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Melbourne Festival program announced

August 15, 2013

Alice Rawsthorn, Tacita Dean, Pedro Reyes and Living Architectures headline the visual arts program for the 2013 Melbourne Festival.

Above: (1) Tacita Dean, Film, 2011 Installation view (Tate Modern). Photo by Marcus Leith & Andrew Dunkley; (2) Pedro Reyes, Disarm (Lisson Gallery London); (3) & (4) Living Architectures: Koolhaas Houselife. Photos by Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine

Melbourne Festival Creative Director Josephine Ridge has announced a program of more than 100 events for the 2013 festival this October.

Renowned design critic Alice Rawsthorn will give a talk at the RMIT Design Hub on Wednesday 23 October. Rawsthorn, whose book Hello World: Where Design Meets Life was published earlier this year, will examine how design has an impact on almost every aspect of our daily lives – past, present and future. (Read our previous interview with Rawsthorn here)

The National Gallery of Victoria will show the centrepiece of the 2013 visual arts program. Disarm, a project by Mexican artist, Pedro Reyes, features a collection of 47 fully functioning instruments that have been constructed using weapon parts seized by the Mexican army. Building mechanical and musical instruments from parts of shotguns, pistols and rifles, Reyes’ socio-political work will be brought to life by a number of Melbourne-based musicians in a series of live performances in the NGV’s Federation Court.

Tacita Dean’s Film, an 11-minute long silent film celebrating the artistry of analogue filmmaking techniques, will be shown in the main gallery at ACCA. Featuring a montage of black and white, colour and tinted film, the artwork has been shot on 35mm film. This will be the second installation of the film, originally commissioned to fill the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall in London.

Paris-based filmmakers Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine will present Living Architectures at the Capitol Theatre. From the housekeeper at Rem Koolhaas’ Bordeaux Villa to the grapepickers and their raucous mealtime at Herzog & de Meuron’s Pomerol winery and the window cleaners at Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Bilbao, this series of seven films depicts a spontaneous portrait of contemporary architecture, honing in on the everyday users of buildings. Beka and Lemoine will give a talk at the RMIT Design Hub as part of the program.

The visual arts program also includes the exhibition ‘Reinventing the Wheel: The Readymade Century’ at Monash Museum of Art, The Somali Peace Band by Australian artist, Royce Ng, and Industrial Epics by Wang Bing. View the complete program online.

The Melbourne Festival runs from 11–27 October 2013 at venues across the city. Tickets for all events will be available from 9am on Friday 16 August.

melbournefestival.com.au

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