Arini Byng, Sean Dockray, Tamsen Hopkinson, Steven Rhall, Jacqui Shelton, Fayen d'Evie, Public Office Means, of ProductionDates: TBC
Means, of Production is an experiment in building open-source software in an open dialogue with a group of artists, in order to try and expand the idea of how artworks can live and evolve in the peer-to-peer space. It is a collaborative project between Bus Projects, Public Office and six Melbourne-based artists. Funded as a result of Covid-19, initially the ideas sprung from an obvious lack of tools for making art works solely for an ephemeral, digital space. That’s what we hope to shift through this process.
Tamsen Hopkinson + Fayen d.Evie
In Conversation with Paul Mylecharane and Matt Lenz
Please note this event is being rescheduled. New date TBC
This project has been funded by Creative Victoria and The City of Melbourne.
Arini Byng is an artist who makes body-based work. Born on Gadigal land, she is of Lenape, African American and Anglo-Celtic descent. Arini works with the affective qualities of materials, gestures and settings — undertaking exercises in image, movement and form to negotiate political scenes. Arini’s performances and videos are complex, intimate studies in gesture and action. Her work has been exhibited nationally including Blak Dot Gallery, Watch This Space, Neon Parc project space, MPavilion, c3 Contemporary Art Space, Blindside, Bus Projects, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, The Australian Centre For Contemporary Art, and The Centre for Contemporary Photography; selected works published by Perimeter Editions, Higher Arc, Le Roy and Photofile; and with work held in publication collections of V&A, MoMA, MOCA and Tate Modern. Arini lives and works in Naarm (Melbourne) on the unceded sovereign lands and waterways of the Boon Wurrung and Woi Wurrung (Wurundjeri) people of the Kulin Nation.
Fayen d’Evie is an artist, writer, and publisher, born in Malaysia, raised in Aotearoa New Zealand, and now living in the bushlands of unceded Jaara country, Australia. Her projects are often collaborative, and resist spectatorship by inviting audiences into sensorial readings of artworks. Fayen advocates blindness as a critical position that offers methods for navigating intersensory conversations, the tangible and intangible, hallucination, uncertainty, the precarious, the invisible, and the concealed. She is the founder of 3-ply, which approaches artist-led publishing as an experimental, critical, and poetic site for the creation, mutation, dispersal, and archiving of texts. With artist and Yindjibarndi woman Katie West, Fayen co-founded the Museum Incognita, a decolonised museum structure grounded in custodial ethics, that activates collective readings of neglected and obscured histories, through sensorial scores, performative encounters, and intertwining threads of story.
Sean Dockray is a Melbourne based artist, a founding director of the Los Angeles non-profit Telic Arts Exchange, and initiator of knowledge-sharing platforms, The Public School and Aaaaarg. His work has been included in the group exhibitions ‘Imaginary Accord’ at The Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, ‘Factory Fetish’ at West Space, Melbourne, ‘Vantage Point’ at the Substation, Melbourne, ‘Public Library’ at Württembergishcer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, ‘Wide Open School’ at the Hayward Gallery, London, ‘New Construction in Video Art’ at California Museum of Photography, Riverside and ‘Shadowboxing’ at the Royal College of Art, London.
Tamsen Hopkinson, Ngati Kahungunu ki te Wairoa, Ngati Pahauwera is a Maori artist from Aotearoa, based in Narrm Melbourne. Her practice is an expression of mana wahine from a kaupapa Maori world view, which is also informed by her Irish Pakeha ancestry. Tamsen’s work questions the construction of race, the patriarchal nature of colonisation and the hiriwa / silver area between binaries. Tamsen uses ideas of materiality to contrast, contradict and question the mistranslation between two cultures, based in a painting conversation. Tino Rangatiratanga underpins and grounds her practice. Tamsen Hopkinson (BFA / BA (hons)) majored in Painting, Art History and Philosophy from the Elam School of Fine Arts, Aotearoa. Tamsen has worked across multiple artist run spaces over the last 8 years including programming for West Space, TCB Art Inc. and is a current member of the Un Magazine Advisory board. She is the producer of Dust Productions, a video and audio storytelling artist collective with a focus on contemporary art and accessibility: http://unprojects.org.au/un-extended/STUDIO/ Tamsen has collaborated across various music projects including Blank Statements, J.McFarlane’s Reality Guest and BCC. She currently works as a Teaching Associate at Monash University of Art Design and Architecture (MADA).
Steven Rhall is a post-conceptual artist operating from a First Nation, white-passing, genderqueer, positionality. Rhall’s interdisciplinary practice responds to the intersectionality of First Nation art practice and the Western art canon. He interrogates modes of representation, classification and hierarchy using installation, performance, process lead methodologies, ‘curatorial’ projects, sculpture, and via public & private interventions. Rhall exhibits internationally, lectures at the Victorian College of the Arts, is a PhD candidate at Monash University on Birrarung-ga land (Melbourne, Australia).
Jacqui SheltonI is an artist and writer born on Barada Barna land, central QLD, and based in Narrm, Melbourne. Her work uses text, performance, film-making and photography to explore the complications of performance and presence, and how voice, language, and image can collaborate or undermine one another. She is especially interested in how emotion and embodied experience can be made public and activated to reveal a complex politics of living-together, and the tensions this makes visible. She has produced exhibitions and performance works in association with institutions including Gertrude Contemporary, the Institute of Modern Art, West Space, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Tarrawarra Museum, and with Channels Festival and Liquid Architecture. Shelton has shown work internationally in Milan at Care-Of, and at NARS Inc in New York City. She teaches photography at Monash University and in the Masters of Media program at RMIT, and hold a PhD from Monash University.