Last days of three RMIT Gallery exhibitions

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Composer Liza Lim and ELISION Creative Director Daryl Buckley in the exhibition ELISION: 30 Years at RMIT Gallery. Photo by Vicki Jones.

Elision: 30 years

Australia’s international and enduring contemporary classical music ensemble Elision, is 30 years old this year and celebrating with an exhibition at RMIT Gallery.  Elision: 30 years explores the group’s musical journey from Melbourne church halls to the Paris Opera House, Kings Place London, and the Fomenko Theatre Moscow.

Through films, recordings, press, posters, sketches and drawings, this exhibition celebrates thirty years of contemporary practice and ELISION’s involvement with artists such as theatre directors Barrie Kosky, Michael Kantor, writers Allison Croggon, Beth Yahp, visual and new media artists Justine Cooper, Heri Dono, Judy Watson, Per Inge Bjørlo, Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook, Ensembles Modern and CIKADA, and composers Liza Lim, Brian Ferneyhough, Richard Barrett, Aldo Clementi, Franco Donatoni, John Rodgers, Aaron Cassidy, Dmitri Kourliandski, Turgut Ercetin, Timothy McCormack, Matthew Sergeant, and Luke Paulding amongst others.

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Radical Actions: Seamus Nolan’s 10th President. Installation image at RMIT Gallery by Tobias Titz, 2016.

Radical Actions

Commemorating the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland, which marked a pivotal moment in the Irish struggle for independence, the contemporary Irish exhibition Radical Actions, curated by Linda Shevlin, explores the after effects of Irish independence and self-governance and features new and existing work by high profile Irish artists Kennedy Browne (Gareth Kennedy & Sarah Browne), Duncan Campbell, Jesse Jones and Seamus Nolan.

Nolan is one of Ireland’s top young artists and his powerful work The 10th President, a political campaign to commemorate victims of institutional abuse, has a new recording using an Australian voice which highlights the global nature of institutional abuse.

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Bijoy Jain Studio Mumbai: Making MPavilion 2016 features sketches, inspirations, drawings by the architect as well as large portraits by Australian photographer Nicholas Watt.

Bijoy Jain Studio Mumbai: Making MPavilion 2016

This exhibition presents the creative process in the design of this year’s MPavilion and explores the inspirations and processes of making and designing MPavilion 2016.

In addition to samples of materials and modelling sourced from Studio Mumbai, the exhibition includes photography from Australian photographer Nicholas Watt, providing a rare insight into the renowned architect’s process—one that has taken place both in Mumbai and Melbourne with local and international collaboration.

Presented in partnership with RMIT Gallery, Naomi Milgrom Foundation, Confluence: Festival of India and celebrates the forthcoming arrival of MPavilion 2016 to the Queen Victoria Gardens, Melbourne.

What: Elision: 30 years, Radical Actions, Bijoy Jain Studio Mumbai: Making MPavilion 2016

When: Exhibitions close 5 pm Saturday 22 October 2016

Where: RMIT Gallery, 344 Swanston Street, Melbourne.

Radical films: John Hughes film screening & talk at RMIT Gallery

On Thursday 20 October from 5.30-7.30 pm, RMIT Gallery screens Indonesia Calling: Joris Ivens In Australia. The documentary film, directed by John Hughes, recalls the birth of Indonesia, and the impact of a small film and its legacy for Australian documentary film culture.

Adjunct Prof John Hughes will introduce his film, and answer questions after the screening.

Ivens’ film was an activist documentary that depicted the crucial role of Australian trade union support in the establishment of the new Republic of Indonesia. All those who worked on it became ‘adversely known’ to the security services.

Indonesia Calling: Joris Ivens In Australia revisits the making of Ivens’ radical film, Australia’s early relationship with Indonesia and the impact of Ivens’ film.

Hughes has been recognised with a Lifetime Membership at the Australian Directors Guild (ADG) awards, and has been nominated for many awards for his films including the Australian Film Institute (AFI) awards and the Australian Writers’ Guild AWGIE awards.

An independent producer, writer and director for film, television and online media, Hughes’ work has engaged with Australian cultural and political history and issues over a number of decades. Among his credits are After Mabo, TrapsMoving HistoryThe Art Of WarOne Way Street and the cinema feature What I Have Written.

Hughes’ films have been screened at major national and international festivals, and broadcast by such networks as the ABC and SBS. He has a PhD by practice from RMIT’s School of Media and Communication and had a fellowship from the AFI Research Collection (a specialist film library housed at RMIT).

