OUTER SPACE

OUTER SPACE

Metro Arts is partnering with Outer Space for the Hope Studio space in August. For this partnership, Rose Manning and Olivia Lacey, will each be provided with a free studio space for four weeks, culminating in a public showing of their work-in-progress on the 28th of August, 2020 from 4-6pm.

Olivia Lacey employs processes of transcription and translation to explore the ambiguities, slippages or humour that can arise in interpersonal interactions. Working across moving image, installation and text, she combines referents appropriated from pop music lyrics in order to examine the romantic dialogue as an intersubjective space of exchange. Her current practice is focused on the amateur performative spaces of karaoke and fan-made content. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours)at the Queensland University of Technology in 2017. Recent exhibitions include Now That You’re Here (Boxcopy, 2019) and Love Me, Love Me (Metro Arts, 2019).

Rose Manning is a visual artist practicing in Brisbane. Working in a text-based practice, she navigates her emotions as a queer woman inhabiting public and private spaces. Text pieces, which she refers to as ‘Love letters’, are written in a struggle to express vulnerability. She also explores simultaneous feelings of connection and disconnection to surrounding people and frequented spaces in Rose’s life. By painting, sewing and stitching these confessions of emotions, she seeks to be able to comfortably present an emotion and create a connection with the world that she has found herself in. 

WHERE

66 Hope Street, South Brisbane

WHEN

August 2020

Work in progress showing: 4 – 6pm, 28 August 2020

Please do not attend this event if you are unwell or have COVID-19 symptoms, including cough, fever, sore throat, fatigue or shortness of breath. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected at this event and is the individuals responsibility. Thank you for your understanding.

THE ARTIST

Outer Space

Outer Space is a not-for-profit Contemporary Arts organisation. They collaborate with artists and arts workers to develop, make, and present critically engaged creative practice in a supportive professional environment. Their exhibitions, events, and programs welcome those involved in, and curious about the arts. Outer Space is committed to fostering a sustainable creative community in Brisbane that engages local, regional, national and global contexts.  

Artist website: www.outerspaceari.org

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

DARK MATTER(S)

DARK MATTER(S)

BY REBECCA ROSS

Dark Matter(s) brings together a constellation of works that originate from deep thought, deep storage and deep space. The project began as a search for dark matter — both metaphorically and literally — within personal archives, boxes of materials, and folders packed away in Ross’s studio. For some time, Ross has been collecting and cutting out images of planets, stars, black holes, galaxies and nebulas. Now, more than ever, this search parallels her attempts to find meaning when everything else in life is shadowy. The act of bringing these materials to light signifies new beginnings and employs collage, assemblage, and editing techniques to create new relationships and unearth new meanings. The Hope Street residency will act as a microcosmos where Ross’s visual experiments will be installed to establish dynamic spatial narratives in the gallery space.

PUBLIC EVENTS

 
Bringing to Light

Bringing to Light is an invitation to participate in a one-on-one show and tell session with artist Rebecca Ross. You are invited to bring something to the studio that you would like to share; something with a dark past, something mysterious, something from your archive, retrieved from the kerbside or purchased at a secondhand store. It may be a memory, an object, a song, a poem, a photograph, an artwork, or a star in the night sky. The process of sharing will unfold in a conversation that reveals a previously unshared story and history. The act of Bringing to Light will be documented and archived. Allow 30-60 minutes for your visit. To participate please fill in this form. Thank you for sharing.

 
Dark Rooms

Rebecca will host a viewing of the outcomes of her residency with an open studio and exhibition of new work, 3-6pm from 24 – 26 July.

Please do not attend this event if you are unwell or have COVID-19 symptoms, including cough, fever, sore throat, fatigue or shortness of breath. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected at this event and is the individuals responsibility. Thank you for your understanding.

