Art Life - Footscray Community Arts Centre

Art Life - Footscray Community Arts Centre

ARTISTS: Art Life

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About Footscray Community Arts Centre’s Artlife and Arts Learning programs

 ArtLife has been running for over 20 years, engaging artists with disability to make new work, build capacity and change perceptions. The program facilitates these opportunities through visual art, performance, music, sound art, digital media, animation, horticulture, hospitality, photography, movement and life skills development. The ArtLife program has spawned a suite of creative ensembles including resident band The Hackkets, sonic art ensemble The Amplified Elephants, and performance outfit The Chaotic Order, as well as numerous exhibitions and events.

Arts Learning provides life-long and life-wide learning across multi-artforms that help spark imaginations and inspire your inner artist. The diverse workshop offerings welcomes participants of all ages and in 2015 delivered over 500 workshops to 21,000 participants. Through enrolling in Arts Learning fees go back to our work with communities in Melbourne’s west to build capacity, create opportunity and drive social change.

WEBSITE http://footscrayarts.com

SITE 1 Footscray Community Arts Centre

Weekly Ticket

Weekly Ticket

ARTIST David Wells 

STATEMENT

Weekly Ticket Footscray installs artist David Wells at Footscray Station every week for 15 years. David begins the project aged 55 and completes it at 70 the new “retirement” age.

As the artist adapts to his environment and his environment to him, extraordinary collaborations will emerge. Sometimes he will be alone. Sometimes he will be a crowd. He will be disguised in plain sight. The typical will become surreal and the extraordinary a regular occurrence, as commuters, locals and visitors become part of a living and evolving public artwork.

Over 15 years, many local, national and international artists will become part of the expanded performative conversation.

WEBSITE www.weeklyticket.org

SITE 2: Footscray Train Station on WALK 1 and Thursdays 10 - 12pm

Corinna Berndt

Corinna Berndt

ARTIST Corinna Berndt

TITLE Floating World

STATEMENT

Youjia Lu, Kellie Wells and Corinna Berndt are three Melbourne based artists who began exhibiting collaboratively in 2015 creating video-based installations for George Paton Gallery and as part of Love City Festival. All three artists work with video and their own bodies to create works that speak about female representation and digital media.    For West Projections, Lu, Wells and Berndt will join forces again projecting individual works that travel simultaneously around the Trocadero building in Footscray.    The installation reflects on the creative exchanges happening within the group and works with the concepts of shared and shifting physical proximities. 

PRACTICE

Corinna Berndt is a Melbourne based artist working across multiple mediums, including sculpture, collage and video. Her practice investigates interrelationships between the corporeal and the digital, often exploring interactions between objects and bodies. Her interest in digital video and editing processes originates from her background in sculpture. Berndt’s layered videos examine the relationship between the artist’s body and constructed screen spaces. Berndt has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and is currently completing her Masters of Fine Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne.

WEBSITE http://corinnaberndt.net

SITE 3 Trocadero Art Space

Youjia Lu

Youjia Lu

ARTIST Youjia Lu

TITLE Head Movement

STATEMENT

Youjia Lu, Kellie Wells and Corinna Berndt are three Melbourne based artists who began exhibiting collaboratively in 2015 creating video-based installations for George Paton Gallery and as part of Love City Festival.       All three artists work with video and their own bodies to create works that speak about female representation and digital media.    For West Projections, Lu, Wells and Berndt will join forces again projecting individual works that travel simultaneously around the Trocadero building in Footscray.    The installation reflects on the creative exchanges happening within the group and works with the concepts of shared and shifting physical proximities.

PRACTICE

Youjia Lu is a Chinese Artist currently undertaking her Master of Fine Arts (Visual Art) at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne. In her lens-based art practice, she seeks ways to fulfill an idealistic wish to allow the Self return to the stage of existence before the Mirror Stage (meaning an unsocial and unformed Self before the identification with its image in the mirror).

