RMIT Design Hub presents SMUDGE – a new collaboration between Phillip Adams BalletLab and Brook Andrew, in partnership with RMIT Design Hub – from Monday 18 May to Friday 29 May.
Phillip Adams and Brook Andrew have embarked upon a radical collaboration, through which they surrender their usual artistic expression to swap cultural identities and artistic responsibilities.
In SMUDGE, the choreographer becomes the artist, and the artist the choreographer.
Via a set of rigorous rules, an exploration of the known trajectory of Adams and Andrew is smudged and erased, to allow for new creative and cultural possibilities.
Through this risk taking, SMUDGE engages with themes of the charlatan/ innovator/intruder/assassinator.
As a creative partnership between artists and creative institutions, it explores the relationships between research, experimentation and cultural values.
RMIT Design Hub offers an alternative, experimental exhibition and research space for the beginning of SMUDGE and its development phase.
The project includes four performers – Anna Kuroda, Gregory Lorenzutti, Anna Seymour and Lilian Steiner – who will be directed by Andrew in a set created by Adams.
Adams and Andrew will activate SMUDGE by taking turns in placing objects into the creative and performative space. This body of objects will include films, installations, dance, costume and architecture.
Unapologetically, the artists are both populating and concealing their ideas of borrowed, forgotten and new histories.
Visitors are invited to observe this project in progress in Pavilion 1, Level 10 at RMIT Design Hub, 18 to 29 May, 2015 from 11am to 2pm, Monday to Friday.
1. Rules will never be crossed.
2. Adams and Andrew will select one object each per day, to be added daily.
3. Whatever objects each artist chooses must be displayed through some medium in the work.
4. Each can cover up the object but it must remain in the space.
5. Each can request advice from one another, but this will only happen 10 times each during the process.
6. Each has the choice to veto twice during the process (stop the action altogether).
7. Each are not allowed to talk about the object that they give to one another and in that way it becomes anonymous; no story impulse or self-projecting attached to it.
8. There will be an Umpire selected by the hosting space. The role of the Umpire will be to enforce the rules and resolve any conflict. The Umpire will have the final say if an issue arises.
9. The space will be documented daily with each smudge and will be open to the public for viewing at designated times.
Concept/Design: Phillip Adams
Concept/Choreography: Brook Andrew
Performers: Anna Kuroda, Gregory Lorenzutti, Anna Seymour, Lilian Steiner
The development phase of Phillip Adams BalletLab’s SMUDGE at RMIT Design Hub is supported by Besen Family Foundation and City of Melbourne.
Brook Andrew is represented by Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne, and Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris and Brussels.
What: SMUDGE – project in progress
When: Monday 18 May to Friday 29 May, 11am to 2pm, Monday to Friday
Where: Pavilion 1, Level 10, Design Hub, RMIT Building 100, Corner of Victoria and Swanston Streets, Carlton
For general media enquiries: Deborah Sippitts, (03) 9925 3116 or 0429 588 869.