Geniale Dilletanten is now closed at RMIT Gallery


IMG_1788The Geniale Dilletanten exhibition has now ended at RMIT Gallery. The exhibition closed on 25 February.

The wallpaper that atmospherically covered the walls of RMIT Gallery during the exhibition is coming down to reveal white walls. The Goethe-Institut crates are being loaded as the exhibition will soon open in Sydney at AMBUSH Gallery in Chippendale from 10 March to 13 April.

Farewell 1980s German subculture. We had a great time – and so did you.

IMG_1795We say goodbye as well to the popular Einsturzende Neubatuen Klangbewegung Maschine. Enthusiastic fans likened a ride on the ‘Klang’ to being in a mosh pit (without the smell!). We may never look at old Audi passenger seats the same way again…..


Thank you for visiting and sharing the subculture magic with us. You now know that old CRT TVs never really die, they may just live on in art installations…





Last day! Geniale Dilletanten exhibition ends 7 pm tonight



The Geniale Dilletanten exhibition at RMIT Gallery incorporates a rich array of video and photographic material, audio samples, magazines, posters and other artefacts. Image: Exhibition opening, RMIT Gallery, 2015, Vicki Jones Photography

RMIT Gallery’s popular summer exhibition Geniale Dilletanten [Brilliant Dilletantes] Subculture in Germany in the 1980s + Australian Ingenious Amateurs must close at 7pm on Thursday 25 February.

This closing date is two days earlier than advertised, and necessary due to the exhibition’s Sydney opening in early March. So don’t miss out – come in during the day or after work on Thursday (we are open to 7pm) and immerse yourself in the radical movement and alternative artistic scene that exploded from Germany in the 1980s.


The exhibition Geniale Dilletanten (Brilliant Dilletantes) presents the most comprehensive survey of 1980s German subculture to date. Image – White Night Melbourne opening, 2016, by RMIT Gallery.

RMIT Gallery also presents a flavour of what was happening locally from 1979 – 1989 through an exploration of Australian subculture.


Audiences step back in time with an exploration of Australian subculture including the Little Band scene, the Clifton Hill Community Music Centre, and a group of young people who were part of the friendship circle of photographer Peter Milne. Image – White Night Melbourne opening, 2016, by RMIT Gallery.

And don’t forget to have one last ride on the Einstürzende Neubauten Klangbewegung Maschine by (((20Hz))) to really feel like you are in a 1980s Berlin club.

The audiokinetic jukebox was produced by Darrin Verhagen, RMIT researcher and senior lecturer in sound design and multisensory experience.

Using a six degrees of freedom motion simulator (and a reclaimed Audi passenger seat), the RMIT-based (((20Hz))) team provide an entertaining experience that takes audiences into the heart of German subculture music of the 1980s.


Be transported – into your senses. Despite utilising a reclaimed Audi car seat, the The Klangbewegung Maschine only takes you into a visceral experience of the music of Einsturzende Naubatuen. Image White Night Melbourne opening, 2016, by RMIT Gallery

The ‘Klang Maschine’ has been likened to being in a mosh pit (without the smell!). It’s the perfect homage to the brief, bright reign of the Brilliant Amateur.

Exhibition must end 7pm on Thursday 25 February.

White Night draws audiences to RMIT Gallery light projection


RMIT’s Storey Hall lights up during White Night Melbourne – with custom software projection by MindBuffer

RMIT’s Storey Hall was transformed for one magical evening during White Night Melbourne on Saturday 20 February by MindBuffer – RMIT’s Josh Batty and Mitchell Nordine. Their 12 hour custom projection light show ‘Architectonics’ presented by RMIT Gallery provided the crowds with plenty of photo opportunities.


As well as the glorious light projection on Storey Hall, White Night Melbourne attracted large crowds inside RMIT Gallery enjoying the Goethe Institut’s international exhibition Geniale Dilletanten as well as the dress up print booth (in the spirit of the Brilliant Amateur!) And the 1980s subculture film festival at the Kaleide theatre next door.


So many people wanted a ride on the Einstürzende Neubauten Klangbewegung Maschine by (((20Hz))) that we were forced to hand out numbers to the patient fans (like the butcher shop on a Saturday). Blixa Bargeld’s voice is now imprinted on our souls….


No, not a night club but a patient crowd waiting to experience 1980s German subculture at the Geniale Dilletanten exhibition at RMIT Gallery on White Night.