WEBSITE www.youjialu.com

SITE 4 Trocadero Art Space

Kellie Wells

Kellie Wells

ARTIST Kellie Wells

TITLE I Am That I Am

STATEMENT

Youjia Lu, Kellie Wells and Corinna Berndt are three Melbourne based artists who began exhibiting collaboratively in 2015 creating video-based installations for George Paton Gallery and as part of Love City Festival.       All three artists work with video and their own bodies to create works that speak about female representation and digital media.    For West Projections, Lu, Wells and Berndt will join forces again projecting individual works that travel simultaneously around the Trocadero building in Footscray.    The installation reflects on the creative exchanges happening within the group and works with the concepts of shared and shifting physical proximities.

PRACTICE

Kellie Wells is a Melbourne based artist with a multidisciplinary art practice which responds to individual & collective traditions of female storytelling, ritual and performance.  She is seeking out creative possibilities in representing the sacred and interior dimensions of self through self-representation as a way to challenge existing frameworks of visualizing female identity with its emphasis on female exteriority and objectification in popular culture.  Her work has been shown in galleries in Melbourne, Australia and overseas she is currently undertaking her Masters by Research at VCA in Melbourne.

WEBSITE vimeo.com/kelliewells

SITE 5 Five Walls Projects

Paola Balla

Paola Balla

ARTIST Paola Balla 

Wemba-Wemba & Gunditjmara

TITLE The Mok Mok, Tammy & Patsy Slide Show from the series: Unsettling or the True Story of When Mok Mok Came To The Big Smoke 2016

STATEMENT

Mok Mok is masquerading as a "domestic" goddess in Footscray trying to fit in with the other school Mums, got herself a seven seater, doing the coffee & wine thing, gets to the gym, but cos she’s black Queen magic-she will never fade into the background. This Shero makes a stance for love as radical justice. She is tired of patriarchal white bs, she's ready to fight.

 

 

Part of the resistance of First Nations Peoples is story telling and through my Mok Mok images, I am telling stories and paying respect to a powerful woman, a matriarch feared and respected who lives in the physical and spiritual world, in both memory past, present and future. This woman is Mok Mok, an old woman, ‘a hag,’ who I was told about when I was a little girl, she is to be feared as she steals kids and kills and chops up men. Mok Mok is always watching and waiting for people to break laws. Old Mok Mok was written about by the esteemed Elder and author, Aunty Margaret Liliardia Tucker, in her auto biography ‘If Everyone Cared,' published in 1977. The copy I have belonged to my grandmother Rosie, and was signed 'To Rose, with lots of love Lilardia...Margaret E Tucker.

PRACTICE

Paola Balla is a Sovereign Wemba-Wemba & Gunditjmara woman of migrant Calabrese & Chinese bloodlines, a mother, multidisciplinary conceptual artist, writer, educator, speaker, curator, creative producer who works from matriarchy and love as radical justice. She is currently Artist in Residence for Moondani Balluk Indigenous Academic Unit, Victoria University, where she is conducting research into trans-generational colonial trauma as a Creative Thesis PhD.

WEBSITE creative.vic.gov.au/PaolaBalla

SITE 6 Faux Pho Studios

 

Shae Rooke and Jess Dubblu

Shae Rooke and Jess Dubblu

ARTISTS Shae Rooke and Jess Dubblu

TITLE Quantum Van

STATEMENT

Jess Wilson is an instillation artist, illustrator and comic creator. Her work focuses on immersive experiences. Employing a variety of techniques from audio, visual and physical. If she can convince her audience to climb into a pipe or crawl on the ground she considers it to be a success. Her comic work focuses on the trials and tribulations of artists working in the service industry. Wilson has been involved with many galleries and art festivals in Melbourne and is passionate about promoting local artists. 

 

Shae Rooke is a photographer, video and installation artist based in Melbournes West. She makes her art from the little things, finding the unexpected in the everyday world. Her camera can trick you into seeing a sparkling cosmos when you’re looking at a dirty puddle on the ground, hologram pictures become like portals into fantasy landscapes and deflated balloon figures resemble zombies twitching to life. Her diverse portfolio of artworks share an interest in merging natural and constructed landscapes, messing with scale and using tricks of the camera to twist perception. Her favourite words are creepy and cute.

