Convent Live presents: The Kitchen Shift by Juliana España Keller
Welcome to the Public Kitchen, where household objects are given a voice of their own. The nagging call of household responsibilities is about to become a whole lot louder.
Artist Juliana España Keller explores how domestic chores shape daily existence, by reimagining everyday kitchen tools and appliances as social markers and sites of resistance in a kitchen table installation. Audiences are invited to explore and play a tool box of kitchen tools and appliances, open to the public daily, to create amplified noise and electronic sounds when placed in the installation.
Join us in the evening of Thursday 4 April, 6 – 8pm, for the exhibition opening celebration, featuring a live sound performance by Sonic Electric, led and choreographed by Juliana España Keller. The Melbourne-based sound performance collective will whip up a recipe of noisy effects by repositioning kitchen tools and appliances on the ‘motherboard’, a kitchen table installation that includes electronic music hardware.
The exhibition will be accompanied by the premiere of a stop-motion video work and a display of eight custom lightboxes containing colour digital prints. This body of work seeks to empower the space with the collective desire to affect social change.
The exhibition, The Kitchen Shift, reflects on everyday lives, gender roles, women’s history and the significant socio-political contexts resonant within the Convent’s Industrial School building – historically, a site of women’s labour, leadership and hardship.
About Convent Live
Convent Live is a year-round performing arts series of music, dance, theatre, performance art and everything in between, presented in the Convent’s signature intimate and unique venues. The Abbotsford Convent Foundation works in collaboration with a range of curators, artists, thinkers and creatives to conceive of and deliver our programs.
Sonic Electric is led and choreographed by Juliana España Keller, PhD candidate, The University of Melbourne.
Performers: Juana Beltran, Juliana España Keller, Myfanwy Hunter, Jen Moore, Anna Rees, Jonathan Sinatra, Chloe Sobekjo, Sorcha Wilcox.