Goldy is coming! Get ready for cosplay magic at RMIT Brunswick on 22 August

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Don’t miss the free public lecture with renowned cosplayer, Takahiro (Goldy) Sakai, of the World Cosplay Summit on Monday 22 August from 10.30 am – 11.20 am at RMIT Brunswick.

We still have some tickets left – but the last seats are filling fast.

Goldy, a costume and prop‐making expert from Japan, is a mecha (robot anime) expert. His speciality is recreating the armour of characters from Japanese manga and anime.

Goldy is renowned in the cosplay community for his elaborate armour constructions, including Alphonse Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist, Gurren Lagann from Tengen Topppa Gurren Lagann, and the Strike Freedom Fighter from Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny.

This is Goldy’s only appearance in Melbourne. If you are interested in costume design, prop making, Japanese subculture, cosplay and anime – don’t miss out!

Participants will see how cosplay has developed from a minor subculture into a new tool of cross‐cultural exchange worldwide and gain insight into Japan’s tradition of fine craftsmanship.

Register here for your free ticket 

 

Last week of Quiddity and Light moves: Contemporary Australian Video Art

Our current exhibitions Quiddity and Light moves: Contemporary Australian Video Art end this Saturday 20 August. Don’t miss out – come on in and remember we are open to 7 pm on Thursday and from 12-5pm on Saturday.

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The Quiddity curatorium holding the Quiddity catalogue – complete with a critical Q & A from the team in which they explore the ‘slightly challenging schism between [exhibition] conception and implementation.”

Curated by RMIT Gallery in collaboration with interns from the RMIT Master of Arts Management courseQuiddity provided students the opportunity to put the skills they have learned into practice and tests whether theory can stand up to the real-time practicalities of curation in a public art gallery.

The conceptualisation and implementation of the exhibition which explores a ‘behind the scenes’ approach to the RMIT Art Collection are detailed in the Quiddity catalogue (selling for $5) and will be discussed at the final public program on Thursday 18 August from 5.30-6.30 pm along with guest speakers Professor David Forrest, HRD Coordinator, RMIT School of Art, and David Sequeira, a visual artist, art/business consultant and freelance museum education professional.

Prospective students wanting to find out more about the RMIT Master of Arts (Art Management) program would also find the session particularly useful.

Don’t forget to see our video art exhibition while you are at RMIT Gallery this week.

Light moves: Contemporary Australian Video Art is a touring exhibition from the National Gallery of Australia, featuring work by 

  • Daniel Crooks
  • Hayden Fowler
  • Shaun Gladwell
  • Gabriella and Silvana Mangano
  • David Rosetzky
  • Julie Rrap
  • Christian Thompson

Visitors have been mesmerised by the exhibition’s images of bodies moving through space and also by the diversity of work by Australian artists of the highest calibre. In particular, the exhibition is a wonderful opportunity for students in particular to explore a diversity of screen-based work and see how artists use the medium to create conceptual works that speak to their own personal interests and histories.

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Light moves: Contemporary Australian Video Art. Installation image by Tobias Titz, RMIT Gallery, 2016.

What: Quiddity and Light moves: Contemporary Australian Video Art

When: Both exhibitions end Saturday 20 August at 5 pm

Where: RMIT Gallery, 344 Swanston Street, Melbourne, 3000.

RMIT Gallery hours: Mon-Fri 11 am – 5 pm/ Thurs 11-7 pm, Saturday 12 noon – 5 pm.

Quiddity catalogue: $5 – available at the front desk, RMIT Gallery.

Wrapping it Up: Quiddity panel Discussion – Thursday 18 August 5.30-6.30 pm. Free – register here

 

RMIT Open Day 2016 – visit RMIT Gallery

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Quiddity installation image by Tobias Titz, RMIT Gallery, 2016.

Come inside RMIT Gallery while you explore the RMIT city campus on 14 August during Open Day. The gallery will be open from 10 am – 4 pm, and you can check out the last week of our current exhibitions. Both exhibitions end on 20 August.

Quiddity provides a behind-the-scenes peek into the RMIT Art Collection, and Light moves: Contemporary Australian Video Art features innovative work from top Australian artists, including RMIT alumni Christian Thompson. In 2010 Thompson became the first Aboriginal Australian to be admitted into the University of Oxford in its 900-year history. He holds a Doctorate of Philosophy (Fine Art), Trinity College, University of Oxford, Britain, Master of Theatre, Amsterdam School of Arts, Das Arts, The Netherlands, Masters of Fine Art (Sculpture) RMIT University and Honours (Sculpture) RMIT University, and a Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Southern Queensland.

 

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LIGHT MOVES IMAGE Christian Thompson, HEAT 2010. Three channel digital video, sound, duration 5 minutes 52 seconds. Collection of the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

 

RMIT Open Day is on 14 August from 10-4 pm. Plan your Open Day

 

RMIT Gallery is RMIT University’s premier exhibition gallery, presenting an exemplary professional program of local, Australian and international creative works, research outcomes and cultural stories that promote social and academic interaction between the university and a global public with a focus on external partnerships and digital dissemination.

The public exhibition program delivers unique visceral experiences of visual art, new media, and sonic art, design popular culture, science technology and art fusions in its five museum standard spaces.

Come and see us! We are at 344 Swanston Street, right next to the Storey Hall entrance.
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RMIT Gallery (right) is located at 344 Swanston Street. The front facade’s classical design is dominated by the Corinthian columns set on a high base of Malmsbury bluestone. You can’t miss us – we are right next to the iconic Storey Hall extension, which features bright green geometric-shaped windows and tiles.

