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WHAT HAPPENS NOW?


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WHAT HAPPENS NOW?


Public Art Melbourne Biennial Lab | 17-23 October 2016

From our Chief Curator, Natalie King

The title of the inaugural Biennial Lab, What happens now? is derived from an anonymous paste-up program throughout New York City in 1979 by American artist Jenny Holzer. Like a manifesto, Holzer’s slogans are part of her acerbic ‘Inflammatory Essays’.

While anchoring the curatorial framework, the proposition What happens now? offers an open-ended inquiry and the prospect of imagining new possibilities. By asking about ‘now’, we can interrogate the multi-layered and deeply condensed history of the Biennial Lab site: Queen Victoria Market. Established in 1878 as part of the Council’s mandate to manage Melbourne’s consortium of markets, the Market also resides on one of Melbourne’s earliest cemeteries. Queen Victoria Market provides a place to imagine the traces of Indigenous, mercantile, migratory and colonial histories that are embedded in the site.

The capacious title What happens now? suggests that we are at a crossroads in our city while allowing artist to probe and experiment: What is the role of anti-monuments? How can we work with local communities within larger social and cultural structures? How can the Biennial Lab be an incubator or micro-ecology? What can ‘happen’ in a market situation that is voluble on some days yet static on others during the weekly market calendar cycle of open/closed, day/night? How can we listen to the murmurings of Melbourne?

From elaborate and evocative installations to intimate moments of human connection, this suite of eight temporary new works will share some of the market’s secrets and stories over a calendar week, complemented by artist’s talks, performances, happenings and song.

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PROJECTS


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PROJECTS


A Centre for Everything, Visible Hands

A Centre for Everything’s Gabrielle de Vietri and Will Foster have developed the unspoken language used by traders at the Queen Victoria Market.
Isobel Knowles and Van Sowerwine, Out In The Open

Using puppets, miniature models and drawing from interviews with traders, Out In The Open is an animated installation that narrates a hidden side of the market.
Steven Rhall, Gesture (70º East) New Day Rising

Gesture (70º East) New Day Rising co-opts the grid, a device used in the demarcation of (cemetery) space and a colonial tool utilised during settlement.
Field Theory, 9000 Minutes

There are 9000 minutes in 6.25 days. There are 9000 bodies that lay beneath Queen Victoria Market. Field Theory will broadcast non-stop for 9000 mins.
Kiron Robinson, Upon this troubled sea

Kiron Robinson considers the idea of flux, change and constant movement as a place of comfort and contentment within the fluidity of exchange.

The Mechanics Institute, Trade School


Trade School is an art project which scratches below the surface of the economic system to reveal the enigmatic side of the art market.
Hiromi Tango, Wrapped

The market space, when closed for the night is reminiscent of the sleeping brain, the subconscious, and genes which carry memories of the market.
SIBLING, Over Obelisk


An architectonic framing device is erected around the John Batman monument, allowing it to be viewed from a range of angles.

Program


Biennial Lab will activate the site of the Queen Victoria Market, 17-23 October. For more information on the program, click here.
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ACTIVATION


ACTIVATION

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ACTIVATION

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ARTISTS


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THE MELBOURNE PRINCIPLES


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THE MELBOURNE PRINCIPLES


During the lab, participating artists reimagined ‘The New Rules of Public Art’. Published in 2013 by Situations, these rules acted as a catalyst for debate, fostering discussion about the role of public art. Responding to these original rules, Public Art Melbourne created a new list, The Melbourne Principles: New Rules for Public Art, while immersed in the Lab with artists at Queen Victoria Market. The rules were developed in collaboration with Claire Doherty, Director of Situations.

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LAB


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LAB


Thoughts, pictures and explorations from the first Public Art Melbourne Biennial Lab. By writers, artists, curators and the like.

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SITE


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QUEEN VICTORIA MARKET (QVM) IN MELBOURNE IS THE SITE FOR THE INAUGURAL PUBLIC ART MELBOURNE BIENNIAL LAB AND THE LAB'S TEMPORARY PUBLIC ARTWORK COMMISSIONS.

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TEAM


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Meet the team behind the inaugural Public Art Melbourne Biennial Lab

Curatorium: Natalie King (Chief Curator), David Cross (artist, curator, Head of Art and Performance, Deakin University), Jefa Greenaway (architect, Director, Greenaway Architects and Indigenous Architecture and Design Victoria), Veronica Kent (artist, The Telepathy Project), Djon Mundine OAM (curator, activist and writer), Fiona Whitworth (Queen Victoria Market), Lynda Roberts (City of Melbourne).

International Affiliates: Claire Doherty (Director, Situations), Khairuddin Hori (artist and former Deputy Director of Artistic Programming, Palais de Tokyo, Paris), Hou Hanru (Director, MAXXI, Rome).

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NEWS


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NEWS


BIENNIAL LAB IN THE NEWS

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THANK YOU


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THANK YOU