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Melbourne Festival 2011 Visual Arts Program

October 6, 2011toOctober 22, 2011

* MELBOURNE

 Melbourne Festival Visual Arts Program – what’s on list of events – challenge yourself

  • 6 – 22 October 2011
  • Various Venues

Melbourne Festival’s Visual Arts Program for 2011 features Australian and international artists exhibiting an eclectic suite of works united under the theme of protest and revolution – be that the social, political or cultural boundaries that inhibit unification or call-to-action, people coming together to achieve something positive. Free to all, the Visual Arts exhibitions include outdoor, experiential and interactive events designed to engage a diverse array of people throughout the city.

In camera and in public (International)
Melbourne Exclusive
In camera and in public represents a very different approach to this year’s Festival theme of protest and revolution. Taking a look at society through the lens of the state, the street photographer, the artist and the voyeur, this proudly international exhibition examines the abandonment of the contract between photographer and subject. From images taken in public spaces, the exhibition proceeds to the grainy anxiety of the de-classified ASIO photos from the 1960s.
Venue: Centre for Contemporary Photography, 404 George St, Fitzroy
Date: Fri 16 Sep – Sun 23 Oct, Wed – Fri 11am-6pm, Sat & Sun 12pm – 5pm, closed Mon & Tue, Symposium – Photography as a Crime: Sat 1 Oct at 1pm

look closer – Daniel King (Australia)
World premiere
look closer is Indigenous filmmaker and photographer Daniel King’s attempt to have us reappraise the assumptions we hold when we confront people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent. Framed with an expert eye, King’s affecting images burrow into that most personal of places: the prejudices we tell ourselves we don’t have.
Venue: Level 17 Art Space, Victoria University, Level 17, 300 Flinders St
Dates: Tue 4 – Sat 15 Oct, Mon – Fri 10am – 5pm, Sat 12pm – 4pm, Closed Sun

Angels-Demons. Parade – AES+F (Russia)
Australian Premiere
Angels-Demons. Parade creates for the first time in the Festival’s history an arresting and playful sculptural spectacle for the entire city to enjoy. Subversive Russian art collective AES+F will occupy Melbourne’s CBD with striking, six-metre-tall sculptures: colossal jet-black infants sporting bat-like wings and reptilian tails. These demonic angels – or angelic demons? – will manifest themselves along Swanston St and St Kilda Rd, surveying the city’s occupants with otherworldly eyes.
Venue: Swanston St & St Kilda Rd
Dates: Thu 6 – Sat 22 Oct

Cacophony: The Art of Conflict – The Electric Canvas (Australia)
World Premiere
Cacohony: The Art of Conflict is the brand new and typically audacious light show from Australian projection art pioneers The Electric Canvas. Taking the walls of Melbourne’s Arts Centre as its canvas and constructing a hypnotic and dazzling light show around the individual shapes and contours of its architecture, this is public art at its most wondrous and inclusive.
Venue: the Arts Centre, exterior
Dates: Thu 6 – Sat 22 Oct, dusk until late

Power to the People: Contemporary Conceptualism and the Object in Art (International)
Melbourne Exclusive
As the 60s heralded the emergence of people power, art responded by breaking down established hierarchies of artist and viewer. Happening and interactive audience projects replaced the precious and discrete art object to create a new art landscape. Now, in a new century, contemporary artists revisit and revitalise these paradigm-shifting approaches in a suite of new art that seeks a reconsideration of the object and an active, participatory audience. A series of talks, screenings and performances will accompany the exhibition.
Venue: Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, 111 Sturt Street, Southbank
Date: Thu 6 Oct – Sun 27 Nov, Tue-Fri 10am – 5pm, Sat, Sun & Public Holidays 11am – 6pm

War at a Distance/Tall Man – Harun Farocki & Vernon Ah Kee (Germany/Australia)
Melbourne Exclusive
Drawing together work by two distinct voices in the film art scene, War at a Distance and Tall Man deal in the artistic potentials of found footage and reclaimed media. These are works that take the commonplace and conjure from their familiarity a filmic world both dark and unsettling.
Venue: Gertrude Company, 200 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
Date: Fri 7 Oct – Sat 5 Nov, Tue – Fri, 11,30am – 5,30pm, Sat 11am – 4.30pm, Closed Sun & Mon

It’s a jungle in here – Isobel Knowles & Van Sowerwine (Australia)
World Premiere
Part psychodrama, part multimedia marvel, It’s a jungle in here is an interactive installation artwork that inserts two people into a simulated environment and has them create and respond to a series of increasingly unsettling encounters. Dynamic and disturbing, this is a confronting tour of the fragile rules that organise our public lives.
Venue: Screen Space, 30 Guildford Lane
Date: Fri 14 – Sat 29 Oct, Tue – Sun, 12pm – 6pm, Closed Mon

The Solo Projects – Andreas Exner & Rose Nolan (Germany/Australia)
The Solo Projects returns to Melbourne Festival with a mischievous rebellion against the conformity of the everyday, drawing together new works by two forces of the European-inspired avant-garde, Andreas Exner and Rose Nolan. With revolutionary zest, Exner and Nolan activate spaces where the personal and the political are thrown into delightful, slippery disarray.
Venue: The Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Victorian College of the Arts, 40 Dodds Street, Southbank
Date: Thu 13 Oct at 6pm, Exhibition Fri 14 Oct – Sat 12 Nov, Tue – Sat 12pm – 5pm, Closed Sun & Mon

Utopia Intimate Publics (International)
Melbourne Exclusive
At a pivotal moment in the 21st century – widely referred to as the “Asian Century” – Utopia forges regional collaborations and partnerships through a roving visual arts project including a forum and exhibition themed around art in the Asia Pacific region.
Venue: Forum – The University of Melbourne, Yasuko Hiraoka Myer Room, Level 1, Sidney Myer Asia Centre, Cnr Swanston St & Monash Rd
Date: Tue 18 Oct at 6pm

Exhibition – Fehily Contemporary, Loft Gallery, 3a Glasshouse Rd, Collingwood
Thu 13 Oct – Sat 5 Nov, Wed – Sat 11am – 5.30pm, Closed Sun – Tue

A Different Temporality – Aspects of Australian Feminist Art Practice 1975-1985 (Australia)
World Premiere
A salute to women who contributed to a ground-breaking decade in Australian art, considering time as subject and metaphor in Australian feminist art from 1975 to 1985. Encompassing media such as performance, photography and film this exhibition is a provocative series of intrusions from a time of uncommon artistic fecundity.
Venue: Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA), Ground Floor, Building 55, 900 Dandenong Rd, Caulfield East
Date: Thu 13 Oct – Sat 17 Dec, Tue – Fri 10am – 5pm, Sat 12pm – 5pm, Closed Sun & Mon

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