Uncommon Places: Instructions from the Fringe

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Following the success of last year’s keynote project, Melbourne Fringe Festival 2015 will see the return of creative project Uncommon Places. The eighteen artworks, alongside walking tours and workshops, will form this year’s keynote creative project with eighteen emerging artists to create artworks in unique locations across the City of Melbourne and the City of Stonnington.

 Exhibiting for two months, from August 5 – October 5, 2015, each installation will explore the notion of ‘instructions’ (either literal or implied) using text, audio, visual art, sculpture, film or other non-performance medium in connection with the space it occupies.

Each artist will be matched with and draw inspiration from the site they are given, with the artwork to be displayed at the matched location from August 5, 2015.

Artists will conduct free tours of the Uncommon Places artwork sites during the festival from September 17 to October 4. They will also participate in workshops linking to their artwork, sharing insights into how they connected with their Uncommon Place and to this year’s theme ‘instructions’.

City of StonningtonAmelia Ducker

Amelia Ducker works across performance, live art, photography and video. The creation of The Hidden History of Things involves everyday objects on display at Chapel St. Bazaar. It aims to shift our perceptions on how we view and value material objects to reveal that everyday objects we accumulate are coming from somewhere and has a story to tell.

http://uncommonplaces.melbournefringe.com.au/portfolio/amelia-ducker-fiorella-cordella/

Chapel St Bazaar, 217 Chapel St, PrahranGeorge Rose

George Rose’s work is more than just about creating an object; it is about what happens behind the scenes and the process of making it. Taking place in Prahran Markets in South Yarra, Rose’s installation Do What You Do: A Sign of the Times is a light-hearted set of signage created using personal, habitual and assumed universal life ‘rules’.

http://uncommonplaces.melbournefringe.com.au/portfolio/george-rose/

Prahran Markets, 163 Commercial Rd, South YarraKirrily Anderson

Kirrily Anderson’s creative practice is now an eclectic meld of visual art, illustration, street art and graphic design. Kirrily showcases her work Do As I Say at Lovers Walk in Prahran. Her artwork Paste up is viewable at any time.

http://uncommonplaces.melbournefringe.com.au/portfolio/i-the-others-kirrily-anderson/

Lovers Walk – Chapel St, Opposite Cnr of Chapel St and Forster St, PrahranIzzy Roberts-Orr

Izzy Roberts-Orr is a Melbourne-based poet, playwright and editor. Contributing to Uncommon Place, Izzy’s instalment work How to Behave is an audio walking tour investigating/commenting on women’s experience in public space at Grattan Gardens in Prahran.

http://uncommonplaces.melbournefringe.com.au/portfolio/izzy-roberts-orr/

Jodie ConnollyGrattan Gardens, Grattan St, Prahran

Jodie Connolly focuses on expanding her arts practices to new levels that reaches ‘out of the frame’, and ‘over the wall’. She has crafted Infostruction interactive stickers installation of Melbourne’s cityscape that breaks down stickers that looks like origami pigeons. Her work will be on display at Bearded Man on Chapel St, Prahran.

http://uncommonplaces.melbournefringe.com.au/portfolio/jodie-connolly/

Bearded Man, 203 Chapel St, PrahranLuke Matthews

Luke Matthews draws inspiration from live music, overhead conversations and novels he is reading. Upon his inspiration, his has created the Pick Up drink coaster that acts as conversation starters, encouraging interaction at the bar. His project will take place at Windsor Castle on Albert St.

http://uncommonplaces.melbournefringe.com.au/portfolio/luke-matthews/

Windsor Castle, 89 Albert St, WindsorTania Canas

Tania Cañas is a Melbourne-based art professional with experience in performance, cultural development, events, communication and research. Displaying Unwelcome Mats at Third Drawer Down on Greville St, Prahran, it explores rights and politics of asylum seekers in Australia.

http://uncommonplaces.melbournefringe.com.au/portfolio/tania-canas/

Third Drawer Down, 155 Greville St, PrahranZoe Meagher

Zoe Meagher’s site-specific, experiential work deals with themes of obsolescence, failure and disappointment, and includes loving homages to classic sci-fi. Her work Future Proof on display in the window of Melbourne Polytechnic on High St, Prahran is a video/visual installation looking at instructions that may never be followed- emergency evacuations/ the apocalypse/supernatural ascension.

http://uncommonplaces.melbournefringe.com.au/portfolio/zoe-meagher/

Melbourne Polytechnic, 160 High St, Prahran

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