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An archaeology of surface, an excavation below the face of the city. Shift is a spatial experiment that will see a team of artists compulsively clean an iconic portion of the city.

Shift attempts to dig away at the familiar and search for as yet unexplored places. Matter will be removed, stored and displayed, highlighting the base makeup of our city. This is architecture without the building. Removing rather than filling.

The act of cleaning hints at the notion of remedy. With an already over exhausted planet, can we continue pretending that when we build, other things are not displaced? Time, cultures and waste become byproducts of an ever expanding condition of our urbanity.


Date: 1−4, 8-11 May

Location: State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston St Melbourne VIC 3000

Time: 1–2, 8–9 May 7am - 7pm, 3–4, 10–11 May 9am – 7pm

Duration: All day event (audience may come and go at any time)

Accessibility: Wheelchair Accessible

Notes: The work is publicly accessible at specified times, no special requirements are needed.

Ticket Prices: Free

Triple R SmartArts Outside Broadcast

Date: Thurs 1 May

Location: State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston St Melbourne VIC 3000

Time: 9am - 12pm

Accessibility: Wheelchair Accessible

Notes: Join Triple R host Richard Watts and friends for a special broadcast of SmartArts live from the State Library of Victoria to coincide with the commencement of bomb collective's Shift.

Ticket Prices: Free

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Ellen Buttrose Artist, Performer
Jess Miley Artist Performer
John Pagnozzi Artist, Performer

Shift has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and supported by the Government of South Australia through Arts SA and The Seed Fund.

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