15.4.18

COMMON FATE open from Thursday 19 April

Common Fate – Sonja Karl and Liz O’Reilly – Artists-in-residence

Common Fate is an open residency of project work culminating in a series of installations and performances. It is a changing reflection on our personal collections of death and memory objects. It explores the multiple narratives of our inherited possessions and intimacies.

Sonja Karl and Liz O’Reilly, Installation, ‘memento-mori – Narratives of Inheritance’

Articulate will be open 11am-5pm, Thursday to Sunday until Saturday May 5th during which time there will be opportunities for discussion and interaction with the artists in the evolution of the project.

Saturday 21st April 1 – 4pm
1.00pm Screening of award winning documentary – TENDER
The heartwarming story of a community coming together to challenge mainstream attitudes to dying, death and the business of funerals. 
2.30pm Memento Mori Talking Circle: all are invited to bring a memory object of hand-held size to share in a group discussion

Sunday 22nd April: 2:00 – 4pm
2pm Performance
2.30pm Memento Mori Talking Circle: all are invited to bring a memory object of hand-held size to share in a group discussion

Saturday 28th April: 2.00 – 4pm
2pm Artist’s Talk:  Invited artist Sylvia Griffin presents her contemporary practice of working with memory and trauma.
2.30pm Memento Mori Talking Circle: all are invited to bring a memory object of hand-held size to share in a group discussion

Sunday 29th April: 2.00 – 4pm
2pm Performance
2.30pm Memento Mori Talking Circle: all are invited to bring a memory object of hand-held size to share in a group discussion

Friday 4th May 6pm
Finissage: Performance and closing drinks

Due to the sensitive nature of discussing death and loss, we ask that there be no recordings of performances or talking circles out of respect for the participants and observers.  Please arrive 10 minutes prior to performances thank you.



Sonja Karl and Liz O’Reilly, Installation, ‘memento mori – Narratives of Inheritance.’(detail)

After someone dies there are objects left. We call them possessions, and understand them not just in the sense of literal ownership, but in the complex way an object reflects a person back to themselves. However fleeting or lasting, the intimate connection to an object is something we all have, and when death severs that relationship between person and possession, what becomes of it?

This liminal space of loss is where the project Common Fate resides, as an exploration of collections of objects left behind after death and an extrapolation of their resonance as possessed or known objects or lost intimacies. After death some possessions are highly visible, all over a person's house: next to their bed, in their bathroom cabinet, in the kitchen or in the drawers of their desks. However a great numbers of possessions are hidden, sometimes never seen by loved ones until after death.

Who possesses these visible and hidden objects now? When we see the material things in someone's possessions as a collection of intangible and intimate connections between them and the actual object, we can also see narratives around the transferral, dispersal or disposal of these possessions as layered and intricate relationships, family history and cultural inheritance.

Common Fate aims to reach out to the community; to initiate conversations, to provoke memories and stories, opening up expressions around diverse cultural concepts of death in order to bring to the fore what closure really signifies. 

Sonja Karl and Liz O'Reilly will be artists in residence in Articulate project space from 20 April 2018, using their personal collections of 'death objects' as the basis for Common Fate, from experimentation to installation, incorporating a dialogue with the community, finishing with a closing on the third weekend. 
Sonja Karl and Liz O’Reilly, Installation, ‘memento mori – Narratives of Inheritance.’(detail)



27.3.18

Degrees of Refinement - opening Friday 6 April 6-8pm

Degrees of Refinement - Clothing as Art, Art from Clothing shows the work of  Linden Braye, Rachel Buckeridge, Lesley Giovanelli, Anne Graham, Pam Kleemann and  Eva Simmons.

open Friday – Sunday 11am-5pm,  7 - 15 April

A group of sculptors, who incorporate clothing and textiles into their art works, will come together to create a highly tactile exhibition with colourful installations, freestanding sculptures and wall works. Clothing can represent the body but also signify cultural attitudes and personal beliefs. Degrees of Refinement is a term coined by Christina Murdoch Mills* referring to signs of process which impact on how viewers experience the work, their sensory experience and understanding of it. The process visible in the clothes, the fabrics and the works themselves ranges from rough, crude and raw to smooth and highly finished. 

