Soft Infrastructure
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Aaron Hoffman is an artist living and working in Melbourne. He is currently completing his MFA at the Victorian College of the Arts. Aaron’s studio practice utilizes sculpture, installation, and video, to generate ‘images’ that explore the absent body and psychological states of loss and restraint. Aaron employs casting and construction techniques to hybridize and disrupt characteristics of the original objects or site to redirect the course of the object and to visually agitate the uncanny.

Aaron Hoffman is an artist living and working in Melbourne. He is currently completing his MFA
at the Victorian College of the Arts. Aaron’s studio practice utilizes sculpture, installation, and
video, to generate ‘images’ that explore the absent body and psychological states of loss and
restraint. Aaron employs casting and construction techniques to hybridize and disrupt
characteristics of the original objects or site to redirect the course of the object and to visually
agitate the uncanny.

Aaron Hoffman, Teresa Hsieh, Noah Spivak, Kelly Yoon in Empty shop front curated by Yumemi Hiraki

This shopping strip, mostly businesses that are family owned or locally run, is encountering a
new kid in the block. The recently built shopfront and above apartments at 171 Wheatsheaf
Road is a clean, and currently unoccupied building, bursting with the potential that the
neighbouring counterparts have.


The artworks bring a sense of playfulness in its interaction with space, and the potential for
occupancy which this space will inevitably see in the future. The exhibition brings forth the
relationships human interaction has with space, no matter how vacant, while hinting at the
continual shift and growth of one streetscape and at large, the Glenroy Suburb.

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Agnes Whalan 

In the realms of the audible, how to we communicate our models of success?

What is the spectrum of expectations that are placed on us in order to win the trophy?

If the trophy signifies ones unlocked potential being attained, what frequencies urge us towards that ideal; the tones, tempos & timbres?

Radio is the primary sound occupying Glenroy Sports and Trophies, narrating the rows and rows of silver, bronze. gold. In HI AUDIBILITY, the participant receives a sonic award system, much like a trophy.

Participants have an opportunity to reposition the messages we receive, which construct singular ideals of success. They examine sports commentary, shock jocks and advertising, by modifying sounds in an investigative boxing match. It will even be announced on the radio.

 

 

Description:

Boxing gloves covered in cotton wool, latex, and metal pieces, are connected by yellow chains which the participant can put on. There is an image on a hanging piece of fabric with a boxing bag on it, and some pieces of metal attached to the surface. If they connect the pieces of metal on the gloves to those on the fabric, they are able to make sounds, in the same logic as operating keys on a keyboard. The sounds are amplified through a radio. These sounds will be changing during the duration of the installed period.

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Fern Smith

Fern Smith is creating blue and white paper mache and pulp feet. They are made from recycled paper. The paper is sourced from the Glenroy Foot Clinic on Wheatsheaf Road.

The colours blue and white speak of our collected global history, cultural values, technology and migration;  acknowledging the fifty one percent of Australians in Glenroy who were not born in Australia.

Some of the feet will have plants growing out of them illustrating what it takes to take root in a new country. In the coming days a photo diary will be posted online at Fernartz.com

You will find Fern gifting some of the feet on the day of the opening and the feet exhibited at Glenroy Foot Clinic.

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Melody Greatorex

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Free Theatre 

 Do you know your neighbourhood? On Saturday, September 22, the Neighbourhood Chat Crew brings their exciting street interviews to Max’s Mens Hair Stylist in Glenroy. Join us as the stories of the Wheatsheaf Road neighbourhood to life. Come to see Max the Barber interviewed in our glamorous chat chairs. Then it’s your chance to take a seat, share your story, see yourself on the screen, win a prize, join the fun. Let’s celebrate the neighbourhood. 

Free Theatre & the Moreland Civic Lab bring their theatrical and visual arts practice to the Window Shopping project through the Neighbourhood Chats event. A glamorous interview space will be set up in front of Max’s Mens Hair Stylist at 95 Wheatsheaf Road to invite traders, shoppers, and passers by to join in a theatrical discussion on the question of ‘what makes a successful neighbourhood’. Brief interviews of Window Shopping traders and locals will be filmed and screened online (and possibly on screens within shops) throughout the day of Saturday, September 22, and followed up on September 29.  


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Kiron Robinson

Kiron Robinson will be displaying at Jims Seafood and Grill, Speedie Mower Service and Bubbles Laundromat.

Kiron has exhibited extensively in Australia and internationally will be displaying artwork at multiple venues on Wheatsheaf road. Used Hours/Wasted hours is a tally of a period of his life where each hour was declared used or wasted. The tally was converted into a series of prints one print per a month.

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En-En See

Making micro spaces’ is a site-responsive work concerned with translation occurring within process and spatial interventions in which change can be perceived, imagined and organised in a social context.

It has a sense of experimentation and puts forward a shared space to find ways of living with as small concentrations of power as possible. Experimenting with low lighting of shop infrastructure and using commonplace materials where it is increasingly difficult to see the works as art. It is either not seen as art or there is sometimes no tangible products and no artwork.

For Window Shopping, En-En See creates a temporary poetic space into pre-existing shop settings that blurs the distinction between private and public spaces. It accents on participation organised between business owner and artist using art to connect us in a different way

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Office

3-4pm Talk

OFFICE will give a public lecture focusing on the street as a public space, questioning its role and value in our rapidly changing society. The street is integral to the democratic operation of our cities. It is the place of demonstrations and revolutions, of inclusion and exclusion, of cultural expression and of capital flow. The street is a deeply heterogeneous public space.


Artwork

The animation will by a synthesis of this, understanding that no one will stand in the street for an our an watch the animation. Rather than looking at captioning the talk we will look to have bold text overlaid on bold iconic images in order simply convey some of the key points we will be making.