Artslab: Unreliable Witness

Artslab: Unreliable Witness

17-21 February

107 Redfern, 107 Redfern st, Redfern

Shopfront Arts Co-op presents ArtsLab: Unreliable Witness, a festival of 6 new works by emerging artists. This year’s ArtsLab artists explore perception and misperception; the ways in which our own perception may not be what the rest of the world sees, feels and experiences. From deep fakes to ageing in 2021, to the links we make between sound and memory, to our attempts to connect to our own past (which might have never really been ours in the first place). Through the use of visual art, film, live art, technology, performance and theatre, our artists will ask you to challenge your perspectives of the world and the beliefs you hold within.

There is reality and the imagined, and sometimes these get mixed up. You decide where you sit.

The season will include an Industry Day with arts panels and networking opportunities for artists to share in discussions with some of the country’s leading artists, arts collectives and organisations.

Image credit - Joshua Morris. Overlay artwork - David Molloy 

What's Showing

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? What would it look like? How would altering this one thing flavour your new life? A knee-reduction will take Tall Poppy to new heights. A different face can bring Benjamin closer to looking like himself. Bear’s lobotomy may just bring his soul to the top. And Byselle? They just want suction back in their tentacles. When the surgical haze clears and the disinfectant has left a sterile aftertaste, how far will these recovery bedmates go to find Dr Wright? Book in your COSMOSIS and change, for good.

Running Time: 45 minutes

Content Warnings: Explicit Language, Depictions of violence, Sexual references, Discussion of mental illness, reference to death, haze, flashing lights, loud noises.

When someone disappears, who becomes the custodian of our experience? pollon is an interdisciplinary piece that explores resilience, memory and how we interpret our surroundings. Formulated with music, anecdotes and interviews with people who have experienced dementia and/or Alzheimer’s, pollon is a work that uses pre-recorded audio; including dialogue, songs, instructions to connect participants to the memories we may have left behind. This work investigates the lost ritual of memory. If our realities are being split into keepsakes, how do we continue to associate ourselves with who we are?

Running Time: 50 minutes

Content Warnings: reference to sensitive content, haze, flashing lights

Recommended for ages 15+

Smoke seeps through in a bushfire summer smells like // cigarettes in Grandpa’s Shanghai apartment smells like // incense on the day your most loved // turn to ash. How do you pack away a life? Constructed from fragmented, personal family memories, what is saudade is yuánfèn is longing is a one woman show turned live art project exploring notions of home and the pull between the disintegration and (re)claiming of cultural/family identity as westernised Chinese diaspora. Framed in the context of both personal and collective grief, loss and longing, this is an attempted reliving of the things you can’t take with you, as well as the discovery that some things - they don’t ever really leave.

Running Time: 40 minutes

Content Warnings: Mild swearing, reference to sensitive content, vivid descriptions of grief, death

Who are we when we are driving home from work? When we’re in the shower? When we’re on facebook? What’s the difference? The Infinity Mirror explores the nature of identity in the internet age, and asks who owns the versions we produce of ourselves online. In the age of new technologies that can fundamentally undermine our ability to control our own image and identities in an online landscape - The Infinity Mirror is a portrait of a fractured woman, unsure of where she stands when her own face and voice are used against her.

Running Time: 50 minutes

Content Warnings: Coarse Language, reference to sexual themes and abuse, partial nudity, reference to pornography, haze, strobe

Recommended for ages 15+

no place like tomorrow is an art film written and directed by Eric Jiang. The work uses dialogue and dance to explore how Chinese-diasporic and queer identities shape non-normative time experiences.

Run Time: 30 minutes

Content Warnings: explicit language, sexual references (references to violence)

The perceived notion of internet culture is seen as inferior to that of traditional media to the opposing generation. Retitled is a series of artworks which challenges this value through subverting expectation by appropriating aspects from the differing values to juxtapose traditional and modern media provoking a satirical take on these perceived ideals.

Content Warnings: Imagery of violent situations, adult humor


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