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Adelaide Film Festival – AFF EXPAND Lab Supports The Next Gen Of Moving Images Makers

'Hello Dankness' from Soda Jerk
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Adelaide Film Festival (AFF) has launched its new initiative, AFF EXPAND Lab, to support the next generation of moving images makers.

AFF EXPAND Lab will bring together visual artists, media artists, film and XR practitioners in a development lab with a commissioning outcome, to be unveiled as part of Adelaide Film Festival 2024. The inaugural EXPAND Lab is a collaboration between Adelaide Film Festival, Samstag Museum Of Art, Illuminate Adelaide, and Art Gallery Of South Australia.

Expressions of interest are now invited for participation in the lab, which will be held in Adelaide in October 2023. Applications are open for South Australian and national mid-career and established practitioners with at least five years of professional creative and industry experience.

“Adelaide Film Festival has a reputation for hosting innovative development labs which enable Australian artists to create exciting new works,” AFF CEO and Creative Director Mat Kesting says. “AFF EXPAND Lab will bring together practitioners from a range of backgrounds to test and try out ideas and concepts with an exciting commissioning outcome. We are thrilled that internationally renowned visionary artists will be mentoring the lab to provide inspiration, know-how and challenging thinking to our participants.”

Three visual arts projects will also be a part of the 2022 Adelaide Film Festival: ‘Hello Dankness’, ‘Wave’, and ‘Embassy’.

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'Embassy' by Richard Bell

‘Hello Dankness’ is a film by Soda Jerk – a bent suburban musical that bears witness to the psychotropic cultural spectacle of the period 2016-2021. It follows a group of neighbours through these years are consensus reality disintegrates into conspiracies and other political contagions.

‘Wave’ unites digital imagery, ceramics and sound in an immersive 360-degree installation, in the Elder Wing of the Art Gallery Of South Australia. SA artist Gerry Wedd’s ceramics and drawings are brought to life, accompanied by an evocative soundscape composed by Gabriella Smart.

‘Embassy’ by Richard Bell will be presented as part of Tarnanthi, AGSA’s acclaimed continuous celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art. ‘Embassy’ is inspired by the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, the protest camp set up 50 years ago on the lawns of Parliament House in Canberra.

Expressions of interest for AFF EXPAND Lab are open now, and close on 22 August. Adelaide Film Festival is on from 19-30 October.

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