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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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!

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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

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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.

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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!

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

RMIT Gallery book talk: Berlin From The Outside In

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Please join us for a robust, indepth discussion about City of Exiles: Berlin From The Outside In at RMIT Gallery on Thursday 3 December from 5.30-6.30 pm. Copies of the book will be available for sale.

As part of the series of RMIT Gallery public program events for the current exhibition Geniale Dilletanten: Subculture in Germany in the 1980s + Australian Ingenious Amateurs, Australian writer & Berlin resident Stuart Braun will discuss his new book City of Exiles: Berlin From The Outside In with photographer Peter Milne.

In City of Exiles, Stuart evokes the restless spirits that have come and gone from Berlin across the last century, the itinerants who are the source of the Berliner Luft, the special free air that infuses this beguiling metropolis.

Listen to Stuart discuss his book on ABC Radio National. 

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

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Stuart Braun

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.

 

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Peter Milne and friend at the opening night of Geniale Dilletanten: Subculture in Germany in the 1980s + Australian Ingenious Amateurs, in front of his photographs in the exhibition. Credit: Vicki Jones Photography.

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, Peter 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. His photos of subculture in Melbourne in the 1980s are currently on display in the RMIT Gallery exhibition + Australian Ingenious Amateurs.

Details

What: City of Exiles: Berlin from the Outside In: Book Discussion

Who: Stuart Braun and Peter Milne

When: Thursday, 3 December 2015, 5.30-6.30 pm

Where: RMIT Gallery, 344 Swanston Street Melbourne.

Bookings: Free. (03) 9925 1717

Geniale Dilletanten: Subculture in Germany in the 1980 + Australian Ingenious Amateurs, RMIT Gallery 13 November – 27 February 2016.

 Geniale Dilletanten is a Goethe-Institut international touring exhibition.

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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