Disorganised: Bus Projects, Liquid Architecture and West Space
Join long-running in(ter)dependent arts organisations Bus Projects, Liquid Architecture and West Space as they share ideas, reflections and propositions on ‘Disorganising’—an experimental and collaborative partnership they initiated in 2020 in order to explore new ways of working together under conditions of increasing precarity and uncertainty. Each organisation will introduce their work and reflect on the artistic, curatorial and research relationships that sustain them.
Bus Projects is an artist-run organisation dedicated to supporting the critical, conceptual and interdisciplinary practices of Australian artists. In addition to its core gallery-based program of exhibitions, events and residencies, Bus Projects collaborates with a range of artists and arts organisations to produce projects off-site and within the public realm. After seventeen years of operation, Bus Projects is one of the longest-running artist-run initiatives in Melbourne and has made a significant contribution to the vibrancy and diversity of the city’s arts culture.
Liquid Architecture (LA) has been Australia’s leading organisation for artists working with sound and listening for the past twenty years. LA’s program stages encounters and creates spaces for sonic experience and critical reflection on sonority and systems of sonic affect. To do this, they host experiences at the intersection of contemporary art and experimental music, supporting artists to produce performances, concerts, exhibitions, talks, reading groups, workshops and recordings in art spaces, music venues and other sites. Driven by a curatorial methodology that embraces research, collaborations and imaginations, LA sound out new discourses about the audible world and beyond.
West Space combines the professional infrastructure and curatorial support of a contemporary art institution with the flexibility, creative freedom and risk-taking of an artist-run space. Our rigorous program aims to support local and underrepresented artists at all stages of their careers, through exhibitions, commissioning, publishing and mentoring. West Space advocates for artists and arts workers, and takes responsibility in leading discussions that contribute to broad contemporary art concerns, be they social, political, aesthetic, or material. West Space works locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally, across art-forms and sites, to advance multidisciplinary exploration and expand the possibilities of exhibition-making. They do this through commissioning and contextualising contemporary art by local and underrepresented artists at all stages of their careers.
Semester 2: Queering, Disruption, Resilience
Form x Content is a mix of live and pre-recorded events featuring the voices of renowned First Nations, Australian and international artists, designers, architects, curators and academics. The program is delivered every Wednesday lunchtime during Monash University teaching semesters, with a mix of live and online sessions broadcast on the big screen at Monash Caulfield and Clayton campus.
Form x Content engages with the ideas, histories, sites and critical questions of our time. The Semester 1 program focused on sustainability, collaboration and the ways in which First Nations artists centre Country in their practices. Semester 2 will explore ideas of disruption and resilience, together with queer perspectives on artistic practice and urban space.
Form x Content is free and accessible to all. Join us Wednesday lunchtimes at 1pm—live or online and on the big screens, Caulfield and Clayton campuses.
With thanks to N’arweet Dr Carolyn Briggs AM, Senior Indigenous Research Fellow, Monash Art, Design and Architecture for her Welcome to Country.