Thanks For Asking is a performace project by Barry Laing with artists Martin White, Matthew Berka and the First Impressions Youth Theatre. It will be held at the Epping Memorial Hall this Friday and Saturday. The event presents a hybrid of live video and theatrical performance as part of the City of Whittleseas youth theatre company. White remarks that Its an extraordinary work that arose from us asking the group to identify things they’ve never been asked, but would like to be. The answers (sometimes true, sometimes false, sometimes both) give an amazing insight into the participants lives, thoughts and experiences. The responses have also formed the basis for abstracted physical choreographies. As these forays delve into defining the identity of self, using various physical and technical methods, the night promises to be quite an extraordinary event. Thanks For Asking will meld content and form between pre-shot interview, stage play, dance and video mash-ups. Definitely worth the trip up to Epping.



Tom Nicholson (Indefinite Substitution)

During 5 days of last week, I documented Tom Nicholsons Indefinite Substitution as part of The Cinemas Project. The project involves 5 artists that relate notions of site and cinema at 5 regional Victoria cities: Mildura, Warnambool, Bendigo, Sale and Geelong. The project was commissioned by NETS Victoria, curated by Bridget Crone and includes the artists Tom Nicholson, Mikala Dwyer, Brooke Andrew, Lily Hibberd and Bianca Hester. My footage was used by the ABC in their Arts segment below:

ABC Arts

Indefinite Substitution fuses the historical relevance of the Joy Arc cinema, Australias first on-water cinema at Geelongs Eastern Beach, with the histories of William Buckley and Melbournes founder John Batman. Buckley escaped from the subsequently abandoned penal settlement at Sorrento and lived with the Wathaurong for 32 years, in and around present-day Geelong. Tom remarked that “one could almost consider Buckley Australia’s first asylum seeker,” and that while John Batman allegedly signed a treaty with the Wurundjeri people,which recognises the sovereignty of the people who lived he before,” that treaty was more like a Medieval pact and may have been forged.

Up to 60 volunteers retraced the steps of Batman and Buckley, reforming two un-fired busts of the men into barely recognisable lumps of clay. The process of transporting the sculptures of these figures from Victorias colonial past alludes to an alternate history of Batman and Buckleys role in history. I guess it’s a way of thinking about how to commemorate the early foundation of Melbourne and thinking about a way of talking about those histories different to the classical language of sculptures that we might use.” says Tom.

Econasia: Explicate

A formal exploration of space, absent of people, Walkers video, while at times alienating and impersonal, is a compelling and mesmerising reflection upon the social function of architecture.”

-Ross Coulter (presenting Explicate as winner of Excellence in New Media - RSG Art Prize)

The work addresses the way in which Western countries perpetuate the state of lack that haunts formerly colonized territories and problematizes the prosperity of economic neoliberalism.”
-Diego Ramirez (from Money Map: Thoughts on M.T. Walkers Explicate)

Econasia 9: Explicate exhibition opens at Rubicon ARI on June 11 from 6pm
Level 1 / 309 Queensberry Street, City.
June 11June 28, 2014

RSG Art Prize 2014

Now in its 2nd yearthe Raglan Street Gallery hosts 50 artists, with over 70 works, in this years Art Prize. The winner will be announced this evening, at 8pm, with the show running until June 1st. You can vote for a Peoples Choice Award at any time over the course of the 2 week show.

14 Raglan Street (off Errol), North Melbourne.


Blue Movie


In the context of cinema, blue walls are inevitably associated with theblue
screen roomand thechroma key effect’ – subjects are recorded in front of a blue
background later to be replaced during post-production. Blue Movie subverts this
process by concentrating on the materiality of the walls, and therefore disrupting
the illusory effect associated with theblue screen’. Payne discharges a vision of
degradation in which blockbuster escapismcastaway tigers, Ninja Turtles and
James Franco in funny hatsis replaced with the presentness (and perhaps the
bleakness) ofreality’. However, a more sophisticated critique lies in the way in
which it communicates to cinematic video art practices and their relationship to
the art complexa communion crystallised by the emergence of the black cube.
This syncretism remains a highly contested ground, with a blend of various art
historicalwormsand a myriad of filmiccorpsesfertilizing the land.
It may be hard to tell if Jackson Paynes Blue Movie is rotting, sprouting or perhaps
mutating, but his enthusiastic references to mortality bring late Syd Barretts No
Mans Land lyrics to mind: “When I live I die!”.

