On the move – Performing Mobilities takes to Melbourne’s streets

Brian Ritchie, Violent Femmes' bass player -  performing portable komuso temple compositions at RMIT University, in the laneway between RMIT Gallery and Building 8. Photo Evelyn Tsitas

Brian Ritchie, Violent Femmes’ bass player – performing portable komuso temple compositions at RMIT University, in the laneway between RMIT Gallery and Building 8. Photo Evelyn Tsitas

This week, RMIT Gallery becomes the staging point for PASSAGES of mobile performance projects as part of the Performing Mobilities exhibition. From Monday 5 October to Saturday 10 October, artists are offering ways to encounter art in various live and moving manifestations.

You might encounter a tour whose subject is the tours available in Melbourne; a woman repairing a bitumen road surface by hand; a VERY LOCAL RADIO broadcast operating from a shopping trolley; or a fleeting composition of space and sound enacted in a PORTABLE TEMPLE.

Numerous mobile performances invite you to walk with the artist, including Angela Kilford’s WALKING ON FALLOW LANDS #2, taking one foot after another into the way that first peoples of Melbourne and New Zealand value place and motion.

The 8 Tours listed all leave from RMIT Gallery. Please arrive five minutes before tour commences. All tours are free of charge. Wear appropriate clothing for walking and in hot weather, a hat and sunscreen are sensible choices.

1. PORTABLE KOMUSO TEMPLE COMPOSITIONS

PERFORMERS: 

WHERE: Friday 9 October 1pm between RMIT Gallery & RMIT Building 8.

DURATION: 45 minutes duration.

COMPANION CURATOR: Mick Douglas

This collaborative project of musician Brian Ritchie and architect Stuart Tanner acknowledges the Zen monk tradition of transitory wandering, whilst exploring contemporary instances of how space, sound, movement, and experience might poignantly intersect. Ritchie and Tanner share an interest in clarity and simplicity. Ritchie’s sonic pursuits are underscored by both the active directness that first propelled and continues to sustain his punk-acoustic group the Violent Femmes, and his traditional training and ongoing practice in the Shakuhachi, for which he is a licensed teacher/performer granted the name ‘Tairaku’, translating as ‘big music’.

2. REPEATING SILENCE

Performance - Chris Braddock (NZ) stands stationary with eyes closed slowly turning his head from side to side. Photo Evelyn Tsitas

Performance – Chris Braddock (NZ) stands stationary with eyes closed slowly turning his head from side to side. Photo Evelyn Tsitas

PERFORMER: 

DATES: Friday 9 October, 11.30am –1pm, RMIT Gallery (TRACES FLOOR TALK); 1-2pm

WHERE: RMIT Gallery

MORE:  www.christopherbraddock.com

COMPANION CURATOR: David Cross

In Repeating Silence, 2015, a performance with livestream video, Chris Braddock (NZ) stands stationary with eyes closed slowly turning his head from side to side in the institutions and busy lane ways of Melbourne’s CBD. While he is completely stationary and with his eyes closed for an hour at a time, he turns his head very slowly from left to right as if surveying the scene. Video images (from above and close up) are livestreamed to tablets in close proximity, lecture theatres and to christopherbraddock.com.

3. NOW AGAIN

Now Again: Deakin University dance students will take you on guided city tours during Performing Mobilities. Photo Evelyn Tsitas

Now Again: Deakin University dance students will take you on guided city tours during Performing Mobilities. Photo Evelyn Tsitas

PERFORMERS: 

  • WHERE: environs around RMIT Gallery
  • WHEN: Wednesday 7 October 9am; Thursday 8 October 10.30am; Friday 9 Oct 9pm.
  • DURATION: 1 hour. The performance involves simple participation.  Please bring earbuds and smart phone as internet access required.
    MORE: http://oliviamillard.net/nowagain/COMPANION CURATOR:  Meredith Rogers

 4. WALK ON FALLOW LANDS #2

New Zealand artist Angela Kilford at RMIT Gallery for her

New Zealand artist Angela Kilford at RMIT Gallery for her “walk on Fallow Lands #2′ tour. Photo: Evelyn Tsitas

PERFORMER: 

DATES: Monday 5 October to Saturday 10 October

WHERE: Meet at RMIT Gallery foyer

TIME: 11:00 am and 1 pm daily

DURATION: 2 hours (Walk on Thursday 8 Oct runs for 1.15 hours).

