Siying Zhou – The Consequences of Success


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The Consequences of Success comprises three different works: a video installation, ephemeral sculptures and a site-specific work in the Food Court, Docklands. Five TV screens show manipulated and distorted landscape images. These are complemented by Zhou’s depiction of fruit and vegetables: in her black toffee sculptures of five common fruit and vegetables; as well as the installation of real fruit and vegetables mounted on thin skewers inside the Food Court’s window spaces.

The exhibition invites audiences to contemplate the idea of nature and Australian natural environment. It attempts to uncover the violence embedded in basic human activities of survival and environmental change;- the aftermath of distortion, melting and piercing.

Over the last two centuries, Australia’s natural environment had been dramatically transformed by the human activity of ‘home making’. Since the colonial period, European farming and cultivation of ‘foreign’ food and the construction of urban spaces has dramatically changed Australia’s ‘native’ ecosystem and caused the extinction of many native plants and animals. Today, these native lives are promoted as the political symbols of Australian nationalism, as well as exotic commercial products for a niche market.

Zhou sends a reminder that Australia is a place made from an ‘imported culture and brings awareness to the fact that very little of everyday life in Australia, including the food that we consume, originates here. She suggests that this fracture between society and the ‘native’ ecosystem is the cause of deep melancholy.

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Library At The Dock is located across the water from The Food Court on the other side of the harbour.

Ara Dolation: "Ontological Orchestra"
A hybrid ecosystem simultaneously resembles a semi functional apparatus, the model of a utopian city and a biological experiment. It also conflates a number of ideas around the themes of the studio and the laboratory and in turn social and environmental politics. These assemblages represent social and spatial territories connecting forms, materials and ideas. They create a conceptual framework that connects the social and the physical dimensions of a place. They define the concept of place not as a location but an assemblage of connections, a way to organize meaning. The structures are hybrids; part social, part natural and part mechanic. Though they weave networks of liminal spaces each is autonomous forming fixed, arbitrary spaces, places, zones and territories. Medium: timber, glass, plants, motors, acrylic, found objects.

little skills


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Little Skills is about sharing the little things you can do and make.

The goal of Little Skills is to build upon and foster development of the things that everyone can do already. To encourage a sense of value in the skills that everyone around us already have.

This project encompases the potential of exchange and the possibilities of drawing attention to ability and skill; innate or learned. The goal is not just creativity and exchange, but also the chance to gather people together face-to-face in order to learn in a discreet and intimate way.

Little Skills is a roving and inclusive project, setup to visit and utilize existing spaces and run workshops within these organisations.



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Ara Dolatian and Michele Donegan collaborate as Nomad, designing and installing coloured woollen webs in galleries and public spaces. The designs respond to each particular site considering architecture and purpose. The webs grow intuitively and organically. Their latest installation - Float - for the Food Court in the Docklands reflects the open nature of Docklands being situated on the water. 

The web reinvents the site by creating a sense of other-worldliness and transforms the nature of the space. The work forms a “shelter” that is reminiscent of nomads stopping and establishing a safe place for a period of time. The web is accessible to a wide public audience to explore, enjoy and be immersed in. 

Ara and Michele, both graduates in Fine Arts met at RMIT in 2010 where they were studying sculpture. They have been collaborating as Nomad since 2011 and have installed webs at RMIT First Site Gallery, Federation Square Fracture Gallery, Victoria Park, Coburg Mall, Coburg Library, Artful Dodgers Studios and Fitzroy Gardens. "Float" at The Food Court is the largest and most challenging space Nomad has inhabited. 

To view images of Nomad’s work go to the Nomad page on:!nomad-/c544





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FLOORDROBE – Cluny Alexandra


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No hangers. No hierarchy.

Come and try on the 'essentials' in FLOORDROBE. An installation of flexible garment pieces, you are encouraged to self-fashion from the floor and facilitate your own wearable narrative of integrity.

The 'essentials' is a tool kit for fashioning social, moral and structural integrity through garments. Presenting a framework for embodied design practice, FLOORDROBE: the essentials asks - what does integrity look like on you?

FLOORDROBE: the essentials, the concluding installation to the project Integers sets up a casual ‘bedroom-esque’ space for the public to engaged in a ‘self-fashioning’ experiment. The public are encouraged in to try on the new ‘collection’ of  ‘floordrobe essentials’ – catalyst garment pieces ‘tools’ that participants ‘design through wearing’ to suit their individual taste; social situ; activity and so forth. All catalyst pieces are size-free; zero waste and genderless so can be experienced by anyone. The purpose of FLOORDROBE: the essentials is to present a democratic engagement with fashion for the general public and illuminate design (specifically fashion) as a catalyst for social change.

