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Moving Cities and Changing Communities

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From a loss of culture to displacement and murder. What happens when big cities change?

In conjunction with the experimental documentary The Beehive, join host Chelsey O’Brien in conversation with The Beehive artist Zanny Begg, video artist Jessie Scott and urban policy officer Timmah Ball as they discuss contemporary Australian moving image work around themes of gentrification, affordable housing and community displacement.

Interested in catching The Beehive before the talk? It will be open until 6pm this evening.

Image: Zanny Begg, The Beehive, 2018; courtesy the artist. Photograph by Philippa Bateman.

About the speakers

Hosted by ACMI Assitant Curator Chelsey O'Brien

Timmah Ball is a writer, urban policy officer and zine maker. Her work has appeared in Meanjin, un Magazine, The Westerly, Overland, The Lifted Brow online, Cordite and The Griffith Review. Much of her writing explores the erasure of Aboriginal voices in the discussion of gentrification and affordable housing in our cities. She recently co-produced Wild Tongue Zine volume 2 @wildtonguezine which explored issues of unpaid labour and unacknowledged class privilege in the arts. Her first chapbook will be released at the end of the year through Rabbit Poetry.

Zanny Begg was born in 1972 in Melbourne and now lives and works in Sydney. Her practice incorporates film, drawing and installation, with a particular interest in exploring the archaeology of contested history/ies and the architecture of social change. This has included working with macro-political themes, such as alter-globalisation protests, and in micro-political worlds, such as with children in prison. Begg’s work is often collaborative, having worked with Philippa Bateman for The Beehive, and with Elise McLeod for The City of Ladies. She has had solo exhibitions at Open Space, Vienna, Contemporary Art Tasmania, Hobart, and Verge Gallery, Sydney. She participated in the 2018 Industrial Art Biennial and has been featured in group exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney, the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, Wagga Wagga and State Library of New South Wales, Sydney. Her work is part of a number of institutional collections, such as the Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Cruthers Collections of Women’s Art, University of Western Australia, Perth, The Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid.

Jessie Scott is a practising video artist, writer, programmer and producer who works across the spectrum of screen culture in Melbourne. She is a founding member of audiovisual art collective Tape Projects, and co-directed and founded the inaugural Channels Video Art Festival in 2013. Jessie’s video and photography work concerns the affective fabric connecting place, community and the built environment. Some of this work can be seen on her Instagram account: @the_coburg_plan and in the book of the same name, which she has just self-published. She is also actively engaged with the politics of parenting while making art via various collaborations examining the daily compromise at the nexus of being an artist, mother and worker. She has performed, screened and exhibited her work widely in Melbourne as well as in Sydney, Hobart, Alice Springs, Taipei, Tainan and Brooklyn. She currently teaches video art at RMIT and in 2017 was shortlisted for the inaugural Footscray Art Prize.