OPEN ACTIONS (2019)
16th-17th November 2019 || Enoggera Reservoir
(Info, maps, schedule)
Open Actions was a weekend arts program centred around six participatory artworks that will revealed and revelled in the richness of the Enoggera Reservoir.
Local contemporary artists, Aishla Manning, Anthony Baker, Aurora Christie-Liddle, Guyala Bayles, Joella Warkill, Keemon Williams, Kylie Spear (in collaboration with Tom Kidd), and Primitive Motion (Sandra Selig & Leighton Craig) created new work that responded directly to the location and engaged with the surroundings in a dialogue that reflected on our relationship to water, its health and cycle, use and management.
Cement mixers filled with rushing water, dingos guarding the dam, a mini water slide for giant ice cubes, bushwalks with poets, an immersive soundtrack and exclusive album release, Open Actions 2019 explored our connection to water and place in a multitude of ways.
In addition to the art, the Open Actions’ Hub offered visitors a place to chill out thanks to new furniture designs from local design studio, Five Mile Radius, and tunes inspired by the dam from local creative, Joseph Burgess.
10.00am - 6.00pm Saturday 16 + 17 November
Opening Event and performance by Primitive Motion
3.30pm - 5.00pm Saturday 16 November
Additional Primitive Motion Performance
7.30am Sunday 17 November
Free and family-friendly!
Open Actions was presented as a part of Brisbane City Council's Temporary Art Program 2019. The project was produced by Metro Arts and people+artist+place, with indigenous curators Blaklash Projects and made possible through the support of Seqwater. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.
We acknowledge and honour all First Nations People, in particular, the Traditional Owners of the central Brisbane area, the Jagara and Turrbal nations. These people are the custodians of the land on which Open Actions will take place, and as such we would like to pay our respects to their elders – past, present and emerging.
Aishla Manning is an interdisciplinary artist, working mainly with time-based media and assembled objects, using play to explore tensions and absurdity of the everyday. Aisha’ most recent project was a participatory installation, ‘Work Party’, presented at Outer Space (2019). Aishla has also exhibited extensively in Queensland including at Kunstbunker ARI (2018), CLUTCH X Outer Space (2017), The Institute of Modern Art’s Green Screen (2016), as well as interstate at Testing Grounds (Melbourne, 2017), Gaffa Gallery (Sydney, 2017), Bus Projects (Melbourne, 2016) and Feltspace’s Feltdark (Adelaide, 2016).
Kylie Spear is a Brisbane artist who uses time-based media and installation to articulate and interrogate remembered experiences. She collaborates with other artists, musicians and makers to develop works that question perception and consider overlappings between objective truth and fiction. By gathering and reimagining fragments of memories (real or constructed) she creates shared physical spaces for collective and critical reflection. Kylie is a contemporary artist based in Brisbane. She studied at the Queensland College of Art, graduating with First Class Honours in 2012. Kylie was a founding member and co-Director of The Hold Artspace from 2012 - 2015. She has exhibited nationally and overseas, and undertaken collaborative residencies within Australia. Her work is held in private collections around the country. Her work for Open Actions was created in collaboration with Tom Kidd
Anthony Elliott Baker’s sculptural practice is a way in to exploring space and its affect. Not only physical spaces, social, psychic and digital. Using various processes and media, both malleable and digital Baker ruptures experience and subverts expectations in playful, dissociating ways which can be as disconcerting as engaging and immersive. Fragmented self-referential ideas are regenerated through creative processes becoming ambivalent art encounters which value a decentering and discerning of the reciprocates own subjectivities and autopoiesis. Baker uses site, found objects and materials, fabrication, new-media, interaction and performance. Anthony is currently a PhD candidate based in Brisbane.