BLUE MOVIE is at Kings ARI until May 23 at Level 1 / 171 King Street Melbourne

From the essay Jackson Payne and the dematerialization of cinema by Diego Ramirez

Iranian Artists Forum

During a recent visit to Tehran, one of the most exciting prospects was the possibility of seeing the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art collection. It is one of the largest modern collections in the world and purportedly worth billions. However, as it it was the Persian New Year, the government must have felt that Iranian revolutionary art was more appropriate for the holidays and so not one of the Western works were on display -which was, of course, extremely disappointing!
Next stop was the Iranian Artists Forum. This institution was teeming with a wide array of style and form that was admittedly less refined than the works at TMCA; albeit the work of students and emerging artists. It was quite leisurely to walk throughout the studios and it looked as though the building had been turned into a sort-of graduate show (not unlike RMIT or VCA). There were many pieces that were quite successful here, artists that showed much more depth and promise than the aforementioned established artists at TMCA. And it was free.

The Iranian Artists Forum was definitely the highlight of the art that we saw in Tehran but given the collection hiding in the basement at TMCA well definitely be back to try and glimpse those ultra-rare Warhols, Pollocks and Kandinskys!

Full Clip Friday (P.Rod)

Paul Rodriguez (AKA P.Rod) is winner of numerous skateboarding awards; for both his street skateboarding ability and for video production. He scored his first spate of notoriety in clinching 3 gold medals at the 2004 X-Games and has most recently been runner-up in 2013 and gold in 2012 (street) at said games.

Last year P. hooked up with video collaborator Dan Abadi to launch the Full Clip Friday series. These skate videos are open to the public for submission -all you need do is rock down to your local skate park and film & edit a 90-second video. The series is on-going and offers the chance to be recognised by your peers in the industry and to win some fresh prizes. Below we have one of the early Friday videos, from last year, featuring  Pauls skills at his indoor park in L.A., with an overview of the project toward the end of the clip:

Platform December / January


December 2013 until January 2014 Exhibitions

Andrew Gutteridge
Kim Bridgland
Julia Boros

PLATFORM ARTSDegraves Subway, City.

Northern Exposure

Launching at aMBUSH Gallery on Friday 22 November from 7-9pm Northern Exposure will bring the varied insights and aesthetics of Asio, Benjamin Reeve, Cezary Stulgis, Fintan Magee, Gimiks Born, Guido van Helten, Gus Eagleton, Lee Harnden and Shida to Sydneys contemporary art audiences and shed light on a more serious side of Queensland culture.

Delving into concepts ranging from the brutality of Queenslands hip-hop community to haunting anatomical explorations and the changing face of an increasingly multicultural population Northern Exposure is a captivating cross-section of influences, inspirations and insights of the artists born and bred in the Sunshine StateThe show is proudly supported by aMBUSHStone & Wood, Ironlak and INFX. The Veggie Patch Van food truck will be serving snacks on the opening night. 

Northern Exposure opens on Friday 22 November from 7-9pm and continues on Saturday 23 November and Sunday 24 November from 12-4pm.

Lorne Film Festival

As the dismal weather experienced lately subsides Lorne Film presents a great opportunity to visit the seaside mecca that is Lorne. This weekend hosts the inaugural Lorne Film Festival -an event that is showcasing a spate of new and classic films -including the opening night triumph Uncharted Waters which is made by Lorne native Craig Griffin and documents local hero Wayne Lynch and his fascinating surfing career. The programme for the festival also includes classics Wake In Fright (on 35mm) and The Age of Consent with James Mason and a young Helen Mirren, among many more titles; both local and from abroad.

