2Q18

Saturday 24th February
6pm - 11pm

Testing Grounds
1 City Road, Southbank
VIC 3006 Australia

 

2Q18 is a one-night-only event featuring performances, interactive art, and installations which respond to themes in Haruki Murakami’s novel 1Q84

Murakami’s 1Q84 is set in the year 1984. The novel is named as such because in the opening chapter a character decides to do something ‘out of the ordinary,’ and emerges in a place that is not quite 1984 anymore. 

"1Q84 – that’s what I’ll call this new world, Aomame decided. 
Q is for “question mark.” A world that bears a question." 
- Haruki Murakami, 1Q84

Aomame, the central character finds that the appearance of things has changed and begins to question what is real. As the book progresses one starts to wonder whether she inhabits a parallel universe.

The intention with this event is to bring together artists and works that in some way question reality. Exhibiting artists include: Alrey Batol, Courtney Coombs, Xanthe Dobbie, Wesley Dowling, Ceri Hann, Half Asian (David Creed and Akiko Yamasaki), Ruth McConchie, Dhana Merritt, Angela Rossitto, Sha Sarwari, Karl Shoobridge and T.O.D.

The Wandering Room (David Creed and Angela Rossitto) and guests will also host a five-hour book club responding to 1Q84. We invite people to take part in the activities and discussions.

Download essay HERE

Download booklet artwork by Trio Of Dips HERE

Photographs and video footage by Michael Gordon Hill

 

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Half Asian performance

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Half Asian performance

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The Wandering Room, 1Q84 Book Club

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Ceri Hann's casino betting chips at The Wandering Room's1Q84 Book Club

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The Wandering Room, 1Q84 Book Club

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Ceri Hann, King of Denial

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Angela Rossitto, Smithereens

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Dhana Merritt's blend of tea, 4321Q

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Dhana Merritt's blend of tea, 4321Q

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Serving Dhana Merritt's tea, 4321Q, at The Wandering Room's 1Q84 Book Club

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Drinking Dhana Merritt's tea, 4321Q, at The Wandering Room's 1Q84 Book Club

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Ceri Hann, King of Denial

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Angela Rossitto, Smithereens

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Alrey Batol, Mausoleum

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Alrey Batol, Mausoleum

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Alrey Batol, Mausoleum

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Alrey Batol, Mausoleum

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Alrey Batol, Mausoleum

Alrey Batol, Mausoleum

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Wesley Dowling, Paradox

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Wesley Dowling, Paradox

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Wesley Dowling, Paradox

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Wesley Dowling, Paradox

Wesley Dowling, Paradox

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Xanthe Dobbie, Circle Jerk, installation view

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Xanthe Dobbie, Circle Jerk, still image from video

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Xanthe Dobbie, Circle Jerk, still image from video

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Half Asian performance

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Half Asian performance

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Karl Shoobridge, Untitled

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Karl Shoobridge, Untitled

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Karl Shoobridge, Untitled

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Sha Sarwari, Untitled

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Sha Sarwari, Untitled

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Ruth McConchie's Octopolis Embassy

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Ruth McConchie's Octopolis Embassy

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Ruth McConchie's Octopolis Embassy

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Ruth McConchie's Octopolis Embassy

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Courtney Coombs, Full Moon

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Courtney Coombs, Full Moon

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The Wandering Room's 1Q84 Book Club and visitors reading Trio of Dips booklet

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Dhana Merritt's tea blend, 4321Q

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Angela Rossitto, Smithereens

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Angela Rossitto, Smithereens

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Ceri Hann, King of Denial

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Ceri Hann, King of Denial

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Ceri Hann, King of Denial

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Ceri Hann, King of Denial

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Ceri Hann, King of Denial

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Angela Rossitto, Smithereens

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Angela Rossitto, Smithereens

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Angela Rossitto, Smithereens

Half Asian performing their song Spooner Blues at 2Q18