Launched in 2018, the Balnaves Contemporary Intervention Series is a multi-year commissioning platform which provides leading artists with the opportunity to present innovative works not previously deemed possible. Delivered in partnership with The Balnaves Foundation, this ambitious program challenges artists to reinterpret familiar locations and reimagine the concept of what a gallery can be. A central aspect of the NGA’s renewed focus on contemporary art practice; these interventions will engage and excite as art experiences transform spaces throughout the gallery.
Sarah Contos transforms the NGA foyer into a cinematic experience in which film references are pulled apart and reinterpreted using an array of materials and mediums. Contos suggests her installation ‘has a 1980s nostalgic flavour and a 1920s fervour. The vibe is… an overfilled raspberry coke slushy… looking backwards at a projector in a movie theatre… heavily sequinned pyjamas… a crushed can in the gutter.’
Be bombarded by decadent mobiles dripping from the ceiling. Discover characters and props collaged with iridescent, suspended textiles and fleshy sculptural forms. Throw caution to the wind and lose yourself within Contos’ dramatic and provocative ‘motion picture’.
Log in to Jess Johnson and Simon Ward’s Terminus—an immersive ‘world within a world’ where dimensional realities exist in both physical and virtual space. In Terminus, Ward collaborates with Johnson to reimagine her densely layered 2D artworks as hypnotic animated video and unique virtual reality experiences.
Positioned within an elaborate floor map, five virtual reality stations act as portals into five different realms. Take a journey through a wormhole into worlds where the connections between language, science fiction, culture and technology are explored.
ABC News- http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-08/virtual-reality-exhbit-national-gallery-canberra/9726434
To make this film, Brussels director Fabrizio Terranova spent time with Donna Haraway – eminent feminist thinker and historian of science – at her home in Northern California, constructing a unique cinematographic portrait that troubles the borders between theory, science fiction and reality. A depiction of powerful thought in motion, Story Telling for Earthly Survival (2016) mixes storytelling, archival imagery and fabulation in the Californian forest.
“A rare, candid, intellectual portrait of a highly original thinker; Haraway is a gifted storyteller who paints a rebellious and hopeful universe teeming with critters and trans species in an era of disasters.”—Concreta Journal
228 Illawarra Rd, Marrickville, New South Wales 220
Tues 24 April 6:30pm
Cinema Reborn 3-7 May 2018 Australian Film Television & Radio School, Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park in Sydney, Australia
Cinema Reborn’s focus is on screen heritage and preservation. Cinema Reborn presents twelve programs of either recently restored films shown using digital copies or, rarer, film archived-sourced 35mm film prints. All will be presented following best practice in the presentation of archival or screen heritage titles, and will reflect the originally intended experience of their creators.
Cinema Reborn is intended to shine a light on the long history of the art of the cinema, the world-wide activity of film restoration and the treasures that exist in the world’s film archives.
Cinema Reborn will be offering subscription tickets to the entire program from 20th March 2018 via Eventbrite. Please note also that seating at the AFTRS Theatre is only for 140 people.
Lisa Reihana’s Cinemania at the Campbelltown Art Centre
This exhibition is well worth a visit for all Media Arts students! It closes on Thursday 29 March 2018. From Wollongong the Campbelltown Art Centre is only a 40 mins drive – drop in on its last days!
Lisa Reihana’s Cinemania at the Campbelltown Art Centre
From the Press Release:
Exhibition: Friday 12 January – Thursday 29 March
Lisa Reihana is an artist of Māori (Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Hine, Ngāi Tu) and British descent who has helped forge the development of time-based and media art in Aotearoa New Zealand. A multimedia artist, Reihana’s practice is driven by collaborative work with communities, described as kanohi ki te kanohi (face to face).