 

She and Jess share a studio at Yonder art space in Yarraville, where they both contribute to the running of the Yonder art gallery.   

WEBSITES

jessdubblu.tumblr.com

www.shaerooke.com 

SITE 7 Littlefoot Bar

VU Polytechnic Students

VU Polytechnic Students

ARTISTS VU Polytechnic Students - Certificate IV in Interactive Media

TITLE Leap into the Blue

Leap into the Blue is a video project involving students currently enrolled in the Certificate IV in Interactive Digital Media along with other students from the 2016 Diploma of Visual art and Graphic design courses currently conducted at the Nicholson street campus of Victoria University. All student participation was on a voluntary bases. Coordinated by Robert Mangion and Steven Rouvalis. 

 

The concept behind the video project Leap into the Bluedraws from two sources the first based on the known usage of the colour blue in the original Victoria University branding guidelines (2005) in which “The dark sky-blue colour carries associations of hopes, aspiration and the future,signifying the importance of the individual”  The second draws inspiration from a photograph taken in 1960 by Harry Shunk, entitled ‘Man in Space” This montage image of artist Yves Klein rapidly became a visual icon of mid twentieth century art depicticting human aspirations for limitless autonomy. 

WEBSITE vu.edu.au/victoriapolytechnic

SITE 8 VU Nicholson Campus

VU Polytechnic students

VU Polytechnic students

ARTISTS VU Polytechnic students - Diploma of Visual Arts, Digital Media Unit

TITLE Video Kaleidoscopes

STATEMENT

Students in this unit investigate a range of technologies for the creation of digital art. This project involves students filming or finding copyright free video and remixing it in Adobe Flash to create an object-oriented animation with a Kaleidoscope-like effect.  Students learn how to manipulate video and gain an understanding of complex animation concepts. The videos you see here are captures of many student animations from 2014 - 2015.

WEBSITE vu.edu.au/victoriapolytechnic

SITE 9 VU Nicholson Campus

 

VU Polytechnic students

VU Polytechnic students

ARTISTS VU Polytechnic students - Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design 

TITLE Self Portrait in Numbers

STATEMENT

Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design, Research Methods Unit

Students investigate a range of different ways to engage in creative research. This project involves turning quantitative data into a qualitative and creative outcome. Using only numbers that relate to their own lives, students must create a self-portrait image. The self-portraits you see here are from student projects developed in 2015/2016.

WEBSITE vu.edu.au/victoriapolytechnic

SITE 10 VU Nicholson Campus

Cat Lew

Cat Lew

ARTIST Cat Lew from Architecture of Audio

TITLE Westside Story

STATEMENT

Architecture of Audio is the stage moniker of sound artist and audio engineer Cat Lew, whose works often integrate musical with midi composition, drum pads and digital analog modeling synths to create ambient electronic soundscapes. Inspired by composers like Ryuichi Sakamoto, Angelo Badlamenti and Hans Zimmer, Architecture of Audio produces soundscapes in order to expand the narratives and voices of the West region in Melbourne.

WEBSITE architectureofaudio.com

SITE 11 Idea Collective

Brad Hammond

Brad Hammond

ARTIST Brad Hammond presented by City West Water

WEBSITE exp.org.au

SITE Ryko building via Big Fish

 

Glynn Urquhart

Glynn Urquhart

ARTIST Glynn Urquhart

TITLE 100 Steps

STATEMENT 

100 Steps is an ongoing collaborative animation project. The intention behind the work is to create one continuous animated walk cycle by 100 different people in 100 different styles. This walk cycle is based on the work of Eadweard Muybridge, a 19th century photographer, who was one of the first people to capture in sequence the way people and animals walked. Since then the walk cycle has become a staple of anyone learning to create animation and 100 Steps celebrates this by inviting people that aren't animators to contribute to the project.

