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Kings Artist-Run provides a location for contemporary art practice, supporting distinctive experimental projects by artists at all stages of their careers.
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KINGS Artist-Run acknowledges the Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we operate.

We offer our respect to Elders both past and present and extend this offer to all Australian First Nations people.

Hard As You Can

Tiyan Baker

24 November 2022–17 December 2022

Released on the 20th anniversary of David Fincher’s 1999 film “Fight Club”, Hard As You Can (2019) is a video artwork about the impact of the film on the development of alt-right men’s groups over the last two decades. 

Hard As You Can was commissioned by Prototype, an e-newsletter of experimental video art & short film, curated by Lauren Carroll Harris. In January 2020 Hard As You Can was listed in the BFI Sights & Sounds Top Video Essays of 2019. Hard As You Can was also a finalist in the inaugural Goolugatup Heathcote Digital Art Prize.


Hard As You Can is presented as part of STRAY VOLTAGE, KINGS Artist-Run’s iterative video program, collaboratively facilitated by Rebecca McCauley and Aaron Claringbold. Looking to the potential that exists between seemingly incompatible ideas, STRAY VOLTAGE premises an experimental program of critically engaged moving image works, fundamentally grounded by the earth.

STRAY VOLTAGE is supported by the City of Melbourne 2022 Annual Arts Grants Program.

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  • Tiyan Baker is a Bidayǔh-Anglo artist who works with video, installation and photography. Her practice draws on historical research, language reclamation, digital processes and material play to explore embodied Bidayǔh histories and subjectivities. By piecing together language, landscape and story, her practice celebrates indigenous knowledge and explores their radical potential to upend Western ideologies. She was born and raised on the Larrakia lands known as Darwin and currently lives and works on the Awabakal and Worimi lands known as Newcastle, Australia.