PART 3. Time is happening

Helen Grogan, PART 3. Time is happening. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Laura May Grogan

Helen Grogan, SPECIFIC IN-BETWEEN (The choreographic negotiated in six parts)
PART 3. Time is happening


For Part 3. Time is Happening Nathan Gray and Matthew Day identify the specific manner in which time and duration operate within recent works. Gray outlines strategies to hold coalescence at bay and maintain the brevity and specificity of encounters with objects discussing Species of Spaces, 2014 and his accumulative project Works Under 30 Seconds.

Matt Day focuses on the use of time as material within The Trilogy Series (2009-2012). These live works employ minimalist and durational choreographic strategies to approach the body as a site of infinite potential and continual becoming. Thousands, the first work in the series, attempts to locate a degree zero of choreography, utilising microscopic movement, the body is approached as a site of re-membering, as an agent capable of deterritorialising the flow of space and time. Day and Gray’s talks are followed by open discussion on time as material, structure and a conceptual field for art making.




Emily Cormack has contributed the following writing to SPECIFIC IN-BETWEEN (the choreographic negotiated in six parts), PART 3. TIME IS HAPPENING.

NATHAN GRAY: Pressing form from water, 2014, Emily Cormack


THOUSANDS, 2010 (of The Trilogy Series), Matthew Day

CANNIBAL, 2011 (of The Trilogy Series), Matthew Day

INTERMISSION, 2012 (of The Trilogy Series), Matthew Day


Works<30s No.3, 2014, Nathan Gray

Works<30s No.13, 2014, Nathan Gray

Fluxfilm 25: The Evil Faerie, 1966, George Landow / Owen Land

Species of Spaces, 2014 (Video Preview Version), Nathan Gray


Emily Cormack is a Melbourne-based writer and curator who has been curating exhibitions in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Asia since 2001. Cormack is currently employed as Curator at Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, and is also a PhD Candidate in Curatorial Practice at Monash University, Melbourne.

Matthew Day (1979) is interested in the potential of choreography to imagine unorthodox relationships and propose new ways of being human. Utilizing a minimalist approach Day often works with duration and repetition approaching the body as a site of infinite potential and choreography as a field of energetic intensity and exchange. Day’s work is invested in the proliferate potential of choreography to contribute unique forms of knowledge to cultural discourse and enable affective experiences.

Raised in Sydney, Matthew was a teenage ballroom dancing champion. He went on to study Dance and Performance Studies at the University of  Western Sydney and at the Victorian College of the Arts, before collaborating with students at the School for New Dance Development, NL. Day has been artist in residence, and presented his work extensively in Australia and Europe. He is currently undertaking an MA of choreography at the Amsterdam Masters of Choreography, and is based between Melbourne and Amsterdam.

Nathan Gray’s work uses techniques learned from his background in experimental music to create succinct, often humorous works that span sculpture, performance and video. Recent works have focused on small economic gestures, and brief performances that attempt to use objects as scores for action. These works question relationships with objects and subvert their generally accepted use values.

Solo shows include: Works: Under 30 Seconds and Things that Fit Together, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne, 2014; Queen Size, Plinth Projects Melbourne, 2013; Acts, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne, 2012; Theorist Training Camp/Practice Piece, West Space, Melbourne, 2012; In the year 2525, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne, 2011; Gertrude Contemporary Project Space, Melbourne Art Fair, 2010; Tudo Que Acho / Everything I Think, The Narrows, Melbourne, 2008; Quem Ao Viu O Vento, Escola Dos Belos Artes, Salvador, Brazil; 2008; Untitled Installation, Mirka @ Tolarno for ACCA, Melbourne, 2007; and Love, Purity, Accuracy, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne, 2007. Recent group exhibitions include You Imagine What You Desire, 19th Biennale of Sydney, 2014; Boxes, Regimes of Value, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, VCA, Melbourne, 2013; Sonic Spheres, TarraWarra Biennial, TarraWarra Museum of Art, 2012; The Social Life of Things, Monash University Faculty Gallery, Melbourne, 2012; New Psychedelia, University of Queensland Art Museum; and ACCA Art #2, Horsham Regional Art Gallery, 2011.

Gray was the recipient of the 2014 Substation prize and is currently completing an MFA at The Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne and has completed residencies at Cemeti House, Indonesia in 2011, The Sacatar Foundation, Bahia, Brazil in 2008 and Osaka Arts Aporia 2006. He is a member of the improvised electronic duo Snawklor and convenor of Ancient Memories a group that performs works by Cornelius Cardew.