Performing Mobilities: 25 September – 24 October 2015

Performing Mobilities: 25 September – 24 October 2015

Lucy Bleach, video still from 46a Middle Rd, part of the “Remote Viewing” project, shot by pigeon-mounted micro-camera, HD video, 2012-2015.

Lucy Bleach, video still from 46a Middle Rd, part of the “Remote Viewing” project, shot by pigeon-mounted micro-camera, HD video, 2012-2015.

This exhibition of new work curated by Mick Douglas seeks to creatively and critically explore forms, forces, dynamics, meanings and consequences of performing mobility through a program of new experimental work. This dynamic show will include mobile performances that depart from and return to RMIT Gallery.

Traces of creative journeys form expositions that explore and reimagine movement, place and event with local relevance and global resonance. Performing Mobilities explores how contemporary life in Australia, the world’s largest island continent, is framed by borders whilst constantly being reconstructed through dynamic processes of mobility.

Dr Mick Douglas is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Architecture & Design at RMIT. His creative practice-based research is in socially-engaged public art, performance and mobility, sustainable mobility, inter-cultural creative practice and creative writing, and his recent research has explored inter-relationships between aesthetic experiences of mobility and hospitality, cultural change practices and sustainable transport in global cities.

As part of the exhibition, a new version of the powerful work Beheld by British artist Graeme Miller will be shown in the main exhibition space at RMIT Gallery. Between 2003-2006 Miller visited 10 sites where stowaways fell from aircraft.

Graeme Miller, Beheld (detail, Richmond, Surrey, United Kingdom), 2006-2015. Photograph Graeme Miller. Courtesy of the artist.

Graeme Miller, Beheld (detail, Richmond, Surrey, United Kingdom), 2006-2015. Photograph Graeme Miller. Courtesy of the artist.

An intimate and resonant audio-visual installation, Beheld connects its audience with the disturbing phenomenon of people who fell from the sky. Ten glass vessels are charged with 180º images taken at locations where the bodies of stowaways have fallen from aircraft. On lifting these bowls they resonate with the sound of their location.

Graeme Miller is an artist, theatre maker and composer. Emerging from the bold and influential stage work of Impact Theatre Co-operative in the 1980s, a group he co-founded, his own work now embraces a wide range of media. With the idea of being ‘a composer of many things that may include music’, he has made theatre, dance, installations and interventions. Often reflecting a sense of landscape and place, he regularly makes site-specific works to commission.

Performing Mobilities is the Australian program of Fluid States – a globally distributed performance research project taking place in a sequence of 15 different locations over 2015. www.fluidstates.org

This exhibition presents TRACES of new Australian and international arts projects that explore and reimagine systems of movement, place and event through challenging performance practices and ideas. The projects reveal tensions around the movement of people migrating lands or crossing a city; the movement of cultural ideas and social practices; the movement of matter through time and across space and through transformations of state; and the movement of non-human species and other than human forces.

Gathered together, the projects across the performing, visual, new media and social and spatial arts reveal interplays of worlds in motion.

Artists: Jude Anderson, Chris Barry, Kaya Barry, Lucy Bleach, Nadia Cusimano, Kim Donaldson, Mick Douglas, Paul Gazzola, Jondi Keane, Graeme Miller, Open Spatial Workshop, Pablo Patelli, David Thomas, Laurene Vaughan, Giuditta Vendrame.

Public Program: 25 September 1-2 pm: Artist talk: Graeme Miller. Bookings: (03) 9925 1717.

Mobile Performances (to be announced): Over the course of the exhibition mobile performances will depart from and return to RMIT Gallery in a fluid program of activities.

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