RMIT Gallery Christmas & summer opening times

RMIT Gallery will be closed from Saturday 24 December to Monday 2 January 2017, reopening on Tuesday 3 January. 

Are you in the city over summer? Come into our air conditioned gallery right in the centre of the cultural district and enjoy our interactive summer exhibition – Morbis Artis: Diseases of the Arts (until 18 February  2017).

Have a play with (((20))) VIM\SIMS which explores visually and sonically induced motion sickness (pictured above). Place your hand in the well of the plinth and watch shadows dance to the sound.The experience is in turns dissociative and enveloping – and potentially nauseating. This is serious academic discourse as popular entertainment; physical discomfort as fine art.

For those who prefer gentler interactive experiences, explore the work of Andrea Rassell. We are silently surveilling one another is a microscopically mediated installation that puts the human organism on the slide and offers up a perspective of that humanity as a crawling seething mass.

In his review on the exhibition for The Article, Sam Leach commented “The works provide scope for a poetic and elliptical understanding of the interactions between humans and non-humans and the ideas of connection and contamination.”

Don’t forget – RMIT Gallery is open until 7 pm every Thursday night, and from 12 noon to 5 pm every Saturday during exhibitions.

Merry Christmas from RMIT Gallery and thank you for your support in 2016. We look forward to seeing you in the New Year with more compelling exhibitions in 2017.

 

 

RMIT Gallery videos explore Geniale Dilletanten exhibition

Celebrating the radical movement and alternative artistic scene that exploded from Germany in the 1980s, RMIT Gallery’s new videos document the current exhibition Geniale Dilletanten [Brilliant Dilletantes] Subculture in Germany in the 1980s + Australian Ingenious Amateurs (13 November 2015 – 27 February 2016).

Watch the video – sound designer Darrin Verhagen talks about the Einstürzende Neubauten’s Klangbewegung Maschine, an audiokinetic jukebox by (((20Hz))), which provides a viscerally embodied, multisensory experience of three classic Einstürzende Neubauten tracks from the 1980’s.

 

Watch the video – Munich based exhibition curator Mathilde Weh and Dr Motte, Berlin
based DJ and founder of The Love Parade, talk about the exhibition and subculture in the 1980s during their visit to RMIT Gallery in November 2015.

 

Watch the video – Australian musician Ash Wednesday, photographer Peter Milne and artist Jenny Watson talk about the Australian subculture scene of the 1980s.

Experience the exhibition for yourself at RMIT Gallery’s exhibition Geniale Dilletanten [Brilliant Dilletantes] Subculture in Germany in the 1980s + Australian Ingenious Amateurs until 27 February 2016.

 

Exploring the legacy of 1980s subculture – Ash Wednesday & Darrin Verhagen

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Einsturzende Neubauten’s Klangbewegung Maschine by (((20Hz))). Photography: Mark Ashkanasy, RMIT Gallery.

Join us at RMIT Gallery on Tuesday 8 December 1-2 pm as sound artist and RMIT senior lecturer Darrin Verhagen and sound designer and musician Ash Wednesday discuss the legacy of 1980s subculture on their music and sound design.

Ash Wednesday is an innovative Australian synth pioneer and a member of self-styled groups, JAB (1976 – 1979) and MODELS (1979 – 1980), where he combined analog synthesizer and experimental tape textures with punk/rock rhythms. He continued working with electronics throughout the 80’s with numerous and diverse, but relatively low profile projects – most notably, perhaps, being ‘Modern Jazz’, an ingenious, impromptu assemblage of electro-based, musicians/non musicians, performing live on stage to a randomly programmed drum machine/sequencer beat.

Darrin will discuss the research behind the intriguing Einsturzende Neubauten’s Klangbewegung Maschine by (((20Hz))). This single participant installation for sound, movement, vibration and light invites participants to experience a viscerally embodied, multisensory internalization of three classic Einsturzende Neubauten tracks. The Klang is current installted in RMIT Gallery as part of the exhibition Geniale Dilletanten: Subculture in Germany in the 1980s.

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Einsturzende Neubauten’s Klangbewegung Maschine by (((20Hz))).  Vicki Jones Photography, RMIT Gallery, 2015.

