How might art futures flourish in a viral world? Community Transmissions is an artist-run initiative that asks ‘so now, what next?’ A digital space for viral thinking, intra-active worlding, utopic experimentation and speculative POSSIbilities as we adapt ARTS PRACTICE to an uncertain future.

Community Transmissions is an ongoing futures project project co-created and initiated by transdisciplinary artists Ana Tiquia and Luna Mrozik Gawler

The first CT public program was created and facilitated in 2020 as an online artists residency for live artists based in Australia. The six week program provided financial support, stimulus and a digital community to artists exploring ideas arising from, and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was funded by the City of Melbourne, the Australian Council for the Arts, and was directed towards artists from any discipline who use live and/or participatory engagement in their work. 

The onset of the pandemic highlighted the fragility of Australia’s arts and cultural sector. This crisis raises existential questions about the future of artistic practice as we face restrictions on how and where work can be made, presented and engaged with.

In this unfolding social, economic and ecological upheaval, what agency do we have to imagine and create post-pandemic futures? What digital dreams/nightmares/visions has COVID sparked or disrupted? How might we move from states of emergency into states of emergence?

Encouraging the development of new works, collaborations, and initiatives, CT invited live artists to join us reimagine/ reconfigure / adapt / dismantle / disrupt / repair / regenerate art and its expectations to explore future visions of the pandemic imaginary and its bodies/intimacies/ temporalities / velocities / spectres / intimacies / ecologies across all types of research and practice.

The first Community Transmissions Art residencg ran from 20 July-28 August 2020. Please reach out via the contact page if you are interetsed in hearing about future programs or speaking with Ana and Luna.

Find out more about our artists in residence.

Community Transmissions was created on, and facilitated from Naarm on the stolen lands of the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nations. Sovereignty has never been ceded, and any futures work must be approached with the knowledge that centering First Nations voices, knowledges, leadership and perspectives is crucial in ensuring survival, and mutual flourishing for all life on earth.

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