Dark Mofo is the Museum of Old and New Art’s festival of music, performance, food and art, celebrating the winter solstice with a nod to pagan notions of staving off the darkness and bringing back the light.
This year’s Dark Mofo (Jun 12-22) will be only the third, but the event has already built up a reputation by dint of its strong theme and its even stronger programming choices, which include exclusives for cult artists such as Diamanda Galas and Sunn O))); they also balance out big ticket items with free art and their Winter Feast festivities down on the water front – an outdoor market that serves up street food (with a strong focus on local produce) alongside performance and music – and lots of outdoor fire.
This year, the festival will expand its scope, creeping up beyond the confines of the harbour city all the way to Cradle Mountain.… Read more
Whatever your opinion on Russia today, the 1700s were a golden age of arts, literature and education, championed by Catherine the Great, who ruled from 1762 to 1796.
Catherine the Great saw herself as a philosopher queen, with a drive to see Russia rise with Europe in the Age of Enlightenment. As such, she was an avid art collector, gathering masterpieces by the great Flemish, Dutch, German, British and Chinese artists.
For the first time ever, the NGV will see over 400 works from her personal collection travel to Melbourne, on loan from St Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum, which Catherine the Great founded in 1764. Highlights of Masterpieces from the Hermitage: The Legacy of Catherine the Great include four Rembrandts (search online for ‘Young Woman with Earrings’ and you’ll get a sense of his ability to evoke beautifully intimate scenes), as well as works by Titian, Rubens and Velasquez. Prepare to marvel at the imposing life-size portrait of Catherine and paintings of the Hermitage complex.… Read more
As the Melbourne Fringe Festival expands every year, we’re relishing the chance to celebrate what makes our city different (and to use it as further proof of our status as the country’s art capital).
Last year, the festival exploded from the theatres into the streets, putting art in unusual places with its keynote project Uncommon Places. This time, it’s widening its borders out to the City of Stonnington, too.
The concept is simple: 18 emerging artists will create and exhibit installations at various public locations.
“The return of an expanded Uncommon Places is great for artists and venues involved, and for the audiences in Melbourne to come and engage with the work during the festival,” says creative director Jayne Lovelock. “Last year’s program produced beautiful work in spaces that people don’t usually associate with art. It allowed regular visitors to see the places in a new light, while giving visitors an insight they wouldn’t have normally had.”
The theme this year will be ‘instructions’, and artists will be encouraged to explore it any way they choose using text, audio, visual art, sculpture, film, or any other non-performance medium.… Read more
Promising a feast for the senses, the Arts Centre forecourt will be transformed for two nights this month into a pop-up performance space and bar – the Hexadome.
Artists from Ableton Live User Group – a community of professional and emerging music producers – will take turns during both nights. They’ll each fill 20 to 30 minute slots before the next muso takes to the stage, bringing the audience on a new adventure through live looping, real-time FX processing and live remixing of original and improvised electronica.
From folk and pop to the far reaches of ambient and upbeat electronica, you’ll encounter some unusual and (hopefully) harmonius sounds. Craft will be the centre of attention – the artists will perform surrounded by their audience, who can watch how they work their magic. Cameras around the room will project their performances onto LCD televisions set up around the space.
On the first night (Thu Nov 20), psy-folk musician Joe Oppenheimer will kick things off, followed by Chairman Loud, Philipp Lange, then dub club artist BenAtWork and experimental post-wave producer Super Magic Hats.… Read more
Jaime Murcia’s Little Big Town takes readers on a journey through Melbourne’s famous little streets and laneways, probably as you’ve seen them before, but not quite.
With over twenty years experience, Murcia captures the nooks and crannies; the street art, cafes, clubs, people and of course laneways of Melbourne into a fascinating record of time and place of a rapidly growing city.
From stunning aerial shots of the city to images various street art and street signs, Murcia turns what could be seen as mundane into a stunning collection of photos, allowing readers to look at Melbourne’s laneways from every angle. Split into three sections, Work/ Play, Culture/ Subculture and Light/Shadow, Little Big Town highlights a range of moments from the everyday. From people in conversation, sitting outside and inside cafes, walking down streets and in shadowed alleyways throughout all sections. In Culture/ Subculture, impressive images of the street art that engulf Melbourne’s laneways are featured, giving a look into the creation and deformation of what brings the walls of the laneways alive.… Read more