Micro Galleries Denpasar

In October 2015, 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 2015

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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.

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1NS15 Video

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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.

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Powerhouse Geelong

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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

ローマ字

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.

VIDEO & SOUND: M T WALKER
SOUND COLLABORATORS: SARAH PHELAN, JONATHON NOKES
NARRATIONS BY: JUN MIYAGI, JIHYUN LEE, YANXIN LI

THANKS FOR ASKING

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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 preshot interview, stage play, dance and video mashups. Definitely worth the trip up to Epping.

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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:

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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.