BLEED is a six year project exploring how the online makes us feel. Taking place between the live and digital and across borders, in 2022 founding partners Arts House (Melbourne) and Campbelltown Arts Centre (Sydney) are delighted to expand our conversations with the participation of Taipei Performing Arts Center, and Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei.
BLEED – a biennial live event in the everyday digital – features contemporary arts commissions across multiple IRL and digital platforms. In 2022 we consider the potential and problems of borders. We explore the sites of intersection between and within humans, technology, media, history and nationhood, and our emotional, physical and digital geographies. Our artists’ works consider the delays, lags and glitches that make us – and the pervasive technologies that shape and choreograph our lives – more human. They employ a range of methods and ask bold questions to stretch and expand our sense of connection: the role of translation, or how we might critique and disrupt prescribed digital ways of being. How do questions of digital transformation, digital inclusion and a digital earth remind us of the urgency through which we must formulate a sustainable ecology?
Taken together, the commissioned artworks are an expansive consideration of care through crisis, and the myriad ways it is unfolding now – and will unfold into our futures.
BLEED also features a lively program of talks, podcasts, essays and reflections in BLEED ECHO, exploring the problems and potential of our everyday digital existence.
In 2022, BLEED takes place across three cities, online and in person, from 29 August – 25 September.
About the Organisations
Arts House, 521 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne, Australia 3072
Arts House is Melbourne’s home for contemporary performance, located on the lands of the Bunurong Boon Wurrung and Woiwurrung Woi Wurrung peoples of the Eastern Kulin Nation.
With a year-round program of dance, theatre, music, sound, new technologies and community projects, Arts House is one of the major forces shaping Melbourne’s cultural and social landscape, cultivating diverse audiences for independent artists’ ambitious new work, and building relationships at both local and international levels.
This is a house where change happens. From the crisis of extinction to the rapid transformations of technology, we know that the futures of humanity and art are entwined. As part of Melbourne’s cultural landscape, Arts House expresses the deep forces that shape that terrain. Our programming pays respect to Traditional Owners and the land on which our work takes place, and reflects Australia’s ongoing history of migration and displacement.
Arts House also seeks to ask questions about power: who has the power to speak, and what is the power of listening? We explore new ways of distributing curatorial power, and commit to an artistic vision that is transparent and connected.
Arts House is a key project for the City of Melbourne, complementing programming at sister venues Artplay and SIGNAL, at the city’s First Nations festival YIRRAMBOI and in our libraries and hubs.
Campbelltown Arts Centre (C-A-C), 1 Art Gallery Rd, Campbelltown, NSW, Australia
Located on the edge of Sydney, Campbelltown Arts Centre (C-A-C) is in a unique position to forge collaborative exchanges between artists, disciplines and communities through the creation of new curatorial situations and challenging streams of practice.
Using the edge as a starting point, Campbelltown Arts Centre creates a secure platform for communities and artists to take risks, challenge perceptions, confront issues and raise questions through the commissioning of new works. These new works invite collaboration, partnership, local, national and international dialogue, the juxtaposition of new and traditional techniques and cross-disciplinary approaches. Contemporary artists are at the forefront of Campbelltown Arts Centre’s programming and through consultation with communities, we deliver a program that profiles contemporary visual arts, performance, dance, music, live art and emergent practices.
Located on Dharawal land, Campbelltown Arts Centre is proudly owned by the people of Campbelltown. A cultural facility of Campbelltown City Council, assisted by the NSW Government through Create NSW and by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Campbelltown Arts Centre receives support from the Crown Resorts Foundation and the Packer Family Foundation and the Neilson Foundation.
MoCA Video, No. 39, Chang’an W. Rd., Datong Dist., Taipei City 103013 Taiwan R.O.C
Inaugurated in 2001, MoCA Taipei is Taiwan’s first art museum housed in a revitalized historic building with the objective to promote contemporary art. MoCA Taipei has long been dedicated to bringing together subjects relating to art, heritage, technology, life, education, and other relevant cultural issues. Through the planning of outstanding and diverse exhibitions and meticulously designed supporting educational events, profound explorations are conducted based on engagements between contemporary visual cultures and social documents. Additionally, the focus is also placed on reflecting both local and global outlooks and features, creating dialogues with artists, improving the public’s sense of appreciation for art, and expanding the cultural horizon. In addition to the promotion of the most current international contemporary art, MoCA Taipei is also assertively engaged in community building. Through the integration of art with people’s everyday lives, the museum has culminated in success in transforming public spaces into spatial assets for the facilitation of art and cultural exhibitions and educational promotions. Due to the tremendously positive feedback from the public and the adjacent business owners, MoCA Taipei continues to inject artistic energies into its surrounding communities and is devoted to bringing more creative aesthetics into our city and to be substantially integrated them into people’s lives.
Taipei Performing Arts Center, No. 1, Jiantan Road, Shilin District, Taipei City 111081, Taiwan
Taipei Performing Arts Center (TPAC) is a spectacular cultural landmark commissioned by the Taipei City Government, designed by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), led by Pritzker-Prize-winning architect Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten. The futuristic design shatters the standardised model of contemporary theatres and embraces inclusivity, reflecting the liveliness and open-mindedness of Taipei city.
TPAC is composed of three theaters, including the 800-seat proscenium theater, Globe Playhouse, the 1500-seat space, Grand Theatre and the 800-seat multiform theater, Blue Box. Equipped with facilities to meet the most challenging demands of contemporary theater, the spaces have been specially designed to offer new theatrical opportunities.
“Play Different Together” is the core value of TPAC. As a creative hub for artists, TPAC is dedicated to social engagement, talent cultivation, and international exchanges. Through various strategic platforms and projects, such as ADAM (Asia Discovers Asia Meeting for Contemporary Performance), Camping Asia and three arts festivals, TPAC has been facilitating cross-cultural and interdisciplinary dialogues and building up networks of contemporary performing arts with local and international institutions for a sustainable ecology of arts and culture. TPAC aims to be a co-production house in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.
BLEED (Biennial Live Event in the Everyday Digital) was conceived by Campbelltown City Council through Campbelltown Arts Centre, and The City of Melbourne through Arts House. BLEED 2022 is produced and presented by Campbelltown City Council through Campbelltown Arts Centre, and City of Melbourne through Arts House, Taipei Performing Arts Center and Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei.
BLEED has been supported by the Taiwan Ministry of Culture and Cultural Division, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Sydney.