BLINDSIDE Regional Art + Research Residency Program 2018

The BLINDSIDE REGIONAL ARTS RESIDENCY PROGRAM is supported by the City of Melbourne, Creative Victoria.



Moorina Bonini | Zoë Bastin | Sara Retallick

Metamorphic (change in form) | Zoë Bastin

Metamorphic (change in form) explores a body’s materiality meeting and responding to the world outside architectural spaces. I’m interested in what happens when the movement of the body takes place outside the structure of a room. Metamorphic rocks arise from a process of transformation where heat or pressure change the physicality of the rock itself. The BLINDSIDE regional residency seeks to transform how I move and where my movement is in relation to, by moving beyond the built environment to the sea caves of the eastern coast of Victoria.


1.     a state or nation:

What European countries have you visited?

2.     The territory of a nation.

My ancestral lands. | Moorina Bonini

This project will examine and juxtapose western ideologies around ‘land’ and ‘country’ against Yorta Yorta traditional custom.

Inland Island | Sara Retallick

Inland Island is an investigation into land, water and culture. Focussed on Ulupna Island on Yorta Yorta Country in Victoria’s North, this research residency will observe the environment and ways that recreational activities impact on the sonic and visual landscape. By drawing connections between this inland island and my own retrospective experience of social and environmental isolation when growing up in this area in the 1990’s, the research will seek to find ways to unpack disconnections to land that colonial descendants may hold. 

Zoë Bastin is an artist and curator living in Narrm (Melbourne).  Bastin works in-between sculpture and dance creating choreography, objects, videos, photos and performances. Exploring the materiality of bodies and objects, her practice re-imagines her body and its connection to spatial, material and social contexts. Sculpture approximates the body through material while dance re-creates experiences using the body itself. Her recent project choreographic project Volition tries to unlearn movements, through structured improvisation, inherited from dance training to find the body anew. 

Currently undertaking her PhD at RMIT University, Bastin researches the materiality of bodies and objects to understand ontology.Bastin has previously exhibited and performed at The Substation, Paradise Hills Gallery, Wyndham City Council, Seventh Gallery, MADA staff Gallery at Monash University, Testing Grounds, School of Art Gallery RMIT University, Tinning St Presents, c3 Gallery and BLINDSIDE Art Space. 

Moorina Bonini is a proud Yorta Yorta woman and member of the Dhulunyagen family clan of Ulupna and member of the Briggs family. Moorina is a practicing artist whose works are inspired by her own experiences as an Aboriginal and Italian woman and within her practice creates artwork that examines contemporary Indigenous histories through the use of installation and video.

Sara Retallick is an artist based in Naarm (Melbourne), Victoria. Her practice explores listening and human perception of sound and time in different listening situations. Integrating sound, video and installation, her practice utlises fieldwork, collaboration and expanded listening to explore cultural and historical contexts of place.

Retallick has exhibited nationally and internationally at galleries like Bus Projects in Melbourne, UNSW Gallery in Sydney and at the nomadic International Symposium of Electronic Art 2018 in Durban, South Africa. She was awarded the Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship in 2017, and her work has been financially supported by Creative Victoria, NAVA and Arts Victoria.

IMAGE | Zoë Bastin, Metamorphic, 2018 | Moorina Bonini, 2018 | Sara Retallick, Water Ways, archival pigment print, 45.5 X 30.5cm | Courtesy the artists.