WHERE

66 Hope Street, South Brisbane

WHEN

July 2020

THE ARTIST

Rebecca Ross

Rebecca Ross lives on Queensland’s Gold Coast where she works as an artist, academic and director of The Walls Art Space. Ross’s work is concerned with mapping the junctures of site, situation and sensation. Since completing a Master of Fine Art at Queensland University of Technology (2005) she has undertaken major art projects for Festival 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and Bleach Festival, and participated in international artist in residence programs in Malta, Italy and New Zealand. Ross has exhibited at the Embassy of Australia in Washington D.C. U.S.A. (2012), been awarded the Rome Studio at the British School at Rome by the Australia Council for the Arts (2013) and supported by the City of Gold Coast to undertake a mentorship and travel to Los Angeles and Miami, U.S.A. (2014). Ross has been actively involved in the contemporary art scene in South East Queensland since the millennium and her contribution to the Gold Coast arts ecology has been recognised with an International Women’s Day Leadership
Award (2020).

Artist website: https://www.rebeccaross.com

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Dark Matter(s) is supported by the Regional Arts Development Fund. The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and the City of Gold Coast Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland. 

With thanks to Julius Zammit-Ross, Chris Bennie, Aaron Chapman, Kyle Weise, Joran Azcune, Metro Arts, Stable Art Space and Byron School of Art. 

SOMETHING BIG

SOMETHING BIG

BY MARK DU POTIERS

SOMETHING BIG will synthesise the themes of Mark du Potiers’ practice, revolving around cultural identity, mental health, and queerness, within the context of COVID-19. du Potiers will use the space afforded by the Hope St. studio and gallery to experiment with sculpture, performance, costume and installation, with an emphasis on colour and symbolism, connection, and joy. Here something ‘BIG’ relates directly to the manipulation of space and scale within the physical space of the residency, and also to the expansion of this studio work through online channels. Building on this, the project will also document dialogues with other local artists – particularly creatives who face prejudice, to explore ways that art has broadened their worlds, helping them to find SOMETHING BIGger as makers and audiences. Through experimentation and dialogue, SOMETHING BIG will use solitary making as a platform to explore art as a window, mirror, and portal to worlds outside of our own, seeking to develop connection in isolation.

WHERE

66 Hope Street, South Brisbane

WHEN

May – June 2020

THE ARTIST

Mark du Potiers

Mark du Potiers negotiates cultural identity and anxiety through interdisciplinary sculpture. Born, raised, and based in Meanjin / Brisbane, he is an Australian who happens to have both Hongkonger and Chinese heritage, and draws upon experiences and mental health challenges of living as a person of colour. In this context, du Potiers’ practice examines power, privilege, and representation, without being bound to a specific material or method. His work references queerness and its additional complexities when navigated through a multicultural lens, with more recent outcomes incorporating textiles and installation – delving into manipulation of space and scale.

In addition to participating in residencies, exhibitions, and art prizes as an artist, du Potiers is a founding member of XYZ Artist-Run-Initiative – a recipient of National Association for the Visual Arts’ ‘New Space’ mentorship program.

Artist website: https://blisteredhand.wordpress.com/

PROJECT FOR THE AFFIRMATION OF THE VOICE

PROJECT FOR THE AFFIRMATION OF THE VOICE

BY RACHAEL HAYNES

Project for the Affirmation of the Voice (PROAV) is an artist residency, exhibition and conversation series that will address the polyvocal nature of contemporary feminism. This project is focused on the intersections of language, gender politics and representation as observed in social practices, material archives and cultural texts. Taking as a starting point the provocation that ‘small acts of resistance can create change’, these text-based works will draw specifically on contemporary protest language and feminist social history archives. This project addresses both the nature of collective voice in activism and the differences inherent in any understanding of contemporary intersectional feminism.

WHERE

66 Hope Street, South Brisbane

WHEN

February 2020

EVENTS

Art Feminism Friday
21 February 2 – 4pm

“Feminism, back by popular demand.”

