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.

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RSG Art Prize 2014

Now in its 2nd yearthe Raglan Street Gallery hosts 50 artists, with over 70 works, in this years Art Prize. The winner will be announced this evening, at 8pm, with the show running until June 1st. You can vote for a Peoples Choice Award at any time over the course of the 2 week show.

14 Raglan Street (off Errol), North Melbourne.

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Blue Movie

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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

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!

Full Clip Friday (P.Rod)

Paul Rodriguez (AKA P.Rod) is winner of numerous skateboarding awards; for both his street skateboarding ability and for video production. He scored his first spate of notoriety in clinching 3 gold medals at the 2004 XGames and has most recently been runnerup in 2013 and gold in 2012 (street) at said games.

Last year P. hooked up with video collaborator Dan Abadi to launch the Full Clip Friday series. These skate videos are open to the public for submissionall you need do is rock down to your local skate park and film & edit a 90second video. The series is ongoing and offers the chance to be recognised by your peers in the industry and to win some fresh prizes. Below we have one of the early Friday videos, from last year, featuring  Pauls skills at his indoor park in L.A., with an overview of the project toward the end of the clip:

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.