Hidden Spaces, Ready Stages

hiddenspacesHidden Spaces, Ready Stages is a new digital installation by Melbourne-based artists and identical twins, Gabriella Mangano and Silvana Mangano combining performance, video, sound and light to be presented Art Centre Melbourne’s Riverhouse – next to Trocadero at Hamer Hall.

Hidden Spaces, Ready Stages invites audiences to experience an immersive audio-visual environment with five large-scale video projections and an original audio score.  This unique work reveals a labyrinth of secret tunnels and a cacophony of automated mechanisms, while opening imaginations to the epically-scaled engines that drive all the pageantry and ceremony of Arts Centre Melbourne’s theatre complex.

Gabriella Mangano and Silvana Mangano are the first recipients of Arts Centre Melbourne’s Digital Arts Residency, which provides studio space, equipment and resources for the creation and presentation of new work.

They will venture into unseen chambers to creatively respond in their signature style that uses the body as an instrument of illustration. Filmed performances and location-based sounds will then be presented in a raw venue on the riverfront.

The Mangano Twins studied drawing separately at the Victorian College of the Arts, only later did they come together to collaborate on the videos for which they are now well-known.

Recent solo exhibitions include Shapes for Open Spaces, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne; Neon, Studio 12, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne; In the stillness of shadows, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Sydney; and Gabriella and Silvana Mangano, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne.

Recent group shows include PICA Salon, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts; 18th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney; Contemporary Australia: Women, GOMA, Brisbane; Basil Sellers Art Prize, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne; Big Draw, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Short Sharp Shocks, Barbican, London; and Slowness, MUMA | Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne.

Hidden Spaces, Ready Stages has been facilitated by Arts Centre Melbourne’s new Digital Arts program, which focusses on the richly evocative intersection between performance, film, digital and interactive media, by supporting, artists in residence and the commissioning of new work.

Audiences may engage with the creative process by following online posts containing images, text and sound that will be regularly updated by the artists throughout July, by visiting:  www.hiddenspacesreadystages.tumblr.com

Hidden Spaces, Ready Stages
Riverhouse – Arts Centre Melbourne
Season: 27 July – 4 August 2013
Free entry

For more information and performance times, click here.

Image: (courtesy of Arts Centre Melbourne)