 

PRACTICE Currently studying animation at the VCA, I often create projections and video art works in my spare time. I always try to find a way to incorporate animation or animation making practices into my work. The audience is always in the front of my mind when creating a piece as I'm always looking for ways to engage the audience with the work, whether through humour, the interactive nature of projection, or by actually involving the audience in the art making process.

WEBSITE https://www.facebook.com/100stepsproject/

SITE 13 VU Metro West

Joyce Watts and Jo Skladzien

Joyce Watts and Jo Skladzien

ARTISTS

Jo Skladzien (Small Scapes), Joyce Watts (TOT: HOT OR NOT), Samantha Urquijo-Garcia &  Luis Gaitan (Atomo)

TITLE Lost In the Shadows

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Lost In the Shadows is a shadow puppet workshop for local children aged 5-12 years that Jo Skladzien and Joyce Watts developed while they were artists-in-residents in Maribyrnong City Council's Artsbox in April 2016. The children's shadow puppet play was filmed by multi-award winning director Luis Gaitan and Emmy award nominee producer Samantha Urquijo-Garcia and turned into a short video clip. 

The video explores and reimagines the story of the places and the local characters that are now ‘lost in the shadows‘ of Footscray. It features recognisable images of Footscray's once large tram network, old-fashioned cars, shopfronts and the frontage of the historic Barkly Theatre

WEBSITES

Joyce Watts tothotornot.com

Jo Skladzien Instagram @small_scapes

Samantha Urquijo-Garcia &  Luis Gaitan atomo.com.au

SITE 14 Botanicals on Barkly and for  1 night only at the Barkly Theatre - WALK 3 A view through Children's Eyes

 

Ana Rita and Mito Elias

Ana Rita and Mito Elias

ARTISTS Ana Rita and Mito Elias

TITLE
Urban Safari at 100 Story Building exploring Footscray
 

STATEMENT

Urban Safari is a project Fandata Studio has been developing throughout the last years. We started in Portugal, travelled to West Africa and are now extremely excited to be here in Australia unfolding our work. 

In a nutshell, Urban Safari consists on challenging participants to deconstruct their notion of a real animal, substituting it for an imaginary one in an urban setting.

This project encourages children to think outside the box and not be intimidated by imaginary fun.

In the workshop we developed here at 100 Story Building, in collaboration with families from the Foundation House, participants were challenged to roam the streets of Footscray and try to discover some of these hidden urban animals and navigate through their stories. 

All their prey is displayed in this window. Stay aware!

Now we challenge you, the viewer to create your own Urban Safari narrative based on all the information we collected.


PRACTICE

Ana Rita has lived her life between Portugal and Australia. This sharing of territory has been a catalyst in the development of her work as a visual artist/community arts practitioner. Her work questions themes such as migration, identity and place. Her projects have involved working with culturally diverse youth groups, artists’ residencies, visual arts tutoring, designing arts programming for young audiences and the ongoing exhibition of her drawings and paintings.

Mito Elias is a Cape-Verdean practicing visual artist & audiovisual poetic performer. He also gathers a vast experience in community led projects having worked in the early literacy programs in his homeland. From there he has gone on to work closely with Cape Verdean communities spread across the world, having participated in exhibitions and projects in Lisbon, Barcelona, Viena, Macau, Paris, Boston, Luanda and São Paulo.

WEBSITE http://cargocollective.com/anaritapires

SITE 15 100 Story Building

Skunk Control

Skunk Control

ARTISTS Skunk Control

TITLE The Oscillator 

STATEMENT

WEBSITE skunkcontrol.org

SITE 16 VU Metro West

Lisa Cianci

Lisa Cianci

ARTIST Lisa Cianci

TITLE I Mix Myself In Every Dream (for Emmy Hannings)

STATEMENT

This artwork is a video capture from a code-driven, continuous animation which uses found, accidental glitches and encoding errors to create the aesthetics you see here. Glitch software is not used to create these effects. The layers of video are a mix of deliberate and chance captures from various sources (local urban scenes, glitching television screens, projected films on a wall) using an iPhone video camera.