Japanese cosplay expert Goldy shares his skills at RMIT on 22 August

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Japanese cosplay expert Goldy from the World Cosplay Summit, in his Mecha anime costume.

On Monday 22 August, renowned cosplayer, Takahiro (Goldy) Sakai, of the World Cosplay Summit will give a free public lecture at RMIT Brunswick to share the Japanese subculture of cosplay with Melbourne locals.

This is Goldy’s only appearance in Melbourne. If you are interested in costume design, prop making, Japanese subculture, cosplay and anime – don’t miss out!

Goldy, a costume and prop‐making expert from Japan, is a mecha (robot anime) expert. His speciality is recreating the armour of characters from Japanese manga and anime.

In this free public lecture, participants will see how cosplay has developed from a minor subculture into a new tool of cross‐cultural exchange worldwide and gain insight into Japan’s  tradition of fine craftsmanship. Read more.

PLEASE NOTE SEATING IS STRICTLY LIMITED – ENTRY WITH A VALID TICKET ONLY

Students who are registering as RMIT students will need to show valid ID at the door.

Register here

Goldy is coming to Australia under the “Japan Brand Program”, which the Japanese government created to promote intercultural understanding and introduce various aspects of Japanese culture overseas.

Goldy is appearing as a special guest at SMASH! (Sydney Manga and Anime Show), and has featured in the AnimeExpo in USA, MCM Expo in London, ROMICS in Italy, JapAniMangaNight in Switzerland, World Cosplay Summit, and many other events around the world. This is the only event he is doing in Melbourne.

RMIT Gallery is supporting Goldy’s lecture at the RMIT Brunswick campus.  RMIT Gallery has featured more than 20 exhibitions over the past 15 years with prominent Japanese artists who have shared their insights while visiting Melbourne during the exhibitions.

In 2011, Melbourne cosplayers added color to the RMIT Gallery exhibition Japan: Kingdom of Characters when they toured the show and attended the opening night in costume. Watch the video:

 

 

Wrapping it up – Quiddity panel discussion

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Professor David Forrest (far left), Jon Buckingham and members of the of the Quiddity curatorium at the exhibition opening night. Photo: Vicki Jones Photography.

Our current exhibition Quiddity, (until 20 August) curated by RMIT Gallery in collaboration with interns from the RMIT Master of Arts Management course, gives students the opportunity to put the skills they have learned into practice and tests whether theory can stand up to the real-time practicalities of curation in a public art gallery.

On Thursday 18 August from 5.30-6.30 pm, join the Quiddity team along with guest speakers Professor David Forrest, HRD Coordinator, RMIT School of Art, and David Sequeira, a visual artist, art/business consultant and freelance museum education professional as they discuss the difference between the theory and reality when curating an exhibition, the challenges of using a permanent collection, and what they saw as the successes and failures of the exhibition.

Prospective students wanting to find out more about the RMIT Master of Arts (Art Management) program would also find the session useful. RMIT’s art, design and architecture students learn how to devise creative solutions to design problems by studying in simulated industry settings and working on real-world briefs and projects – such as Quiddity.

Taking its name from the Latin meaning ‘the essence of a thing’, Quiddity  explores the idea of thinking about artworks as physical objects rather than seeing them as items invested with meaning or expressing emotion. All works are selected from the RMIT Art Collection, with RMIT Collections Coordinator Jon Buckingham as lead curator on the exhibition.

Watch the exhibition video:

 

 

What: Wrapping It Up: Panel Discussion, with guest speakers Professor David Forrest and David Sequeira.

When: Thursday 18 August

Time: 5.30-6.30 pm

Where: RMIT Gallery, 344 Swanston Street, Melbourne.

Bookings: Free. Register here

Behind the scenes of Quiddity: join our curator talk

Quiddity at RMIT Gallery, installation image by Tobias Titz, 2016

Quiddity at RMIT Gallery, installation image by Tobias Titz, 2016

Ever wanted to go behind the scenes in a museum? Have you wondered how are works are packed, preserved, stored and cared for? Join RMIT Collections Coordinator Jon Buckingham on Tuesday 26 July from 1-2 pm at RMIT Gallery as he provides an insight into the aspect of an art collection most people never see.

Buckingham is lead curator of the current RMIT Gallery exhibition Quiddity, which is drawn entirely from the RMIT Art Collection. The exhibition approaches a materially diverse array of artworks from the perspective of the conservator and the registrar in order to emphasise their physicality, explore the limitations environment and entropy place on their display, and reveal something of their existence outside the context of an exhibition.

Works are displayed on storeroom boxes, crates and on wire racks, recreating the ‘secret life’ of the works when they are not displayed in exhibitions.

Quiddity has been produced in collaboration between RMIT Gallery and students from the RMIT Master of Arts Management program. In this talk, lead curator Jon Buckingham will explore how artworks are handled, packaged, stored and conserved.

Quiddity installation image - close up of work by Ken + Julia Yonetani. Photo by Tobias Titz, RMIT Gallery, 2016

Quiddity installation image – close up of work by Ken + Julia Yonetani. Photo by Tobias Titz, RMIT Gallery, 2016

“When on display, artworks naturally tend to be viewed within a carefully constructed cultural, historical or thematic context. Behind the scenes though, aesthetic and cultural significance are at least on an equal footing with – and sometimes must play second fiddle to – physical requirements if a collection is to have any life expectancy,” Buckingham said.

“Artworks are scrutinised in minute detail. They must be catalogued, researched, regularly monitored for change, and appropriately stored.”

What: Quiddity curator talk with Jon Buckingham.

When: Tuesday 26 July

Time: 1-2 pm

Where: RMIT Gallery, 344 Swanston Street, Melbourne.

Bookings: Free – register to attend