Art & Encounter at Festival of Live Art
Footscray Community Art Centre
Saturday 15 March 2014
A new annual symposium, Art & Encounter aims to generate lively public discussion and rigorous debate on key issues in socially-engaged, participatory and live art today. In 2014 the symposium launches with the idea of what happens ‘beyond audience development’, and asks the question: ‘Why do artists engage the public in participation?’ Amy Spiers and James Oliver invite artists and artist researchers working in the expanded field of participatory art to join them in exploring these concerns. Participants will have an opportunity to reflect on the cultural, social and political dimensions of participatory art in the public realm.
(via Art & Encounter | Festival of Live Art)
Nothing To See Here (Dispersal) at the Festival of Live Art
Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall and Meat market
Sunday 23 March 2014
Around the world, protests and public gatherings are often broken up by police. Nothing To See Here (Dispersal) is a choreography of crowd dispersal, created in consultation with people who have real-life experience of the techniques police use to break up protests. Arts House patrons will be circulated away from areas in and around the Meat Market and North Melbourne Town Hall, leaving behind cleared-out spaces in which there is ‘nothing to see’.
Lead Artists Amy Spiers & Catherine Ryan
Consulting Choreographer & Dramaturge Ashley Dyer
(via Nothing To See Here (Dispersal) | Festival of Live Art)
Then as now, the minister refused to release the video of the operation. The navy videos everything. Then, as now, obscure “operational” reasons were said to make it impossible to put the evidence on the table. (via Burnt hands, children overboard, it all seems the same to Peter Reith | David Marr | Comment is free | theguardian.com)