Individual identities emerge in some of these works.  Anne Graham felts the hair of her friend’s dog. Items of clothing, given by friends, become rich icons in the centre of Lesley Giovanelli’s wall of colour, whilst Pam Kleemann decorates a template based on the graduation dress of the mother of Adrienne Wheeler, an African-American artist. For Eva Simmons it’s a more personal journey, using embroidery and construction to explore her own sensuality and sexuality.

Alternatively, for Rachel Buckeridge and Linden Braye, the collecting of discarded objects, old fabric and clothing offers some distance from a particular owner. Rachel uses old beach towels to create a fictive life for a folk character in one  of Karen Dalten's songs whilst Linden’s reclamation of fur coats and damaged carpets humorously resurrects the forgotten past.

Throughout this exhibition the multiplicity of materials- natural, synthetic, animal and plant as well as the many techniques used, work to create a highly textured and engaging experience.


*Christina Murdoch Mills in Materiality as the Basis for the Aesthetic Experience in Contemporary Art




























Eva Simmons



Linden Braye

Lesley Giovanelli

Rachel Buckeridge

Pam Kleemann

Anne Graham







24.3.18

t h e s u b t l e b e i n g s - images by Vsevolod Vlaskine













This project has been made possible by Australia Council's Arts Project grant for WeiZen to study and develop Performances, Interpreted & Reimagined of Asian Animistic & Shamanistic Rituals (2016-2018) 




15.3.18

t h e s u b t l e b e i n g s - WeiZen Ho - in progress

t h e  s u b t l e  b e i n g s  is open 11am - 5pm, Thursday to Sunday until Sunday 25 March. It is currently an installation-in-progress, with random opportunities to talk to the artist and her collaborators, until Thursday 22 March when the following performances will occur:


Thursday 22nd March, 6:30 - 8pm

Friday 23rd March, 6:30 - 8pm

Saturday 24th March, 2:00 - 3:30pm

Saturday 24th March, 6:30 - 8pm followed by closing drinks.
Please note that in attending the performance(s) you agree to the artist’s conditions that you
• Not film or take photographs
• Switch off mobile phones
• Take full responsibility if bringing children as there is nudity

The doors open 15 minutes before the advertised start times for the performances and walking through and interacting with the installation has been incorporated into the experience of the space and performance. Your punctuality is appreciated.

Forum: Sunday 25th March, 2-3pm
Forum speakers are:
Julie Vulcan - Research based practice underpins much of Julie's work, which is developed through intensive residencies, participatory laboratories and exchange.  Interested in questioning the veracity of mediated memory, Julie examines constructed histories and the motivations behind how we remember, record and re-write our actions, bodies and traces - past, present and future. 
Phillip Mar means Horselover Horse in Greek and Chinese. He has an interest in cultural translation and interaction that has taken various forms, including music, writing, and the sociology and anthropology of migration.  
Iqbal Barkat is a digital artist and filmmaker originally from Singapore, teaches screen production at Macquarie University. He is interested in thinking novelty in cinema and in the intersection between the real and the imaginary.  He is currently working on a project that explores the outsider and Islam.
WeiZen Ho is the artist behind t h e   s u b t l e   b e i n g s
Alan Schacher is moderator

Please RSVP to weiofzen@gmail.com or call 0416 038 897







This project has been made possible by Australia Council's Arts Project grant for WeiZen to study and develop Performances, Interpreted & Reimagined of Asian Animistic & Shamanistic Rituals (2016-2018)
 



4.3.18

t h e s u b t l e b e i n g s - WeiZen Ho - open from 11 March





t h e   s u b t l e   b e i n g s

by WeiZen Ho

@ Articulate project space

2018 Performances:
Thursday 22nd March, 6:30 - 8pm
Friday 23rd March, 6:30 - 8pm
Saturday 24th March, 2:00 - 3:30pm & 6:30 - 8pm followed by closing drinks.
Forum: Sunday 25th March, 2pm 
Forum speakers are:
Julie Vulcan - Research based practice underpins much of Julie's work, which is developed through intensive residencies, participatory laboratories and exchange.  Interested in questioning the veracity of mediated memory, Julie examines constructed histories and the motivations behind how we remember, record and re-write our actions, bodies and traces - past, present and future. 
Phillip Mar means Horselover Horse in Greek and Chinese. He has an interest in cultural translation and interaction that has taken various forms, including music, writing, and the sociology and anthropology of migration.  
Iqbal Barkat is a digital artist and filmmaker originally from Singapore, teaches screen production at Macquarie University. He is interested in thinking novelty in cinema and in the intersection between the real and the imaginary.  He is currently working on a project that explores the outsider and Islam.
WeiZen Ho is the artist behind t h e   s u b t l e   b e i n g s
Alan Schacher as moderator

