The Quays – Video Shoot

In late 2019, I began working on a project titled The Quays. The project encompasses a suite of video, film, photographic and spatial object works. After a series of site visits & photographic documentation, in February 2020 I embarked upon my first video shoot.

I am producing this video work with costume & make-up by Rosie Watts, performance by Yalanda Louise Edwards and with a collaboration with Luba Pryslak from the Ukrainian Community of Geelong (AUV). Marko Tkaczuk is the voice actor for the work.

This particular ‘chapter’ of the project references the John Steinbeck novel The Pearl, re-contextualising the plight of the outsider individual (or ethnic minority) against capital & financial disparities; in this case emanating from de-industrialisation.

RMIT – MFA Project

I recently completed an MFA at RMIT University as the recipient of the School of Graduate Research scholarship. My project ultimately became a study of Point Henry (Maloppio) outside Geelong. The site has a varied and remarkable history, that culminated in the (ongoing) decommissioning of a smelter facility owned by US-multinational Alcoa.

Here are some photos from my MFA graduate exhibition:

Micro Galleries Denpasar

In October, I was fortunate enough to collaborate with Jonas Sestakresna as part of the Micro Galleries project at Badung Traditional Market in Bali, Indonesia. In the weeks leading up to the event and over the course of this public art exhibition, Jonas and I devised a plan to embark upon a projection mapping and video regime that melded our skills and practice backgrounds.

Jonas was one of the exhibiting artists at the Jakarta Biennale in 2015 (along with Melbourne-based Tom Nicholson) and has produced numerous projection, installation and musical projects. At Micro Galleries, together we sourced over a dozen old television sets, which we converted into shells encasing white screens. We mounted these TVs onto bamboo and hung them from a bridge over the river adjacent Badung Market. During the lead-up to the installation, we captured video from the market and natural environments around Denpasar to use as content. We spent the weekend exhibiting onto various surfaces and produced a series of live visual graphics. In addition to the Badung Market interventions, I also produced a separate work for single-channel screenings at Lingkara Gallery, alongside 2 previous videos I’d produced in Indonesia, Vicissitude and Manikebu, from my Econasia series.

Fringe Film


As part of this years 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 Drubboth of which investigate the manmade environment and hint at the exploitation of workers, past and present, in Australia and Malaysia.

1NS15 Video

1NS15 Video

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 BrysonHaynes, Xanthe Dobbie, Shae Rooke, Andrew Turland and M T Walker that reflect the themes of the event.

Powerhouse Geelong

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 multichannel video art works, with accompanied photographs.
Econasia: Romaji incorporates 4 of these video works that investigate both the manmade and natural environments in North Korea, Japan, Indonesia and Malaysia. Local social and political accounts that relate the economic and political influences driving the socalled Asian Century are interwoven with modernist literature, sound, and contrived narratives that depict political science in the moving image.




Thanks For Asking is a performace project by Barry Laing with Bivouac 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 preshot interview, stage play, dance and video mashups. 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 onwater 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 presentday 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 unfired 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

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 postproduction. 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 displaywhich 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 sortof 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 ultrarare Warhols, Pollocks and Kandinskys!

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 hiphop community to haunting anatomical explorations and the changing face of an increasingly multicultural population Northern Exposure is a captivating crosssection 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 79pm and continues on Saturday 23 November and Sunday 24 November from 124pm.

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 filmsincluding 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 80100gsm 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.