Join radio producer and educator Areej Nur in a conversation on how every part of our lives has now been officially curated for us. The fast and never ending nature of the internet means that artists are constantly expected to respond to new ideas, new ways of working and new trends. At the same time, however, the internet has created a bubble of instant gratification and every aspect of our lives has been curated to our tastes, making it impossible to discover anything radically new or outside of our own ‘likes’.
Explore some of the ways artists are responding to these issues, whether it’s by calculated art-making designed to stay constantly on the timeline to intensive interrogations and – for some – an absolute refusal to play by the rules.
Protocol is a series of live talks grounded in the relationship between contemporary performance and the digital cultures that exist on the internet, hosted by Areej Nur as part of BLEED Echo, a public program responding to and ricocheting from the five artist projects and curatorial conversations of BLEED.
- Host: Areej Nur
- Guest: Amrita Hepi, Dr Anja Kanngieser, Kathryn McKinney, Joel Stern
- Presented by Arts House, City of Melbourne as part of BLEED 2020. BLEED is supported Campbelltown City Council through Campbelltown Arts Centre and City of Melbourne through Arts House.
Thursday 27 August
Areej Nur is a radio producer, presenter and educator. She is the co-founder of African arts collective Still Nomads and podcast network Broadwave. Most of Areej’s work seeks to support women of colour, particularly black women, to be at the forefront of conversations about media, arts, race and feminism in Australia.
Amrita Hepi is an award-winning First Nations choreographer and dancer from Bundjulung (Aus) and Ngāpuhi (NZ) territories. Her mission as an artist is to push the barriers of intersectionality in form and make work that establishes multiple access points through allegory. Her work is characterised by hybridity and engages in extending choreographic practices by combining dance and movement with other domains such as visual art, language and participatory research.
Dr Anja Kanngieser is a geographer and sound artist. They are the author of Experimental Politics and the Making of Worlds (2013) and Between Sound and Silence: Listening towards Environmental Justice (forthcoming).Their audio work has been featured on Documenta 14 Radio, BBC 3, ABC Radio National, The Natural History Museum London, Arts Centre Melbourne, Radio del Museo Reina Sofía, Deutschland Radio and QAGOMA. They have facilitated sound events with Live Art Development Agency, Sound and Music and 2 Degrees Festival/Arts Admin. Anja’s work looks to the intersections of community organising, self-determination, ecology, and listening; their current projects use oral testimony and field recordings to amplify community resistance to resource extraction, environmental racism and ecological disaster in Oceania.
Kathryn McKinney, Head of Content and Communications with A Blade of Grass, a non-profit in the field of socially engaged art, is an arts administrator and communications strategist committed to promoting the influence of artists upon global culture. She earned a BA in Art History from San Francisco State University and an MA in Arts Administration at Baruch College’s Weissman School of Arts and Sciences. She has consulted for artist-led nonprofits and social justice organizations in New York and worked with clients and in-house for international art organizations. Her writing has been published in San Francisco Art Quarterly and Art Practical.
Joel Stern is a curator, researcher, and artist living and working on Wurundjeri land in Melbourne, Australia. Stern’s work deals with a range of issues, themes and questions connected with theories and practises of sound and listening. Since 2013, Stern has been Artistic Director at Liquid Architecture, a leading Australian organisation that creates spaces for sonic experience and critical listening at the intersection of contemporary art and experimental music. In this capacity he has been responsible for hundreds of festivals, symposia, exhibitions, concerts and publications realised in Australia and internationally, with collaborators ranging from major museums and institutions through to community organisations and artist-led initiatives