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Artist Talk, Film Screening and Performance

Octopus 22: Baroquetopus 

(Humanimal entanglements and tentacular spectaculars)

Installation view of Octopus 22: Baroquetopus curated by Tessa Laird, featuring work by Kate Rohde and Ivor Cantrill, presented at Gertrude Contemporary 2022. Photo: Christian Capurro.

Artist Talk
Saturday 14 May 2022, 5:00am

Gertrude Contemporary

21-31 High Street, Preston South

Saturday 14 May, 3 - 7pm

Gertrude invites you to join us for an afternoon of programs as part of Octopus 22: Baroquetopus (Humanimal entanglements and tentacular spectaculars) curated by Tessa Laird. 

The program will include an in-conversation with artists Peter Waples-Crowe and Gina Bundle, including a possum skin cloak-making demonstration. This will be followed by a screening of films by Ivor Cantrill and Arthur and Corinne Cantrill in their original 16mm format, as well as videos by Sebastian Wiedemann, Jim Trainor, and Tina Stefanou. The evening will conclude with performances by Tina Stefanou and friends, and Kelping (Lichen Kelp, Dylan Martorell, Jason Hood and Benjamin Hancock).

Gertrude will serve refreshments during the afternoon.

3.00pm Welcome to Country | Wurundjeri Elder Bill Nicholson to
conduct Welcome to Country.

3.15pm Discussion | Artists Gina Bundle and Peter Waples-Crowe in conversation, discussing the process of making new works for the exhibition Octopus 22: Baroquetopus, and working with possum skin cloaks  

4.30pm Film Screening | Films by Arthur and Corinne Cantrill, with Ivor Cantrill, projected in their original format by projectionist Audrey Lam. 

Arthur and Corinne Cantrill, Articulated Image, 4 min., Super 8mm (16mm enlargement), silent, 1996. Courtesy Arthur and Corinne Cantrill and the University of Melbourne Library. 

Arthur and Corinne Cantrill, with Ivor Cantrill, Myself When Fourteen, 19 min., 16mm, music by Chris Knowles, 1989. Courtesy Arthur and Corinne Cantrill and the University of Melbourne Library. 

5.15pm Film Screening | Digital films  

Jim Trainor, The Bats, 8 min., 1999. Courtesy of the artist.  

Sebastian Wiedemann, Abismo, 3.35 min., 2012. Courtesy of the artist. 

Tina Stefanou, Wake for Horses, 11:25 min., 2021. Courtesy of the artist.  

6pm Performance | Planetary Commons, live performance, 20 mins. 

Performers: Lisa Salvo, Shaun Fogarty, Emily Bennett, Tina Stefanou and Joseph Franklin. 

6.30pm Performance | Kelping, live performance, 20 mins. 

Performers: Lichen Kelp, Dylan Martorell, Jason Hood and Benjamin Hancock. 

The Octopus exhibition series is generously supported by Proclaim.

Octopus 22: Baroquetopus is supported by the City of Darebin, the Centre of Visual Art (CoVA) at the University of Melbourne, and Baluk Arts. 

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Gertrude Contemporary

21-31 High Street
Preston South VIC
Melbourne, Australia

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Melbourne, Australia

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