Blue Movie

BlueMovie
TEXT BY DIEGO RAMIREZ

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
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Renew Docklands Community Arts Space

James Wright, Matt Leaf, Polly Stanton and Nico Reddaway are contemporary Melbourne artists, curators, and events organisers that have rallied to the aid of the dismal state of social and cultural activity at that ghettobydesign: Melbournes Docklands.
The group have begun to establish an arts space and studio at Waterfront City after having gained the support of the City of Melbourne to commandeer a defunct foodcourt that sits smack bang in the centre of this failed shopping and tourism mecca. But these guys are only just beginning their battle to inject some longoverdue and desperately needed joie de vivre. And as such, theyre hoping to attain a modest amount of donations, through pozible of course, to purchase some AV equipment and to dress the space out. It is also crucial to gain interest in their activities: this is an opportunity for artists and likeminded people to assert themselves at Docklands; the payoff being that the larger the patronage, the bigger the shift in the aesthetics and environment of the area. We look at Docklands today as a dystopian abyss. However, there is always the opportunity for change. And that change begins now.

http://www.pozible.com/project/22560

 

The Arts Space is located on the piazza by the water & and can be accessed by catching the 86 Tram to itsterminus at Waterfront City.

Summer Studio

Blindside Gallery, housed as it is in the imposing Nicholas Building, is always such a pleasure to visit. And on Thursday the windswept corridors of this Modern enclave hosts a muchanticipated event. Shae Rooke and Lizzy Sampson, along with Santina Amato have studiously been hankering down to present the fruits of the Summer Studio initiative. Theyve previously commandeered the space with the aim of blurring the lines between the creation, installation and exhibition process” and the public are finally invited to view the results in person. It is worth noting that they will also sport their collective stripes in these artistic endeavours or outcomes too. The Grand Opening is from 6pm on January 31st with an Artist Talk on Saturday, February 7th, from 2.30pm at Blindside on Level 7 off the corner of Swanston and Flinders Lane.

Summer Studio

Chris Burden (Metropolis II)

The sheer magnitude of road infrastructure and its authoritative aesthetics captivate me to a point where I often find myself tracing huge arterials on satellite maps all over the world. And from this perspective I was quite pleased indeed to view the works of Chris Burden. His Metropolis II installation is particularly appeasing: in not just scale and aesthetic, but that it also holds sway to a political bent. Burden was initially a performancebased artist, but post1992 he continues to work principally with sculpture, assembly, and installation. The clip below, from Metropolis II features his latest piece which took 4 years to complete and was finally exhibited this year at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; where it is on permanent display.

BIVOUAC

A nightly ensemble of Video Art featuring:
MATTHEW BERKA | ANDREW TURLAND | M T WALKER

Screenings in the theatrette between 6pm 9pm
at LONG PLAY 318 St Georges Rd, Nth Fitzroy.

BIVOUAC ONE: Tues 1st, Wed 2nd and Thur 3rd MAY
BIVOUAC TWO: Mon 7th, Tue 8th and Wed 9th MAY

These visually stunning works explore cultural & sociopolitical philosophies, the built environment, and the singular protest.
Please come down and enjoy yourself in comfortable surrounds.

Hayley Walker (Sketch)

Sketch has just returned to Melbourne after a prolonged stint in the UK and Brisbane. She is quite an accomplished artist; having held shows in both London and Melbourne. Also having her shit together in a big way; the minute Hayley is back in town shes already got her works up on the walls at The Lounge on Swanston. I went down there the other night to meet this artistic upstart, and check out her works. And theyre very fine indeed (as youll see below). Hayley was also nice enough to provide us with a few wise words:
INFX: Whats been happening for the last few years?
Hayley: Ive spent a good part of that time working on the body of my International show Ego (or Alter Ego) which was what I called it when I took it to London.
INFX: How was the London scene does it still inspire your work?
Hayley: The networks that I made there [are] a very important asset in this field of work. In terms of inspiration, I left feeling more inspired towards the graffiti art I do, as I spent a lot of time with street artists including close friends of Banksy.
INFX: I see. Well, youre back in Melbourne and have hit the ground running what else is in store for us?
Hayley: I am currently organising a collaborative Melbourne based graffiti show with local talent here, which will hopefully be showing in August.
INFX: And what have you been up to in the Studio?
Hayley: I am currently working on one large piece, in more of my linear, black and white busy composition style, which I am aiming to exhibit around November this year.
The Ego works will don The Lounge walls until 8th May; so be sure to checkem out next time youre having a drink or three up there.

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