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Bridget Chappell- No Comment (Alley Cat)

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Blindside Gallery

37 Swanston Street

#Level 7

Melbourne, VIC 3000

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``No Comment (Alley Cat) - Bridget Chappell non-opening event

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No Comment (Alley Cat) - Bridget Chappell

Disrupting the traditional opening event format in favour of a socially distanced psycho-geographic treasure hunt through the CBD. Based on a bike messenger practice of urban disruption - an “alley cat” race.

We start at the exhibition at BLINDSIDE where participants collect clues through QR codes leading to a reward of a loud, sweaty, distributed (non) spectacle: Powertrip, the club night at Sub Club.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the capacity of the gallery is 10 people. There are four half hour sessions available to preview the show, collect a clue and be released into the CBD.

NO COMMENT is an investigation by Bridget Chappell into the science of phase-cancellation and the theory of ungovernable space. Pragmatically, the project is an attempt to rupture, silence, and overpower the “sound of the police”. Chappell’s exhibition brings together various studio experiments to imagine a redistributed near-future of sound technologies and tactical defence to “phase cancel the cops” in material, political and psychic terms. As a polemic it addresses State deployment of sonic weaponry such as Long Range Acoustic Devices, silence as political enunciation, and the role of artists in opposition. NO COMMENT works with and from the social and aesthetic subjectivities of graffiti, rave and sound system culture, noise and experimental music, science fiction and abolitionist politics.

The lapsed-year between NO COMMENT’s original scheduling in 2020 and this rescheduling in ‘21 has seen its narrative grow more acute, with, for example, the deployment of Long Range Acoustic Device against Bla(c)k Lives Matter protesters in May 2020, among other instances of State sonic force.

NO COMMENT is the first solo exhibition by artist, musician and theory bro Bridget Chappell with exhibition design by Debris Facility. It is one part of Sound Series, an annual collaboration between BLINDSIDE and Liquid Architecture running since 2014

Access information: NO COMMENT is on the sixth floor of the Nicholas Building, accessible by elevator. NO COMMENT (Together) will meet in Bridget’s residency studio on the ground floor of Collingwood Yards, which has flat access from street level. NO COMMENT (Alley Cat) will commence at Blindside (see details above) then navigate through a series of sites at street level that are wheelchair accessible. Sub Club is located below ground accessible by a flight of stairs or by elevator.

We acknowledge the Wurundjeri, Boonwurrung, Taungurong, Dja Dja Wurrung and the Wathaurung people of the Kulin Nation as the custodians of the land in which these events take place, and we recognise that sovereignty was never ceded. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.

Every year since 2014 BLINDSIDE has invited Liquid Architecture to organise an exhibition under the banner ‘Sound Series’ by artists working in experimental ways with sound and listening.

Supported by City of Melbourne and Creative Victoria

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Blindside Gallery

37 Swanston Street

#Level 7

Melbourne, VIC 3000

Australia

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Organiser Liquid Architecture

Organiser of Bridget Chappell- No Comment (Alley Cat)

 

Liquid Architecture is an Australian organisation for artists working with sound. LA investigates the sounds themselves, but also the ideas communicated about, and the meaning of, sound and listening.

 

 

 

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