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Makeshift Digital Gatherings: Art as Escape

Presented in Virtual Season 2020

Presented by Arts House

12pm, Thurs 18 Jun
60 mins

Event will occur on Zoom
Registration required



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This event will have live captioning
Auslan interpreted on request. Email artshousersvp@melbourne.vic.gov.au by Thu 11 June.

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Makeshift essay relating to this Event – Cancellations and Isolation by
Claire G. Coleman.
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We’re all looking for a way out.

Art can be an escape hatch from reality, a portal onto other worlds, a shortcut that quickens our journey. But what happens when real life takes a turn towards the fictional?

This Makeshift Digital Gathering will question the functions of art as a method of escape. From the immersive nature of gaming and digital interactivity to the embodied freedom of dance, we’ll take stock of the ways in which different art forms have been redefined by circumstance, and how the priorities of artists and audiences alike have transformed too.

With intelligent contributions from guests including Hanna Cormick, Bhenji Ra and Dan Golding, and an original essay by Claire Coleman, this Makeshift will sharpen our perspective on the value of art in times of confusion, and the things we quite never noticed we were doing all along.

Host and co-curator: Mish Grigor
Speakers: Hanna Cormick, Bhenji Ra and Dan Golding
Essay commission: Claire Coleman


About the Host

Mish Grigor
Mish Grigor is an artist working in performance across a range of collaborative formats. Using autobiographical tools, humour, and fiction, she examines, wastes and/or cherishes time spent with other people. Interested in the unpredictable, Grigor frequently utilises dialogical spaces, conversational strategies, and other tools of enforced liveness. Based in Melbourne since 2017, she is Director of APHIDS with Lara Thoms and Eugenia Lim. Mish is also one third of POST, formed in 2003, a collaboration who work between popular entertainment and experimental art practices.

Image by – Bryony Jackson