Join artist Rachael Haynes in her studio at Hope Street for Art Feminism Friday on 21st February 2 – 4pm.  Bring along a print-out of a feminist news or magazine article, essay or book chapter, for some Friday afternoon conversation and cut-up collage making. This event is part of the Project for the Affirmation of the Voice, which is focused on the intersections of language, gender politics and representation as observed in social practices, material archives and cultural texts. PROAV draws on revisionist strategies to offer a feminist site of reclamation for voices of difference and seeks to work against patriarchal violence, which manifests as silencing and exclusion. 

PROAV Studio Remix – Residency Closing Event
29 February 2 – 4pm.

While artist-in-residence at Hope Street in February, Rachael has been making new works that address the polyvocal nature of contemporary feminism in the ongoing Project for the Affirmation of the Voice. Taking as a starting point the provocation that ‘small acts of resistance can create change’, these text-based works draw specifically on contemporary protest language and feminist social history archives. This project addresses both the nature of collective voice in activism and the differences inherent in any understanding of contemporary intersectional feminism. The PROAV Studio Remix is an evolving exhibition that brings together new and existing fabric works and drawings. The exhibition is open for viewing on Saturday 29th February 2 – 4pm. 

THE ARTIST

Rachael Haynes

Rachael Haynes is a contemporary artist and academic who lives and works in Brisbane, Australia. Her art practice engages with feminist ethics, care, archives and activism by examining the social and personal constructs of language and gender. Rachael completed a Doctor of Philosophy in Visual Arts (2009) with the support of an Australian Postgraduate Award for research at the Queensland University of Technology, where she is now a Lecturer in Visual Arts in the School of Creative Practice. Rachael has been actively involved with independent and artist-run activity since 2010 and has served on the Board of Directors for the Institute of Modern Art (IMA), was a founding member of the feminist collective LEVEL (2010-2018) and the Gallery Director of Boxcopy Contemporary Art Space (2012-2018). She is a member of the Engagement Council at UQ Art Museum.

Artist website: www.rachaelhaynes.com

DISSEMBLANCE

DISSEMBLANCE

BY JACINTA GILES

Dissemblance explores the idea that photography can absorb images of reality and return them to the viewer as signs of the elusive spectres that haunt the fringes of our daily lives. In using unconventional photographic processes that take their cues from how memory operates, what emerges is a materiality analogous to the graininess of broadcast transmissions. Images arising from and dissolving into another to form a second order reality. Memory, witnessing and the affective power of our shared visual culture are all examined within this project. While Giles’ practice has focused on printed photographic works, this residency will see the translation of this into moving image works, a medium of apparitions intertwined with our memories. 

For Jacinta’s residency project, Dissemblance, Giles was working in isolation and limiting her materials, foregoing physical prints to produce a moving image works. Responding directly to COVID 19, this new video work manipulates and combines images of the domestic environment, with an emphasis on its screens and their mediation of this crisis.

The work captures the inward gaze of a renewed attention to the domestic environment alongside a restless and insistent gaze outward via screens: scrolling, switching and processing a constant stream of media, a source of connection and disconnection. The work is a snapshot into the uncertainty of the unfolding present, and an expression of, and reflection on, the anxiety and grief that has accompanied this.

WHERE

Working from home

WHEN

27 April – 24 May 2020

THE ARTIST

Jacinta Giles

Jacinta Giles is an emerging Australian visual artist who uses the materiality and conceptual framework of photography to explore the impermanent, mutable and fragmentary nature of memory.

Through using unconventional photographic processes that take their cues from how memory operates, Giles creates images that speak to the affective and shared visual nature of remembrances. In subverting photographic temporality — the idea that a photograph represents a single moment in time — her work could be considered an archiving of memory traces and lost recollections. Giles has exhibited in galleries across Australia and in London and graduated with a Master of Visual Art from the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, in 2016.

