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RMIT Gallery’s current Aboriginal art exhibitions Warlayirti: The Art of Balgo and Garnkiny: Constellations of Meaning were opened on September 15 by Mr Tony Ellwood, Director National Gallery of Victoria. These two distinct exhibitions of Indigenous art from remote Western Australia attracted a capacity audience of more than 700 people and provided audiences with the opportunity to see two distinct approaches to art from similar areas

Warlayirti: The Art of Balgo examines the aesthetic divergences and vibrancy that distinguishes the art of Balgo and the importance of Christianity to the Balgo community as a means of cross cultural communication.

Garnkiny: Constellations of Meaning includes works by Gija artists, both past and present, which explore aspects of the rich and significant story Garnkiny Ngarranggarni (Moon Dreaming) which takes place on Yarin Country in Darrajayin, between Warmun and Halls Creek, in Western Australia. The telling, retelling and learning of these stories are powerful ways for this vast practical, intellectual and cultural legacy to be reproduced, passed on and reshaped.

Don’t miss out – exhibitions close on 8 November – RMIT Gallery is open Saturday 1 November, Monday 3 November, closed Cup Day Tuesday 4 November, and then open Wednesday 5 November (11-7 pm), Thursday 6 November and Friday 7 November (11-5 pm) and finishing Saturday 8 November (12-5 pm).





Experimenta artist Abel Korinsky – who will speak about his work at RMIT Gallery tonight in the Big Bang Sounds event – is featured in a new article by APHRA magazine online.

Abel Korinsky one of the three brothers in the Korinsky collective (Germany). Their immersive installations and public sound works explore the emotional and physical effects of directional sound. Implementing their own  custom-developed software called ‘Vertical Sound Lab’, Korinsky produce highly rich, multi-layered auditory and visual illusions.
On Wednesday 29 October from 5.30-7 pm, Abel will join Lawrence Harvey, Associate Professor and Director SIAL Sound Studios, RMIT University and American astrophysicist Dr Katie Mack about dark matter, black holes and how new research and finding may change our lives in the future.
Abel Korinsky is Experiment’a artist-in-residence as part of the EMARE AUS CDN Move On Exchange (European Media Artists in Residence Exchange with Australia and Canada). This program is supported by the Culture 2013 Program of the European Commission and the Goethe Institut. Abel is pictured above with (far right) Gabriele Urban, Cultural officer from the Goethe-Institut Australien (Melbourne) at the recent Recharge Experimenta sixth international of biennial art launch.

Abel Korinsky is hosted by RMIT School of Art International Artist in Residency Program.

To learn more about Korinsky’s work read the APHRA article here.
A new work by Korinsky is included in the upcoming Experimenta Recharge 6th International Biennial of Media Art exhibition held at RMIT Gallery from 28 November 2014 to 21 February 2015.
Seating limited for the Big Bang Sounds talk: Bookings essential: (03) 9925 1717.

Reel Australia: the dialogue between Indigenous and non Indigenous filmmakers

The filmmaking output of Aboriginal Australians forms a substantive and significant part of the history of Australian cinema. Join us on Thursday 23 October for a fascinating free talk at RMIT Gallery from 1-2 pm as RMIT’s Associate professor Lisa French explores the dialogue between Indigenous and non Indigenous filmmakers.

Aboriginal people have made notable productions in all genres, such as the Logie and AFI award-winning television documentary First Australians (Rachel Perkins and Bec Cole, 2008), or the avant-garde work of the internationally acclaimed Tracey Moffatt.

In film and television, arguably the most vibrant and interesting contemporary work emerging from the Australian film industry has been created by Aboriginal filmmakers who, as artists in their own right, have produced outstanding Australian feature films; for example, films like the ‘Best Film’ at the 2009 AFI Awards, Samson & Delilah (Thornton, 2009), which also won numerous other international awards, including the Cannes Film Festival ‘Golden Camera’.

