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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.

All to play for

Adrian J. Song
Astrid Mulder
Cam Wu
Chloe Nolan
Connotie Yu
Nyssa Levings
Peter Narzisi

06 April 2023–22 April 2023

Memory games are commonly marketed as cognitive tools, to encourage children to develop their logical and sequential skills. Games themselves often simulate our daily life, they teach children to order the world and to adhere to the order of the world, to perform within its institutions. In this exhibition however, the artists co-opt the memory game – freeing it from its organised structures to form an alternate engagement with the world, one that is playful, absurd, atemporal, at times surreal or disorderly, imbued with sentiment and emotive storytelling.

French sociologist Roger Caillois defines a game as an activity that must adhere to five characteristics, one being that it is fictitious: “it is accompanied by the awareness of a different reality.” Exhibiting artists build narratives that explore familial archives and the environments of childhood: the playground, the toy, the costume and the rhyme. They return to a time that sits outside of institutional structures and administrative bureaucracies to imagine an alternative arena that challenges how we might exist within the world today.

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  • Adrian J. Song was born in Shah Alam, Malaysia and currently lives and works on the unceded land of the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin nation.
  • Astrid Mulder works across performance, video and installation to explore how we perceive and engage with the world through the body. Her artworks question contemporary forms of communication and navigation through playful choreography that attempts to direct and hold your attention. Moments of absurdity and humour often arise within the uncanny and illogical scenarios she constructs, which invite an inquisitive exploration of meaning and association.
  • Cam Wu is a Chinese-Australian artist living and working on Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung land. Her practice is underpinned by an interest in ritual and narrative, bringing together broader histories and personal stories. Cam is interested in the intersections between language, visual modes of communication, and meaning-making. In balancing playful humour and a research-informed practice, she explores sociohistorical connections with a poetic sensibility.
  • Chloe Nolan is an artist based in Melbourne. Her practice oscillates between writing, video, installation and sculpture. The term rumination is central to her practice; functioning as both a psychological definition, but resonating with the pattern of churning, chewing and obsessing over questions surrounding what it means to perform which define her practice. Through collecting and recycling found and personal materials relating to popular culture, Nolan engages audiences in auto-theoretical narratives that propose there is power in vulnerability and exposure of one’s psychological state.
  • Connotie Yu lives and studies in Lyon. Her practice threads in and out of intersections of sculpture, conceptual art and poetry.
  • Nyssa Levings: I grew up on Gunditjmara country and now live in Footscray on Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung and Bunurong country, where I write, make videos, and create kinetic installations from cast and found objects and food. My art attempts to offer a critique on late-stage capitalism and its effect on our collective consciousness. I hope that art can be a site of connection with each other and facilitate conversations that we may have lost or not yet found the words for.
  • Peter Narzisi’s art consists of video, sound and installation. This is done living and working on Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung land. His practice centres around catharsis through art production and its inherent trappings. This is often done using humour, absurdity and melancholy.