20 May

Supersense: legends and new worlds meet in new music, film and dance festival celebrating euphoria and frenzy

Supersense Sans any mind-bending substances, music and dance have long been honoured for their capacity to induce ecstatic states – Supersense celebrates and explores just that.

Supersense is also a union of old-school and new – the lineup’s super eclectic, covering dance, film and music and everything from performance art/punk matriarch Lydia Lunch, surreal psych-pop exponent Ariel Pink and sexy rock monsters The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion through to commissioned works by John Cale (founding member of the Velvet Underground), featuring the celestial vocals of Dead Can Dance’s Lisa Gerrard. Having seen the Blues Explosion on more than one occasion, we can vouch for the fact that Jon Spencer can move crowd. Gideon Obarzanek (Chunky Move) is also directing a ritual trance music and dance performance by the Mount Ukir people of Indonesia. Cool.

The festival’s curated by Sophia Brous (singer, composer, Art Centre Artistic Associate and collaborator with everyone from Belle and Sebastian through to Paul Kelly) and will be housed all over the Arts Centre, including in some of the kookier spaces at which we wouldn’t normally get a gander.… Read more

18 May

ACMI announces huge, two-day Bowie symposium as part of the David Bowie Is exhibition

David Bowie Symposium

If you thought that the monumental David Bowie Is showcase– on loan to ACMI from London’s V&A Museum – could be contained to just the exhibition itself, then, like Major Tom, you’re just not grasping the gravity of this situation.

David Bowie Is opens on Thursday July 16. The next two days will see fans of the Thin White Duke unite for a Bowie bender, as the world’s top cultural commentators, academics and artists run panel discussions, presentations, performances and creative workshops. On the Friday night, kick on with your new Bowie buddies at the conference dinner at Bokchoy Tang in Fed Square.

Visit our symposium website for our program highlights, or check out our sneak peek photo gallery of some of the exhibition highlights.

Bowie Symposium: The Stardom and Celebrity of David Bowie Jul 17-18. Book through the ACMI website now.Read more

10 April

Dark Mofo announces 2015 program

Dark Mofo 2015
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

28 March

Tickets are now on sale for the School of Life’s autumn program

School of Life

The School of Life, or as we like call it, The School of Life Hacks, has just released its 2015 autumn program and it’s packed with lessons dedicated to living a fulfilling and prosperous existence.

Drawing from the works of great thinkers past and present, the School’s program includes classes, intensive workshops, tours, talks by guest philosophers and writers, and even philosophy breakfasts.

Many sessions cover things we struggle with on a daily basis: How To Spend Time Alone, How To Have Better Conversations and How to Find A Job You Love. We know we’re in sore need of some training on How To Make Up Your Mind (which class to start with?!), and everyone can admit to needing a little advice on How To Make Sense Of Your Family.

Perhaps you’d prefer to just get to know your favourite philosophers a little better over a drink in the Philosophy Salon, or to try one of the workshops dedicated to improving mindfulness.… Read more

16 March

Melbourne Monopoly is coming and you’re invited to choose properties on the board

Melbourne Monopoly

Melburnians will soon be able to buy properties on Collins Street, go to jail and hit bankruptcy all whilst sipping a single origin, as Melbourne is set to be saluted with its own official Monopoly edition.

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle made the announcement, stating that Melbourne’s draw-card as the world’s most liveable city “deserves to be recognised in the world’s most famous game”.

You’re invited to vote for which properties you want to see on the board, as the game designers open their community chest for input from those who know the laneways best. The Lord Mayor nominated major players such as the Melbourne Cricket Ground and the Royal Exhibition Building in his address, hoping that he too would have the chance to lay down a house at the Queen Victoria Market. Collins Street has been primped and primed to take the coveted navy stripe of Mayfair but the final decision remains to be seen.… Read more