Through genuine engagement and dialogue, non-Indigenous filmmakers have also creatively collaborated with Aboriginal people to also make great Australian films; for instance, in the feature film sector, directors such as Phillip Noyce with his film Rabbit Proof Fence (2002), and Rolf de Heer’s Ten Canoes (2006). These engagements have had a deep impact through sharing Indigenous knowledge, understanding our history and the diverse perspectives and peoples of our nation.

Associate Professor French’s professional history includes a broad range of experiences in screen culture, including three years as the director of the St Kilda Film Festival, and nine years as a non-executive Director of the AFI. She recently completed a major study on the participation of women in Victorian film, television and other audiovisual industries.



Associate Professor Lisa French, RMIT School of Media and Communication


23 October, 2014


1 pm – 2 pm


RMIT Gallery, 344 Swanston Street, Melbourne

Big Bang Sounds – Art and Astrophysics at RMIT Gallery


What does the very distant past sound like? Can the Big Bang be seen and heard today? What place does it hold in scientific and artistic discourse?

Join us for a stellar discussion at RMIT Gallery on Wednesday 29 October from 5.30 – 6 pm, starting with drinks provided by the EU Centre at RMIT, and viewing of our current exhibitions Warlayirti: The Art of Balgo, and Garnkiny: Constellations of Meaningthen Big Bang Sounds from 6-7 pm.

German artist Abel Korinsky (above), American astrophysicist Dr Katie Mack (@AstroKatie) and RMIT’s Associate Professor Lawrence Harvey (below, left) Director SIAL Sound Studios will talk about dark matter, black holes and how new research and findings into Big Bang Sounds may change our lives in the future.


Dr Katherine (Katie) Mack (below) is a theoretical astrophysicist. Her work focuses on finding new ways to learn about the early universe and fundamental physics using astronomical observations, probing the building blocks of nature by examining the cosmos on the largest scales. Throughout her career as a researcher at Caltech, Princeton, Cambridge, and now Melbourne University, she has studied dark matter, black holes, cosmic strings, and the formation of the first galaxies in the universe.


Abel Korinsky is currently in residence with Experimenta at RMIT Project Space, supported by EMARE (European Media Art Residency Exchange). He recently won the 2014 Mercedes-Benz Kunst Award and exhibited in Inter Spaces, Trieste Contemporanea, Trieste, Italy; International Scenography Biennial, Ludwigsburg, Germany; and Kraftwerk, Berlin.


Abel Korinsky is a member of the art collective ‘Korinsky’ (pictured above) who are devoted to new sound interpretations and the artistic organisation of sound played upon vertical surfaces. ‘Korinsky’ stage three-dimensional tonal effects on vertical surfaces creating unique audio-visual experiences.

Working with multichannel sound installations, Abel Korinsky questions what could happen if sounds from the past could be reconstructed and hearable again?  What would the Big Bang sound like? If we knew, what would be the consequences for society, politics and history?

Big Bang Sounds is a pre-exhibition talk for the upcoming exhibition Experimenta Recharge 6th International Biennial of Media Art – RMIT Gallery, Melbourne, 28 November 2014 – 21 February 2015. Recharge delves into the nature of experimental practice, celebrating those inventive artists whose work is consciously inspired by and entangled in the past. According to the curator Jonathan Parsons, much of our current knowledge and meaning has deep roots, perfect for artists to explore using the most contemporary of tools. A new work by Abel Korinsky is included in the exhibition.

“You can’t really go further into the past than the Big Bang,” Mr Parsons (pictured, below right, with Abel Korinsky) said.


Event: Big Bang Sounds

Date: 29 October 2014

Time: 5.30 pm – 6 pm: Drinks and viewing of art exhibitions Warlayirti: The Art of Balgo and Garnkiny: Constellations of Meaning. Drinks provided by the EU Centre at RMIT.

6 pm – 7 pm: Public talk

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

Bookings: RSVP necessary. Free but seating strictly limited. Ph: (03) 9925 1717.

The EU Centre at RMIT is co-funded through a Grant from the European Union and RMIT University.