Live Work

23 Jan - 9 Feb 2019

Opening Night | Thursday 24 Jan, 6pm–8pm

Live Session | opening night at 7pm

Performance will be recorded live.




Arini Byng + Aaron Christopher Rees

Live Work, explores the affective qualities of the screen and performance’s cohabitation through situationational live videography. Turning the gallery into an aperture for the mobile gaze, camera operators become actors and actors become framing devices. Live Work considers the transient nature of experience – individual and collective – and the multiple ways our various experiences are recorded, translated, interpreted, described, fragmented and ultimately visualised through form and material.

Arini Byng works with the affective qualities of materials, gestures and settings - undertaking exercises in image, movement and form to negotiate political scenes. Byng (born 1987) holds a B. Fine Art from NAS and B. Fine Art (Honours) from VCA. Her work has been exhibited across Australia including Blak Dot Gallery, The Design Hub, 215 Albion, Irene Rose, c3 Contemporary Art Space, Hobiennale, Bus Projects, Slopes, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Perimeter Presents, ACCA, and CCP; selected works published by Perimeter Editions, Higher Arc, Le Roy and Photofile; and with work held in publication collections of V&A, MoMA, MOCA, Tate Modern, MONA and NLA.

Aaron Christopher Rees’s practise has evolved through an interest in the ubiquitous nature of the camera and how it influences the manner in which reality is received, framed and experienced.  Rees graduated from the VCA in 2015 with honours and has been the recipient of a number of prizes, amongst them the VCA Emerging Artist prize, The Blair Trethowan TCB Art Inc Award and the Orloff Family Charitable Trust award. Rees has exhibited internationally and interstate, select exhibitions include: Tencome ‘Eyes of the hand,’ First Draft Gallery (NSW), Conditional Surplus - Channels Video art Festival at Federation Square, Speculative Foundations - Sutton Gallery Project Space, Impressions of Mars - Visual Bulk (TAS), Transference - Bus Projects, The Bathhouse Show - Space Space Gallery (JPN), Is/Is not - West Space, 1/60; 5/5.0 - TCB, In the Epoc of the Near and Far - Grey Gardens Projects.

Byng and Rees live and work in Naarm (Melbourne) on the unceded sovereign land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. 

IMAGE | Arini Byng + Aaron C Rees, Live Work (In Progress), 2018, dimensions variable, video still by Aaron Christopher Rees|Courtesy the artists.