Emmy Hennings was a Dada artist, poet, performer, instrumental in the creation and running of the Cabaret Voltaire. She is often ignored in Dada histories and her own history is fascinating. I recently read some of her poetry (translated from the German by William Seaton), which formed the impetus to create this piece. The following lines are from her poem "Ether Stanzas":

"I mix myself in every dream, A thousand looks and each I know."

WEBSITE

http://www.blackaeonium.net

SITE 17 Kindred Studios

Amie Batalibasi

Amie Batalibasi

ARTIST Amie Batalibasi

TITLE Lit

STATEMENT

‘Lit’ is a 15 minute video work that evolved out of a need to address the lack of representation of women of colour in Australian mainstream media, film and TV through a collaboration between Australian Solomon Islander filmmaker Amie Batalibasi and South Sudanese actress Nyawuda Chuol.  

Projected on a wall in residential Footscray, we see a young South Sudanese woman, always front and centre in the frame, walking through Melbourne's CBD past significant landmarks like Flinders St, Federation Square, the Arts Centre. As she moves through buildings, crowds, shopping centres, her image is juxtaposed with captions via a social media feed that unapologetically declares her thoughts on culture, family, relationships, community, politics and black womanhood.  Long takes are intercut with segments of speed and slow motion as she navigates through her environment, space and time, revealing moments of vulnerability ('Words alone cannot express the hurt I feel’) and moments of power ('My black is beautiful. My black is South Sudanese’). At times we observe, until her gaze is directed straight down the barrel at the audience.  

‘Lit’ sets out to disrupt the narrative through an exploration of identity, race, perceptions, gaze and the politics of the black body. #LitWestProjections

PRACTICE Amie Batalibasi is an Australian Solomon Islander filmmaker, community arts practitioner and creative producer based in Footscray, Melbourne. Her practice encompases documentary and narrative filmmaking; the facilitation of sharing filmmaking skills with diverse communities; and producing creative arts programming events. Amie is passionate about community, culture, storytelling and using creativity to create social change.

WEBSITES

 amiebatalibasi.com

colourboxstudio.com

SITE 18 The Art Room

Ego

Ego

ARTIST EGO

TITLE Blue Paradise 

STATEMENT

“Blue Paradise” transforms the urban landscape into a brightly lit, life filled underwater world.

 

It samples still images and video footage of local Port Philip Bay marine life animated together in Ego’s signature cut and paste style with other footage, animations and effects to form a mesmerising mixed media video collage, with Footscray’s bare walls and alleys as its canvas.

 

“Blue Paradise” is a trip into the blue; the blue lapping at Melbourne’s doorstep, as well as the blue hues from our everyday lives - like a bowerbird collecting for its nest Ego throws a mix of skies, insects, laundry powders and fabrics into the mix to form the textures of this underwater world.

 

The piece creates a sense of awe and inspires the imagination, brings a sense of exoticism and excitement to the Footscray night while reflecting on the awesomeness of the local marine fauna and flora at the audience’s doorstep.

WEBSITE fostered.com.au/ego

SITE 20 Back Alley Sally's

Kit Webster

Kit Webster

ARTIST Kit Webster

TITLE

STATEMENT

WEBSITE kitwebster.com

SITE  Highpoint Shopping Centre
 

11th of AUG - 3rd of SEP Thursday, Friday and Saturday 6-9pm

Quantum Van

Quantum Van

ARTISTS Shae Rooke and Jess Wilson

STATEMENT

'Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome aboard the 'Quantum Vacuum Plasma Thruster' Van.

When the seat belt sign illuminates, you must fasten your seat belt.

I’d like to direct your attention to the television monitors. We will be showing our progress to our destination and would like the next few minutes of your complete attention.

At this time, your portable electronic devices must be set to ‘Quantum Vacum Plasma Thruster’ mode until an announcement is made upon arrival.

We know you have your choice of Quantum Vacum Plasma Thrusters and we thank you for choosing ours.' 

WEBSITE Yonder Art Space

Commissioned for the Guided Evening walks only.