What: The legacy of 1980s subculture on sound design.

Who: Darrin Verhagen and Ash Wednesday

When: Tuesday 8 December 1-2 pm

Where: RMIT Gallery, 344 Swanston Street Melbourne.

Bookings: Free. (03) 9925 1717

New date for Klangbewegung Maschine talk

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Darrin Verhagen, creator of the Einsturzende Neubauten’s Klangbewegung Maschine by (((20Hz)).

Attention – new date: Tuesday 8 December 1-2 pm. The Klangbewegung Maschine: Darrin Verhagen in conversation with Ash Wednesday at RMIT Gallery.

Due to illness, Darrin Verhagen is unable to participate in the scheduled Thursday 26 December 5.30-6.30 pm talk with Ash Wednesday. The new date  is now Tuesday 8 December 1-2 pm at RMIT Gallery. We apologise for any inconvenience.

In this floor talk  sound artist and RMIT senior lecturer Darrin Verhagen and sound designer and musician Ash Wednesday will discuss the legacy of 1980s subculture on their music and research.

Darrin is the concept designer of the Einsturzende Neubauten’s Klangbewegung Maschine by (((20Hz))), an installation featuring in RMIT Gallery’s + Australian Ingenious Amateurs exhibition that is showing as part of the current Goethe Institut’s international touring exhibition Geniale Dilletanten: Subculture in Germany in the 1980s.

 

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Einsturzende Neubauten’s Klangbewegung Maschine by (((20Hz))), Geniale Dilletanten opening night on November 12 at RMIT Gallery. Image: Vicki Jones Photography, 2015.

The ‘Klang Maschine’ is a single participant installation for sound, movement, vibration and light that invites participants to experience a viscerally embodied, multisensory internalization of three classic Einsturzende Neubauten tracks.

MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

DARRIN VERHAGEN

Darrin is a senior lecturer RMIT in sound and electronic music – currently doing his PhD on the ‘brutality of noise’.  He was the founder and curator of Dorobo records, which showcased Australian sound art for 15 years. Darrin is also a  freelance music writer for Dance, Theatre and Computer Games, and  has released a variety of albums under his own name, as well as a range of pseudonyms. Darrin has performed his more minimal, experimental soundworks at festivals around the globe, and more recently has started performing his dark orchestral material as shinjuku thief in concert.

ASH WEDNESDAY

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Ash Wednesday, with Einsturzende Neubauten, 2004. Photo by Daniela Ceglie.

Ash Wednesday is an innovative Australian synth pioneer and a member of self-styled groups, JAB (1976 – 1979) and MODELS (1979 – 1980), where he combined analog synthesizer and experimental tape textures with punk/rock rhythms. He continued working with electronics throughout the 80’s with numerous and diverse, but relatively low profile projects – most notably, perhaps, being ‘Modern Jazz’, an ingenious, impromptu assemblage of electro-based, musicians/non musicians, performing live on stage to a randomly programmed drum machine/sequencer beat.

Ash says of the 1980s “in Melbourne where I was aware of the concept of the ‘Ingenious Amateur’ as it existed at that time, to the point of implementation into my own work, as well as instigating the idea to others.”

He later gravitated to Berlin in 1992 where he was to acclimatise to the results of such a state of mind and method as it existed then. He was later to become a live performance member of Einstuerzende Neubauten – working with the group consistently between ‘1997 – 2010’.

What: The Klangbewegung Maschine – legacy of 1980s subculture. Discussion.

Who: Darrin Verhagen and Ash Wednesday

When: Tuesday 8 December 1-2 pm (NOTE  – new time and date)

Where: RMIT Gallery, 344 Swanston Street Melbourne.

