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The Substation/ It's Going to Get Dark/

Samara Hersch / Photography by Pier Carthew
27 June–2 July 2022

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Samara’s project It’s Going to Get Dark considers how new and urgent perspectives might emerge whilst sitting in the dark with other human and non-human bodies. This new work continues Samara’s investigation into critical trans-generational discourse and the potentials of performance as conversation. During this residency Samara and her team will be developing new technologies that elicit intimacy through listening, as well as workshops with seniors and local teenagers.


30 August–20 September 2021
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HYPERLOCAL is a collaborative program between an artist or collective and four presenting partners across Melbourne – Abbotsford Convent (Abbotsford), Dancehouse (Carlton North), Darebin Arts (Northcote) and The Substation (Newport) – coordinated and produced by Performing Lines.

We are thrilled to invite artists to respond to the opportunity to work “hyperlocally” with us. This response could be a work which is new, re-imagined, physical, and/or virtual, developed in some spaces and presented in others – and everything beyond or in between. This is a rare opportunity for experimentation and play, with a chance to engage with up to four unique audiences, communities and spaces.

As part of this opportunity, the successful artist(s) will be given time, space and resources towards the creation of a new performance work. This pilot program will explore new ways for artists and presenters to work collaboratively to generate experiences for our communities hyperlocally. It’s a new way of working and we are excited to see what manifests and how this might shape the future.

We are really open to how artists might approach this opportunity across our physical and digital contexts. We also know that the world has changed due to COVID and we will work with artists’ creative ideas as well as our own experiences about how our collaboration may have built-in flexibility to navigate any COVID related impacts. We will all work to navigate these together.

Working together we want to celebrate artist(s) across all our arts venues and communities and learn together about how this mode of “presenting” work impacts locality and community ecologies. It is a new frontier to which the artist(s) are central. Through this program we will endeavour to enliven our practice and our communities and deepen our “togetherness” rather than separateness.

For more information about the program, including how to apply, please visit the Performing Lines website.

EOIs close Monday, 20 September 2021.

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