Fresh Produce

Fresh Produce is the closing event of the 2012 Next Wave Festival and a celebratory survey of contemporary experimental practice incorporating live art, installation, dance, video, music and performance. The first event of its kind to be staged at the iconic Queen Victoria Markets, Fresh Produce is an all-out ‘art party’ driven by one of the Festival’s central provocations: what makes people gather? And what better way for people to gather than around food?

About the Artist

Jodie Whalen's practice explores modes of staged performance as explorations of transitional moments in the quest for an improved self. Whalen’s video performances/endurances are equally mundane and ritualistic, extraordinary and routine. Taking us on a journey that is both art project and everyday life. In all instances the focus of the video/performance is on the repeated actions that are designed to take us from one state into another. Never telling the viewer her stance on the subject, but presenting a platform for the viewer to consider ideas of success and failure, obsessiveness and belief.
Franco's practice is distinctive in its position within contemporary Australian video art. He combines the Nauman-esque dictum “If I was an artist and I was in the studio, then whatever I was doing in the studio must be art” with slapstick, comedic Australiana self-mockery, Dada-like absurdist humour, Constructivist sound experimentation and a 21st century 'youtube' video-consciousness.
Lara Thoms is an artist and curator. She makes projects with people, using mediums such as video goggles, cream pies, telephones and powerpoint. Her work has been shown at places like the Museum of Contemporary Art, Next Wave Festival and Arts House. She curates Night Time at Performance Space and the Tiny Stadiums Festival.
Lily graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) with a Bachelor of Dance in 2006. The same year she was awarded second place in the Australian Choreographic Competition for her choreography and performance of She be HeBeGeeBee in collaboration with Amber Haines. The pair also created and performed In Away for Lucy Guerin Inc's Pieces for Small Spaces (2007) and Slug Love Goonion as part of Pure Pleasure for the Next Wave Festival (2008). Lily choreographed Wade Rising for With the Lot curated by Kyle Kremerskothen and Lucy Guerin (2009) and The happy Pony club come in for Private Dancers (2010). She has also worked with Melbourne choreographers and companies including Frances D'ath, Antony Hamilton, Natalie Cursio, X machine, Rogue, Phantom Limbs, Finucane and Smith, The Black Lung Theatre Company, and Shelley Lasica.
Educated in politics and Asian studies, Phuong Ngo’s practice explores the individual and collected identity of the Vietnamese Diaspora. Currently completing an honours degree in fine art at RMIT, he has exhibited at numerous galleries throughout Melbourne including the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Seventh Gallery and Rae & Bennet, and was a finalist in the National Photographic Portrait Prize (2011).
Tom Polo lives and works in Sydney. His recent practice uses painting, installation and performance to examine notions of anxiety, success, failure and expectation. Polo has exhibited in numerous exhibitions at Gallery 9 (2007), Campbelltown Arts Centre (2009), Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (2009), Grantpirrie (2011) and Gertrude Contemporary (2012). In 2011 he undertook the Australia Council for the Arts London Studio Residency and held his first international solo exhibition at Acme Project Space, London. He is the recent recipient of the Art and Australia/Credit Suisse Contemporary Art Award.
D.A.N.C.E. thrive on the collaborative nature of projects, which extend from the conceptualisation of ideas, to the shared curatorial approach they have adopted. Their key aim is to encourage audience engagement and participation. Always evolving, DANCE has a reluctance to repeat previous successes, and tends to intentionally seek out new and diverse exhibition spaces and phenomena to explore, from traditional public galleries, community galleries, and art festivals; to more public spaces such as, pool-halls, nightclubs, parks and vehicles.
Based in Brisbane, Elizabeth Willing completed her Honours in Fine Arts (Visual Arts) at QUT in 2009. She is one of the five directors of Annie St, a Brisbane ARI. In 2011 Elizabeth undertook a 2 month internship in New York with artist Janine Antoni with support from Jump Mentoring and Arts Queensland. In 2012 Elizabeth is Metro Arts Artist in Residence and an Australia Council Artstart recipient.

Stephen Russell is currently based in Brisbane, Australia. He is a founding Co-Director of Accidentally Annie Street Space. Stephen Russell’s practice uses a variety of media including furniture, painting, sculpture, video, and text – combining, remaking, and reassembling these in order to explore the contingent and precarious nature of meaning. Translation between the digital and the handmade is often present in the work.
Ella Barclay is an artist concerned with the transfixing, impulsive and intuitive behaviours brought about by new technologies. In 2006 she obtained an MSc. in Digital Media with Distinction from the University of Edinburgh, courtesy of the British Council Scotland Scholarship and subsequently graduated with the John Lansdowne Media Art Award. In 2007 she was an active member of the international collective FutureAcademy StudioLab, with whom she conducted exhibitions and symposia in Edinburgh, Tokyo, Akiyoshidai and for the Documenta 12 Magazines project in Kassel. Since 2008 she has exhibited extensively at artist-run and project spaces and selected regional galleries in NSW, with some invitations to exhibit interstate and internationally. She has been a board member at runway magazine (2009-11). In 2011 she undertook an Asialink residency at Taipei Artist Village, Taiwan and was shortlisted for the Helen Lempriere Travelling Arts Scholarship, exhibiting at Artspace, Sydney.
Lee completed a Bachelor of Dance at the Victorian College of the Arts (2003) and began working with Chunky Move and Lucy Guerin Inc in 2004. In 2010/2011 he was selected by the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Initiative to undertake a mentorship with legendary American choreographer Trisha Brown, performing, touring and developing a new work with the Trisha Brown Dance Company in New York City. Lee’s choreographic credits include: A Little Murky for Lucy Guerin’s Pieces for Small Spaces, I Feel Love and On It Goes for Next Wave, Untitled (short film), and Tilted at the Red Bean Studios in New York. Lee is in development of a new work that was presented in November at the New York Public Library.
R.O.C.K.E.T Collective is a Sydney-based group of artists interested in forms of participatory exchange that arise when food is prepared and shared. Through performance works and live art events, R.O.C.K.E.T Collective provokes discussion about the role food plays in the construction of social identity.
  • Image: Oslo Davis

Dates: 27 May

Location: Queen Victoria Market, Queen Street, Melbourne (tram routes 19, 57, 59, stop 7)

Times: 8pm

Duration: 2.5 hrs

Ticket prices: Free

This event is also part of Day Pass 9

Wheelchair accessible: Yes

18+ event



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