The Whisper Cell

Participating Artists: Julia Keenan . Maija Liepins . Kimvi Nguyen

With presence and site-responsive curiosity we will use the surfaces such as windows and floor to investigate our relationship with dissent.

Maija, Day 1

We recognise that to stand alone, to stand out, to be the only one who says no, or calls it out, takes great courage and personal conviction. So we will use the Laboratory of Dissent as an incubator for creative dissent. 

When our group were initially offered a site at the school, it came with the proviso that we be quiet during classes (shhhh!) Consequently, our attention turned to how we could occupy space and work with sound in direct response to the limitations of ‘quiet space’.

Julia Keenan, Listening

In a series of whispered monologues and recorded conversations the artists will explore the ways they see, feel, or think differently and how they can be themselves, with particular attention to documenting what arises internally and between them and their environment.

Day 1, The Dissent Incubator

The Soapbox Experiment

Objective : Making meaning from the unknown – being ourselves

Julia Keenan, Kimvi Nguyen and Maija Liepins (the whisperers) present The Soapbox. A live art experiment which asks how comfortable we are with sharing space with alternative points of view. We will create a space / zone where we are allowed to be ourselves: a version of a ‘soap box’, a space for meditation, hold workshop, rest . . .

A 1.5m x 1.5m white square will set the perimeters of our actions. We are welcome to do anything inside this square, be ourselves, work, sleep, eat experiment, bring things in etc. We can share the space at the same time. Interesting to record and to watch our constraints and behaviour. What will manifest in a restricted space?

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There will be a chance to come to the square and see us get on our soapbox.

Will the soap box concentrate, amplify, and contain our internal energy? 

We want to understand what our personal dissent is, and what meanings we can co-create when meeting the unknown.

The responses of “the other” are unknown. 

How will the location of our experiment provoke, inspire and confuse our understanding of Dissent? 

Our willingness to practice ‘being ourselves’ without giving way to social or institutional pressure will inform the tension and creativity that is generated in the space between self and other.

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Published by Maija Liepins

Australian born, mixed-media artist, Maija Liepins focuses on the sensory and emotional experience in her visual dreamscapes. Repetitive actions such as dream journals or collecting visual impressions with her mobile phone generates material with which to reveal the subtle, ‘underneath’. Maija’s drawings and films allude to a symbolic mythology as if the intangible substance of dream is a material as real as ink and clay. Her practice is driven by a pursuit of freedom - to express, to create, and to collaborate without inculturated inhibition.