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  • Concert: 09.06.2017, Ensemble Modern plays Trailblazing
    The famous Frankfurt Ensemble Modern For over 35 years Ensemble Modern, based in Frankfurt, has blazed a trail of innovation and searing virtuosity as one of the leading contemporary groups on the planet. They are regular guests at the world?s most prestigious festivals, including Salzburg, Festwochen Wien, Lincoln Center, Festival d?Automne Paris and the Lucerne Festival. It?s now the Australian National Academy of Music?s turn to welcome members of Ensemble Modern to Melbourne to lead a survey of some of the most startling music of the past decade, together with the occasional 20th century classic.

    They will play:

    Milliken's Pollock

    Widmann's Etude no. 2

    Kretzschmar's Eskalation

    Goebbels' Toccata for Teapot & Piccolo

    Zuraj's Warm Up

    Yun's Octet for clarinet, bassoon, horn and string quintet

    Cage's Variations 1

    Poppe's Gelöschte Lieder.

  • Concert: 15.06.2017, Ensemble Modern plays Zappa
    Ensemble Modern plays Yellow Shark by Zappa Frank Zappa composed Yellow Shark in 1992 especially for Ensemble Modern. Tom Waits described it as one of his favourite works, writing "the ensemble is awe-inspiring. It is a rich pageant of texture and colour. It's the clarity of his perfect madness, and mastery. Frank governs with Elmore James on his left and Stravinsky on his right. Frank reigns and rules with the strangest tools." Join members of Ensemble Modern as they work with musicians at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) in this unique and exciting performance.
    Johannes Debus will conduct the concert.

    They will play: 

    Frank Zappas The Adventures of Greggery Peccary

    Frank Zappas Yellow Shark

  • Exhibition and performance series: 07.06. - 30.06.2017, Jasmine Guffond & Jessica Ekomane: "Untold Stories"
    Installation view Three site-specific sound installations by Jessica Ekoname and Jasmine Guffond cast a glance at the ephemeral and invisible infrastructures behind our day-to-day perception.

    As humans try to grasp the underlying systems determining our environment, we are faced with the limitations of our perceptual apparatus.

    In collaboration with Silje Nes, ?Untold Stories? investigates these limits, and thereby information that is usually inaccessible to us. Exploring the act of perceiving, the works engage with phenomena that lie outside of the human sensory range such as global wireless networks or the kinetic and vibrational properties of sub sonic sounds.

     Untold Stories ? Jessica Ekomane, Jasmine Guffond, Silje Nes from Noko Ana on Vimeo.

    Jasmine Guffond is a sound artist and composer living and working in Berlin, Germany. Her music draws upon influences from experimental electronic, song, techno and avant-garde, working with abstract sound as much as traditional musical forms.

    Jessica Ekomane graduated from a Masters of Sound Studies at the Berlin University of the Arts (UDK) in 2015. In her practice, she explores the cathartic effect between noise and melody, transforming spaces and audiences through rhythmic structures.

    Firstdraft Opening Hours:

    Wednesday - Sunday
    12 - 6 pm

    Opening night with performance:
    June 7th, 6 - 8 pm

    Event series: Jasmine Guffond, Jessica Ekomane, Silje Nes in Australia

  • Talk: 25.05.2017, Andrea Grützner in conversation @ RMIT
    Image details Erbgericht: Untitled 1 & Untitled 10 Join Berlin-based photographer Andrea Grützner as she talks about her practice as part of RMIT's Intersect series.

    Whilst taking photography as a starting point, the young artist seems to shift between the mediums of photography, painting and collage. As her subject matter, Grützner depict spaces beyond their physicality: in historic, social and aesthetic terms.

    Two of her bodies of work, referencing a guesthouse in her home of Saxony, will be on display at the Centre for Contemporary Photography in Fitzroy from Thursday 8 June.

  • Conference: 01.09.2017, Victorian State Conference for Teachers of German 2017
    table with IPad Students are growing up in a world inextricably impacted by technology. Teachers continue to explore the innovative potential of technology to promote the teaching and learning of German.
    The Victorian State Conference for Teachers of German provides an important networking opportunity for primary and secondary teachers, and inspiration from local, interstate and international presenters.

    Keynote speaker: Writer and producer David Fermer.
    Be part of this professional learning opportunity by offering a 30 or 45 min. presentation to share your research, ideas, and/or practical experience in the classroom.

    Call for Papersaccepted until 16 July (last week of government school holidays in Victoria).
    Registration via online form (no later than 18 August).
    Registration cost                                      
    AGTV and SAGTA individual members: $100
    Non-members: $190
    AGTV Concession*: $50
    Non-members Concession*: $80
    *Concession = full-time tertiary students, training teachers or language assistants. 