Artist website: www.jacintagiles.com

AN UNSOUND MIMICRY

AN UNSOUND MIMICRY

BY KATIE PAINE

Katie Paine will undertake a residency to develop the project An Unsound Mimicry. This project considers the role language plays as a tool for communication and human understanding.  Paine’s work uses prose embedded within installation to evoke alternate engagements with institutional bodies of knowledge. She creates fictions to explore our collective conceptualisation of time and the way systems of meaning-making are culpable of perpetuating fraught narratives: particularly regarding our understanding of history. The acts of speaking, reading and writing function as tools used to communicate information: An Unsound Mimicry critically considers the fallible, porous and mutable potential embedded in each of these systems.

Throughout the residency, the Ferryman’s Hut will become a studio space to create performance, installation and a body of fiction.

 

An Unexpected Line of Inquiry

An Unexpected Line of Inquiry is an informal discussion group taking place as part of Katie Paine’s Metro Arts residency, An Unsound Mimicry. This project explores the nature of artistic research by giving voice to ideas that sit outside practitioner’s primary discourses. This online ‘meeting’ allows for artists, writers and researchers to come together to discuss the more tangential aspects of their research: ideas considered aberrant, irrelevant or unresolved.

The first meeting will be held on Monday 8th June at 11am. If you would like to be involved, please contact Katie at katielouisepaine@gmail.com

WHERE

Working from home

WHEN

June – July 2020

THE ARTIST

Katie Paine

Katie Paine is a Naarm/ Melbourne-based artist and writer whose practice investigates systems of meaning-making, specifically, the role images and language play in constructing narrative. Within her work Paine uses text, drawing, video, assemblage and installation to explore our collective conceptualisation of time and the way systems of meaning-making are culpable of perpetuating fraught narratives, particularly in relation to our understanding of history. 

Paine has exhibited at Bus Projects, c3 Contemporary Art Space, Kings ARI, Blindside ARI, Seventh Gallery, Daine Singer, Irene Rose Gallery and La Trobe Art Institute. Using writing as a mode of artistic practice alongside criticism, Paine has written for institutions such as Next Wave, Bus Projects, Nicholas Projects, Un Projects, Art Almanac and Art and Australia.

Artist website: www.katielouisepaine.com

NEW OLD PRAYERS

NEW OLD PRAYERS

BY SANCINTYA MOHINI SIMPSON
AND ISHA RAM DAS

New Old Prayers is a collaborative project between siblings Sancintya Mohini Simpson and Isha Ram Das which reframes colonial histories and perspectives on Indian indenture in the colony of Natal (now KwaZulu–Natal, South Africa) through an interactive sound installation and experimental sound performance.

Simpson and Das address this colonial archive, by creating what they consider to be a new archive, around a culturally specific framework that is based on the oral traditions, rather than written or photographed by a colonial lens. With oral histories as a key cultural framework, they are interested in creating an oral and non-oral archive of sounds – and developing both an experimental performance and interactive sound installation based on this. This archive will be made from songs sung during indenture, the sounds labourers would have heard, and other environmental elements. They are new prayers, songs and rituals, that create a space for another perspective through which to view these histories.

 

Working with family: Sancintya and Isha discussed what it’s like collaborating with family. Read the full discussion HERE

WHERE

Norman Park Substation

WHEN

24 May – 22 June 2020

THE ARTIST

Sancintya Mohini Simpson

Sancintya Mohini Simpson’s practice addresses the impact of colonisation on the historical and lived experiences of her family, and more broadly traces the movements and passages of indentured labourers from India to South Africa during the late 1800’s and throughout the early 1900’s. Her interdisciplinary practice draws on the archive to explore the complexities of migration, memory and trauma. Simpson’s work moves between painting and video, to poetry and performance, developing narratives and rituals, which she uses to navigate family history, and embed wider narratives surrounding the Indian indenture diaspora community. 

Artist website: http://sancintya.com

Isha Ram Das

Isha Ram Das is a composer and sound artist, whose work marries contemporary electronic practices with the instrumentation found in traditional Indian music and ritual. His work incorporates experimental sounds, techniques and compositions into performances, installations and recordings. These elements allow for a considered exploration of both his familial and own cultural displacement. In collaboration with sibling Sancintya Mohini Simpson, Das responds to this history of displacement, in which his ancestors were taken from India to South Africa and work as indentured labourers during the late 1800’s and throughout the early 1900’s to create an ongoing oral archive through performance. 

