchic roving performance duo. Like the love children of Leigh Bowery and Royce and Marilyn, these two provocateurs have stumbled straight from the dumpster into the nightclub. The elegance of their regal gowns and delicate sashays are dispelled up close- all bin liner and gaffer tape, the diamantes and tassels more spotlight than swarovski. Trash bags create beguiling moving potraiture, before cutting loose on the dancefloor in a whirl of trash-glad-baggery.
Kate Boston Smith and Tania Smith are seasoned roving performers and theatre-makers, party-makers and innovators. They have worked together for many years across theatre, comedy, visual art and dance, and received grants and awards for their work from the Australia Council for the Arts, City of Melbourne, Arts ACT and Australia-Thai Institute.
The inaugural Channels- Australian Festival of Video Art begins this week- 18- 21 September 2013. My work, Untitled #8 (2012), will be screening as part of the Nocturne program, a series of videos projected at the Chin Chin Wall of Art, a unique outdoor laneway projection space opposite the much loved Chin Chin restaurant. Other Channels highlights include Transmissions at Screen Space, the Video Visions program at ACMI and Memory Screens, featuring live performances by artists Hannah Raisin, Salote Tawale and Emile Zile. On a side note, Chin Chin is a colloquial/ childlike term for penis in Japanese. See the Channels website for more info and to book tickets to any of the events. http://www.channelsfestival.net.au/
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