Open Hours:
11am-5pm, Thur-Sun, 11th-25th March 2018 (installation-in-progress open for viewing) 
(from 10am Sunday 11 March for IWOST)

Please RSVP to weiofzen@gmail.com or call 0416 038 897

t h e   s u b t l e   b e i n g s  is a performance installation that is the result of WeiZen’s two years of travel in Asia to research and witness of rituals in Sabah (East Malaysia) and Hanoi (Vietnam), rituals that are connected to her own geographical and socio-cultural heritage. 
The work uses hair, text, sound, reflective film, sound circuitry, movement, vocals and video.
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My collaborators are Katja Handt (costume designer), Iqbal Barkat (
​associate director – film, dramaturgy, installation),​ Vincent Tay (cinematographer), Binh Ta (cultural artist-guide in Hanoi), Damian Castaldi (sound circuitry, kinetic sound-to-body designer), Michael Toisuta (sound design collaborator + engineer) and Oliver Damian (performance ritual helper).  The installation team includes volunteers Sarah Keighery, William Seeto, Louise Morgan, Alexandra Mitchell and Naomi Ullmann.

The project was been made possible by Australia Council's Arts Project grant for WeiZen to study and develop ‘Performances, Interpreted & Reimagined of Asian Animistic & Shamanistic Rituals’_2016-2018.

“I am interested in the performance of ritual-like experiences of being possessed as a transformative experience for both the performer and onlooker. Then there is the notion of possession as the filling in of, and mediating of, many kinds of absences. It makes me wonder about the kinds of qualitative states that may make possession possible: mental vulnerability, uncertainty of social identity, lack of access to deeper communion or devotional spaces (and I don’t mean just religious institutional buildings), the thinning veil between life and death, the need for empowerment, unbelonging, dislocation, displacement and uprooting.

Coming from a lineage of Fujian people who migrated into Malaysia and Indonesia before the Cultural Revolution in China, the above-mentioned states are familiar. I suspect the migration process can exacerbate them, depending on the level of trauma and degree of choice involved. Migrants have to grapple with the cultural distance they have travelled from as well. I guess for some, a migrant’s world can be akin to a state of perpetual purgatory…

Possession can possibly be an instrument against despair and humiliation, where perhaps even a person dispossessed of country of origin, who is part of an invisible class in society or whose sense of identity is porous, can experience a sense of spiritual authority and communion, for example.
Part of my practice is the continual search for a performance structure that has integrity and yet is so minimal that it allows sixty to seventy percent space for improvisation and thereby hopefully, mediumship to occur. By mediumship I mean heightening my sensitivity to the guts of the performance, body imageries I am working on, and the presence of the space I am inhabiting..."

WeiZen Ho, Potus Sedere: Part of the Stories from the Body Performance Series; Rabbit 20 - Dance (A Journal for Non-fiction Poetry) published by RMIT in 2017

Background information:


  
WeiZen Ho from Stories from the Body #5 (PLATFORM 2017)
WeiZen Ho and Alan Schacher from Hungry Ghosts and Golem 2011


This project has been made possible by Australia Council's Arts Project grant for WeiZen to study and develop Performances, Interpreted & Reimagined of Asian Animistic & Shamanistic Rituals (2016-2018) 



3.3.18

PROXIMITY1881YTIMIXORP opened last night

Open 11am-5pm, Saturday-Sunday 3-4 March 2018

The PROXIMITY1881YTIMIXORP  exhibition shows the installation/expanded-drawing developed and made in Articulate by NAS students participating in the PROXIMITY workshop of  the Margaret Olley Drawing Week at the National Art Schoolrun by Margaret Roberts and Emma Wise.

PROXIMITY1881YTIMIXORP  shows the work of artists Hannah Barclay, Ned Carr, Madeleine Feist, Gina Fenton, Alana Gloor, Ethan Robertson, Billie Robertson, Jordan Taylor and Debbey Watson.





Gina Fenton

Debbey Watson

Ned Carr, Ethan Robertson

Ned Carr, Alana Gloor, Billie Robertson

Jordan Taylor

Ethan Robertson

Hannah Barclay

Billie Robertson


Alana Gloor

Alana Gloor

Madeline Feist

Ned Carr