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A Strange Space is an open-air exhibition of site-responsive projection art, performance, music, dance and online interactive works by LGBTQIA+ artists and allies, presented within the Collingwood Yards courtyard, the Centre for Projection Art Studio and online. 

Collingwood Yards

35 Johnston Street, Collingwood

Co-curated by Edwina Bartlem and Jacob Tolo for the Centre for Projection Art and the 2021 Midsumma Festival, the projection artworks and performances featured in this multi-arts program explore the theme of “A Strange Space” and the various forms, ideas and experiences that this concept evokes.

We found ourselves in a state of flux – with the creative spaces where we make and inhabit left empty, open and missing us. However, in the most challenging of times, we create.

 

A STRANGE SPACE lies within Melbourne’s newest arts precinct, the newly filled Collingwood Yards, a place prevailing; abound for creative gathering and expression. It also lies within the meta-space, in all creative communities that are closed but still active. 

It connects, it affects, it accepts – it celebrates what we have. In those shared studios, galleries, workshops and hubs. As well as pubs, cafes, schools, laboratories, and everywhere in between. 

A Strange Space has awaited our return and is ready... 

 

With projection as the backdrop, A Strange Space celebrates the creativity and diversity of Collingwood Yards – and all that goes on within – acknowledging the artistic connections, moments and human interactions that are the interstitial spaces where we gather and make work. 

curatorial concept

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But now.... 

We will play here. We will sing and dance, share a beer, have a meal and get drunk here. 

We will argue, discuss and have heated debates. 

We will rub shoulders here, high five in the corridors. 

Hold meetings, avoid meetings, bang and crash all night and day here. 

Cry and laugh, kick and scream. Sit and stare. Create here. 

We will sneak a kiss, break some hearts and hold hands here. 

We will embrace HERE.

-Jacob Tolo

 
 

the program

THURSDAY 22 APRIL, 6PM-MIDNIGHT EVENT LAUNCH

6:30pm  - Welcome to County and smoking ceremony

7:00pm. - Opening speeches

7:30pm  - SCARLETT SO HUNG SON accompanied by cellist Stephanie Arnold 

7:45pm  - BUBBLE NOIR Megan Beckwith and Ben White 

FRIDAY 23 APRIL, 6PM-MIDNIGHT

6:00pm  - PANEL DISCUSSION: CREATING STRANGE SPACES Richard Watts  in conversation with artists Susan Maco Forrester, Dr Drew Pettifer, Yandell Walton and co-curators Edwina Bartlem and Jacob Tolo

7:00pm  - DJ SET - Graduates from Yarra Youth Services x Vinyl Vixens DJ program 

9:00pm - JOHNATHAN HOMSEY 639 damn he's fine, heart sinking deeply one more time

SATURDAY 24 APRIL, 6PM-MIDNIGHT

7:00pm  - BUBBLE NOIR Megan Beckwith and Ben White 

9:30pm - JOHNATHAN HOMSEY 639 damn he's fine, heart sinking deeply one more time

SUNDAY 25 APRIL, 6PM-MIDNIGHT

Graduates from Yarra Youth Services x Vinyl Vixens DJ program performing all evening to close out A STRANGE SPACE

 

 the artists

Bubble Noir

Megan Beckwith & Ben White

Performance

With elements of Film Noir the dancer as protagonist is placed in an impossible situation that is out of her control. Will she escape the bubble? Will she be able to take another breath? Will the bubble burst?

Proof

Wesley Dowling

Projection

Proof considers the malleability of the electronic image by creating images of viewers that emerge out of clouds of random data noise. The work explores how our experience of the world is increasingly based on potentially manipulated information via images, through screens and virtual media rather than tangible reality.

The Pandemic had other ideas for me

Susan Maco Forrester

Projection

We could not support each other in this strange space. All Peoples dying from this pandemic, once in one hundred years. Black people murdered, in this pandemic, not once in one hundred years. I will wear your black face again... But you won’t like it.

Surfacing

Isobel Knowles & Van Sowerwine

Projection

A site responsive animation exploring resurfacing: from lockdown, from being caught in a rip and the re-emergence of a long lost character. She will swim across the textures of Collingwood Yards, and play amongst the paving stones.

Interlaced

Susannah Langley, Ioannis Sidiropoulos, Warren Armstrong and Bridget Chappell 

Online Performance

Using bespoke software, performer Ioannis Sidiropoulos’ movements will be tracked, in real time as he performs in Athens, Greece. These movements will then be mapped into a virtual reality environment where visual artist Susannah Langley - in Melbourne - will draw in response to them.

