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Octopus 19: Ventriloquy
Curator: Joel Stern

1 June -
20 July 2019

Gertrude Contemporary

21-31 High St, Preston VIC 3072

Opening: Friday 31 May, 6 - 8pm

Initiated in 2001, the Octopus series of exhibitions supports ambitious curatorial practice, through engaging an invited curator annually to develop a project that draws upon their research interests and provides a platform for new forms of exhibition-making. In 2019 Gertrude was delighted to be working with Joel Stern.

The Octopus exhibition series is generously supported by Proclaim.
Exhibiting Artists: Ceri Hann; Danielle Freakley; Eric Demetriou; Gabriella D'Costa; Jacqui Shelton (with Alice Heyward and Megan Payne); Jake Moore; Makiko Yamamoto; Mel Deerson and Briony Galligan; MP Hopkins; Simon Zoric; Steven Rhall
Performances by: Ash Kilmartin; James Rushford and Rachel Yezbick; Jacqui Shelton, Alice Heyward and Megan Payne; Jake Moore, Kate Brown; Mel Deerson (with Briony Galligan); Melody Paloma; MP Hopkins; Sonia Leber and David Chesworth.


  • James Rushford and Rachel Yezbick
  • Ash Kilmartin
  • Jacqui Shelton
  • Jake Moore
  • Makiko Yamamoto
  • Mel Deerson and Briony Galligan
  • MP Hopkins
  • Simon Zoric
  • Steven Rhall
Public Program

The Puppets of Freedom

PerformanceSaturday 20 July, 4amGertrude Contemporary

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Self by Proxy

PerformanceTuesday 9 July, 9amOffsite

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PerformanceMonday 17 June, 8amOffsite

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Anachronism Effects

PerformanceSaturday 1 June, 4amGertrude Contemporary

This performance program, Anachronism Effects, explored the way ventriloquy performs a dislocation of body from voice in time and in space.

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Narcissism and its Echoes: Notes from Steven Connor’s Knee

What we call ventriloquism is an effect, created in the mind of the spectator. 

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Melbourne, Australia

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