MPavilion Special Workshop
As part of Melbourne based MPavilion’s 2022 February program theme — “Rituals: Marking Life” — Public Protocols explored notions of public space through digital and physical performative practice. The month-long workshop was led by Space Saloon in collaboration with Melbourne-based artist/researcher Samuel Holleran with a group of 20 participants.
A series of weekly Zoom meets and creative actions culminated in a weekend of digital-physical performances that traced and explored the mundane and novel ways we use the city through bodily movement, temporary installation, and visual documentation.
See all the results at the collective website: publicprotocols.org
Each week, participants were prompted to react to particular questions around personal and public space, according to the weekly themes: Rituals of Lockdown, Rituals of Reverie and Rituals of Derive. Through a series of performative mappings, investigative reports and actions, we worked to collectively reinterpret the ways in which Melbourne is used, lived in and perceived today during the global shift imposed by the pandemic.
For the final activation, the surroundings of M_Pavilion and Queen Victoria Gardens became the testing grounds for physical zoom windows, sidewalk picnics, a compliment stand and many more inventive ways of challenging the norms of being in public.