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Micro-(bial) Tenancies

110% (Kieran Bryant, Beth Dillon + Lachlan Herd), Beth Sometimes, Debris Facility Pty Ltd, Sarita Gálvez, Stefanie Hessler, Kate Hill, Isadora Vaughan

24 Feb–13 Mar 2021

Micro-(bial) Tenancies was a multi-platform project delivered through an evolving and staggered program of conversations, events and material incubations and interrogations online 18 Dec 2020 – 31 Mar 2021 and on-site at Blindside 24 Feb – 13 Mar 2021.

Through an expanded view to microbial processes of disease and fermentation, Micro-(bial) Tenancies centred feminist and queer practices concerned with ethics and gestures of hospitality. The always aporetic term hospitality, as Jacques Derrida points out, shares a close etymological and philosophical terrain with its seeming contra-term hostility. From this troubled premise, this project aimed to facilitate a decentred approach to host/guest relations within a multi-site exhibition context, in considering the micro-tenancies and transgressions of bodies—broadly defined—in times of crisis.

PART I :: MATTER LIAISON ≈ Debris Facility Pty Ltd
PART II :: TEXTUAL TRACT ≈ Abbra Kotlarczyk
PART III :: PROTRACTED HOSPITALITY ≈ Kate Hill & Sarita Gálvez / Amy Jane Parker & Brighid Fitzgerald
PART IV :: ARTIST AS HOST ≈ Isadora Vaughan & 110% @110.percent
PART VI :: PARA-SITE ≈ Stefanie Hessler + Diana Policarpo and Jenna Sutela

Micro-(bial) Tenancies was curated by Abbra Kotlarczyk for Blindside’s annual Emerging Curator Mentor program, under the guidance of curator Kyla McFarlane. The Emerging Curator Mentor program is focused on curatorial research and the development of an exhibition at Blindside. Blindside gratefully acknowledges the support of the City of Melbourne through its Arts and Culture Triennial Program. Blindside is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

Abbra wishes to acknowledge that this project has developed on the unceded lands of the Woiworung (Coburg, VIC), Gadubanud (Kennet River, VIC) and Gundungurra (Tallong, NSW) people. She respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians of these lands, waterways and skies as the inherent carers for Country; custodians who continue to connect and practice the world’s oldest known and continuous living culture. She offers deepest respects to Elders past, present and emerging.

In acknowledging the importance of guidance and critical interrogation in pedagogical processes of becoming, Abbra would like to thank Kyla McFarlane for her attentiveness, enthusiasm and support in the development of this project. And wish to thank Blindside for their ongoing support of emergent arts practitioners, especially in light of recent and enduring government inadequacies regarding the essential role of the arts within broader ecologies and economies of so-called Australia.

Onsite, Exhibition, Performance, Emerging Curator

Blindside Emerging Curator exhibition: Micro-(bial) Tenancies was a multi-platform project delivered through an evolving and staggered program of conversations, events and material incubations and interrogations

This program takes place on the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We recognise that sovereignty was never ceded - this land is stolen land. We pay respects to Wurundjeri Elders, past, present and emerging, to the Elders from other communities and to any other Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders who might encounter or participate in the program.


Zia Atahi, Untitled. Acrylic on canvas. Courtesy the artist.
Onsite, Exhibition, Emerging Curator

8–18 Dec 2021


Zia Atahi, Aida Azin, Tessa-May Chung, Leonie Leivenzon, Michael Tuhanuku, Maya Hodge, Luke Patterson, John Oh

Connecting in the Grey Zone
IE.-BS, Connecting in the Grey Zones, curated by Anador Walsh, installation at Blindside. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Nick James Archer.
Onsite, Exhibition, Emerging Curator

5–20 Dec 2019

Connecting in the Grey Zone

Jess Gall + Rebecca Jensen, Arini Byng, Eugene Choi, Ivey Wawn, Angela Goh, Isabella Hone-Saunders, ie.-bs

Anticipation is Half of the Seduction
Anticipation is Half of the Seduction
Onsite, Exhibition, Talk, Performance, Publication, Emerging Curator

5–21 Dec 2018

Anticipation is Half of the Seduction

Helen Grogan, Christopher Boots, Shannon May Powell, Honey Long + Prue Stent, Kathleen Campone, Isabella Whāwhai Waru, Euphemia Russell

A sonorous draft; a lexicon of windjamming
A sonorous draft; a lexicon of windjamming
Onsite, Exhibition, Publication

30 Jun–7 Aug 2021

A sonorous draft; a lexicon of windjamming

Abbra Kotlarczyk, Benjamin Woods