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 a online residency for live artists based in Australia. This funded, six week program provides support, stimulus and a digital community to artists exploring ideas arising from, and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is directed towards artists from any discipline who use live and/or participatory engagement in their work. 

The pandemic has 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, we have invited live artists based in Australia to join us in the experiment as we 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.

Community Transmissions is facilitated from Naarm/Melbourne on the lands of the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nations. Sovereignty has never been ceded and we pay respect to the strength and depth of knowledge held by the elders of this country, those who came before, those here now, and those on their way.

Community Transmissions is initiated and facilitated by Melbourne based transdisciplinary artists Ana Tiquia and Luna Mrozik Gawler.  

Community Transmissions runs from 20 July-28 August 2020.

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