Indonesia Calling: Joris Ivens In Australia is part of the RMIT Gallery’s public programs for the current exhibition Radical Actions (until 22 October) that showcases work by contemporary Irish artists to commemorate the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland.

Together with RMIT’s research centre for Communication, Politics and Culture, RMIT Gallery’s complementary ‘Images of Revolution’ film program presents films that reflect a deep commitment to social change and progressive politics.

What: Film screening: Indonesia Calling: Joris Ivens in Australia

When: Thursday 20 October from 5.30-7.30 pm

Where: RMIT Gallery, 344 Swanston Street, Melbourne

Bookings: Free. Register here

Strikebound revisited: Richard Lowenstein talk & film screening at RMIT Gallery

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On Thursday 13 October 5.30-7 pm RMIT Gallery screens the Director’s Cut of the digitally remastered version of Strikebound, the 1984 film that reconstructs the true story of a coal miners’ strike in the small Victorian town of Korumburra in the mid-30’s.

Celebrated Australian film and music video director Richard Lowenstein will give a short talk and answer questions after the screening.

Lowenstein has written and directed the feature films including Autoluminescent: Rowland S. Howard, Dogs in Space, He Died with a Felafel in His Hand, and Strikebound, as well as numerous award-winning music-videos, concert films and commercials.

Lowenstein wrote the ‘docudrama’ Strikebound about the Gippsland coal workers’ strike of 1937, adapting the screenplay from the book by author Wendy Lowenstein, a pioneer in oral history, notable for her recording of people’s everyday experiences and her advocacy of social activism.

Strikebound, featuring Chris Haywood, Hugh Keays-Byrne, and Carol Burns is based on the real-life story of two remarkable characters, Wattie Doig, a miner who became a militant Communist activist, and his wife, Agnes, who progressed from staunch Presbyterianism to membership in the Salvation Army and, finally, to labor organization.

Strikebound is part of the RMIT Gallery’s public programs for the current exhibition Radical Actions (until 22 October) that showcases work by contemporary Irish artists to commemorate the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland.

Together with RMIT’s research centre for Communication, Politics and Culture, RMIT Gallery’s complementary ‘Images of Revolution’ film program presents films that reflect a deep commitment to social change and progressive politics.

Film critic Richard Kuipers calls Strikebound ‘a rare example of Australian political filmmaking’. Kupiers writes: ‘Strikebound takes a sympathetic look at one of the most significant events in the nation’s industrial history. The Sunbeam Colliery strike of 1937 was the first sit-in (occupation) by workers and its ultimate success provided a great boost for the Australian trade union movement – especially during the Depression when jobs were scarce and workers were not protected by many of the laws passed in the postwar era.” Read Kuipers’ extensive notes on the film.

What: Strikebound – film screening of digitally remastered Director’s Cut.

When: Thursday 13 October 5.30-7 pm

Where: RMIT Gallery, 344 Swanston Street, Melbourne.

Guest speaker: Director Richard Lowenstein

Bookings: FREE – register for tickets

Images of Revolution film program

eat-your-childrenRMIT Gallery’s exhibition Radical Actions (until 22 October) showcases work by contemporary Irish artists to commemorate the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland.
Together with RMIT’s research centre for Communication, Politics and Culture, RMIT Gallery’s complementary ‘Images of Revolution’ film program presents a curated selection of films that reflect a deep commitment to social change and progressive politics.
The free film screenings at RMIT Gallery include talks by film directors and academics, exploring filming traditions of resistance.
Thursday 6 October, 5.30-7.30 pm  Australian premiere of the new timely and provocative Irish documentary Eat Your Children will include tastings from Dublin based Teeling Whiskey. Book here
Tuesday 11 October, 1-2 pm The Australian documentary Michael, They’ve Shot Them explores the impact in the Australian Catholic community of the 1916 Easter Rising, with a talk  by director Eoin Hahessy.Book here
Thursday 13 October, 5.30-7 pm Renowned Australian film director Richard Lowenstein will discuss his 1984 film Strikebound, and take questions after the screening of this digitally remastered director’s cut of the film. Book here
Thursday 20 October, 5.30-7.30 pm  Australian documentary Indonesia Calling: Joris Ivens in Australia, recalls the birth of Indonesia. Director John Hughes talks the impact about Ivens small film had and its legacy for Australian documentary film culture.Book here
Friday 21 October 1-2.30 pm The Battle of Chile, Part 1, is Patricio Guzmán’s epic chronicle of Chile’s peaceful socialist revolution, and of the violent counter-revolution against it. Dr Antonio Castillo, Director of the CPC, will discuss how the film changed concepts of political documentary.Book here