Over the next couple weeks I am co-organizing with Amber Christensen a Trinity Square Video membership initiative called Testing Grounds. The program will run from June 1st to August 1st to showcase the work of several producing members in both gallery spaces. It's an incredible opportunity to use the space for up to one week at no cost. While both galleries are usually available to rent, the programming often occupies them throughout most of the year. Meaning, extended free use of the space, even for members, is extremely unusual. Having this space to curate is an excellent way to way to put on an event for less money and showcase a project on your own terms. Without financial constraints and time limits it's quite freeing to have enough room to really spread out and experiment with installation. Testing Grounds is also a great opportunity to test out new projects because you'll be working in a supportive environment. Amber and I will be there to help facilitate and offer curatorial support for all the participants. It's a lot like what Naomi, Makela, and I did for In-Appropriate: Found Footage and Appropriated Video, the show we put on in March. Only, we had free use of the space for just one night! That was still enough time to put on an amazing event and take control of how our work was shown. It was a great program and wonderful experience for me as an emerging curator. I am so excited to take part in Testing Grounds and really looking forward to seeing what the artists get up to. There are still spaces available, check the Trinity Square Video website hereand sign up! If you're not a member it is easy to join, and if you already are, why haven't you applied for Testing Grounds?!