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Bus Projects is a dynamic platform for encounters with new art and discourse. We present exhibitions, performances, music and dance, and generate active discourse with art through artist talks, symposia, guest lectures and publishing. We couple a passionate localism—deeply rooted in Naarm Melbourne’s artistic community—with active national and international engagement. Our program generates real and meaningful cultural value through the career development of early and mid-career artists and the production of new art.
During our open call rounds, Bus Projects welcomes applications from a broad constituency of cultural producers including artists, collectives, collaborators, writers and curators at all career levels.
We favour applications involving the creation of new works that are experimental, critical, and/or interdisciplinary in nature. First Nations, culturally and linguistically diverse, LGBTIQA+ and artists with disability are encouraged to apply.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Another World Library, Tilly GlascodineAnother World Library
Another World is a small library and arts project focused on critical utopias, speculative fiction, and imagining socially and ecologically just futures. AW is founded with a belief in the transformative potential of reading, writing, and imagining with community.
Kiera Brew Kurec(Panel Discussions) Archiving the Temporal: Emanate
Accompanying Kiera Brew Kurec’s project Archiving the Temporal: Emanate, Bus Projects will be hosting a public program incorporating three panel discussions with esteemed Australian and International performance practitioners, academics and historians over the month of April. The discussions encompass ritual as a basis for performance making, ethical reinterpretation/re-performance, and methodologies in performance archiving. These talks are facilitated by Kiera Brew Kurec, generously hosted by Bus Projects and supported by the City of Yarra.
Archiving the Temporal: Emanate was an intimate performance exploring the possibilities of preserving and archiving performance practice beyond photographic and video documentation. Using ritual as a framework for preservation, Archiving the Temporal: Emanate asks the audience to become custodians of the performance, then to pass on the performance beyond its original viewing and out into the wider community. The performance will be accompanied by a series of online discussions which have been generously supported by the City of Yarra small project grants.
Arini Byng, Sean Dockray, Tamsen Hopkinson, Steven Rhall, Jacqui Shelton, Fayen d'Evie, Public OfficeMeans, of Production
Means, of Production is an experiment in building open-source software in an open dialog with a group of artists, in order to try and expand the idea of how artworks can live and evolve in the peer-to-peer space. It is a collaborative project between Bus Projects, Public Officeand six Melbourne-based artists. Funded as a result of Covid-19, initially the ideas sprung from an obvious lack of tools for making art works solely for an ephemeral, digital space. That’s what we hope to shift through this process.
Sandra Bridie and Melody EllisQ & A Walking in the configuration of infinity
Melody and Sandra discuss their project Walking in the configuration of infinity, which combined a series of Walkshops presented by members of nonfictionLab, a walking lecture and performance by Alice Cummins,and the inaugural Reading Room presentation at Bus.
Please join us at Bus Projects this Saturday 10th April, 3.30-5.30pm, for the ‘True Colours’ catalogue launch. There will be performances by En.V, Fimo, and a secret guest.
Alongside a community feast, ‘For The Love of Leftovers’, the epilogue to F.O.C.U.S. In the interest of keeping a waste-free practice, Alisa Tanaka-King will be cooking up the leftover ingredients from F.O.C.U.S and will be hosting an open event for the local community, promoting sustainability and communal eating. All are welcome!
‘Three Retracings’ is a sound publication that explores a process of returning, retracing and re-listening in urban space. Recorded periodically across three and a half years in Narrm Melbourne, Kaifeng and Suzhou; nine compositions form a set of sonic relations between neighbourhoods undergoing urban transformation in Australia and China. Placing three accumulative listenings in conversation across these contexts, the publication interrogates the contentious role of the field recordist as an itinerant documenter, archive-maker, visitor and tourist.
OUT OF BOUNDS is a series of performances and conversations with Australian artists that navigates the intricacies of their art practice, the way they have adapted to the world in isolation and their reflections on the emerging art world right now.
Concentric Curriculum is an artist-led parallel-school program embracing non-institutional, self-organised approaches to education and made in collaboration with local communities. This program enables artists and arts professionals to become creative collaborators and co-producers with diverse communities, resulting in long-term collaborations and sustained knowledge sharing.
Born from interviews with close friends about vulnerability, ‘Ourselves’ explores the risk perceived in baring oneself and the value of support in constructing autonomous and unfiltered spaces. Presented on Bus TB on Wednesday 2 September, 7pm
Mira Loew, and Jane Frances Dunlop, Bus TVfull moon to new moon (hands, fastness, surprise) & other exchanges
For Bus TV, Loew and Dunlop share a new work that is the consequence of a set of exchanges occurring over spring 2020. A series of videos form an intimate conversation about distance, isolation, depression and the consequences of stopping by choice and by necessity.
‘Casual Stain’ is a radio play based on Aaron Billings’ own experience working at a multi-national retail & homewares store as the Pandemic hit. Released Fortnightly on Thursday evening at 7pm. The next episode will air on Thursday 23 July.
Eleanor Duffin (born Wexford, Ireland, currently lives and works in Bristol, UK) is a visual artist whose works are predominantly sculptural in nature. She employs a process of speculative questioning that draws influence from varied disparate ideas and anecdotes within anthropology, literature, physics and art history. She is interested in things that have a sense of self conscious autonomy and the potential to be generative agents.
Gertrude Talks is weekly discussion series produced in partnership with Gertrude Contemporary. Each week a new theme will be unpacked by host Georgia Banks with past and present Gertrude studio artists.
Caring for the Ecology is a show on Bus Radio that amplifies important conversation about the collaborative, collectivist and organisational structures that impact the way we work as arts workers and cultural producers.
Hosted by Bus Projects and Liquid ArchitectureCollective-Kolektif: an Indonesia-Australia dialogue on artist collectives
‘Collective-Kolektif’ hosts Indonesian collectives including KUNCI Cultural Studies Center, Ace House, OMNI space, Ruang MES 56, and ruangrupa; alongside Melbourne-based groups Her Africa Is Real, Hyphenated Projects, eleven-collective, and Sound School, with more to be announced.
Archie Barry will present a thread of curated readings from their diary entries written between 1999 and 2019, laced together with excerpts of affect theory, linguistics and existential philosophy. Polyvocal and correlative, the presentation searches for ramified language that could function (or dysfunction) to touch the perpetual flux of personhood.
Please join us on Saturday 30 November from 2 - 4pm for ‘The Design Plot’. This will be the final event at Bus Projects’ current Rokeby st site. ‘The Design Plot’ is helping us say goodbye to our site that we have occupied since 2013 before we move into our new site at CAP in 2020.