WED 21 November 2018

Beyond the Gallery

Cake Industries – Jesse Stevens & Dean Petersen
Centre for Dramaturgy and Curation – Mark Pritchard

ACMI X Studio
Level 4, 2 Kavanagh Street, Southbank, Melbourne

6:00PM – 8:30pm  /  Free Event 

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Stepping outside of the tradition and into the unknown, the ways in which we experience artwork is rapidly changing. Blurring the line between exhibition space and viewing point, this month’s Experimenta Social speakers will present the ways in which they have challenged traditional presentation methods, redefining audience’s experiences and expectations.
Darkly humorous and provocatively satirical, Cake Industries’ performative mechatronic sculptures construct abstract narratives to reveal the complexities and absurdities of modern life. Their human/object hybrid forms are players in a surreal mechanical theatre, often presented in unexpected public spaces.

Mark Pritchard’s practice focuses on new writing, hybrid dramaturgies, and an investigation of ritual, narrative, and mythology in contemporary culture. One half of the Centre for Dramaturgy and Curation,along with curator and artist Arie Rain Glorie, the Centre leads independent research and experimentation in the fields of dramaturgy and curation to encourage the intersection of the two fields..


Regional Victoria based artist duo Jesse Stevens & Dean Petersen have worked together since 2006 as Cake Industries. As an experimental and multidisciplinary permanent artist collaboration, Cake Industries are fiercely self-sufficient, and the broad range of skills in a variety of mediums that they share between them allows them to execute works that are technically, functionally and structurally complex.

Their eclectic experimental practice utilises mechatronics, robotics, human anatomy reproduction, 3D printing, wood-work, metal-work, and reworked everyday objects to create anthropomorphic and autonomous sculptural works. As an extension to their practice they have recently opened a gallery space in the small regional town of Linton, Victoria, as a platform for experimental artforms, performative installation and live art.

Mark Pritchard is a dramaturg, producer and director trained at the Victorian College of the Arts, PACT, and the University of Wollongong. His practice focuses on new writing, hybrid dramaturgies, and an investigation of ritual, narrative, and mythology in contemporary culture. Mark has been Resident Dramaturg at Malthouse Theatre since 2014, a role which includes literary management, programming support, project coordination and providing dramaturgical support across the company’s activities. He is also a producer for New Working Group, and co-director of interactive theatre outfit NO SHOW. Mark is a recipient of the Mike Walsh Fellowship, and a participant in the Australia Council’s Future Leaders Program.

Experimenta Social is presented in partnership with ACMI X, and supported by Marc Besen AC and Eva Besen AO.

Image Credit: ‘Scenic’ (2017) by Cake Industries. Photo courtesy of the artist.

ACMI X – Venue  Access:
The venue is wheelchair accessible. Enter the Australian Ballet Centre building from Kavanagh St, into a lobby with elevators. Take the elevator to Level 4.  ACMI X is further up the corridor and on the left.  Amenities with wheelchair access are available on Level 4. There is on-site parking with elevator access.

Alternatively you can also get to ACMI X via St Kilda Rd, across the pedestrian bridge behind Arts Centre Melbourne to Australian Ballet Centre. ACMI X is located immediately to the right of the entrance.

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