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17 – 31 May 2017

Testing Grounds
1-23 City Rd, Southbank VIC

Opening event | Wednesday 17 May 6 – 9pm
Roundtable Symposium | Saturday 20 May 3 – 6pm

Curated by Anabelle Lacroix
A research project directed by Maria Miranda

Project for Future Alternatives (Part 1) is Boxcopy’s contribution to this national ARI exhibition, opening on Wednesday 17th May, 6pm. Project for Future Alternatives invites artists to reimagine the use of the gallery space and the possible directions of artist run practice. Building on our recent collaborative projects with local, national and international artist run spaces, which considered the provocation that ‘small acts of resistance can create change’ – this project is focused on the future imaginings of artist run activity in the context of Boxcopy’s ten year celebrations.

Set as a material conversation between Artist Run Initiatives (ARIs) and Aboriginal Art Centres in Australia and the Asia-Pacific, AN ACT OF SHOWING embodies and provokes conversations about place: How does place matter for artists? Why do ARIs exist in specific places? What is the place of practice?

Writer Chris Kraus’ ‘radical localism’ points to the importance of the local places of art-making compared to global-centrism noting that ARIs create “an opportunity to remain in one’s own community and assert and alternative ethos.” This ethos is crucial to the survival of art because ARIs create a sustainable and rich culture built from the ground up.

This exhibition includes creative responses from AirSpace Projects, Articulate Project Space, BUS Projects, Blak Dot Gallery, BLINDSIDE, Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Cooperatives, Boxcopy, c3 Contemporary Art Space, Cementa, FELTspace, Garage Gallery, One Place After Another, Open-Contemporary Art Centre (Taipei), Raygun Projects, Ruang MES 56 (Yogyakarta), Sawtooth, Trocadero Art Space, The Laundry Art Space, The Walls, Waringarri Arts, Watch This Space, West Space.