Move Me

Yandell Walton

Projection

Move Me is a site-specific installation for Collingwood Yards. Yandell Walton uses photogrammetry technology to create 3D models of nature and combines these with human movement through Motion Capture. Creating cross-species forms, Yandell attempts to imbed humanity with the environment to highlight a reconnection to nature.

This work was created with support from the Australian Network for Art and Technology IDEATE program.

Blossom Spheres

Alison Bennett

Projection / Online

Blossom Spheres was created in the midst of the Melbourne lockdown. Allowed an hour out each day, within a five kilometre bubble of home, I took to walking around the block to admire the springtime blossom on the street trees. Rendered as point clouds, foliage dissolved as vibrant matter.

CURRENT

Jenna Eriksen with Tabitha Dombroski & Björn Åslund

Projection

CURRENT is an experimental film that aims to challenge gender division and dismantle heteronormative assumptions. Threading meaning through expressionist dance and landscape mapping, the work is a conceptual interpretation of a queer symbiotic relationship unfolding.

639 damn he's fine, heart sinking deeply one more time

Jonathan Homsey

Performance

639 damn he's fine, heart sinking deeply one more time (639) is a performance work exploring the blurred lines between virtual love and physical pain. Part autobiographical and part fantastical, this dystopian 15 minute dance performance projects Jonathan Homsey's body in real time as he executes a dynamic and percussive stream of consciousness.

 

Music by Only Fire and Aliah Sheffield

WARNING: Content has explicit language

Untitled (Journey)

Drew Pettifer

Projection 

Untitled (Journey) is a single channel HD video work that documents the execution by marooning of two young men in 1727 for the crime of sodomy – the first European victims of homophobia on Australian soil. The work recreates in real time the final journey where the young men were left to die.

Knees and Shrubs

Melinda Smith

Online Performance

Melinda moves with her camera. This short film is an exploration of body and places. Exploring the physicality of the environment, creating and claiming her space.

What is the meaning of being here? There is beauty in the way she interacts with everyday nature.

Acts of Holding Dance

Wendy Yu

Projection

Acts of Holding Dance is a series of large-scale projection installations featuring dance and post-process design. They may be vertical or horizontal in orientation but in this case, the work is presented as a large-scale vertical iteration. Acts of Holding Dance was instigated when the artist identified a lack of dance work within the local projection art scene.

Change in Condition

Jane Crappsley

Projection

Change in Condition explores the physical and environmental transformation of the site of Collingwood Yards, during its last stages of construction. Derived from drawings responding to sound recordings captured on site, surface rubbings and in-situ frame by frame hand-drawn animation, the work combines interpretations of the physical and environmental data with motion, to reflect on its process of change.

A strange space indeed (everything is for sale)

KP Finley

Projection

Architecture’s preoccupation with ‘normality’ has left little room for queer space to come to the fore. These works in this exhibition aim to highlight how perceived dominant heterosexual spaces can be altered to queer space.

Through a LiDAR sparsely

Eric Jong

Projection

This work is an inquiry into the digital computational gaze as it examines real physical space. It utilises lo-fi systems for photogrammetry, light detection and ranging (LiDAR – Laser scanning or surveying) from site specific recordings at Collingwood Yards to generate a semi-translucent and layered digital terrain. Eric Jong’s work explores algorithmic driven spatial technology and mediated perception at the limits of access and format. 

I Am Not This Body

Leisa Prowd & Tsuki

Projection

I am not this body

I am this body

This Body I am,

Look at me and see.

I have invited you.

Look Look at me and see.

Stop, pause, gaze.

Discover

This is an invitation.

I am this body.
Look

 

As Her Reflection Dances For You

Scotty So

Projection / Performance

Inspired by the Qing Dynasty feminist literature, Flowers in the Mirror (鏡花緣), this hologram projection work explores the scape and body of the virtual space via holographic advertising technology. The Chinese proverb, 鏡花水月 (mirror flower, water moon), means something that can be seen but not touched, as the reflections of flowers in the mirror and the moon reflected on the surface of water are something that is beautiful yet unattainable.

Scotty is represented by MARS Gallery in Australia.

WARNING: Projection content has explicit images.

Identity Matrix & Discovery

Queertech.io

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Queertech.io invades IRL space with augmented reality in works that can only be seen through your phone. Scan the codes provided to see yourself through a queertech.io lens and enter a digital world of work by the artists.

 

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our team

Project Manager: Bianca Bowman (CEO Centre for Projection Art) 

Co-Curators: Edwina Bartlem and Jacob Tolo

Event Producer: Chantal Wynter 

Production Assistant: Teagan Ramsay 

Technical Director: Jay Tettamanti

Production Assistants: Min Kingham & Ayden Martin

Volunteer Coordinator: Christiane Carr

 

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