RMIT Gallery’s façade comes alive for White Night Melbourne

White Night Melbourne – Saturday 20 February – Sunday 21 February from 7 pm to 7 am – will again delight as the city comes alive, enticing people on a journey of discovery through the heart of Melbourne with music, food, film, art, and light. And for the third year in a row, RMIT Gallery has a showcase of events planned for art lovers.


Located in RMIT’s grand Victorian building Storey Hall, RMIT Gallery’s façade comes alive with a dazzling light show and morphs throughout the night thanks to “Architectonics” a custom projection mapping technology by Joshua Batty and Mitchell Nordine from MindBuffer.


The work, which sits at the intersection of science, architecture and digital media seeks to explore a variety of architectural perceptual tricks at the extreme level of detail MindBuffer have become known for. With the aid of custom visual granular synthesis software developed by Joshua as part of his PhD at RMIT, the architectural features of the building will be disintegrated and rebuilt into an evolving generative form throughout the duration of the night.

In 2015 RMIT Gallery opened its doors all night for Experimenta Recharge, and in 2014 Music, Melbourne and Me: 40 years of Mushroom and Melbourne’s Popular Music Culture delighted art lovers from dusk till dawn.

This year, bring your family and friends into RMIT Gallery in the centre of the city in the Northern Precinct, and enjoy an adventure into German subculture with the exhibition Geniale Dilletanten [Brilliant Dilletantes] Subculture in Germany in the 1980s + Australian Ingenious Amateurs,  along with an all night film festival dedicated to the subculture scene of both East and West Germany of the era.


From Nick Cave to Blixa Bargeld, Einstürzende Neubauten to Die Tödliche Doris, this new international touring exhibition from the Goethe-Institut celebrates the radical movement and alternative artistic scene that exploded from Germany in the 1980s, with a taste of the alternative music and art scene from Australia of the era.

Ride the Einstürzende Neubauten Klangbewegung Maschine by (((20Hz))) to really feel like you are in a 1980s Berlin club.


The Klangbewegung Maschine 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.

Dress up in 1980s gear and get a photo from our print booth as a souvenir.

From 7 pm to 7 am, the free 1980s German Subculture Film Festival at the RMIT Kaleide Theatre next door will show a program of music, documentary and experimental films from the 1980s presented by RMIT Gallery and the Goethe-Institut Australien (all films are in German with English subtitles).


(Note: no lift access to Kaleide Theatre, 360 Swanston St, Melbourne)

7.00pm – 9.00pm Berlin Super 80 (1978-1984), 120 min.

Compilation of 18 short movies shot in Super 8 by West German experimental film makers during the late 1970s/early 80s. Music: Malaria, Reflections, Einstürzende Neubauten, Frieder Butzmann and Die Tödliche Doris.

9.00pm – 10.30pm Einstürzende Neubauten live at Palast der Republik (2004) 82 min.

Einstürzende Neubauten concert performance filmed at the former Parliament building Palast der Republik in Berlin.

10.30pm – 12.30am Flüstern und Schreien: ein Rock Report (Whisper & Shout – the East German Rock revolution) (1988), 120 min.

Documentary exploring the East German (DDR) rock music scene of the late 1980s. Music: André + Die Firma, Chicorée, Die Zöllner, Feeling B, Sandow, Silly and This Pop Generation.

12.30am – 2.00am B-Movie: Lust & Sound in West Berlin (Unclassified Strictly 18 +) (94 min)

Director Mark Reeder (Factory Records) weaves memoirs of his own life together with super-8 archival footage of subculture luminaries of the era such as Nick Cave, Gudrun Gut and Blixa Bargeld.

2.00am – 4.00am Flüstern und Schreien: ein Rock Report (Whisper & Scream) (1988), 120 min.

4.00am – 6.00am B-Movie: Lust & Sound in West Berlin (Unclassified Strictly 18 +) (94 min)

*Some videos may contain nudity and strong adult themes. All Videos German with English subtitles.

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