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.
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.
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
...more artists to come
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