Free, Booking Not Required


Thu 17 Mar
12:30 am – 5:00 pm
Fri 18 Mar
12:30 am – 5:00 pm
Tue 22 Mar
12:30 am – 5:00 pm
Wed 23 Mar
12:30 am – 5:00 pm
Thu 24 Mar
12:30 am – 5:00 pm
Fri 25 Mar
12:30 am – 5:00 pm


RMIT Project Space / Spare Room Gallery
23-27 Cardigan St, Carlton VIC 3053, Australia


Wheelchair Access

Image of a pink salt crusted surface, with footstep impressions in the surface and cracks and fissures running through the surface.
“and I loved her from the absolute marrow of my bones”
Image of a knife blade which is inserted into a wooden pommel made of a carved tree branch and fastened together with 2 C-clamps.
Image courtesy of Vlaho Burum and Bridie Lunney, 2021
figure standing in workshop with image focussed on their hand plunging a wire into a plastic tub filled with motor oil.
'some alchemies [heavy breathing]' process documentation
Image courtesy of Bridie Lunney, 2021

some alchemies [heavy breathing] Past Event

Presented by RMIT Culture

Some alchemies [heavy breathing] is an exhibition that brings together contemporary art and interior design practices using materiality, installation and performance actions. The exhibition conceives that matter, in all of their processes, have no past, present or emergent future; that they are immersed in time as flow, and endlessly becoming. Entering with a series of situational and material prompts, some alchemies [heavy breathing] temporally and spatially transforms over the course of the exhibition, amplifying speeds and scales, rhythms and repetitions, cycles and serendipities. Over the project, some alchemies [heavy breathing] will be disrupted through sound works, performance, dance, text and material transformations. These are not separate gestures but are seen to intensify notions of movement and flow, becoming further provocations of the initial situational and material prompts.


Exhibition Contributors:  Bridie Lunney, James Carey, Rosie Westbrook, Lilian Steiner, Torie Nimmervoll, Leslie Eastman, Martina Copley and Joseph Beuys.

With thanks to RMIT Art Collection, Metro Tunnel Creative Program, and Vlaho Burum.


James Carey

James Carey’s practice is process-based, having inherent curiosities to notions of duration, labour, maintenance and value in contemporary cultures and societies. His practice is one of mark making, marking time, making time, and time making; foregrounding duration and marking an occurrence. His technique is to work openly and responsively, allowing a confluence of forces to surface within specific situations. James’ practice materialises immateriality, allowing the residue of particular processes to be assembled as collections of materialised and spatialised time. James presented work at the Oslo Architecture Triennale and at the Castlemaine State Festival in 2019. He was the winner of the NGV Architecture Commission 2021 in collaboration with Taylor Knights. James is a Lecturer in Interior Design, School of Architecture and Urban Design, RMIT.

Bridie Lunney

Bridie Lunney combines practices of large-scale architectural interventions, sculpture and durational performance to acknowledges the body as a conduit between our psychological selves and the physical world. Performative and sculptural gestures in the works suggest reconfiguration of hierarchical relationships between architectural space, objects and the body. Recent projects include Temporal Proximities, Magdalene Laundries at Abbotsford Convent, 2019; From Will to Form, TarraWarra Biennial, New Histories at Bendigo Art Gallery, 2018; Fold for Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture, Federation Square, 2017; An Imprecise Science Artspace, Sydney, 2015; This Endless Becoming for Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, 2014; Drawing Weight for 30 Ways with Time and Space, Performance Space, Sydney, 2013 and Place of Assembly Melbourne International Arts Festival 2012. She is a current PhD candidate at Monash Art Design Architecture and is a Lecturer in Sculpture at the National Art School, Sydney. Bridie has taught for nearly a decade in Melbourne at Monash Art Design Architecture, Victorian College of the Arts and Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology across sculpture, contemporary practice, drawing and interior design.