Departed Acts: Amy Spiers, Amy Spiers
“Departed Acts: Lineages of Queer Practice”
Archie Barry, Jeremy Eaton, Clinton Hayden, Amy Spiers
Opening: at The Centre for Contemporary Photography, 6 - 8.30pm
Dates: Thursday 3 May
The second in a series of events taking place throughout 2018, ‘Departed Acts: Lineages of Queer Practice’ at The Centre for Contemporary Photography will feature Archie Barrie, Jeremy Eaton, Clinton Hayden, and Amy Spiers.
‘Departed Acts: Lineages of Queer Practice’, is a performance-lecture series presented in collaboration between CCP and Bus Projects. This program invites four queer Australian practitioners to recall an encounter with a pivotal artist, exhibition or experience, that has influenced their practice. For the iteration of ‘Departed Acts’ presented at CCP, practitioners have been asked to explore the potential histories, lineages and trajectories of queer artistic practice, both within their own practices and within a broader socio-political context.
Conducted with varying degrees of visual accompaniment, and with a critical playfulness towards the lecture format, ‘Departed Acts’ creates an idiosyncratic space where subjective memories can be indulged. Rather than focusing on objective testimony, ‘Departed Acts’ embraces the tangential nature of recollection, allowing for the factual and fictitious to intertwine. Intended as an open ended, train-of-thought exercise, ‘Departed Acts’ allows space for a personal, freely associative discourse, intending to provide a deeper and more intimate understanding of the creative process.
Amy Spiers is a Melbourne-based artist, writer and researcher. Spiers makes art both collaboratively with Catherine Ryan, and as a solo artist. Her socially-engaged, critical art practice focuses on the creation of live performances, participatory situations and multi-artform installations for both site-specific and gallery contexts. Through her work, she aims to prompt questions and debate about the present social order—particularly about the gaps and silences in public discourse where difficult histories and social issues are not confronted. Spiers has presented numerous art projects across Australia and internationally, most recently at Monash University Museum of Art (Melbourne), the Museum für Neue Kunst (Freiburg), MONA FOMA festival (Hobart) and the 2015 Vienna Biennale.