Architectonics at White Night Melbourne

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Get ready for Saturday’s White Night Melbourne! Located in the heart of the Northern Lights precinct, the façade of Storey Hall (RMIT Gallery’s home) will come alive Architectonics, a high tech light show that morphs throughout the night thanks to a custom projection mapping technology by MindBuffer.

This amazing software will create a constantly changing light canvas on RMIT’s iconic building, borrowing influences from 1960s op-art enhanced for the digital age.

Playing with 40,000 lumens of light like big kids in a software sandbox, MindBuffer work the magic that made them a hit at the Burning Man festival in Nevada.

Storey Hall’s grand Victorian façade will seemingly fragment before your eyes and reassemble again as MindBuffer constantly improvise various combinations of patterns and colors whilst highlighting specific architectural features.

You can watch from dawn to dusk and never get bored, this is 12 hours of relentless creativity in action. Guaranteed – no repetitions.

Share your photos using the hashtags #urbansub #whitenightmelb and #rmit

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MindBuffer perform at Burning Man in Nevada

RMIT Gallery caught up with Joshua Batty from MindBuffer for his tips at staying the distance at an all night event. After all, MindBuffer have performed at a number of prestigious national and international festivals including the Solar Eclipse festival in Cairns and at Burning Man in Nevada.

RMIT GALLERY What are your strategies for performing for 12 hours at White Night?

JOSHUA BATTY  Lots of caffeinated beverages! I find performing and engaging with visual stimulus pretty energising. Taking a long nap before hand to offset your body clock definitely helps too!

RMIT GALLERY We’d love an insider’s view of the famous Burning Man festival – tell all!

JOSHUA BATTY Burning Man is like nowhere I’ve ever been before. It’s in a really barren location with around 50,000 people in attendance over an area that seems to be the size of a medium city. Everywhere you go you’ll see mutant vehicles transformed into ships and huge robotic sculptures that would surely not pass the first round of health and safety checks in Australia.

Oh yeah, pretty much everything has flames erupting out of it! It’s kind of refreshing being in a place that has it’s own rules and feels a tad dangerous, especially coming from Australia that at times feels like a highly sanitised safety bubble of PG rated fun.

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MindBuffer live at Burning Man in Nevada

We played three different shows while we there over the course of eight days. Performing at Burning Man had it’s own unique challenges. Specifically, the environment is made up of really fine alkaline dust that gets into EVERYTHING. Alkaline is a corrosive compound so if it gets inside your gear it will eat away at the circuits and eventually kill your equipment. That along with frequent dust storms of the stuff makes it a bit more challenging that your normal gig.

Aside from that we had a great time playing our shows and will be heading over again in 2017 to perform there again.

RMIT GALLERY Take home message for a successful Burning Man performance?

JOSHUA BATTY If you can’t blow people’s minds purely through manipulating sound and light whilst at the same time getting them to dance – then you’ve failed.

RMIT GALLERY  Let’s travel back in time….how did you and Mitchell Nordine meet and form MindBuffer?

JOSHUA BATTY   We met six years ago at RMIT at the first class I taught. Three days after putting a track we wrote together up on Soundcloud, we were approached and signed to Enig’matik records alongside some of their biggest musical influences. It all happened very quickly!

RMIT GALLERY   When did you decide to add the visuals to the music?

JOSHUA BATTY   We had grand visions of tightly synchronised visuals that would enhance the music, so we taught themselves how to program software so we could create something that didn’t already exist.

RMIT GALLERY   What’s next after White Night Melbourne?

JOSHUA BATTY    We are currently in the process of building the world’s first Artificial Intelligent generative audiovisual composition software for upcoming performances.

We get a lot of inspiration from projection artists such as 1024 architecture, Universal Everything and Playmodes to name a few. Those guys are really pushing the boundaries. Our friends Eloi and Santi from Playmodes in particular just did a show where they mapped the 300 meter wide façade of the Lichtspiele Castle in Karlsruhe, Germany.

For that work they needed to use 24 x 21,000 lumen projectors outputting a resolution of 10800 x 1080 pixels!! So for use there is still room to grow. We have been talking recently with Playmodes and we both hope that somehow the universe will allow a MindBuffer + Playmodes collaboration in the near future!


