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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.



08 September 2022–08 September 2022

PROTOTYPE presents Portrait of a Place: an evening of screenings at KINGS Artist-Run. This is the first in a series of public screenings based at KINGS Artist Run, inviting leading Australian based moving image platforms to curate an evening of experimental screenings within the gallery.

Portrait of a Place is a collection of PROTOTYPE commissions thinking about what we call place — a physical area loaded with meaning.

All the works look into, rather than at, a place — and through those places, the artists link those places’ histories to the histories of others. Some, like Katie Mitchell and Sari Braithwaite’s oblique artist’s documentary Qiuzhuang, think through changing conceptions of home. Robert McDougall’s essay film Rare Earth examines a tragic industrial history embedded in the landscape of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, while Sam Smith’s Lithic Coda considers how contemporary mining interacts with ancient geology on Gotland Island in Sweden. Made using family photography and images from her ancestral home of Bali, Leyla Stevens’ Scenes for Solace considers traditional modes of timekeeping and passage in a bordered era of restricted movement and lost time. Tiyan Baker explores becoming, belonging and bewilderment in the dense, horizonless jungles surrounding her ancestral village in colonised Borneo.

— Leyla Stevens, Scenes for Solace (2020, 8:30mins)
— Katie Mitchell and Sari Braithwaite, Qiuzhuang (2020, 15.50mins)
— Tiyan Baker, Tarun (2020, 15:36mins)
— Sam Smith, Lithic Coda (2020, 8.45mins)
— Robert McDougall, Rare Earth (2021, 31mins)

Portrait of a Place 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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  • Prototype is a digital art platform founded in 2019 by curator Lauren Carroll Harris and Alexandra Burke in partnership with Arcadia films, to commission and exhibit experimental moving image work. Their collective repositions video art as public art, via digital means. Prototype have commissioned thirty new video works, and exhibited at; the 10th Asia Pacific Triennial at QAGOMA, Carriageworks, ACMI and Goulburn Regional Art Gallery.