The aim of Lorne Film is to create and nurture film culture in Lorne and the Otway region for the duration of the event and beyond. The festival will achieve this through screenings, workshops, and live screenplay readings. Click the image below for more information:

Lorne Film


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Asio is interested in image construction and transforming the real, through the use of technology, into personal expression. The process he uses involves taking many photos of a subject, which are then printed via a computer onto a material. Asio mainly prints each photo onto 80-100gsm A4/A3 papers, which he then glues to walls. Asio feels, “doing art in the streets is quite handy and fun. By wheat pasting my posters, I am able to explore my ideas in a larger scale, curate my work around the area and get my kicks. More recently I’ve been focused on the concept on ‘Apophenia’, which is the experience of seeing meaningful patterns or connections in random or meaningless data. To do this I’ve been taking photos of fabrics that I had laid out in an arrangement that suited me, with the intent of evoking Apophenia in people in the street.” Asio has no formal education in art. Hes self taught anddoesn’t really know why I started or when I’ll finish.”

Asio is featured in the aMBUSH Gallery show Northern Exposure in Sydney during November.

Future Memorials

TarraWarra Museum of Art is nestled up in the serene and picturesque Yarra Valley. The museum was set up 10 years ago and runs as a not-for-profit initiative showcasing post-1950s Australian contemporary art. Future Memorials is a fascinating cross-cultural ensemble featuring some of Australias leading indigenous and non-indigenous artists, who have collaborated in producing the works. The exhibition was commissioned by TWMA and features Tom Nicholson, Aunty Joy Wandin Murphy & Jonathan Jones and is the first exhibition in a continuing series.
As the museum is located in close proximity to Coranderrk, the former Aboriginal Station, this site features heavily in the context of the works and coincides with the 150ᵗʰ anniversary of the station. Coranderrk was the first land commisioned by the Colony of Victoria in 1863 and remains crucial in both epitomising the dispossession of Aboriginals from their land and also their subsequent struggle for self-determination. It is at Coranderrk that the ramifications of Batmans treaty (or the invasion of Wurundjeri land) in 1835 were most directly felt. It is a site that galvanised Aborigines in Victoria to fight against ethnic cleanising, brutal colonial treatment and the survival of their race and culture; and of the Wurundjeri people in particular.

Future memorials invite

Future Memorials runs at TWMA between 19 October 2013 and 9 February 2014

Adam Freeland

Adam Freeland is well renowned on the nu-skool Breaks scene and has triumphed over the decks and jam-packed the clubs for over a decade. Adam dropped his first set some 20 years ago in London and is similar to James Lavelle & MoWax in that he was something of a prodigy in producing tight tracks, promoting club nights, and launching his own record label at a relatively young age. Originally a House DJ, Freeland was one of the nu-skool pioneers alongside contemporaries Orbital & Rennie Pilgrim and labels such as Fingerlickin‘ Records.

Adam Freeland first toured Australia in 1998 alongside DJ Krush and still bounces a nice set of beats; as heard above during August at the Kazantip Festival in Ukraine.

Bullet Train for Australia Party


Saturday is the 2013 Australian Federal Election. This year sees the culmination of a political dead heat: the choice between the drab and the drudgery. There is an alternative to placating the major parties: Vote for the Bullet Train party (BTFA).
This party is, as the name suggests, a single-issue platform that will send an imperative to Canberra -that is: invest in high-speed rail infrastructure. High-Speed Rail (HSR) has been mooted by successive governments for over 25 years and this weeks announcement by Rudd is no exception to the charade. Neither major party has paid more than lip service to this much-needed environmental, social, and national improvement project. Were told we are experiencing a boon in mining revenue: but what of the benefits? A handful of road projects and cash for the status quo? Not good enough.
the Bullet Train for Australia Party will not preference any other political parties. The party is not aligned with either of the majors; as theyve continually neglected to make HSR happen. The SydneyMelbourne air traffic route is the 3rd busiest in the world & only increasing. Our roads struggle to handle freight and passenger-travel services. With a cohesive party platform, the Bullet Train party has a refined and detailled policy structure that will make this project happen. BTFA are fielding candidates for both the Lower House and the Senate. Imagine living somewhere like Wagga Wagga and being able to commute to Melbourne for work in an hour? Catch HSR to Tullamarine Airport in minutes.