The walk departs daily from RMIT Gallery to Flagstaff Gardens in Melbourne, progressing to the Birrarung (Yarra River).

BOOKINGS: Maximum 8 people. Bookings by email to: kilfords (at) gmail.com

COMPANION CURATOR: James Oliver

Take a tour - Angela Kilford heads towards Flagstaff Gardens with a participant. Photo: Evelyn Tsitas

Take a tour – Angela Kilford heads towards Flagstaff Gardens with a participant. Photo: Evelyn Tsitas

  • 5. VERY LOCAL RADIO (IN FOUR MOVEMENTS)

    PERFORMERS: 

    WHERE:  midday Saturday 3 October departing RMIT Gallery; midnight Sat 3 Oct > departing RMIT Gallery (outside front entrance)

    DURATION:  2 hours. Limited to 3 participants invited to travel with each journey
    Listen at http://broadcast.sashagrbich.com

    MORE: http://broadcast.sashagrbich.com

    COMPANION CURATOR: Paul Gazzola

    6. TECHNOPIA TOURS – WORKING MELBOURNE

  • Technopia Tours - Working Melbourne. As part of Performing Mobilities, Kim Donaldson takes people on tours that reveal Melbourne at work. Photo: Vicki Jones Photography.

    Technopia Tours – Working Melbourne. As part of Performing Mobilities, Kim Donaldson takes people on tours that reveal Melbourne at work. Photo: Vicki Jones Photography.

  •  PERFORMER: 

    DATES: Tuesday 6 October; Wednesday 7 October; Thursday 8 October

    WHERE: Meet at RMIT Gallery foyer

    Tuesday 6 October
    12.15pm The Plumbing Tour. Visit Melbourne City Council’s Black Water Plant and see the plumbing underbelly of the Melbourne City Baths. 1.5 hours
    2.30pm The Working Building Tour. Visit an art gallery and the private work spaces of an artist, an animator and a milliner in the Nicholson Building. 2 hours

    Wednesday 7th October
    10.30am Early Bird Special. Meet on the steps of RMIT gallery. Visit the kitchen of the renowned restaurant ‘The Press Club’. 1.5 hours
    12.30pm Visit the State Library of Victoria where a librarian from their Photograph Collection will share with us some historical images of working in Melbourne. 1 hour
    2.30pm See the inner workings of the Grand Organ at the Melbourne Town Hall. 1 hour.

    Thursday 8 October
    11am See food scraps from the cafes of Degraves Street turned into fertiliser for the gardens of Melbourne. 1 hour

    BOOKING: Booking direct through the artist kimd@unimelb.edu.au

    COMPANION CURATOR: Meredith Rogers

Off to see the city: Technopia Tours leave RMIT Gallery. Photo: Evelyn Tsitas

Off to see the city: Technopia Tours leave RMIT Gallery. Photo: Evelyn Tsitas

PERFORMER: 

WHERE: meet at RMIT Gallery foyer

WHEN: Tuesday 6 October 1pm & 4.30pm; Wednesday 7 October 1pm & 4.30pm; and Thursday 8 October 11 am.

DURATION: 1.5 hours; Limited to 8 participants

BOOKING:  Booking is required email:info@billaitchison.co.uk

COMPANION CURATOR:  Fiona Wilkie

8. WALK WITH ME

UK artist Dierdrie Heddon takes participants on a guided audio-walk from RMIT Gallery. Photo: Evelyn Tsitas

UK artist Dierdrie Heddon takes participants on a guided audio-walk from RMIT Gallery. Photo: Evelyn Tsitas

PERFORMER: 

DATES: Monday 5 October and Tuesday 6 October

WHERE: Departing from RMIT Gallery

TIMES: 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm daily – 30-minutes duration
Limited to 10 people per walk > Accessible to wheelchair users

MORE: http://walkinginterconnections.com/

COMPANION CURATOR: Fiona Wilkie

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