24 August – 3 September 2016

Curated by Charity Bramwell, Lisa Mansfield + Bianca Tainsh


Festival Launch Party
+ Thursday 25 August, 6–8pm
All welcome!

The Gene Tree Project – The Sound of Art + Science
Join composer Elissa Goodrich + evolutionary biologist Dr Anna Syme in conversation with writer/broadcaster Melissa Cranenburgh.
+ Wednesday 31 August, 6pm for 6.30pm talk
+ 7.30pm complimentary nibbles and cash bar
The Kelvin Club, 14–30 Melbourne Place
This is a FREE event – save your seat as venue capacity is limited. Book at
Learn more about The Gene Tree Project

Walk the Verge
Traverse the city on a grand tour with artists and BLINDSIDE friends. Walk your way via selected sites to Bar Americano, then reminisce on your adventure over a cocktail in glamorous ‘old world’ style.
+ Saturday 27 August, 4–5.30pm
Meet at BLINDSIDE Gallery, 4pm

Guerilla Theatre
See unexpected city sites activated by fervent artists, amusing wordsmiths and a Fat Boy Dancing. Watch out for Didem Caia, Michael Cutrupi, Tatjana Este, Zan Griffith, Darcy Kent, Magic Steven and Bo Svoronas. 

Explore Poetry
Participate in a roaming poetry project across Melbourne. A poem, of course, is always open for business with Cassandra Smith + Morgan Jonesexplores the relationship between poetry, people and public space. 

Repeat 1
Hear roaming singers serenade you throughout the city! Repeat 1 is a collaboration between visual artist Sarah Rudledge and Newlands Choir, Musique Uniqueand singers Bec Fitzgibbon, Leona Gray, Mia Gartley, Henry Barratt, Emily Harvey, Meredith Louise, Madeline Hance, Nikita Brockmüller. Three performances will take place across the festival. Commencing from Blindside, singers will weave their way through the Capitol Arcade and surrounding laneways. 

Presented by BLINDSIDE and Jared Kuvent, VergeLive is a collaborative project launched for BLINDSIDE’s On The Verge festival. This experimental online platform provides a virtual space for collaborators to synthesise festival experiences through diverse forms of digital documentation. Visit VergeLive each day and see the festival’s more ephemeral moments captured by creative minds:

Steve Aishman (USA), Lauren Berkowitz, Lisa Andrew, Aliça Bryson-Haynes, Ria Green, Didem Caia, Michael Cutrupi, Robert Curgenven (IRE/AUS), Buff Diss, Tatjana Este, Fikaris
Elissa Goodrich + Dr Anna Syme, Zan Griffith, Gracia Haby, Louise Jennison, Darcy Kent, Jared Kuvent, Luxloop (USA), Magic Steven, Cassandra Smith, Morgan Jones, Louise Paramor, Marc Pearson, Sarah Rudledge, Natty Solo, Kate Stryker, Bo Svoronas +Billie Justice Thomson

Gain an insight into domestic life through a lounge room window, enter Dante’s inferno in an upstairs storeroom, or hear strains of music as a fragmented choir serenades you throughout the city.

BLINDSIDE presents On The Verge – an experimental art festival of chance encounters, immersive soundscapes and intimate creative exchanges. For 11 days art will materialise in the alleyways and byways of Melbourne’s CBD. New works and site-responsive performances will disrupt and transform the spaces we take for granted.
Don’t just stand there – follow the prompts, plot your journey, and remap your city!

Discover festival interventions in Bar Americano, Collected Works, Obus, Melbourne Athenaeum Library, Nicholas Building, MU Shop / Royal Aracde, Somewhere Store, The Kelvin Club, The Big Issue magazine PLUS a unique House, Melbourne alleyways and the BLINDSIDE gallery.

IMAGES | BLINDSIDE FESTIVAL 2016: ON THE VERGE | Images courtesy of the artist.