Campbelltown Arts Centre presents Lisa Reihana’s first ever Australian survey showcasing three decades of video and photographic works. Cinemania will feature in Pursuit of Venus [infected], 2015—17, following its premiere at the 57th Venice Biennale, 2017. Almost ten years in the making, this work is a cinematic reimagining of the French scenic wallpaper Les Sauvages de la Mer Pacifique, 1804—1805, or The Voyages of Captain Cook, and includes scenes featuring Campbelltown’s local Dharawal community. Reihana has used twenty-first century audio-visual technology to animate the wallpaper with real and invented narratives.
This exhibition reveals the spectrum of Lisa’s practice – from early experimental works in digital video such as Wog Features, 1990 and Native Portraits n.19897, 1998, to futuristic films, dystopian photography and immersive environments, such as Fantastic Egg, 2002, PELT, 2009 and Tai Whetuki – House of Death Redux, 2015 – 16.
Lisa Reihana Cinemania appears as part of the 2018 Sydney Festival program.
Lisa Reihana’s Cinemania the Campbelltown Art Centre
Pat Grant is a graphic novel artist based in Wollongong. He may have taught/ given guest lectures to some of you. His project is called The Grot and he is launching the series in Newtown for anyone interested in independent comic arts.
Come help me launch these comics. Drink yeasty ferment made by Young Henrys. Have a gossip with some nerds. Stare intently at 130 pages of original comics pages drawn by Pat and hand-painted by Fionn. Marvel at 5 years of an adult life spent in futile toil.
FRIDAY MARCH 23 – 6pm, Alpha Gallery, 226 Union Street Newtown, Sydney.
A very warm welcome to all new students starting their degree courses at UOW, students continuing with the MEDA stream, as well as students joining our electives for the first time.
In Autumn session, BCM 115: Introduction to Screen Media (on separate site), MEDA201: Space, Time, Data, and MEDA301: Media Arts Workshop, are on offer at the Digital Media Centre, Innovation Campus.
During this session from 16 March to 11 June, the 21st Biennale of Sydney will be holding a broad range of exhibitions of works across Sydney. Students are encouraged to visit thisinternational event and experience contemporary art, media and worksfirst hand.
Subject outlines and assessment details are available from Moodle. Links to lectures, workshop notes, reference materials, and student works for MEDA201 and MEDA301 will be housed here on MEDAdada.net – accessible via the menu on the right.
Chris Anderson, BCA (Graphic Design & Media Arts) grad, Ecto product was on the Shark Tank show (Ep 13) here: https://tenplay.com.au/channel-ten/shark-tank (starts at 33:33 and expiring on Wednesday 18 October)
The current exhibition This is a Voice at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, is a Wellcome Collection exhibition produced in collaboration with the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences.
This unique exhibition investigates voice, sound, aural creation, perception and experience through objects, museum collections, and contemporary media artworks.
MEDA202 and MEDA302 students are particularly recommended to visit the exhibition to inform their research and project works.
More information can be found here.
Sounding the Future
Peter Blamey, George Poonkhin Khut, Gail Priest, Pia van Gelder & Tom Smith
Curated by Gail Priest
Opening: Tuesday 1 August, 6 – 8pm
Exhibition dates: 1 August – 22 September
The future may be hard to see from here, but perhaps we can hear it coming….
UTS Gallery is pleased to present Sounding the Future, an exhibition that challenges the audience to consider not ‘visions of the future’, but the possibility of letting the auditory realm lead our imaginings.
2017: THE BIRDS & THE BEES
Siteworks is Bundanon’s annual Spring event which brings scientists, artists and community voices together to share knowledge and ideas arising from the Bundanon sites through a series of discussions, presentations and experiences.
Siteworks volunteers are the face of the event and play a vital role in creating an enhanced experience for audiences. This is a rare opportunity for those interested in contemporary art, science or working/studying in the fields of art, hospitality and events to develop skills and experience in the industry.
No prior experience needed, just enthusiasm and willingness to contribute to a community event. If you would like to volunteer or have any questions please contact the Programs Team at
firstname.lastname@example.org or on 02 4422 2121.
Or visit Siteworks online at: www.bundanon.com.au
Image: Deborah Kelly, Birth of Beeness, 2017