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meet me at the next stop

18 November to 3 December 2022
The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre

Blacktown Arts is proud to present our final installation for 2022, meet me at the next stop. 

CuriousWorks’ latest anthology-style artwork is a mixed media installation exploring the everyday experiences of commuting and living in western Sydney.

Digital, audio and physical art pieces from CuriousWorks artists are staged on a replica bus stop, from the adverts, to the bench seats, to the bus timetables.

Featuring our very own Elder-in-Residence Uncle Greg Simms, and the talent of local creatives such as Diego Murillo, Sivani Yaddanapudi, Sandra May, Saarah Hanif, Jessica Phoebe Hanna, Miranda Aguilar, Shawn Spina and stacks more, meet me at the next stop invites you to take a break from the everyday commute and rethink your public transport journey.

Featured works:

Keys, Wallet, Mask
An audio anxiety spiral captures the ripples of impact limited transport options can have on everyday workers. The work is displayed via a ‘lost’ pair of headphones on the bench, emphasizing the mundanity of our everyday anxieties.

Bus to Bankstown
Captures the disconnect between people and places, particularly in the wake of pandemic-induced agoraphobia. Created using screen captures of everyday phone apps, Bus to Bankstown offers a glimpse into how the pandemic and social isolation has continued to weigh on our everyday actions.

Rise and Grind Inc.
A satirical examination of productivity culture through advertising. Framed as an ad for energy supplements, the advertisement’s protagonists are given no reprieve from the constant weight of hustle culture and capitalism.

Portraits of Comfort
Unpacks the phrase “struggle street” and its connection to Mount Druitt as a misnomer. Through a series of community portraits, the artists convey the idea of comforts of living in Blacktown.

Rise and Grind Inc

Director and Cinematographer: Diego Murillo 

Producer: Samantha Barahona

Writers: Tracy Guo, Shawn Spina, Tanita Razaghi

Cast:  Evan Adam (Jimmy), Marie-Jo Orbase (June), Ayah Darwich (Mikki), Adam McPhilbin (Capitalism Man)

Costume and set designer: Sandra May

Writing consultants: Miranda Aguilar, Sandra May

Camera Assistant: Tracy Guo

BTS: Shawn Spina

Production Assistant: Tanita Razaghi

Graphics & Design: Diego Murillo, Huy Nguyen


Portraits of Comfort

Portraits: Uncle Greg Simms & Nina Aiono

Creative Concept: Sivani Yaddanapudi

Creative Team: Sivani Yaddanapudi, Sandra May, Saarah Hanif


Bus to Bankstown

Video Artist: Jessica Phoebe Hanna


Keys, Wallet, Mask

Artist: Miranda Aguilar 


A Keen Sense of Lateness

Artist: Shawn Spina

Installation Concept and Design: Sandra May, Evan Pascall, Vanessa Hyde, Huy Nguyen

Mentors: Elias Nohra, Miranda Aguilar, Vanessa Hyde, Andrea Lim

meet me at the next stop is produced by CuriousWorks.
This project was developed with the support of the NSW Government through Create NSW’s Rescue & Restart Package.

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