Bookings: Free. (03) 9925 1717

 

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 rmit.gallery@rmit.edu.au

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Film Screening: B-MOVIE: LUST & SOUND IN WEST-BERLIN
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: https://b-movie.eventbrite.com.au

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: https://ursulahofflecture.eventbrite.com.au

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: http://bit.ly/1S8rEoj

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

RMIT Gallery delights at White Night Melbourne

crowds A steady stream of enthusiastic art lovers flocked to RMIT Gallery for the last night of Experimenta Recharge – an interactive exhibition of media art. To the hum of the music around the nearby State Library,  patrons played with the art works, delighting especially in Brazilian artist Anasia’s Franco’s “Emanating Happiness”. white night happiness Anaisa Franco works with robotics and low-fi electronics to produce interactive sculptures and installation that connect mechanical processes with the subconscious human mind.   “Emanating Happiness” was developed during an artist in residence program at Creative and Cognition Studios, University of Technology, Sydney as part of the EMARE AUS CDN Move On Exchange (European media artists in residence in exchange with Australia and Canada). This program is supported by the Culture 2013 Programme of the European Commission and the Goethe Institute. teeth Inspired by psychology, dreams and the possibilities inherent in DIY electrical engineering, Franco animates objects – such as her reactive shattering mirror “Frustration” (below) with behaviours and feelings to blur the boundaries between body, mind and machine.

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Franco’s work “Paranoia” 2010, a reactive sculpture, had audiences reaching for their phones to record the false teeth screaming and laughing. Instant replays were viewed as people left the gallery – a lingering memento of Experimenta Recharge ready for replay at any time.

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The performance piece “Toki Ori Ori Nasu: Falling Records 2013” featuring reel to reel tape decks, pedestals and sound by Japanese artist and musician Ei Wada attracted a large audience, keen to see his speculative work in action. Ei Wada was inspired by an incident in which he observed a tape dropping and piling up on a floor – and he imagined a future in which inhabitants of some unknown culture and who have never seen a tape recorder may uncover this machine with one broken reel and try to play the tape back…… Wn darrin The collective work by Darrin Verhagen, Stuart McFarlane, and Toby Brodel only allows one person at a time in the blacked out sound booth – but a patient audience queued for to watch – and listen – to the work “A series of small wire objects (many of them uninteresting)”. The piece is  is concerned with extending sound art composition into visual form through the use of an ordinary sculptural object as a means of focusing audience attention. The artists explore how the simplest of objects may be transformed into something startling and mesmerising through the simultaneous use of sound, light and colour.

Experimenta Recharge Countdown: 15 days to go

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Experimenta Recharge: 6th international biennial of media art

RMIT Gallery, Melbourne – 28 November 2014 – 21 February 2015

Experimenta presents a collection of 18 works from Australian and international artists who question how technology and cultural contexts create new perspectives on knowledge.

From unconventional perspectives, can experimental artists illuminate existing knowledge and meaning for a new generation? The Experimenta 6th International Biennial of Media Art explores whether artists lead us to entirely new modes of consciousness. 

Artists Appearing at RMIT Gallery

These images, links and clips are just indicative samples of some of the participating artist’s work, not necessarily actual works they will be presenting at RMIT Gallery during the exhibition. 

Ei Wada (Japan)

Ei Wada’s poetic sound installation imagines a future civilisation’s misinterpretation of a common 20th century artefact – analogue tape recordings. Toki Ori Ori Nasu (Falling Records) (2013) was a Jury Selection in the 17th Japan Media Arts Festival 2014.

Ei Wada’s participation in Recharge has been supported by the Japan Foundation.

Cake Industries (Australia)

Dean Petersen and Jesse Stevens have worked under the collaborative pseudonym of Cake Industries since 2006. Their practice uses electro-mechanics and robotics to create anthropomorphic and autonomous objects that embrace retro-futurism.

An Experimenta New Work Commission.

Maree Clarke

Maree Clarke, a Mutti Mutti, Yorta Yorta, Boonwurrung woman from northwest Victoria. She is a pivotal figure in the reclamation of southeast Australian Aboriginal art practices, reviving elements of Aboriginal culture that were lost over the period of colonisation. Clarke’s installations of photography, painting and sculpture further explore the rituals and ceremonies of her ancestors.

  • Maitha Demithan (United Arab Emirates)

Maitha Demithan works across photography, scanography, drawing, painting and photo transfer to weave together scans of her fellow citizens, traditional cultural imagery and contemporary practice. In perfecting the technique of using a flatbed printer to take multiple images of her subjects, Demithan combines the mechanical with the emotional in her deconstructed portraits.

