Melbourne artist Martha Ackroyd Curtis takes multisensory performance art from the city streets to New Zealand
01.06.2021

Melbourne artist Martha Ackroyd Curtis takes multisensory performance art from the city streets to New Zealand

'The Video’s Suitcase Walk' will be livestreaming from the streets of Melbourne this month.

The locally renowned urban performance art The Video’s Suitcase Walk returns to Melbourne’s streets this month as part of the Auckland Festival of Photography.

Based in New Zealand from June 3-20, the premium international photographic festival brings together both local and international photographers, curators, students, amateurs and professionals to encourage the celebration of photography as an art form.

Representing Melbourne this year, local artist and writer (Hello Titty) Martha Ackroyd Curtis will present her urban performance art project, The Video’s Suitcase Walk, which has been making waves in the arts space since its inception in 2015 thanks to an art grant from The City of Yarra.

The key takeaways

  • Martha Ackroyd Curtis will live stream The Video’s Suitcase Walk from Melboourne to New Zealand audiences
  • The performance piece will show as part of the Auckland Festival of Photography
  • The live stream will be filmed in Melbourne on June 12

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Accompanied by The Stroll Collective, Martha brings cutting edge video art to the street in a clever, non-obtrusive way through a ‘moving screen’ that quite literally is carried around streets and street corners, with a strolling pedestrian. Merging performance with video, the little ‘video capsules’ are to be shown on the front of suitcases and walked in a chic and completely original creative concept.

With the crew pausing at different moments, the audience can view the screens and watch on as they just stroll through the city, allowing people to consume video art in an entirely different way, out of the gallery context and onto the streets and nightlife of the city.

While Martha will be filming the project live in the CBD, the exhibition will be live-streamed to New Zealand festival audiences connecting the two cities as one, as well as being available on-demand for the duration of the photography celebration.

Working in the realms of video, installation and multi-mediums, Martha’s work consists of large-scale installation art, which is formulated through cohesive conceptual design. With a catalogue of video art spanning the last decade, which contains upwards of 25 completed works, Martha has exhibited extensively in Australia and overseas, and participated in various art festivals including Midsumma and For The Love of Writing Festival.

Having been part of groundbreaking female power orientated exhibitions which include the highly regarded Backflip: Feminism and Humour in Contemporary Art, Martha’s art is worth witnessing if you haven’t already.

The Videos Suitcase Walk livestream will run on Saturday, June 12 between 7pm-8pm AKL time, 5pm-6pm Melbourne time. Please note, this live-streamed event has a COVID safe plan B in place which will be available via the website. Details on how to watch the live-stream will be disclosed a few days before the event.

For more information, visit the website here.