    We have negotiated special rates at Bayview Eden Hotel: $155 single or twin room only, $175 single room with breakfast and $195 twin room with two breakfasts. After 18 August 2017, rooms not specifically reserved will be released and become subject to availability. Bookings can be made online (group code GOETHE), by email  or by phone on 03 9250 2222.

    This conference is supported by the Goethe-Institut Australien, the Victorian Government, the program Kultur und Sprache by the Bundesministerium für Bildung in Austria, and the Association of German Teachers of Victoria Inc. 

  • Photo exhibition: 09.06. - 23.07.2017, Andrea Grützner @ CCP
    Image details Erbgericht: Untitled 1 & Untitled 10 Emerging German artist Andrea Grützner will have a solo show at the Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP) in Melbourne. Grützner is showing two of her most recent photographic series in an exhibition at the Fitzroy gallery between the 9th of June und the 23rd of July 2017. She will attend the opening night at the 8th of June to personally introduce her works and further on stay in Melbourne for an artist talk on Saturday 10th of June, midday.
    Andrea Grützner lives and works in Berlin. Whilst taking photography as a starting point, the young artist seems to shift between the mediums of photography, painting and collage. She focusses mainly on the perception of spaces, historical structures and visual irritation. She wants to show the familiar as simultaneously unfamiliar.

    CCP will be showing Grützner?s series Erbgericht and Tanztee. The photographs of the series Erbgericht were taken in a guesthouse of the same name in Saxony/Germany. This traditional venue is the backdrop for childhood memories as well as a reminder of the past. The different rooms bloom in different hues achieved by coloured flashlights. Therefore every photograph freshly explores the architecture of the old guesthouse, creates curious abstractions and contradictions of three dimensionality.
    In contrast to Erbgericht, Tanztee does not focus on the architecture of the building but rather on the people inhabiting it. Tanztee documents the local custom of regularly meeting up for tea and dancing. Grützner?s images show the embracement elderly ladies while dancing. The colours and patterns of their clothes as well as their skin and jewelry are an endearing and at the same time an intriguing mirror of time and community life.

  • Book Launch: 15.06.2016, SkypeLab. Transcontinental Faces and Spaces
     Prof. Henning Eichinger presenting the second publication How do Skype and art go together? This question arose in 2012 and induced Maggie McCornick and her colleague Professor Henning Eichinger to initiate the fascinating mutual arts research project between the RMIT University Melbourne and the Reutlingen University in Germany, which was first called Skypetrait. In the first three months, six students from each University met in German-Australian pairs in multiple three minute drawing sessions via Skype. Based on the blind contour drawing method, Skypetrait requires the artists neither to look at what they are drawing nor to lift their pencil, but apart from that, they are free to use any artistic technique, which has led to a lot of different, interesting and abstract results. Because of its extraordinary success and overwhelming public interest, it was decided to continue the project with the name SkypeLab and to extend it. The East China Normal University and the Goethe-Institut in Shanghai became the third and fourth cooperation partners. In order to expand the SkypeLab network, more stations are planned.

    Three years after the release of their first book Skypetrait: Transcontinental Faces, Maggie McCornick and Professor Henning Eichinger brought out their latest publication SkypeLab: Transcontinental Faces, which introduces the talented participants and shows the impressive and amazing outcomes of the project.

    On Wednesday 15 June you have the opportunity to check out this exciting project and enjoy the new book, which will be launched by Professor Paul Gough at the RMIT Design Hub. The Head of the School of Art and the German Honorary Consul-General Michael Pearce will also be there.

    Wednesday 15 June 2016 5-7 pm
    RMIT Design Hub, Building 100, Level 9
    Corner Victoria and Swanston Streets
    Carlton VIC 3000

  • Launch and Workshop: 27.09. - 16.10.2016, The Guesthouse Project
    Picture Raumlabor
    The Guesthouse Project revolves around a full-scale pop-up structure that experimentally adapts the traditional guesthouse to reflect a new context, that of refugees, asylum seekers and other recent arrivals. It will be built during a two-week design and construct intensive led by Christof Mayer from internationally acclaimed, Berlin-based architecture collective raumlaborberlin. The intensive brings creative individuals with a refugee and migrant background together with students from RMIT University?s School of Architecture and Design. The structure will be designed and constructed on the grounds of an old primary school in Melbourne?s inner city suburb of Brunswick. It is a practice-led investigation into how design might be leveraged to generate social cohesion at the local scale. The outcome will be a temporary structure that acts as a stage for cross-cultural engagement and a catalyst for social inclusion ? a guesthouse.
    The Guesthouse pop-up is the focal point for a series of events that together comprise ?The Guesthouse Project: Refugees, Migration and Inclusive Communities through Design?.
    Please join us for the following events:

