Some of the best art is surprising, mysterious and a little bit scary, and this is exactly what you can look forward to about this four-week art series
Site is Set is the latest project from Field Theory – a collective made up of seven artists who are into supporting visual art, live art and theatre that crosses boundaries and encourages audience interaction.
This four-week performance series is about breaking barriers, starting with the type of venues in which you'd expect to experience art. Forget galleries and theatres; the four performances will invade Collingwood Masonic Lodge, Edinburgh Gardens and the abandoned Astrojet Space Centre.
Exposition, created by artists Jason Maling and Lara Thoms, is an expo within an expo (the Melbourne Art Fair, to be exact). Maling and Thoms have braved the most left-field fringe fairs out there, and will bring along special guests to shed light on the cosplay community, psychic networks and quilting groups. Melbourne Art Fair, Royal Exhibition Building. Thu 11am-6pm; Fri 11am-8pm; Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 10am-5pm. $22-$28. Aug 14-17.
In Use Your Illusion, theatre-maker Bron Batten will invite a qualified hypnotist to put her, and some willing audience participants, under a spell, blurring the lines between acting and truth. Collingwood Masonic Centre. 8pm. $20. Aug 21-24.
My Best Friend is a performative walk through Edinburgh Gardens in memory of all the beloved canine companions who are no longer with us. Under the guidance of artist Malcolm Whittaker, stories will be shared and (if you’re a human being) tears will be shed. Edinburgh Gardens. 2pm. Free. Aug 30-31.
Astrojet will commemorate our city’s forgotten Space Centre. There’s really not much we can tell you about this mysterious journey: we don’t even know where the building is! All we know is that it’s created by celebrated Melbourne artist Zoe Meagher, it involves a bus journey to the building’s secret location, and there will be disco. Secret location: meet at Blindside Gallery. 7.15pm. $20. Sep 5-6.
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