It is a free installation and participants are encouraged to fashion integrity with :the essentials and continue a dialogue of their experience online through social media. The installation operates on the combined principles of co-design, non-intentional design and critical design as catalysts for future fashion methodologies. All emerging modes of practice in fashion and associated design fields.



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With the back drop of the banal constructed environment of the Docklands, "PETRIFIED", offers starkly contrasting photographs and film of elsewhere - dramatic natural landscapes captured in distant places - the high altitude deserts of Bolivia, the most Southern inhabited land to Antarctica - Patagonia and Central Australia. The places in these images are displaced in this developing urban space but also reinforce the sense of 'elsewhere' often felt walking around the Docklands.

These images are a culmination of documentation of Kane Alexander’s immersion in the natural environment - in all its’ unpredictability - during extensive years of traveling.

Kane Alexander’s practice involves self-imposed guidelines, including minimal use of digital manipulation and a process where nothing is added or taken away in an attempt to contain 'what was there.'

A Soundscape created by Curtis Edwards, provides both an ambiguous narrative and a heightened sensory experience of the images. Curtis merges Kane's sound recordings from remote natural places with samples of urban environments to bridge a sense of distance and displacement.


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The artist himself Kane Alexander



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Taking place at two major venues: the Waterfront City Piazza and Harbour Town at Docklands, Tuning-Out brings together five Melbourne-based artists and dancers to intervene with the everyday banality of these selected sites

The Artists: Amie Anderson, Nico Reddaway, Siying Zhou and Aya Hamamoto (Japan) and dancers: Jonathan Homsey and Tarik Frimpong, will transform public spaces that were primarily built for commercial use into enthralling performance venues.

During Turning Out, these artists and dancers will collectively challenge the usage of ‘public space’ in a street mall; draw attention to the human body as a natural machine, the existence of which relies on an endless physical cycle of consumption and waste; humanize life shaped by the concrete ‘jungle’ and commercialism; and explore boredom of urban life.

Tuning-Out invites the public to re-imagine and re-configure the public space of the Docklands.


JONATHAN HOMSEY – Dance Residency


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The Food Court has been excited to host Jonathan Homsey's Dance residency #3 Intensive. Jonathan curated three dance projects, developing material inspired by the geometry and design of The Food Court. As a member of Sole Symphony Movement, an urban dance crew founded in 2011, Jonathan along with Sole Symphony Movement, created two site - specific short films, "Play Me" & "Carpe Diem". Additionally, Jonathan directed his own short film work, "Mr. Manny Pura".

Menagerie, a contemporary dance collective, which Jonathan is also a part of, will use the space to develop choreography for their new work "Periphery" which debuts at Anywhere Festival August 29th before SCREENING at The Food Court 5 September 2014.

Carpe Diem is a work choreographed and directed by Sole Symphony Movement.  This collaboration between all fifteen of its members works around the evolution of our thoughts throughout a normal day. As one's day fluctuates emotionally, so does your actions, movement and breathe. Originally an urban/hip hop based crew, this is the group's first contemporary dance project.

Mr. Manny Puri is a video triptych exploring the internal monologue of a people pleaser. Through this deconstructed display of choreography , Mr. Manny Puri examines the psyche which we play on ourselves to please others often before we please ourself.

THE LIFTED BROW “EGO” issue launch


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"EGO IS DEFINITELY THE WORST, MOST DIRTY WORD EVER. And that's why we've made a print issue of The Lifted Brow about it, and that's why we want to celebrate its awfulness."

"Within the contents of this 23rd issue of the print edition of The Lifted Brow you will find very excellent pieces of writing and visual art that seek to probe and engross issues concerning the self, identity, ego, arrogance, and related matters, all without the author becoming a one person human centipede — someone trying desperately to say something but being blocked by their own anus. Also, as a direct response to the ubiquity of the ego in writing and the world, all contributors were banned from using subjective, objective and possessive first-person pronouns, both singular and plural — a job that was difficult for them as well as for the editorial crew, but a job that has been done."

Live DJ set by the legend known as friendships

Art installation by Michael Hawkins & Sophie Jacobs