Book now! Geniale Dilletanten: Brilliant Dilletantes – public program events

RMIT.GenDill.FINALEVITEwebresRMIT Gallery’s exhibition Geniale Dilletanten (Brilliant Dilletantes): Subculture in Germany in the 1980s (Nov 13 – 27 Feb 2016) presents a comprehensive survey of 1980s German subculture: a rich array of video, audio, photos, record covers, gig posters and other artefacts.

Initiated and curated by the Goethe-Institut, the exhibition showcases the work of experimental bands such as Einstürzende Neubauten, Deutsch-Amerikanische Freundschaft (DAF) and Die Tödliche Doris, as well as visual artists, filmmakers and designers from West and East Germany.

As part of the exhibition, RMIT Gallery presents + Australian ingenious amateurs – a flavour of what was happening in Melbourne from 1979 – 1989 through an exploration of Australian subculture that was characterised by large numbers of short-lived bands, more concerned with artistic expression than mainstream.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a rich program of concerts, panel discussions, and artist talks featuring eyewitness accounts by protagonists such as Einstürzende Neubauten and Automat guitarist Jochen Arbeit and Love Parade founder Dr Motte, who were involved in the scene at the time and have been active artists since then.

Opening Night Party: Thursday 12. November 2015, 6-8 pm. All welcome. German 80s subculture music to be played by Tony Irvine, 3PBSFM.

RSVP: 03 9925 1717 or

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A fast-paced documentary by British film maker Mark Reeder of mostly unreleased footage from a frenzied but creative decade, starting with punk and ending with the Love Parade: B-Movie: The movie
Date: Friday, 13. November 2015. Time:  6-8 pm. With a pre-screening introduction by curator Mathilde Weh and Professor Alison Lewis, and Australian writer & Berlin resident Stuart Braun whose new book City of Exiles: Berlin from the Outside In features research that draws from his interviews with Mark Reeder, the film director.
Venue: RMIT Gallery, Storey Hall Auditorium, 344 Swanston Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000
Free entry.
Booking required:

Mathilde Weh at the Geniale Dilletanten exhibition, Haus der Kunst, Munich.
Mathilde Weh at the Geniale Dilletanten exhibition, Haus der Kunst, Munich.

Artist Talk: Curating SUBCULTURE
RMIT Gallery Director Suzanne Davies & curator Mathilde Weh in conversation
Date: Monday, 16 November 2015. Time: 1pm – 2pm
Venue: RMIT Gallery, 344 Swanston Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000
Free entry.

Musician Penny Ikinger. Photo by Marilyn Jeanette.
Musician Penny Ikinger. Photo by Marilyn Jeanette.

Artist Talk: The Subversive Voice: Women in the Arts in the 1980s
Curator Mathilde Weh in conversation with musician Penny Ikinger about the role that women played in the art and music scene of the 1980s
Date: Tuesday, 17 November 2015. Time: 1-2 pm
Venue: RMIT Gallery, 344 Swanston Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000. Free entry.

RMIT_2015HoffLecture_new_webPanel discussion: “The Influence and Legacy of 1980s German Subculture” (2015 Ursula Hoff Contemporary Lecture)
Speakers: Moderator Dr Stuart Grant, Dr Motte, Jochen Arbeit, Mathilde Weh, Jenny Watson, Ash Wednesday
Date: Friday, 20 November 2015. Time: 5.30-7 pm
venue: RMIT Storey Hall Green Brain Seminar Room, Level 7, 342 Swanston Street
Free entry. Booking required:

Live-Concert: AUTOMAT from Berlin
Berlin post-industrial dub-rock trio featuring Jochen Arbeit (Einstürzende Neubauten, Die Haut), Achim Färber (Project Pitchfork, Prag) and Georg Zeitblom (Sovetskoe Foto). Automat live in Australia.
Date: Friday, 20 November 2015. Time: 8.00pm
Venue: John Curtin Hotel, 29 Lygon St, Carlton VIC 3053
Entry: $20 + Booking Fee:

Darren Verhagen and the 'klang maschine
Darrin Verhagen and the ‘klang maschine”

Artist Talk: The “Klangbewegung Maschine” (please note the date for this talk has been changed due to illness. We apologise for any inconvenience.)
Sound artist Darrin Verhagen and musician Ash Wednesday (Einstürzende Neubauten) discuss the legacy of the 1980s subculture and its music and the creation of the sound-installation “Klangbewegung Maschine”.

This audiokinetic jukebox is a single participant installation for sound, movement, sensed vibration and light. Sitting in a reclaimed Audi passenger seat, the participant selects their preferred Neubauten composition, Merle (Drawings of Patient OT), Prologue or Feurio (Haus Der Leuge). The music is thrown into movement by a six degrees of freedom motion simulator, extended into vibration through a bass transducer and transmuted into light via eyelid-projections controlled by sound.

NEW Date: Tuesday 8 December Time: 1 – 2 pm Venue: RMIT Gallery, 344 Swanston Street. Melbourne. Free entry.

Stuart Braun
Stuart Braun

Book Talk:  Berlin from the Outside In
Australian writer & Berlin resident Stuart Braun discusses his new book City of Exiles: Berlin from the Outside In with photographer Peter Milne. Stuart interviewed Mark Reeder, the central character in the film B-Movie: Lust & Sound in West-Berlin, and that research features extensively in City of Exiles.

Stuart Braun completed a doctorate in history before living across Asia, Australia and Europe and publishing widely as a journalist and writer. Moving to Berlin in 2009, he soon started working on his ode to his adopted city, City of Exiles: Berlin from the Outside In (2015), a book that explores why Berlin has long held a special allure for visionary artists, musicians and free spirits from around the world – including Iggy Pop, who graces the cover.

Peter Milne is a documentary photographer known for his documentation of Australian Independent rock band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds in the early 1990s. In 1992, Milne toured Europe with the band and his photographs reflect the everyday realities of the tour from the ‘Boredom of the Road’ in Germany and backstage glimpses, to the glamour stage shots of band members and images of adoring fans.
Date: Thursday, 3 December  2015. Time: 5.30-6.30 pm
Venue: RMIT Gallery,  344 Swanston Street, Melbourne.
Free entry

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