OUT IN THE OPEN
Isobel Knowles & Van Sowerwine
October 17 - 23
Queen Victoria Market Shed A near Queen St
Animated puppets and miniature models narrate a hidden side of the Queen Victoria Market and the deep relationship traders have with the site. Screened in a custom made cinema with market storage boxes, we invite you to contemplate, what exactly is being sold?
We were drawn to the attachment traders spoke of in relation to the market and the way of life working there provides. In this challenging environment traders find fulfilment in the hard work of setting up and packing down.
We were also struck by the common concern traders shared about the slowing down of market business over the past years.
CBD supermarkets, 2 dollar shops and online shopping lure grocery shoppers and bargain hunters away from the Vic Market. Gentrification and changing cooking habits also contribute to a downturn.
We were intrigued by the silver boxes the general goods traders use to store their stock. The boxes move around the site, providing safe storage, However once packed up lthe market becomes empty and still. These boxes and the site’s history as Melbourne’s first cemetery became recurrent motifs in our research and in the film.
Out In The Open imagines a market with only a single trader remaining, embedded within the history of the site, unable to leave.
Sound Byron Scullin & Camilla Hannan
Foley Gerry Long & Scott Heming
Puppet & Wardrobe Fiona Edwards
Set Madeleine Griffith
Heart Victoria Mason
Colourist Daniel Stonehouse
Carpentry Wade Lovich & Simon MacEwan
Box Modification Danny Gelai
Extra Hands Bianka Basic, Rebecca Hayes, Cat Rabbit, Sera Tuitaru, Paula van Beek
Extra Eyes Kristoffer Paulson, Anna Jeffries
Thanks Mattt Bags, Jason Patterson, Maureen Watts, Benjamin Portas, James Cecil, Like Butter
Our deepest thanks to everyone at the Queen Victoria Market.
Public Art Melbourne Biennial Lab,
What Happens Now? curated by Natalie King.
A City of Melbourne arts initiative.