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The Test: “how will we know what it is that we are doing?”

Abstract

The Test outlines a public art project developed by ROARAWAR FEARTATA titled The Crossing, undertaken as part of Melbourne City Council’s 2019 Test Sites program. Drawing on the figure of the ferryman from Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha, as well Henri Lefebvre’s concept of Rhythmanalysis, this project sought to occupy the everyday practice of the pedestrian crossing, utilising the position of the artist within this everyday practice to develop a methodology for conducting a rhythmanalysis of public space. Through the process of performative adventure and the reading of rhythms, the project aimed to strategise a process for art to participate in the practice of the everyday whilst maintaining the tension of the question: “how will we know what it is that we are doing?”

Published:
Pages:129 to 140
Section: RMIT University: Master of Arts (Art in Public Space)
How to Cite
Cittadini, B. and Peade, C. (2019) “The Test: ‘how will we know what it is that we are doing?’”, The Journal of Public Space, 4(3), pp. 129-140. doi: https://doi.org/10.32891/jps.v4i3.1225.

Author Biography

ROARAWAR FEARTATA
Australia Australia

ROARAWAR FEARTATA are a real-playtime-based-interactual-live-immerciful-performancapist-asocial-insituational art theatre established in 2003 by Benjamin Cittadini and Craig Peade. They have created text-based performances, including the award winning “Bunny”, performance interventions in galleries and curated art spaces and have conducted site-specific performance exploration residencies in inner and suburban Melbourne in Frankston, Dandenong, Footscray, Collingwood, Bendigo as well as internationally in New York, USA and Prato, Italy. In 2009 they were involved in the 'Interventionist Guide to Melbourne' at Platform Artspace located at Flinders St. Station and performed with Jill Orr, Stelarc and Domenico DiClario at Federation Square in central Melbourne as part of Karen Casey’s “Global Mind Project”. They presented “I luv Amanda Crowe 4 eva” as part of LiveWorks at Performance Space in Sydney in 2010. In 2016 they collaborated with Triage Live Art Collective on “Hotel Obscura” and with Punctum Inc. on “Complete Smut: Art Auction” for the Melbourne Festival of Live Art. In 2015 and 2019 they developed work for the City of Melbourne’s Test Sites program and are currently developing a new live art work through Punctum Inc’s “What If…” residency program. Benjamin Cittadini completed a Master of Arts (Art in Public Space) at RMIT University that included collaborative projects with Craig Peade.

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