Temporary Position brings Streaming Surrounds to Cement Fondu’s Better Nature program. Artists Zoe Baumgartner, Holly MacDonald, Oonagh Slater, and Mashara Wachjudy each navigate intimate and shared environments for a night of multimedia performances that traverse scales, temporalities, and perspectives.
By contrasting personal proximities against immense geographic and biological ecosystems, the artists highlight the multiplicity present in shared contexts. Streaming Surrounds places the dramatic and overlooked cycles of life side by side to reveal the parallels between personal and external worlds, in turn reflecting how systems of environments prompt our being.
Collaborating with individuals and communities, Temporary Position hosts IRL and URL happenings that explore alternative presentations of narrative. The project creates a meeting space for differing practices to instigate ideas, community making and conversations. Open and fluid in form and duration, Temporary Position takes shape as exhibitions, performances, screenings, workshops, and web residencies.
Employing an understanding from both photography and design, Zoe Baumgartner’s practice strives to clarify and expand conversations of visual communication. Her practice investigates human and non-human relationships, interactions and reliances- exploring how they grow and develop, and why. In her slow form performance GRIND PRACTICE, Zoe will explore agency and inheritance through repetitive cast making, to mark and visualise how we absorb and release stress within our bodily environment.
Holly Macdonald combines ceramic with installation, drawing, and interdisciplinary collaboration to explore the relationship between maker, material, and place. Holly approaches the ceramic process as a collaborator with clay. By following the material into often unknown sculptural outcomes, she aims to foreground material agency and remain open to what we might learn about ourselves and our world from working with a soft and responsive material such as clay. Who moves who in the moments when material and maker press together? Holly will be asking this question of clay through an extended performance of the ceramic process abstracted by somatic movement.
Oonagh is a dance artist living and working in Melbourne/Naarm on Wurundjeri land. Her practice marries the poetics of mundane action with the expansive imagery of fiction and mythology. Deeply rooted in the body, her work contemplates memory, lineage, landscape, and intimacy. In her performance, Oonagh considers our ever evolving experience of time and the present moment in a world of documentation and surveillance. Returning to the body as a source that carries memory, place and fiction, she constructs shifting temporalities in the minutiae of a movement, a repeated arrival and a looping present.
Mashara’s practice considers observations, thoughts, and feelings surrounding memory; archives; architecture; mythology; cross-cultural experience. She is interested in the meetings and intersections of these things and how these layered relationships can be translated. Thinking about layers and intersections of history, place and time, Mashara’s work looks at the archives we accumulate and collect and how we carry them with us.
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