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Site-specific Creative Development

Working in dialogue with the extraordinary volume and patina of this unique heritage venue over a twelve-month period, artists were invited to participate in group discussions and consultations, test strategies, develop prototypes, and create new, site-specific works.

The curatorial investigation involved an examination of the spatial and temporal tendencies evident in the work of participating artists and the relationships evolving between them when presented in close proximity. With attention to the dramaturgical arc and rhythm of the exhibition, a series of prompts, provocations, structures and scores were developed and shared with the artists.

Temporal Proximities sets out to question the conventions of exhibition display through research into the various ways that artworks may be positioned in time as well as space, how time is able to create space and how such an approach draws deeper attention to the corporeal relationships emerging between artworks that involve dynamic spatiotemporal components.

The overall aim was to position time-based, performative and process-orientated forms at the centre of the show, and to evolve an exhibition framework capable of embracing instability, indeterminacy and agency.

Creative development has been undertaken in partnership with the Abbotsford Convent Foundation and as part of an arts residency supported by the City of Melbourne’s Arts Grants and Creative Spaces programs.

Image: Katie Lee, creative development, documentation, Magdalen Laundries, Abbotsford Convent, 2019. Photograph: Anne Moffat.

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