Slipstream / Festival of Time Based Art

Presented in August 2015, Slipstream was a three-day festival of experimental time based art, presented by Metro Arts. Showcasing finished work, projects in development, small-scale experiments, workshops, audiences were invited to flow through one space to another to see the most experimental performance, contemporary dance, live digital drawing, and immersive installations.

Featuring artists from across Australia and the world (listed below) in a concentrated burst of time-based art; Slipstream focused on foregrounding process and experimentation – fluid in nature and slippery in form.

Curated and produced by Kieran Swann



The Stance, a work of durational contemporary dance by Liesel Zink – featuring 9 dancers in Brisbane’s King George Square, responding to the history of the site, examining public protest, and ideas of ownership and public space. The Stance was Slipstream’s keynote project and opened the festival.

Walking, a work of dance-meets-performance-art by Gregory Stauffer (Switzerland). A contemplative, minimalist work; with a body alternately rigorously engaged and humorously contorted, drawing on the derive as an inspirational tool.

The Talk, a new work by Mish Grigor presented in-development. Playing fast-and-loose with ethics, Mish conscripts her audience to play her family in this new autobiographical and participatory work about family, sex, and secrets.

Drawn In, a democratically cross-disciplinary work by Flatline; a contemporary dance/digital drawing/composition trio. Devised on site, Drawn In was site-responsively created, fusing the rough edges of artforms in an experimental approach to making.

Well This Is Embarrassing, an evolving installation by M’ck McKeague. Faithfully recreating the teenage bedroom of a Rockhampton kid from the late 90’s, Well This… simultaneously dissecting the narrative framework and racial and sexual problematics of J.M.Barrie’s Peter Pan in a new approach to transgender childhood narratives.

Joke Trading, a performative residency with Joseph Breikers, drawing on the verbal tradition of humour and the act of joke telling as a site of social exchange and leisure. In the act of trading jokes – a kind of bartering – humour becomes strangely monetised.

Slipstream was presented in August 2015 at Metro Arts.

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