    A public lecture by Christof Mayer from raumlaborberlin
    Tuesday, 27.09.16, 6.00pm
    RMIT University Design Hub, Corner Victoria and Swanston Streets, Melbourne
    Building 100, Level 3, Lecture Theatre (100.03.001)

    Founding member Christof Mayer discusses different projects of the internationally acclaimed, Berlin-based architecture collective raumlaborberlin.
    The Guesthouse Opening With Christof Mayer from raumlaborberlin
    Saturday, 01.10.16, 6.00 - 8.00pm
    Siteworks, 33 Saxon St, Brunswick, Melbourne

    Please join us to celebrate the opening of The Guesthouse with Christof Mayer from raumlaborberlin before he returns to Germany.
    The Guesthouse Family Day + Party
    Saturday, 15.10.16, 1.00 - 5.00pm
    Siteworks, 33 Saxon St, Brunswick, Melbourne

    Come and join us to celebrate cultural diversity and the local community at the Guesthouse! Share music, food and enjoy creative activities for children of all ages.

  • Exhibition, Symposium: 13.12. - 02.03.2015, IMA: Hito Steyerl
    Hito Steyerl, How Not to be Seen In cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Australia, Brisbane?s Institute of Modern Art (IMA) presents Too Much World, the first survey in Australia of German artist, writer, and filmmaker Hito Steyerl. This comprehensive exhibition features six works from the past decade, including Liquidity Inc., which premiered earlier this year.

    Steyerl is a leading figure in the critical articulation of how the Internet, digital technologies, and images are transforming life, work, and politics. Her masterful use of montage echoes the everyday pace and practices of the digital age, revealing truths and potentials, with an innovative approach to documentary practice.

    In conjunction with the exhibition, the IMA, the Van Abbemuseum, and Sternberg Press have co-published a collection of essays under the same title. Too Much World is curated by Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh, Directors of the IMA in association with Annie Fletcher, Curator of Exhibitions, the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; it features spatial design by Studio Miessen.

    Date: 13 Dec 2014 ? 22 Mar 2015
    Opening: 13 Dec 2014
    Venue: Judith Wright Centre (Ground Floor), 420 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane QLD 4006

    Image: Hito Steyerl, How Not to be Seen: A Fucking Didactic Educational .MOV File (2013). HD video file, single screen, 14 minutes. Courtesy of the artist.

  • Concerts: 01.03. - 20.03.2015, Ensemble Nobiles
    Ensemble NobilesThe Goethe-Institut is delighted to present Ensemble Nobiles in March 2015. The German a cappella quintet will play a series of concerts and church services throughout Australia and New Zealand.

    Ensemble Nobiles was founded in Leipzig in January 2006, where the choristers met each other during their nine-year education in fine arts as members of the St. Thomas Boys Choir Leipzig. Today the ensemble consists of the tenors Christian Pohlers and Paul Heller and the basses Felix Hübner, Lucas Heller and Lukas Lomtscher.

    Their repertoire ranges from late medieval to modern age works. The five young musicians attach great importance to the works of German Romantic composers such as Schubert, Schumann and Mendelssohn Bartholdy, as well as to their extensive repertoire of church music. The ensemble also collaborates with a number of other artists.

    In 2014 Ensemble Nobiles received a grant from the German Music Council and were included in the Federal Selection of Concerts for Young Artists which recognizes young professional musicians. They also won First Prize at the German National Choir Competition in the same year.

    Extracts from several concerts by Ensemble Nobiles have been broadcast in a number of countries. The quintet has performed at numerous concerts in Germany as well as New Zealand, Australia, Switzerland, France and the Netherlands.

    Tour 2015

    8 March ? Melbourne
    9.00am: Church Service ? St Johns Southgate
    11.00am: Church Service ? Scots Church
    7.00pm: Concert ?A German Mass? ? German Church East Melbourne

    10 March ? Melbourne
    7.00pm: Concert ?Leipziger Liedertafel? ? The Chapter House, Flinders Lane

    12 March ? Brisbane
    7.00pm: Concert ?A German Mass? ? Cathedral of St. Stephen

    14 March ? Canberra
    7.00pm: Concert ?A German Mass? ? Wesley Music Centre

    17 March ? Sydney
    7.00pm: Concert ?A German Mass? ? Martin Luther Church