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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.

The Crying Room

Marcus Ian McKenzie

10 March 2022–02 April 2022

Crying rooms are the small, soundproof chambers at the back of theatre auditoriums and churches where you can experience an event via one-way glass and live audio feed without disrupting the congregation.

But what if a crying room was actually a space dedicated to emotions – a place not to conceal tears, but to invoke them?

As audience members in the midst of a pandemic, we have been increasingly relegated to the privacy of our own isolated, online viewing chambers – our very own crying rooms.

A dissociative digital mirror house of disparate imagery combining poetry, horror, datamoshing, autotune and Pavaroti – The Crying Room is a deeply personal and form-fucking work about grief and the internet.

The Crying Room was originally performed over Zoom for Arts Centre Melbourne’s Take Over commission. The project has been supported by Creative Victoria and City of Melbourne.

The Crying Room 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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  • Marcus Ian McKenzie is an experimental performance maker working in Naarm, originally from Lutruwita. His work uses the relationship between audience and performer as a site for bizarre new encounters, often involving schisms in language, parafictional world-building, hyperstitional mythologies and questionable dancing. Rigorously conceptless and conceptually rigourless; his work is for anybody, not everybody. Marcus has recently developed new works for RISING, Arts Centre Melbourne, Gertrude Contemporary, Malthouse Theatre, The Wheeler Centre, and The Substation. He has collaborated in Australia and internationally with many renowned artists and companies, and received traveling fellowships from the Ian Potter Cultural Trust and Mike Walsh Foundation. In 2021 he was mentored by both Experimenta and APHIDS.