Artist website: https://isharamdas.com

PHANTOM CHIPS PLAYFUL INTERACTIVE INSTRUMENTS AND SCULPTURES

PHANTOM CHIPS PLAYFUL INTERACTIVE INSTRUMENTS AND SCULPTURES

BY TARA PATTENDEN

Tara Pattenden is an artist, instrument maker and educator. Her wearable, fabric-based electronic instruments enable new expressive ways to perform music and her participatory audience participation by creating sound through movements and gestures. During the residency she will develop new work in an open studio environment inviting the public to interact with the work during the development process.  She will hold demonstrations performance and electronics workshops in the gallery space.

WORKSHOPS

WHERE

66 Hope Street, South Brisbane

WHEN

6 – 26 January 2020

LEARN TO LIVE CODE WITH TIDALCYCLES

TidalCycles (or Tidal for short) is a programming language that allows you to make musical patterns with text, describing sequences and ways of transforming and combining them, exploring complex interactions between simple parts.

Over three wednesday evenings, join Tara for a series of workshops in live coding, learning something new each week with guest artist talks from a range of people working with live code. 

WHEN / 7pm, Wednesday 8, 15 & 22 January
COST / FREE! No registration required.
TO BRING / click on the link for more information on what to bring. 

INTRO TO AUDIO ELECTRONICS
Learn about audio electronics and build your own synthesizer at this workshop aimed at beginners. Using a prototype board we will learn about different electronic components and how they work together to create audio. You will learn to solder and leave with your own working instrument! 

WHEN / 11:30am – 5:30pm, Sunday 12 January
COST / $100.00

TEENSY AUDIO WORKSHOP
The teensy is a microcontroller based on an Arduino chip that features a powerful audio editor that allows you to easily create sound.   

This workshop, aimed at beginners, will cover the basics of using the teensy.  Including some basic electronics and an introduction to coding. You will learn about different wave shapes and effects, and create your own synthesizer to take home. The aim of this workshop is to provide a foundation to continue learning and making. So many inventive and wonderful things can be made with it. You will take home the teensy (value $40) to continue learning.

WHEN / 11am – 5pm, Saturday 18 January
COST / $150.00

GRIM BEEPER WORKSHOP
In this workshop you can build a Grim Beeper, learn to solder and learn about different electronics components. No previous experience with electronics is required.

The Grim Beeper is made of two parts. An EMF detector which lights an LED when Electromagnetic frequencies are detected. This light controls the sound of a square wave oscillator.

It is believed by some people that a ghostly presence can be associated with a fluctuation in temperature and electromagnetic energy. This has not been proven however an EMF detector is a common tool used by ghost hunters.

WHEN / 10am – 2pm, Sunday 19 January
COST / $80.00

THE ARTIST

Tara Pattenden

My artistic practice incorporates interdisciplinary approaches to sound art, live performance, instrument building and interactive art. As Phantom Chips I create live participatory performances and music compositions using my own designed hand-built instruments. My wearable, fabric-based electronic instruments enable new expressive ways to play music and invite audience participation by creating sound through movements and gestures.

Since 2011 I have been designing and building instruments and my range includes the Lerango Drone, Noisy Bstrd, Hoopsnake and Grim Beeper – used by artists globally, and featured on BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction. I have delivered workshops at prestigious forums including: Norberg Festival (SE); HoloSounds (DE); Onassis Stegi Cultural Centre (GR); and Victoria & Albert Museum (UK). Performance highlights include: Milhoes de Festa (PT); Cafe Oto (UK); Pohoda (SK); Supersonic (UK); Tectonics (UK); Supernormal (UK); CTM (DE); ISEA (DE); and Ideal Festival (FR). Major residencies include: PRS for Music/British Council at Novas Frequências (BR); EMS (SE), STEIM (NL); and Cyland (RU).