We must invest for the future and this party is our voice. Vote #1 for the Bullet Train Party.


On The Sanctity of Western Democracy

Those who tell the stories rule society-Plato



Winston Churchill bastardised this advice; an observation that questions the historical role of governmental process following the end of the World War Two through contemporary times. It is proudly that history, in good conscience, vilifies Nazi Fascism and Russian Communism [sic]. The bias, though, declines to admit that during the life of theseevil regimes there was, of course, similar policy at play in the World-at-large. That which channeled through Eurocentrism begot by subjugation of foreign nations, resources, and power structures. Domestic policies in the US and Australia (of thecivilisednations) were geared toward social segregation; not to mention the ‘endemic racial & civil persecution of the citizenry in South Africa, East Asia and South America. Political opponents surveilled and apprehended. Deplorable conditions incorrectionalfacilities. Heterogenous cultural dogma.
And in this way we might visit Modernist political thought with relevance to the appreciation in policy reform that applies a high standard of personal empowerment in the legislatures of purportedly liberaldemocracies‘.
Because it is true that those of us in the West have stronger legal apparatus available and can therefore afford to mount challenges to the state. In utilising these means we might imagine revisiting some of the political conventions of the Modern era such as Fascism, Communism, Socialism, Anarchism and Capitalism -all through the lense of a society where the multilateral termdemocracy is bandied about like some form of patriotism.

Bivouac 2013 – Artist Call Out


Submissions are now being sought for the 2013 instalment of the Bivouac exhibition of Video Art. This is an exhibition that explores temporality in site and place. The show is staged in a different venue each year and the curatorial focus is upon video works that have a direct relevance to site & place whilst not being confined to works that are explicitly site-specific. The preferred format is 3-Channel works although all submissions will be considered.

Bivouac 2013 will show new works by 10 selected artists at Horse Bazaar; a Melbourne City venue that is selected for its’ ambience and proximity to prospective target audiences. The venue has a strong repuatation for exhibiting contemporary Audio-Visual works.

The exhibition opens Wednesday 30th October and will screen until November 20th from Monday through Thursday (with extra exposure Friday & Saturdays).

Submissions must be between 2 and 9 minutes in length, with or without audio. The exhibition allows for single, two & three channel works. Works submitted for curatorial consideration may be supplied as a DVD, Blu-Ray, or .MOV format –with all channels published in one video (or file).

Works may be posted to:

Bivouac 2013

P.O.Box 177


VIC 3451


Applications will be received until 5pm on Monday the 2nd of September and all successful artists will be notified on Monday 16th of September. A $30 staging fee will be required from the successful applicants.


Please contact curators and organisers for more information:

Jessica Litsas

Mark Walker

Late Video

The Melbourne Video Art Society prepares you for two late nights of curated video art and our friends below at Shanghai Master provide dumplings.

Notice the late times:
JUNE 27th 6pm 2am JUNE 28th 9pm 2am.

Featuring video-based artwork by Polly Stanton, Georgina Criddle, David Berka, Diego Ramirez (co-curator) and Matthew Berka (co-curator).

Polly Stanton The Last ValleyPolly Stanton - The Last Valley

The Melbourne Video Art Society [seeks] to present various art works via screenings and events based on several thematic frameworks that provide a context and overview of the works, exploring the lineage the works may have in a broader video art narrative. Promoting and advocating a video art culture network for emerging video art practitioners, a forum to discuss, receive critical feedback on work, promote exhibitions and share ideas.

The Melbourne Video Art Society and Kings Artist Run would like to acknowledge the support of the City of Melbourne.

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