Keemon Williams is an emerging Brisbane based artist of Meriam Mer, Kuku Yulangi and Koa descent. A multidisciplinary artist, he utilizes a range of mediums and performative elements to explore the conflicts between his personal self, and the Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and European heritage beneath it. Having grown up experiencing limited cultural integration, his indigeneity and the question of its validity plays an important part in the rationale he uses to devise works. Receiving a formal education specializing in western European practices, he utilizes these techniques in the context of contemporary aboriginality. He seeks to interrogate realms of domestic architecture, film, popular culture and consumer goods, recontextualising them through indigenous reconstructions. Since he hasn’t founded his practice in deeply rooted aboriginal tradition, Williams makes use of the historical and interpersonal contexts of life in Australia to redefine the standardised cultural experience as one that reflects its first nations people.
Primitive Motion (Sandra Selig & Leighton Craig)
Primitive Motion is the collaborative project of artists Sandra Selig and Leighton Craig. Over the past decade they have recorded an extensive body of work, with five albums released to date of their dream-float musical dialogue. Their “House in the Wave” LP (2018) was included in The Guardian’s Australian albums of the year and long-listed for the Australian Music Prize. They have exhibited their collaborative visual/audio work, with the major work ‘Special Mechanism for Universal Uncertainty’ included in ‘Before and After Science' in the 2010 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia. The work was subsequently acquired by the Buxton Collection, Melbourne. As a live entity, Primitive Motion’s performances range from fuzzy motorik songs to extended ambient/improvised pieces and video projection. They have performed with a number of touring international artists, including God Speed You Black Emperor, Mercury Rev and Deerhoof. In 2017 they improvised a live film score (with Ross Manning) for the silent classic The Passion of Joan of Arc (C.T.Dreyer) at the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane and gave a surround-sound live performance within an exhibition by Rosslynd Piggott at Milani Gallery in 2018. They have more recently performed outdoor improvisations responsive to the natural environment, including at ‘Why Listen to Plants’, Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens 2018 and ‘Botanica’, City Botanic Gardens, Brisbane 2019.
Aurora Liddle-Christie is a Jamaican and First Nations, Arrernte multidisciplinary artist. In 2017 Aurora graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Drama from Queensland University of Technology. Her practice draws on the experience of People of Colour and Australia’s First Nations Peoples at the intersection of community, activism, spirituality and connection to country. She explores this through the mediums of spoken word, performance, playwriting, singing and songwriting. Aurora has worked locally and statewide with a number of Brisbane based arts organisations such as, Digi Youth Arts, Queensland Music Festival, People+Artist+Place, Blaklash, Zen Zen Zo, Conscious Mic and Voices Of Colour.
Guyala Bayles is a 20yr old Birri Gubba and Wonnarua model and poet, born in Brisbane. Guyala was raised in a politically active family and continues this legacy which has been passed down from generation to generation. Guyala uses her public platform to shed light on issues affecting First Nations people and powerfully expresses her self through spoken word. Be captivated by Guyala’s presence as she gives you an insight of what it’s like growing up in Australia as a young First Nations woman.
Joella is a proud First Nations and South Sea Islander woman. Reigning from ancestors of Pentecost and Ambrym Islands in Vanuatu, and the Yidinji people in Far North Queensland – she often writes/speaks to empower, heal and represent those who see themselves in her stories. Joella is an undergraduate student studying a Bachelor of Creative Industries and Bachelor of Human Services, majoring in Creative Writing at QUT. She also works at BlakDance, the peak body for Indigenous Dance in across these many nations, and when she is not working or studying she can often be found performing poetry around Brisbane, sometimes with Digi Youth Arts - a not-for-profit arts organisation that shares the stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people.
This project was is as a part of Brisbane City Council's Temporary Art Program 2019, produced by Metro Arts and people+artist+place.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.
Metro Arts is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Metro Arts is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Environment and Science. Metro Arts is proudly supported by Brisbane City Council. Metro Arts is proudly supported by TAFE Queensland as Education Partner. Metro Arts is a proud partner of Bones Accounting, Dendy Cinemas, EPSON and The Victory Hotel.
Official Photographer for TAP 2019