Originally conceived in response to the fire sale of public space to private developers by the conservative State Government of Victoria in 1996, Training Squad developed into an artistic statement on the encroaching occupation of public spaces by government and extra-governmental entities. Using sport as the medium of protest, Training Squad plays out its martial history in defence of the public domain disrupting and challenging conventional notions of resistance and action.
Khat Tran Viet
Danielle LongLouise Taube
Originally commissioned by Melbourne International Festival of the Arts 1996
Commissioned and presented by the Australian Pavilion at EXPO 2000 as Olympic Training Squad and presented by Aarhus Festival 2000
Commissioned by Centenary of Canberra 2013, proudly supported by the ACT Government and the Australian Government; supported by the Australian Institute of Sport