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Established in 2007, Public Assembly is the creative collaboration between Lynda Roberts and Ceri Hann. Their practice works at the intersection between art and design and acts as a live laboratory, generating ideas through action. Their socially driven practice often invite people to creatively respond to their immediate environment. Acting as playful provocateurs, this creative duo aim to stimulate conversation and disrupt our expectations of the objects, language and images around us. They work towards this by devising participatory workshops and mobile installations that venture out into the public realm or within bureaucratic and educational systems.

Viewed individually, or collectively, their exhibiting and production history includes generating and responding to a breadth of different sites and communities. Public Assembly have been involved in group exhibitions that traverse the fields of sound, video, jewellery, sculpture and performance; always defying explicit definition.

Recent projects include: Wearable Artifactory as part of Verge curated by Claire McArdle, Bundoora Homestead, 2019; Site Lines, workshop and billboards with Next Wave Festival at Melbourne University, 2019;Audio-tune your senses, participatory sound installation in Showtime curated Arie Rain-Glory, Testing Grounds, 2019; Polyvalent conspiracy, participatory sound works for Polyphonic Social curated by Danni Zuvela, Liquid Architecture, Abbotsford Convent, 2018; and PDF Exchange, participatory work in collaboration with Roseanne Bartley for Radiant Pavilion, Melbourne, 2017.

They live and work on the unceeded traditional lands of the Boon Wurrung and Woi Wurrung peoples. Lands that have long been a place of learning teaching and creativity.

 

Lynda Roberts

Over the past twenty years, Lynda has worked in local government, community and tertiary sectors as an arts enabler, designer and teacher. She often approaches projects in situ, co-developing spaces and creative programs that inspire deep engagement with our inner selves, each other and the world around us as an expanded form of architecture.

Lynda currently works as Senior Advisor of Creative Communities at RMIT University and has taught into the RMIT School of Art and the RMIT School of Architecture and Design. From 2014-17 Lynda was Senior Public Art Program Manager at the City of Melbourne. In this role she developed the Public Art Framework 2014-17 and delivered a suite of new temporary projects including Test Sites and the Melbourne Biennial Lab.

Lynda is currently a PhD candidate at Deakin University.

 

Ceri Hann

Ceri is a multidisciplinary arts practitioner who develops participatory art forms intended to enhance the conditions for collective idea generation. This approach to practice often avoids categorisation, as the outcomes are intentionally defused in the wonder/wander of everyday life.

The gifting of metaphorical objects to instigate philosophical discourse stems from Ceri’s recently completed PhD research at RMIT, The Making of a Knowledge Casino (2016). The creation of low tech props for treating the urban condition as a 3D movie set were used to enable mutually inspired activities for people that may not consider themselves artists, but may become script writers of their own way to play. A link to his presentation can be found here: https://vimeo.com/200086947

Over the past ten years Ceri has been a sessional tutor and guest lecturer in the RMIT School of Art and School of Architecture and Design and has an ongoing engagement within the Art in Public Space and MFA post-graduate programs. Ceri has presented work at Gertrude Contemporary (2019), Melbourne Comedy Festival (2017), Liquid Architecture (2015), RMIT Project Space (2014) and run workshops at West Space, Blindside Sound Series and Testing Grounds.