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…..

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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…

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Last day! Geniale Dilletanten exhibition ends 7 pm tonight

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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