Artist website: www.phantomchips.com

BEYOND THE SURFACE: BRISBANE’S POLITICAL HOLES

BEYOND THE SURFACE: BRISBANE’S POLITICAL HOLES

BY JOANNE CHOUEIRI

The demolition of approximately 60 buildings under Premier Sir Joh Bielke Petersen around Brisbane constituted a milestone in the fight towards the conservation of heritage buildings. These demolitions produced ‘political holes’ defined as physical and psychological holes created by a political hand. The physical hole is demonstrated by the disappearance of the building from the skyline and its map. The psychological hole is the affective experience of absence shared throughout the community. The aim of this project is to map out the physical holes and collect narratives of the history of these buildings. By doing so, the stories and memories of these spaces are unearthed and brought forth as part of the city’s architectural and social history.

WHERE

Working from home

WHEN

TBC

THE ARTIST

Joanne Choueiri

Joanne Choueiri is an architect, researcher, and artist from Beirut, Lebanon. Her trans-disciplinary training allows her to work at the cross-section between art, architecture, and research. Her research focuses on possible speculative narratives of space, interiors, and the city. With her work, she has participated in several exhibitions in Milan, London and Rotterdam. Before moving to Australia, Joanne was a lecturer at the Lebanese American University of Beirut. Currently, she is a PhD candidate and instructor of architecture and interior design at Griffith University, Australia. 

Artist website: https://cargocollective.com/joannechoueiri

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This project is supported by Griffith University. 

MEDICAMENT FOR YOUR PREDICAMENT

MEDICAMENT FOR YOUR PREDICAMENT

BY CAT JONES

Part apothecary, part apothegmary, Medicament For Your Predicament is a socially engaged artwork compounding political pharmacopoeias – ointments, tonics, gargles and powders to soothe our soluble and insoluble bodies.

Drawing on artist Cat Jones’ unique botanic, sensory and social practices, the project contributes to a larger body of research around medicine + feminist futures. This residency includes development of reflective, sensory workshops, an ‘open pharmacy’ event with unique merchandise and a card game.

From antidotes to ire, diuretics for disillusionment and cures for capitalism, Medicament For Your Predicament gently applies a drawing ointment to modern maladies, creating recipes for transformation and queering medicine. Framed by the ethics of autonomy, justice and beneficence the process aims to share intergenerational and cultural knowledge, embody care and begin a chemical change.

WHERE

Metro at Hope

WHEN

2 – 24 December 2019

Workshops / $22.19: 
Saturday 14 December, 2 – 5pm
Sunday 15 December, 2 – 5pm

Open Pharmacy / FREE: 
Wednesday 18 December, 5.30 – 7.30pm
Thursday 19 December, 5.30 – 7.30pm

THE ARTIST

Cat Jones

Cat Jones is an interdisciplinary artist, writer and researcher thinking across social, biological and metaphysical realms. Her work investigates transformation through the subversion of science, history, language and the senses. She works with neuroscientists, biologists, entomologists, gastronomists and more to make performance, media, site-specific, socially engaged, olfactory and edible art.

Jones has received commissions from Sydney Festival, The WIRED Lab (NSW), Proximity Festival (WA), Vitalstatistix (SA), worked with pvi collective, Chicks on Speed, The League of Imaginary Scientists (USA), fo.am (BE), and has presented her work internationally in the UK, USA, Germany and Czech Republic,

Jones has a BA Drama QUT, is previously Artistic Director/CEO, PACT centre for emerging artists and Co-Director then Chairperson of Electrofringe. She is a Creative Australia Fellow 2012, alumni of SymbioticA, and ANAT’s Synapse, affiliate artist researcher, Sansom Institute, Body in Mind, UniSA, winner of the Sadakichi Art and Olfaction award 2016 and 2018/2019 Create NSW Fellow researching medicine + feminist futures.

Artist website: http://catjones.net

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. This project was assisted through support from the NSW government through Create NSW. This project was developed with the support of Blast Theory and pvi collective. This project was developed with support of Vitalstatistix.