Arts Centre Melbourne in partnership with Melbourne Fringe return to present the fourth year of the Take Over! commission with a brand new approach. The Take Over! program has commissioned 10 artists/companies to make unique works which will be developed online and presented during Melbourne Fringe 2020.

The Take Over! program supports independent, visionary artists to push their creative boundaries. This year, they have been asked to develop a work that will include a two-week at-home residency culminating in a final event during Melbourne Fringe in November, which could be performed live or online.

From July to September, the two-week online residencies will be a chance for the artists to explore and connect with their audiences during their creative developments. Practicing within a Coronavirus landscape – this new-found way of working – will be a crucial part to their artistic process and realising the outcomes of the work.

At the beginning of each residency, the artists will introduce themselves and give a short introduction to the work they will be developing. By the end of the fortnight, the artists will engage with their audiences online; opening their creative process through streaming their content – all of which will be live captioned. Then, come November, all commissioned works will be presented together as part of a one-off durational event during Melbourne Fringe. Details for this to be announced in due course.

From the 94 applicants, the 10 successful artists selected for Take Over! 2020 are:

1. Brian Lipson and Mark Wilson
The History of the Damnable Life and Deserved Death of Doctor John Faustus
Residency final outcome: Saturday 25 July, 2pm

2. Marcus Ian McKenzie
The Crying Room
Residency final outcome: Saturday 1 August, 2pm

3. Karma Dance – Govind Pillai and Raina Peterson
We’ve been here before
Residency final outcome: Saturday 8 August, 2pm

4. David Williams
Residency final outcome: Saturday 15 August, 2pm

5. Joel Bray
Giraru Galing Ganhagirri (The Wind Will Bring Rain)
Residency final outcome: Saturday 22 August, 2pm

6. Jonathan Homsey with Maggie Zhu and Maggie Chen
I Am Maggie
Residency final outcome: Saturday 29 August, 2pm

7. Moira Finucane
I Miss You Antarctica
Residency final outcome: Saturday 5 September, 2pm

8. Soreti Kadir
Namummaa fi Wantoota Namummaa Qancarson – Humanness And What It Took
Residency final outcome: Saturday 12 September, 2pm

9. Kate Hood
Queen Esme of Collingwood
Residency final outcome: Saturday 19 September, 2pm

10. Casey Jenkins (Sh)
Project specifics to be announced in the coming months
Residency final outcome: Saturday 26 September, 2pm

Arts Centre Melbourne, in partnership with Melbourne Fringe, present
Take Over! 2020
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Image: Scott Portelli