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Hito Steyerl: How To Build a Sustainable Art World Ocula Conversation Hito Steyerl: How To Build a Sustainable Art World

'A Picture of War is Not War', we read in Hito Steyerl's iconic film November (2004), an essayistic Super 8 film tackling the definition of terrorism constructed around the figure of the artist's best friend Andrea Wolf, who was killed as a terrorist in 1998 in Eastern Anatolia after she joined the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party). Mixing documentary...

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Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future Ocula Report Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future 11 Oct 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

There has been a flurry of triennial and biennial art activity in Japan this year. The Aichi Triennale opened in Nagoya this August, sparking a national debate about the shutting down of a display of formerly censored works—the result of public backlash against a burnt image of Emperor Hirohito and a statue commemorating the women forced into...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight | Video
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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Contemporary art exhibition, Lyndell Brown & Charles Green, The Far Country at ARC ONE Gallery, Melbourne
8 October–9 November 2019 Lyndell Brown & Charles Green The Far Country ARC ONE Gallery, Melbourne
Contemporary art exhibition, teamLab, Reversible Rotation at Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
5 October–2 November 2019 teamLab Reversible Rotation Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
Contemporary art exhibition, Petrina Hicks, The Gazed at This Is No Fantasy dianne tanzer + nicola stein, Melbourne
18 September–25 October 2019 Petrina Hicks The Gazed This Is No Fantasy dianne tanzer + nicola stein, Melbourne

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TarraWarra International 2019: Tracing Tangible Shadows Ocula Report TarraWarra International 2019: Tracing Tangible Shadows 28 Jun 2019 : Natalie King for Ocula

Everyone I encounter along my journey asks: 'Where are you based?''On my feet,' I answer.'Where are your feet based then?''Feet are never based,' I say.This haunting voiceover from Hiwa K's video, Pre-Image (Blind as the Mother Tongue) (2017), follows the artist retracing a journey that he made when he was 25 years old, fleeing Iraq and...

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Melbourne Art Fair: ‘finding its political and global footing’ Ocula Report Melbourne Art Fair: ‘finding its political and global footing’ 9 Aug 2018 : Carol Que for Ocula

The fifteenth edition of the biennial Melbourne Art Fair (MAF) (2–5 August 2018), which returned after skipping its 2016 edition, was understated in its ground-level presentation. Forty participating galleries from across Australia, with the exception of eight spaces from New Zealand (including Two Rooms, Michael Lett and Bartley + Company Art) and...

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Melbourne Art Shows to See: The Lowdown Ocula Report Melbourne Art Shows to See: The Lowdown 27 Jul 2018 : Carol Que for Ocula

Melbourne Art Week returns to much fanfare this year, taking place between 30 July and 5 August 2018 with the biennial Melbourne Art Fair holding centre stage after its hiatus in 2016 (2–5 August 2018). Situated across two venues within the Southbank Arts Precinct and presenting 40 new and established galleries from Australia, New Zealand and...

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Ocula Report: Spring 1883 Ocula Report Ocula Report: Spring 1883 25 Aug 2016 : Amelia Winata for Ocula

The VIP preview of Spring 1883’s 2016 edition was surely a contender for the most exclusive ‘money-can’t-buy’ ticket in town. Prior to the art fair’s opening, interested parties were told that requests for tickets would be denied and that only those who received an invitation would be permitted entry. It...

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Melbourne Art Week lowdown Ocula Report Melbourne Art Week lowdown 12 Aug 2016 : Zara Sigglekow for Ocula

With the official Melbourne Art Fair currently on hiatus, Melbourne Art Week has taken on a ruptured form, with the previously main events absence creating fertile ground for new fairs to germinate. Spring 1883 has taken the stage as the ‘main fair’ by default, the NotFair continues, and two new fairs formed by banded camps of...

