Overview, Images
Don Gray, Video Still, detail, 2022. Courtesy the artist.

Shared Medium: a moving image program by Channels & Composite

A. P. Morton/ Former Artist, Zeth Cameron, Jody Cleaver, Sarah Diamantis, Harun Faroki, Don Gray, Andi Liebscher, Alexa Malizon, Lucie McMahon, Lily Nguyen, Sara Retallick, Tina Stefanou, Katie Turnbull, Deborah White, Daniela Zorba

20 Jul–6 Aug 2022

For Shared Medium, Channels splices together an exciting program of works, performances and perspectives and deploys them at Blindside and Composite over three weeks from 21 July - 6 August.

Channels Festival re-emerges to team up with Composite and Blindside to present Shared Medium, a compilation of overlapping audiovisual performances, single channel screenings and knowledge sharing as part of the Blindside Screen Series 2022.

As Channels continues to morph, shape shift, and discover new methods of moving-image programming, we take this opportunity to tap our deep roots of grassroots video collectivity. From our inception, Channels set out to expand awareness and appreciation of video art as an important, powerful and vital practice. Shared Medium, co-programmed with Blindside and Composite, creates a temporary collective space where artists and audiences can come together to consider video art’s broader social and critical discourses and histories, finding new pathways through them.

A 'shared medium' in telecommunication refers to a channel of information that serves more than one user at the same time. Riffing on this term, Shared Medium, will unfold over 3 weeks, engaging a farrago of artists, filmmakers and publics.

Opening on Thursday 21 July at Blindside, we feature live audiovisual performances by Don Gray, Sara Retallick & Andi Leibscher.

Over the following three weeks at Blindside, a trifecta of new works will be screened by Deborah White, Daniela Zorba and Al Morton culminating on Thursday 4 August when filmmaker Lucie McMahon will present a deep-dive into the process of making her most recent feature-length documentary Things Will Be Different (2022) which chronicles neighbours Will and Najat’s experience of forced displacement as a result of the public-private redevelopment of the Walker Street public housing estate in Westgarth, Melbourne.

This will be companioned by an offsite program at Composite, an artist-run organisation established in 2020 to support artists’ moving image through exhibition, research, education and distribution. In their screening room at the Collingwood Yards we will present a number of events for Shared Medium beginning on Friday 22 July with a special screening of Harun Farocki: The Counter-Image (2020) by Kevin B. Lee; continuing on Thursday 28 July with an evening of single channel video works by Deborah White, Katie Turnbull, Zeth Cambell, Daniela Zorba, Jody Cleaver, Lily Nguyen, Sarah Diamantis and Alexa Malizon, and concluding on Friday 5 August with the fifth iteration of Release Cycle featuring works by Tina Stefanou.


PROGRAM

Wed 20 - Sat 23 July - Kirby

Performance documentation recorded as part of Crawl Live featuring Kirby screening in gallery 1 at Blindside.

Tenuous and discreet provocations, transformed from the everyday body to its own disappearance by assorting numerous actions in a quiet place devouring many states.
Performativity in its persistence alters potentialities of the body by digesting barriers, in the expansion of the everyday body these spacial relationships can distract just enough to be caught by the eyes, assorted by the ears and treaded on by the feet.


Between the Viaducts
- each week at Blindside a new work will be screened in Gallery 2
Between the Viaducts
is a group show that slips between the cracks of our consciousness and into dreams. Dreaming can take us away from the present; towards or away from harm; can confuse or clarify; and take us deeper into ourselves or closer to others. These works by Deborah White, Daniela Zorba and A.P. Morton all touch upon dreaming and its various utopian, philosophical, psychological, playful and political functions.

Wed 20 - Sat 23 July - Deborah White

Everlasting Happiness, 2022. Video, 10’55”. Director Deborah White. Sound Jamie Coghill.

For Everlasting Happiness (2022), anarchist philosophy provides a stepping-stone to explore the utopian idea of love as a political concept— with an overarching theme of love of the most distant. This is not a sentimental notion but a robust love with a revolutionary power. The performance-based video depicts a tongue-in-cheek fantasy of mystical anarchists battling against the facade of the post-truth world. Viewing the actions of love as a deployment of force, this work intertwines supernatural wonder with the spectacle of war. Featuring fictitious characters that defy the rational world, the playful and vibrant video is infused with flower power and animal warriors that open the heart to hope and joy. The fantasy and self-deprecating humour serve to shift perspective and disrupt conditioned patterns of thinking. Inspired by the transformative power of love, the work envisions a battle for a utopian non-place of the imagination.

Deborah White is a Melbourne-based artist who works across performance-based video, photography and mixed media installations. In 2015, she completed her MFA at Monash University. Deborah has exhibited her work in numerous national and international exhibitions, screenings and festivals. She has had solo exhibitions at Bundoora Homestead (2016) and Queensland Centre for Photography (2011). Collaborative projects have been shown at Transmediale in Berlin (2009) and her videos have also been screened at Berlin International Directors Lounge (2010), Adelaide Festival Centre (2018) and Counihan Gallery (2018).
White has also participated in several artist residencies, such as Bayside City Council’s Billilla Program (2010) and Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Police Point Artist-in-Residence (2019). She has been a finalist in the Blake Prize (2016) and Darebin Art Prize (2017) and a recipient of the Cancer Council of Victoria Art Awards (2007), Linden Postcard Prize (2004) and Erotica: National Acquisition Prize (2010).



