As part of this year‘s Melbourne Fringe Festival there are a series of short films and video art works screening in the Fringe Film program. My video Explicate is one of 11 works screening at Federation Square between 6pm and 7pm nightly from the 17th until 21st of September. There are also many more works screening on Sunday 27th September at the Fringe Hub, North Melbourne Town Hall. Among them will be both Explicate and another of my works Drub –both of which investigate the man–made environment and hint at the exploitation of workers, past and present, in Australia and Malaysia.
Coalesce ARI presents One Night Stand II at 524 Flinders St on September 21st from 6pm – 10pm.
It is a one night only event that explores Transient Status through performance, interactive, live and durational installations & exhibits. As part of this event Gracie Slonim, Shae Rooke and Mark Walker have organised a series of video art screenings by Melbourne artists including Matthew Berka, Alica Bryson–Haynes, Xanthe Dobbie, Shae Rooke, Andrew Turland and M T Walker that reflect the themes of the event.
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The PowerHouse Geelong is Victoria’s latest graff and street art mecca. With massive 5-storey pieces by RONE and by MAYO on the exterior, and a plethora of works by over 50 big names inside including UNWELL BUNNY, ADNATE, OHNOES, SKUBZ, POISE, DUKE, ITCH, BLACKSKYBLUE and so many more…
Check it out for yourself – 40 Mackey St. North Geelong
Romaji (ローマ字) is a term that defines the romanisation of Japanese script to aid translation of that language into roman characters. The term loosely describes the phonetic translation of Japanese language to English (or romanised) languages emanating from the Western world. This title was chosen for the project because the production of these video art works are born from a similar pursuit. This effort is to transcribe ideas of political theory in contemporary Asia to those people viewing the works in Kyoto, Japan.
The Econasia series is a project that has spanned four years and encompasses nine single and multi–channel video art works, with accompanied photographs.
Econasia: Romaji incorporates 4 of these video works that investigate both the man–made and natural environments in North Korea, Japan, Indonesia and Malaysia. Local social and political accounts that relate the economic and political influences driving the so–called Asian Century are interwoven with modernist literature, sound, and contrived narratives that depict political science in the moving image.
VIDEO & SOUND: M T WALKER
SOUND COLLABORATORS: SARAH PHELAN, JONATHON NOKES
NARRATIONS BY: JUN MIYAGI, JIHYUN LEE, YANXIN LI
MUSIC PRODUCED BY RAEL THOMAS
“We knew nothing. We were so beautiful“
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 Whittlesea‘s youth theatre company. White remarks that “It‘s 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 participant‘s 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.