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The Melbourne Art Week Lowdown: 11 August – 17 August 2014 Ocula Report The Melbourne Art Week Lowdown: 11 August – 17 August 2014 11 Aug 2014 : Zara Sigglekow for Ocula

Melbourne Art Week is about to kick off, with the central events being the Melbourne Art Fair 2014 and the cool kid satellite fair, Spring 1883 (both of which open to the public on 14th August), but there is so much more to it. Zara Sigglekow, Ocula correspondent, gives you the lowdown on the Week, from the highlights of the MAF program and...

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Natalie King And Youngmi Park Ocula Conversation Natalie King And Youngmi Park Co-Curators, 'Episodes: Australian Photography Now', Dong Gang International Photo Festival

Now in its 13th edition, the Dong Gang International Photo Festival takes place in the city of Yeongwol, about 3 hours drive east of Seoul. Since 2009, guest curators from different countries have been invited to curate an exhibition for the Festival, including France, Germany, USA, Japan and UK. This year the invitation was extended to...

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Barry Keldoulis Ocula Conversation Barry Keldoulis Director, Melbourne Art Fair

Barry Keldoulis has more than three decades experience in the world of contemporary art. Keldoulis started his career in New York where he worked as private secretary and chief of staff for Henry Geldzahler, Commissioner of Cultural Affairs for the City of New York, and the first curator of 20th century art at the Metropolitan Museum of...

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The Births of Venus and Olympia Related Press The Births of Venus and Olympia Art Guide Australia : 25 September 2019

Animal masks, headless budgies and reptile skeletons are frequent sights in the photography of contemporary Australian artists Polixeni Papapetrou and Petrina Hicks. While each artist favours elements of the performative in their work, stylistically they are opposites. Papapetrou's images are resplendent with richly textured backdrops while Hicks...

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A journey into intimacy: Exploring the art of Joy Hester and Patricia Piccinini Related Press A journey into intimacy: Exploring the art of Joy Hester and Patricia Piccinini The Sydney Morning Herald : 30 November 2018

'Most people look at my pieces and find them repulsive," says Patricia Piccinini of her sculptures, "but all my work is about love.'Piccinini has spent years working across many media, but it's her sculptures that have resonated the most – at once hyper-real and other-worldly, they throw up questions and provoke mixed emotions, with...

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Intimate and Grotesque: Patricia Piccinini's Hyper-Real Sculptures of Imaginary Life Forms Related Press Intimate and Grotesque: Patricia Piccinini's Hyper-Real Sculptures of Imaginary Life Forms Broadsheet : 26 November 2018

It's six o'clock in the morning and I'm in a hot air balloon high above the Yarra Valley to get a glimpse of the Skywhale. She floats majestically in the morning sky, all 10 breasts hanging pendulously. It's very rare to see her in flight, and even now we can't get that close. At 34 metres tall she's pretty hard to miss. She's also unwieldy and far...

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Patricia Piccinini & Joy Hester: Through love … Related Video & Audio Patricia Piccinini & Joy Hester: Through love … TarraWarra Museum of Art : 22 November 2018

Patricia Piccinini, one of Australia's most internationally recognised contemporary artists and Joy Hester (1920-60), the pivotal female artist of Melbourne's 'Heide circle' and one of Australia's most celebrated modernists, are presented together in the world first exhibition.Patricia Piccinini and Victoria Lynn, Director of the TarraWarra Museum...

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Paul Yore on the radical slowness of craft Related Press Paul Yore on the radical slowness of craft art guide : 8 November 2018

For Paul Yore's latest solo exhibition at Neon Parc, Your Capital is at Risk, the artist has mined his own practice in the same way he mines popular culture: pulling together every possible scrap of material into a jangling visual cacophony. Alongside two-dimensional textiles and a suite of new large soft-sculptural works, Yore has peeled back his...

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Interview with Justene Williams Related Video & Audio Interview with Justene Williams NGV Melbourne : 19 October 2018

Justene Williams discusses her diverse arts practice and giving new life to found objects. See Pleasure & Reality at NGV Australia. Free.

