This curated in-gallery and online video space features a rotating display of new and experimental video.
IDOLATRY RATIO | Benjamin Portas
[13 FEBRUARY 2017 – 26 MARCH 2017]
Idolatry Ratio looks at our relationship with the lexicon of consumerism – promoting products and painfully familiar brand narratives through a simulated space. We exist with an inflated eagerness to engage in ideals, life practices, and the pursuit of value through the instruction of commercialism. Meaning and desire is processed, augmented and repeated. Scenes display fragmented brand icons, blurred with fictitious product predictions. These scenes may be our current distorted view of excess information and compounded aesthetics, or a future study of artefacts detached from creator and original intent.
Benjamin Portas (Australia, 1979) is a Melbourne based, multidisciplinary visual artist with a focus on motion and video. His recent works seek a simulated reality through the use of digital animation and analogue processors.
Curated by Verity Hayward
PAST FEATURED ARTISTS
ALISON BENNETT, JEREMY MARTINO, GREG PENN & AUTUMN ROYAL, Reworlding (Elizabeth), 2016 | Video, 6.23mins. (looped) | Courtesy of the artists [2 January – 12 February 2017] Curator Xanthe Dobbie on behalf of QueerTech.io
BETH CAIRD, What will I do now, with my hands?, 2016 | Video, 2.27mins. (looped) | Courtesy the artist. [21 NOVEMBER 2016 – 1 JANUARY 2017] Curator SOAP (State of Art Platform) for BLINDSIDE CURTAIN CALL | 1000s 2000s SOAP
TORI LILL, Untitled, 2016 | Video, 1.48mins. (looped) | Courtesy of the artist [10 October – 20 November 2016] Curator Kiron Robinson.
LUXLOOP, #now, 2015 | Video produced by Ivaylo Getov, Lauren Hoekstra + Doug Turner | Performers: Christina Bobrowsky, Beck DeRobertis, Lauren Hoekstra, Sean Keta, Dasha Kittredge, Joshua Koopman, Taylor Laughlin, Moana Sherrill, Amelia Steely, Jeremy Ungar, Nick Zeig-Owens | Courtesy the artists. [22 August – 9 October 2016] Presented for the BLINDSIDE Festival: ON THE VERGE. Curators | Charity Bramwell | Lisa Mansfield | Bianca Tainsh.
Georgie Roxby Smith, Fair Game (Run Like a Girl), 2016, GTAV Online Intervention (longshot machinanima) HD video (13m 57s) | Courtesy of the artist [4 July – 12 August 2016] Curated by Claire Anna Watson.
Travis H Heinrich,Prosthetic Sky, 2013, HD video (19m 22s) | Courtesy of the artist [16 May – 3 July 2016] Curated by Simone Hine + Kyle Weise for Crossing Atmospheres BLINDSIDE Screen Series 2016.
Nathan Gray, Works < 30s No.46-55 – with Lou Hubbard, 2015, HD video (6m 19s) | Courtesy of the artist [28 March – 15 May 2016] Curated by Martina Copley.
Chantal Fraser, It Hangs With Rattlesnakes and Rubbish, 2013, HD colour video, (4m 15s) | Courtesy of the artist [15 February – 27 March 2016] Curated by Alison Kubler as part of the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival’s Cultural Program Project Series.
Juliet Carpenter, Ingénue, 2015, HD colour video, (6m 40s) | Courtesy of the artist [12 January – 14 February 2016]
Julie Rrap, Fleshpool, 2004, digital video, 60-second duration (continuous loop) | Courtesy of the artist and ARC ONE Gallery [23 November 2015 – 11 January 2016]
Neon Kohkom [CAN], All the time, Everywhere, 2015 (1m 50s) | Courtesy of the artist [12 October – 22 November 2015]
Antony Riddell, reading at The Dan O’Connell Hotel, 29 August 2015, (3m 39s) | Courtesy of the artist [3 September – 11 October 2015]
William Mackrell (GBR), Deux Chevaux, 2011, (6m 48s) | Courtesy of the artist [20 July – 3 September 2015]
Tromarama (IND), The Charade, 2014, (3m 54s) | Courtesy of the artist [26 May – 20 July 2015]
Gabrielle Leah New, States of Being, 2014 (3m 51s) | Courtesy of the artist [21 April – 26 May 2015]
Matthew Harris, Lassie, 2013 (1m 57s) | Courtesy of the artist [2 March – 21 April 2015]
Genevieve Pikó, Does She Know, 2014 (1m 50s) | Courtesy of the artist [6 January – 1 March 2015]
Zoe Scoglio, Resonant Ruins, 2014 (3m 49s) | Courtesy of the artist [25 November 2014 – 5 January 2015]
Kawita Vatanajyankur, Soaked, 2013 | Courtesy of the artist [6 October – 24 November 2014]
Inez de Vega, Dying Not to Be, 2013, (8m 20s) | Courtesy of the artist [17 August – 6 October 2014]
Tania Smith, Untitled (Refrain), 2013, (1m 10s silent) | Courtesy of the artist [9 July – 16 August 2014]
Dylan Hammond, There are difficulties involved in maintaining a healthy constitution, HD video, 2013, (10m 58s) | Courtesy of the artist [15 May – 5 July 2014]
Jessie Scott, The Coburg Plan, Video (from original 35mm slides), 2014, (4m 26s) | Courtesy of the artist [31 March – 14 May 2014]
Boe-Lin Bastian, Jellies. Coupling Series 2010, HD Video, (4m 13s) | Courtesy of the artist [29 January – 31 March 2014]