A free video festival within the Queen Victoria Market Precinct and alongside Fringe Festival Park; curated by Garden Reflexxx and recess, creatively produced by Lana Nguyen, and hosted by Testing Grounds.
About Overshare Multiplexxx
From Oct 7 - 22, Testing Grounds presented Overshare, a free video festival within the Queen Victoria Market Precinct and alongside Fringe Festival Park, in collaboration with Garden Reflexxx and recess. The program featured hands-on workshops, installations, community film events, open mic film nights, premieres and outdoor screenings, with a festival bar. Across two levels of Testing Grounds Emporium, the multiplex featured international programs alongside local emerging video artists and filmmakers aiming to bring people together to watch, share, reflect and collaborate.
The festival featured a multitude of events all aimed to connect intentionality with impulse: Naarm based resourceful cinema pioneers T00 Much W0rld interrogating and then auctioning off their production hire and distribution company; Kalampag Tracking Agency + Saluhan offering a program of Filipinx/o food and films; the official premiere of Garden Reflexxx’s feature film Grape Steak; toilet-stall video installations; a five-metre outdoor screen program; a nightly bar; the presentation of a never before seen short film by Oscar-winner Kathryn Bigelow (Psychological operations in support of unconventional warfare, 1975) on 16mm; a workshop smashing VHS tapes and weaving the film with an octogenarian Canadian recycling artist Evelyn Roth; scratch film workshops with Lucy Kostos; immaculate corpse collaborative film workshops with Garden Reflexxx; contemporary film workshops with hot girls Enoch Mailangi and Priya Leigh; local cartoonist Grant Ionatán (HTML flowers); Francesca and Mica Levi’s Colour of Chips (2018); Meriam Bennani and Orian Barki’s 2 Lizards (2020); and an international selection of films curated by recess.
Also: an open mic night (bring your own 16mm to iPhone homemade film nights), evenings with Cinema Con Nhà Nghèo, Ten Days Collective and Electric Eels Film Company and a very special evening with Fox Maxy for the Australian premiere of her film San Diego in front of a giant collaborative multi-screen ‘airdrop’ ceiling installation of night sky footage collected in the square outside.
Overshare Video Festival was curated by Garden Reflexxx and recess; creatively produced by Lana Nguyen; and hosted by Testing Grounds.
Garden Reflexxx is the creative partnership of film-obsessives Jen Atherton and André Shannon working predominantly with trans/queer artists. Operating as an intermedia group their productions are informed by community art practice and industry-critical theory in a search for natural bridges between independence, interdependence and arthouse production.
Exhibitions, collaborations, writing and festival selections have included Spectacle Cinema, pornfilmfestival Berlin, SEVENTH gallery, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Firstdraft, Dead End Film Festival, Museum of Contemporary Art, Seventh Gallery, Verge Gallery, Powerhouse Museum, Slamdance Film Festival, The Lincoln Centre, Performance Space: Day For Night, Dancehouse, Vancouver Art Gallery, Soft Centre, Cement Fondu, Soft Stir. They also produce and co-present Movies Movies Movies a weekly film commentary show on FBi Radio. They will be presenting their first feature film Grape Steak as part of Overshare Multiplex.
Co-organised with Olivia Koh from recess [recess.net.au] – an online platform showcasing contemporary moving-image works. recess promotes and facilitates new modes of artistic production, output and access to video and film works locally (based in Naarm, Melbourne) and internationally.
For the International Program recess facilitates screening events by local diaspora collectives alongside selected works by international collectives and artists. The program draws links between local and overseas practices to make present the common concerns of artists working both 'here' and 'there'.
Cinema Con Nhà Nghèo
Electric Eel Films
Enoch Mailangi + Priya Leigh
Francesca Ruth Levi + Mica Levi
Grant Ionatán (HTMLflowers)
Kalampag Tracking Agency + Saluhan Collective
Meriem Bennani + Orian Barki
Movies Movies Movies
Ten Days Collective
T00 Much W0rld
Victoria Singh Thompson
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