Music, Melbourne + Me: 40 years of Mushroom + Melbourne’s Popular Music Culture, RMIT Gallery, 2013. Photo Mark Ashkanasy. The Morphos was designed by Joshua Batty while working on his PhD at RMIT and features software technology used in MindBuffer’s Architectonics projection on Storey Hall for White Night Melbourne 2016.

RMIT GALLERY This is fascinating for many reasons – not the least the fact that all of this has come out of your PhD research at RMIT. Can you talk about that a bit?

JOSHUA BATTY  My research was in Audiovisual Granular Synthesis which basically involves dissecting audio and visual media into tiny fragments just long enough to active the sensory input system. I showcased an earlier version of the custom software at RMIT Gallery’s Music, Melbourne + Me exhibition in 2013, creating The Morphos, a large cubic projection-mapped sculpture that delighted crowds at White Night Melbourne in 2014.

I developed software that does this slicing process for me and then reassembles these fragments in new and novel ways leading to an almost hallucinatory perceptual effect. My software, called Kortex, also has functionality for doing projection mapping, generating procedural computer graphics and controlling DMX lighting fixtures and laser projectors all in real-time.

As such, I don’t have the need now to use anyone else’s software anymore which is a pretty liberating feeling when you get there. Still, Kortex is always in constant development and I’ll most likely continue to keep adding features to it.

Don’t miss RMIT Gallery at White Night Melbourne! Watch the 1980s sub culture film festival, dress up print booth and see the popular summer exhibition Geniale Dilletanten: Subculture in Germany in the 1980s – AND ride the thrilling Einstürzende Neubauten Klangbewegung Maschine by (((20Hz))) to really feel like you are in a 1980s Berlin club.





Strike a pose at RMIT Gallery at White Night Melbourne


RMIT Gallery volunteer and RMIT Master of Arts (Art Management) student Angela Hernandez strikes a pose at the 80s dress-up booth.

The countdown is on – only days to go! RMIT Gallery will be the university focus for White Night Melbourne on Saturday February 20 with the Goethe-Institut subculture music exhibition Geniale Dilletanten open from 7 pm to 7 am.

Come and ride The Klangbewegung Maschine by (((20Hz))), stand in Swanston Street and watch ‘Architectonics’ a granular synthesis projection on Storey Hall (RMIT Gallery’s home) dazzling the entire night.

There will be a 1980s print photo booth and dress ups. Strike a pose and get out your smart phone and share the #urbansub moment with your friends on social media – and then take away a Tag Snaps print to keep. How very analogue!

Chill out at the subculture German music film festival at Kaleide Theatre next door presented by RMIT Gallery and the Goethe-Institut Australien. Relive the days of a divided Berlin with films such  including Flüstern und Schreien: ein Rock Report (Whisper & Shout – the East German Rock revolution, Berlin Super 80 (1978-1984),and B-Movie: Lust & Sound in West Berlin (Unclassified Strictly 18+). All films are in German with English subtitles. (Some nudity and adult themes. No disabled access to Kaleide Theatre).

Remember – it’s all free! We hope to see you there.


Ann-Catrin Dornauer, an intern with the Goethe-Institut, tests out the Geniale Dilletanten print booth. You just need a smart phone and some attitude!

RMIT Gallery to glow at White Night Melbourne


Nobuhiro Shimura’s video projection “Red Carpet 2010” on the RMIT Gallery front steps. Installation image: Mark Ashkanasy

RMIT Gallery will dazzle during White Night Melbourne Saturday February 20 from 7 pm to 7 am. The front steps will be awash with Japanese artist Nobuhiro Shimura’s video projection “Red Carpet 2010”.

Inside, RMIT Gallery throws open its doors to share its popular summer exhibition Geniale Dilletanten [Brilliant Dilletantes] Subculture in Germany in the 1980s + Australian Ingenious Amateurs.


RMIT Gallery – November 2015 – 27 Feburary 2016. Geniale Dilletanten: Subculture in Germany in the 1980s. Installation image Mark Ashkanasy.

RMIT Gallery’s façade comes alive with a dazzling light show and morphs throughout the night thanks to custom projection mapping technology by Joshua Batty and Mitchell Nordine from MindBuffer.


MindBuffer in action at RMIT Gallery White Night Melbourne 2014 – the team will be working their magic on the Storey Hall facade with their custom projection mapping technology.

Chill out at the Kaleide Theatre next door on Swanston Street with the all night German subculture film festival. From 7 pm to 7 am, the free 1980s German Subculture Film Festival 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).