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In the Galleries: Seven Shows to See in September Related Press In the Galleries: Seven Shows to See in September Broadsheet : 13 September 2018

Eavesdropping and State of the UnionThese two shows at the Ian Potter Museum delve back through the centuries but find a strong contemporary relevance. Protests have always made use of urgent and eye-catching design, and that's in full effect at State of the Union, which looks at the relationship between unions and artists with striking results.

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The NGV Triennial's Most Fun Work is a Digital, Phosphorescent Whirlpool Related Press The NGV Triennial's Most Fun Work is a Digital, Phosphorescent Whirlpool Broadsheet Media : 9 January 2018

In an empty, dark room in the NGV this summer, you’ll find dozens of people wandering around in circles looking at the lights on the floor. It’s a digital simulation of the movement of water – like wading through phosphorescent pools. Visitors drag beams of light around with their feet while overhead an ambient, choral soundtrack plays.

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About Melbourne

Melbourne is the capital of Victoria, and is widely regarded as the cultural hub of Australia. It is a city rich in both contemporary and historical architecture, situated on the Yarra River.

Hosting a population of nearly 5 million, the Economist Intelligence Unit's Global Liveability Index rated Melbourne as the world's most liveable city for seven years in a row, from 2011 through 2017, based on the city's investment in infrastructure, healthcare, and education. Traditional owners of the land identify as the Boon Wurrung and Woiwurrung (Wurundjeri) peoples of the Kulin Nation.

The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is one of the country's major institutions and includes the NGV International and NGV Australia. In 2017 the NGV launched the inaugural NGV Triennial, featuring the work of more than 100 artists and designers from 32 countries.

In close proximity to the NGV is the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA). Founded in 1983, ACCA is one of the country's most established non-collecting art spaces and is housed in a building spectacularly designed by Wood Marsh Architecture. A hop, skip, and a jump away is Buxton Contemporary, launched in 2018 with a major gift from the art collector Michael Buxton to the University of Melbourne, where the institution is located. Also nearby is a slew of engaging and diverse spaces such as the Australia Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Melbourne Museum, Koorie Heritage Trust, Centre for Contemporary Photography, and Artbank.

Gertrude Contemporary can be found in Preston South. Recently moved from its original Gertrude Street location in Fitzroy, Gertrude Contemporary was founded in 1985 and has a contemporary art exhibition programme alongside a studio programme, with critical attention given to independent practices. Further out from the city centre is the Heide Museum of Modern Art in Bulleen. Established in 1934, today it houses one of Australia's most established collections of modernist works alongside a growing contemporary collection and sculpture garden.

Key commercial art spaces in Melbourne include Station Gallery, Anna Schwartz Gallery, ARC ONE Gallery, Neon Parc, Tolarno Galleries, Sarah Scout Presents, Niagara Galleries, and THIS IS NO FANTASY + dianne tanzer gallery. The next iteration of Melbourne Art Fair (MAF) will be in 2020.

Significant independent and artist-run spaces include Bus Projects, SEVENTH Gallery, BLINDSIDE, and Blak Dot Gallery, the latter of which presents a rigorous programme that prioritises the voices, politics, and material practices of indigenous artists.

Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) is housed at Monash University's Caulfield Campus and presents an engaging programme of contemporary art exhibitions. Bundoora Homestead Art Centre is another critical space housing an excellent exhibition programme outside of the city centre in a heritage-listed building.

Major festivals and other temporary staged programmes include MPavilion, an annual architectural commission located in the Queen Victoria Gardens. Each year in spring and summer the architectural structure is activated through a range of programmes from across popular and cultural discourse. This year the commission is undertaken by Glen Murcutt AO, and past iterations have included Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten of OMA, Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai, and Amanda Levete of AL_A.

The other major festival of note in Melbourne is Next Wave Festival, which provides a critical platform for emerging artists, producers, and curators in Australia to develop their work and ideas for display and dissemination in public space.

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