69 Capel Street, West Melbourne VIC 3003

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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.

Nothing happening

Amy Spiers
Anusha Kenny
Briony Galligan
Catherine Ryan
Davis Clayton
Ella Hinkley
Ian Wadley
Ibby Okinyi
Kerrie Poliness
Kim Donaldson
Klara Grace Kelvy
Lara Thoms
Matthew Goldberg
Sam George
Sonja Hornung
Tim Goldberg

30 September 2013–30 September 2013

Nothing Happening is a one-night performance and installation event inviting visitors to consider political and social states of inertia. Artists have been invited to present works where potential is delayed or thwarted, promises are unfulfilled and limits are placed on bodies. Nothing Happening is a meditation on instances of neglect, boredom, apathy, inactivity and paralysis. We aim to frustrate desires, experiment with temporality and consider the provisional and contingent. Value is placed on the invisible: the way an artist might affect a group dynamic, a social situation or a change of energy. Slipped in between Kings’ monthly exhibition program and planned with no budget, Nothing Happening is aesthetically lean and barely there.

For one night only, Kings ARI will be host to discreet works that engage with social concerns, from Sonja Hornung’s Emptying Flags to Kerrie Poliness’ Volcanic Plains shelters. Additionally, conceptual works by absent artists, such as Kim Donaldson and Matthew and Tim Goldberg, will be on display, as well as enigmatic, barely perceptible performances by Sam George and Klara Kelvy. Gallery-goers will have to seek out some works, including videos by Lara Thoms (with Kate Balckmore) and Ibby Okinyi, and Amy Spiers’ work on Twitter.

Curated by Amy Spiers and Anusha Kenny

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  • Briony Galligan (born lutruwita Tasmania) is from an English/Irish settler background and lives on Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung Country. Briony works with physical interior architectures, using theatrical and architectural elements such as backdrops, curtains, screens, sculpture and costume, to question the limits of what can be controlled within ‘logical’ hegemonic social orders. Her work is often situated in personal and art histories – working with materials from community museums such as the Australian Queer Archives and sites including horse stables, public parks and hospital wards – forming an interplay between these structures and bodily experience. Collaboratively, Briony makes artwork with Mel Deerson, teaches sessionally at Monash and VCA and worked with TCB collective (2017-21).