Wed 27 - Sat 30 July - Daniela Zorba

μιααπλήζωή (a simple life), 2022. Video, 18’. Director Daniela Zorba

A group of characters meets one day, sharing feelings about the state of the world and humanity, seeking common space and ways to have fun in the moment. Μιαομάδαχαρακτήρωνκάνειπαρέαμιαμέραμοιράζονταςσυναισθήματαγιατηνκατάστασητουκόσμουκαιτηςανθρωπότητας, ψάχνονταςκοινόχώροκαιτρόπουςγιαναδιασκεδάσειαυτήτηστιγμή.

Daniela Zorba is a film director artist and educator involved in collective poetics through abstractions of the cinematic imagination. Her experimental works make connections with ideas around value and experiential language making. She has studied and taught media studies at universities and participates variously in arts activist workshops, journals, residencies, community schools, curatorial projects.ing experimental audio production techniques, the work mirrors the way memories can become fragmented and opaque, and their sources unclear. The visual element of the work is influenced by the heavily saturated, hyperreal and recurrent nature of dreaming, another source of confused and obscured internal imagery.


Wed 3 - Sat 6 Aug - A.P. Morton/Former Artist

A vision of a memory of a dream, 2022. Video, 7’. Director A. P. Morton/Former Artist

A vision of a memory of a dream is a video artwork exploring the distorted nature of dreams and memory recall. Using experimental audio production techniques, the work mirrors the way memories can become fragmented and opaque, and their sources unclear. The visual element of the work is influenced by the heavily saturated, hyperreal and recurrent nature of dreaming, another source of confused and obscured internal imagery.

A.P. Morton is from Narrm (Melbourne), where he does not work in the arts. A.P. Morton sometimes makes videos and experimental music, releasing the latter under the name Former Artist.


Thursday 21 July
Present Tense opening night live AV performances at Blindside
We are excited to take over both galleries of Blindside for a night of live AV performance: delimited improvisation, feedback loops, live feeds, projection and video synthesis.
Featuring Don Gray, Sara Retallick & Andi Liebscher.


Friday 22 July
6:30pm-8:00pm
Documentary Meets 2.02: A New Product screening at Composite.
Harun Farocki transforms a mundane situation, where executives and consultants talk about optimizing employees’ workspace in order to improve productivity, into theatre of the absurd, blessed with acerbic wit and a sharp critical sense. By filming what appears to be the dullest possible thing, he has created a subtle report from a world whose violent machinery shines through from under a veneer of decorum. Above all, the film lets us appropriate images of an implacable system. Black comedy at its finest.

Thursday 28 July
Another Day, Another Lifetime screening at Composite.
6:30pm-8:30pm
We present an evening of single channel screenings at Composite, an eclectic mix of experimental, improvisational, diaristic and documentary video and animation. Made over the last 5 years, these works speak to- and from- the idea of isolation: from practising through the COVID ISOs of the last 2 years; to the eternal isolation of the moving image artist with a spare room green screen, performing to their camera, or toiling alone at a laptop; to a more existential sense of isolation - the artist operating from the fringes of the system, the genre, the mainstream.
Introduction by Jessie Scott, Channels Festival collective.
With works by Zeth Cameron, Jody Cleaver, Sarah Diamantis, Alexa Malizon, Lily Nguyen, Katie Turnbull, Deb White, Daniela Zorba. Programmed by Channels Festival.


Thursday 4 August
Things Will Be Different: the making of a documentary
A talk by filmmaker Lucie McMahon at Composite
6:30pm-7:30pm
Join filmmaker Lucie McMahon to discuss the development and production of the documentary Things Will Be Different. The film aims to reduce stigma toward public housing and humanise those who rely on it, so that public housing and its tenants are seen as valuable to our communities. Things Will Be Different showcases how public housing plays a vital role in housing security for all, and aims to inspire a social movement to raise awareness about housing justice issues and resolutions.

Friday 5 August
Release Cycle: Tina Stefanou
A talk and screening by Tina Stefanou at Composite
6:30pm-8:00pm
Release Cycle is an ongoing screening series featuring clusters and conglomerations of moving works by visual artists that experiment widely with form and format.

Blindside screening program


Curators: Channels Festival and Composite: Moving Image Agency & Media Bank.

Composite: Moving Image & Media Bank
Unit 4, Collingwood Yards, 35 Johnston Street, Collingwood.

Onsite, Exhibition, Screen Series
Overview

Intersection between artists and audiences, video and live events at Blindside and Composite. Program by Channels and Composite: Moving Image Bank for Blindside Sound Series 2022.

In Gallery Launch with Live AV performances at Blindside featuring Don Gray, Sara Retallick & Andi Liebscher. STROBE EFFECTS.: 21 Jul 2022, 8am–10am
Harun Farocki: Documentary Meets 2.02: A New Product screening at Composite.: 22 Jul 2022, 8:30am–10am
Another Day, Another Lifetime screening at Composite. Introduction by Jessie Scott, Channels Festival collective. With works by Zeth Cameron, Jody Cleaver, Sarah Diamantis, Alexa Malizon, Lily Nguyen, Katie Turnbull, Deb White, Daniela Zorba. Programmed by Channels Festival.: 28 Jul 2022, 8:30am–10:30am
Things Will Be Different: the making of a documentary A talk by filmmaker Lucie McMahon at Composite.: 4 Aug 2022, 8:30am–9:30am
Release Cycle: A talk and screening by Tina Stefanou at Composite: 5 Aug 2022, 8:30am–10am

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.

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