Tuesday
Jan102017

BOO! THE BUREAU FOR THE ORGANISATION OF ORIGINS

The Bureau for the Organisation of Origins (BOO)explores the national preoccupation with identity by examining Australia’s cultural self-evaluation leading up to, and ‘celebrated’ on, Australia Day.

Rushdi Anwar, Peter Burke, Linda Choi, Jaye Early, Carly Fischer, Raafat Ishak and Tom Nicholson, Sean Lowry, Mayatilli Marika, Wandjuk Marika OBE (c.1930-1987), Ramon Martinez-Mendoza, Performprint: Joel Gailer and Jenny Hall, Elvis Richardson, Benjamin Sheppard, Adele Varcoe, Elmedin Žunić and more…

The ‘BOO’ is a collaborative and interdisciplinary visual arts project that converts the BLINDSIDE Artist run space into a working ‘bureau’ to comment on Australian identity on and around Australia day 2017. As bureau, the project embodies the idea that the nation state essentially operates an administrative bureaucracy. This curatorial approach supports the themes while providing a space to discuss and debate various issues regarding Australian identity as revealed through a range of artistic gestures and discursive events. The exhibition incorporates panel discussions, workshops and publications along with a range of carefully curated interdisciplinary art works. The ‘bureau’ context prompts dialogue around issues of heritage, place and belonging and the organizational systems that end up affecting everyday experience.

Curator | Ben Sheppard

Opening Night | Thursday 26 January, 6pm–8pm

Panel Discussion | Thursday 2 February, 6pm–8pm

Exhibition Dates | 26 January to 11 February 2017 

Tuesday
Oct182016

ART FOR SOCIAL CHANGE

Peter Burke: Please Love Me (Whaleburger Tokyo)

The Incinerator Art Gallery presents an exhibition of artworks with a strong focus on environmentalism and social activism, and looks to reinforce the idea that art can create deep and long lasting social change.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1667594656890833/

 

Sunday
Oct162016

LOOSE CHANGE WORKSHOP


Have you ever found money in the street?

What did you do with it?

Find out how to make it a gift that keeps on giving.

Join us in a social experiment designed to morph your understanding of money and its real value in the world.

Take a risk. Question your assumptions about art and money.

Explore these ideas in the LOOSE CHANGE WORKSHOP, convened by artists Peter Burke and Louise Lavarack on Tuesday 18 October from 1pm to 3pm at Queen Victoria Market.

The workshop is free but places are limited to six people so book now via www.themechanicsinstitute.com

Workshop participants will meet at the Biennial Lab Hub, 145 Victoria Street, Melbourne before going on to the workshop location.

The LOOSE CHANGE WORKSHOP is part of Trade School, a project hosted by The Mechanics Institute for the Public Art Melbourne Biennial Lab, What Happens Now?, a City of Melbourne arts initiative.

Friday
Dec112015

LOW COST DIPLOMATIC BAG ARRIVES IN MELBOURNE

The Spanish Embassy is pleased to invite you to the opening of the exhibition:

LOW COST DIPLOMATIC BAG
RUNS FROM 17 NOV 2015 – 17 FEB 2016

WHERE: IMMIGRATION MUSEUM, 400 FLINDERS STREET, MELBOURNE
(on the corner of William Street)

The suitcase is a symbol of every migrant, the beginning of the journey, the receptacle where each one of us puts what one considers most essential to bring when moving from one country to another. In a way you are what you put in your suitcase, your suitcase is a part of your identity that travels along with you. 

In this exhibition, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain asked 15 of its Embassies around the world to work with artists from those countries or who were migrants in those countries. 

The artists were asked to use suitcases that fit into the luggage compartment of a low cost airline as exhibition space. Each suitcase was manipulated in whatever way the artist thought suitable and the full set of manipulated or ‘filled’ suitcases comes ready for public display in the gallery.

This is an object-based display in which the suitcase is a continuous element throughout the exhibition.

The first exhibition was first held in Madrid and it will then travel to each of the sixteen countries where the suitcases originated.

The briefcase work I have included in the show is made in collaboration with Mitra Ashtiani, BHR, Neda Daryabar, Alyana Eau, Eghbal, Sririhan Ganeshan, Dagmara Gieysztor, Khadija Haydari, Sakhidad Haydari, Zohreh Izadikia, Mehedi Jaghuri, Carmenza Jimenez, Mahelyeh Kalhour , Azizeh Kh., Honey Kh., Gyorgyi Marek, Samaneh Malekshahi, M. Mayhew, M.S., Noony, Minh Phan, Anthony Rodriguez and Maryam Sepasi.

Wednesday
Dec092015

IT'S HERE! LOW COST DIPLOMATIC BAG ARRIVES IN MELBOURNE


LOW COST DIPLOMATICE BAG

WHERE: IMMIGRATION MUSEUM, 400 FLINDERS STREET, MELBOURNE

The artists taking part in this exhibition are:

New York .us | Antonio Ortuño 
Montevideo .uy | Brian Mackern
London .uk | Carla Cruz
Santiago de chile .cl | Demian Schopf
Madrid .es | Gustavo Romano 
Auckland .nz | Paul Cullen 
Melbourne .au | Peter Burke
Munich .de | Rut Massó 
Oporto .pt | Rute Rosas 
Istambul .tr | Volkan Diyaroglu 
Paris .fr | Quique Ramírez 
México df .mx | Arcángel Constantini
Buenos Aires .ar | Ciro Múseres 
Stockholm .se | Isabel Löfgren 
Rome .it Luigi Pagliarini
São Paulo .br | Rafachel co.

Curated by Nilo Casares
http://comisario.net | Nilo Casares is a writer and art critic consultant
devoted to spreading and promotion of public and digital art.

Exhibtion continues until 17 February 2016.

Friday
Oct092015

LOW COST DIPLOMATIC BAG

The travelling exhibition Low Cost Diplomatic Bag reaches Melbourne on 17 December 2015 and will be presented at the Melbourne Immigration Museum.