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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.

Previously Screened: Mimeisthai

Phoebe Robinson

12 June 2020–25 June 2020

An online exhibition available during the above dates. Visit our Current Screening page for the latest artist.

Mimeisthai is a multi-channel screen-dance installation adapted here for single channel viewing. This work responds to Walter Benjamin’s concept of the ‘mimetic faculty’, which is, the ability to perceive and/or reproduce similarity.

This generic skill is possessed by all living things and finds expression on various levels, from the biological to the behavioural; such as in reproduction or camouflage, to the myriad ways that creatures communicate. In humans the mimetic faculty is said to be especially complex, enabling pre-verbal perceptions that lead to the construction of meaning and language.

In Mimeisthai gestural movements are shared, copied and repeated between performers both on and off-screen, and are amplified across multiple screens. This work calls upon the mimetic faculty of the performers to reproduce spontaneous
movement that is copied from dancers outside the frame. It also calls upon the viewer’s ability to perceive a choreography of repetition, similarity and difference.

Through duplication, repetition, and layering multiple exposures – a reference to early cinematic experiments by Eadweard Muybridge and Étienne-Jules Marey – this work also explores the mimetic faculty of digital video.

Performers: Rhys Ryan, Chloe Arnott, Oonagh Slater and Luke Fryer.
Sound: Guitar loops by Mathew Rolfe. Field recordings from
Image credit: Phoebe Robinson, Mimeisthai, 2019, 8 minutes and 13 seconds

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  • Phoebe Robinson has an established practice as a dancer and choreographer and more recently with digital video. Having presented live performance work in Australia and internationally since 2000, she is currently interested in applying choreographic strategies within digital filmmaking. Her work is driven by a deep interest in everyday movement. By detaching gesture from notions of individual expression, she is interested in how gestures circulate and alter within specific places and over time. Phoebe has established a practice over 20 years, presenting works in dance venues, theatres and galleries. Notably, she was commissioned to present in Melbourne Now 2014 at the National Gallery of Victoria, and performed at the Heide Museum of Modern Art in Judith Walton’s Lehte I and Lehte II in 2014 - 2015. She has performed in works by choreographers, Sandra Parker, Lucy Guerin, Judith Walton, Rosalind Crisp, Frances D’Ath, Neil Adams and Kota Yamazaki. In 2011 she received support from Critical Path and the Ian Potter Cultural Trust to attend a semester at the Universität der Kunst Berlin in the MA Solo/Dance/Authorship (SODA), a practice-led Master degree. Currently she is completing a PhD in Choreography at the VCA, where she is also a sessional lecturer.