Christy Dena

Collaboration with Marigold Barlett, Trevor Dikes, & Cameron Owen

Christy Dena is a writer, designer and director who has worked on pervasive, digital and card games, theatre performances, and films. Dena was granted Australia’s first Digital Writing Residency at The Cube, QUT to create the large installation “Robot University”. Her web audio adventure “AUTHENTIC IN ALL CAPS” won the WA Premier’s Book Award for Digital Narrative and the Australian Writers’ Guild award for Interactive Media, and was Official Selection at the 2014 Media Arts Show for the Electronic Literature Organization. Dena’s works explore our relationship with technology, death, and our past.

An Experimenta New Work Commission.

 Anaisa Franco (Germany/Brazil)

Inspired by psychology, dreams and the possibilities inherent in DIY electrical engineering, Anaisa Franco animates objects with behaviours and feelings, inviting audiences to respond and engage, blurring the boundaries between body, mind and machine.

Anaisa Franco is in residence at the University of Technology Sydney’s Creativity and Cognition Studios as a part of the EMARE AUS CDN Move On Exchange (European Media Artist in Residence Exchange with Australia and Canada). Supported by the Culture 2013 program of the European Commission and the Goethe Institut.

  • Abel Korinsky  (Germany)

Korinsky are a sound collective of three brothers whose work concentrates on the emotional and physical effect that directional sound has upon listeners. Using custom-developed software called ‘Vertical Sound Lab’, Korinsky conflate sound with visual material to produce rich, multi-layered auditory and visual illusions, often in unique architectural locations.

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. Hosted by RMIT School of Art International Artist in Residency Program.

Svenja Kratz is an interdisciplinary artist who utilises traditional and experimental bio-art practices to explore the impact of new technologies and science on concepts of the self, other and the body. From 2007 to 2012, Kratz worked with the Tissue Repair and Regeneration (TRR) Group at the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane.

An Experimenta New Work Commission.

Khaled Sabsabi’s practice spans video, sculpture and painting, though is most recognised for his multi-screen immersive and site-specific installations. Sabsabi’s work transgresses borders and encourages cross-cultural dialogue, focussing critical attention on experiences related to conflict, ideologies and spirituality.

Leisa Shelton is a performance artist, maker and curator whose practice foregrounds collaboration and advocacy for new Australian transdisciplinary work. Her practice concentrates on the development of new frames for the presentation of performance. Shelton is also dedicated to delivering greater environmental sustainability within the arts and performance sectors.

An Experimenta New Work Commission.

  • teamLab (Japan)

teamLab was founded by Toshiyuki Inoko in 2001, and has been at the forefront of digital innovation and art since. teamLab are a technologist company of engineers, mathematicians, architects, CG animators, web designers, graphic designers, artists, editors and more. In their creative practice, teamLab produce a range of polished media art works spanning locative media, robotics, interactive sound installations and immersive environments.

  • Tele Visions Afterlude (Australia)

TELE VISIONS Afterlude

In the final days of analog TV transmission in Australia, Tele Visions created a temporary TV Station broadcasting 24hrs a day from the 28th of November to the 3rd of December 2013.

Join us in Tele Visions Afterlude as we present the best moments of the broadcast that marked the passing of TV and re-imagined what might have been.

  • Darrin Verhagen and Stuart McFarlane (Australia)

Stuart McFarlane and Darrin Verhagen explore how the simplest of objects may be transformed into something startling and mesmerising through the use of technology.

Verhagen and McFarlane are Melbourne based artists working across a variety of art and design disciplines. Their collaborative works emphasise emotion in relation to light, motion and narrative.

  • Yunkuura Billy Atkins and Sohan Ariel Hayes (Australia)

Yunkurra Billy Atkins and Sohan Ariel Hayes

Yunkurra Billy Atkins collaboration with Sohan Ariel Hayes retells an ancient story as a startling digital animation. Yunkurra is a Martu elder (from the Western Desert, West Australia), steeped in the knowledge of important Martu sites and their stories. Sohan Ariel Hayes is an award winning animator based in Perth.

  • Raymond Zada (Australia)

Raymond Zada

Raymond Zada is an emerging artist working primarily with photography, video, and digital design. He is of the Barkindji/Paakintji Peoples, South Australia.

In 2013 Zada won the New Media category of the 30th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award.