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  • Award Ceremony: 09.11.2018, Enterprise German 2018
    Unternehmen Deutsch In the school year 2018 16 schools participated in the Australia-wide ideas competition "Enterprise German" and developed innovative products, service and marketing ideas for their partner companies. The festive award ceremony will take place on 9 November 2018 in Melbourne. In addition to the students, teachers and parents, representatives of the partner companies, the German Embassy and the German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce are invited.

  • Artist talk: 08.11.2018, Wind generated drawing systems
    Cameron Robbins with ShadowPhase Cameron Robbins is an Australian artist based in Castlemaine, Victoria. His work interacts with the elemental forces of the natural world ? he works in collaboration with nature. In Dynamics of Air, he presents beautiful paintings that are drawn by the wind. His impressive ?wind-drawings? span five metres. They are created via a wind-powered mechanical instrument which transcribes weather patterns into abstract storms of ink onto paper. The drawings are accompanied by a video of the wind machines in action, capturing a symphony of scratching and winding rhythms. Originally installed and recorded at the Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) in Tasmania, Robbins? wind-drawings revealed to audiences the power of nature though invisible phenomena. His wind-drawing machine is due to feature as a permanent installation at Mona, where it will operate for up to a hundred years.

    Event series: Dynamics of Air

  • Exhibition: 13.09.2018, Opening Night Dynamics of Air
    Testing CloudscapesJoin us in the celebration of the exhibition opening of Dynamics of Air and get a preview before the official first day on September 14. 
    How do designers, artists, scientists and researchers work with an intangible atmospheric medium such as air? Explore it, alter it, adjust it, feel it, smell it, walk through it, languish in it?

    This highly innovative exhibition showcases design and creative practice research, capturing the beauty, dynamics and sensuality of air in our built environment and its critical role in designing for a zero carbon future.

    Bringing together leading local and international practicing designers, artists, architects, researchers and students, Dynamics of Air explores radical innovations for creative sustainability in design and the built environment.

    Through a stunning survey of commissioned and current projects, this exhibition will engage with the interface of air, lived space and architecture. Dynamics of Air will explore themes of aesthetics and representation, experiential environments and atmospheres, inflatable structures, architectural surface and microturbulence.

    Featuring artists and designers including: Thomas Auer ? Transsolar, Friedrich von Borries and Edith Kollath (Germany), Philippe Rahm (Switzerland / France), Enric Ruiz Geli (Spain), Breathe Earth Collective (Austria), Little Wonder (Gyungju Chyon & John Sadar USA), and from Australia; Natasha Johns-Messenger, Cameron Robbins, Malte Wagenfeld, Chris Cottrell, Simon Watkins, Jane Burry, and Steve Howden (3D Inflate).

    The exhibition is curated by Dr. Malte Wagenfeld from RMIT University, and Jane Burry, Professor at Swinburne University of Technology.

    Event series: Dynamics of Air

  • Film Screening: 16.08.2018, Art and Power: Master Game
    Lutz Dammbeck Who are the enemies of modernism? In 1993, paintings by Austrian artist Arnulf Rainer (1929-) were vandalised at the Viennese Art Academy. On one of the paintings, an altered quote by Adolf Hitler was made to read: ?And this is where he decided to become an actionist?. A mysterious intervention, the vandalism set out to mirror Rainer?s own practice of painting over other artists? works. Claims of responsibility emerged, seemingly from an obscure clique of Viennese right-wing intellectuals, the contemporary avant-garde. In a letter sent to the press, they challenged the very tenets of modernism for accommodating the dissolution of national traditions. Others suspected Rainer himself of being responsible for the incident.

    Dammbeck?s investigation delves deeper into the fringes of conflicting facets of 20th century art, its ideologies and histories, informing the emergence of what today is often called the alt-right.

    Location: 353 Interactive Cinema Space, Arts West Building 148 Royal Parade, Parkville VIC 3052

    Four screenings of Lutz Dammbeck?s documentary tetralogy Art and Power, curated by Giles Simon Fielke and Nicolas Hausdorf, in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut and the University of Melbourne.

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    Art and Power

  • Lecture: 15.09.2018, Hybrid Forests
    Breathe Austria 02Breathe Earth Collective is a think-and-do-tank to develop new ways of dealing with interrelations of architecture, natural ecosystems, air and climate. The collective was founded after their successful contribution to the Expo in Milan. They currently work on the landscape architectural design for the new headquarter of the Czech forestry administration, a building that unites forest and architecture. Furthermore, the group has developed a series of small-scale typologies of climate pavilions, called ?Airships?, to research the potentials of tackling air pollution and providing natural cooling in urban spaces within 1:1 prototypes.

    All projects of the Breathe Earth Collective share the common focus on the human?s sensorial relation to one of the most precious resources of our time: air and climate. For Dynamics of Air, the collective is building a climatic installation, inspired from the so called ?Gradierwerk? tower typologies to investigate the evaporation processes and the conditioning of air with natural essences and aerosols.  Visitors are invited to smell, experience and inhale the breathable saline aerosols and ethereal oils.

    Event series: Dynamics of Air

  • Artist talk: 25.10.2018, White Clouds of Sugar
    Clouds 4Friedrich von Borries, architect and professor of Design Theory at the Hochschule für bildende Künste (HFBK) in Hamburg, operates between the blurring boundaries of urban planning, architecture, design and art. He is a theoretician who concerns himself in particular with the social and political aspects of design. His practice evolves around asking questions and posing provocations, often based on fictional elements. He is interested in how design can produce positive change, especially from a social perspective.

    Mikael Mikael is exploring a different, more playful approach to the phenomenon of clouds. While Friedrich von Borries provokes with the concept of the direct design and manufacture of global weather systems revealed through the harvesting of clouds for greater productivity, his alter ego, Mikael Mikael, raises the correlative question of how this will affect other weather systems and ecologies.

    Event series: Dynamics of Air

  • : 11.10.2018, Speak Percussion
    Speak Percussion An immersive live performance combining custom built ice instruments with Antarctic field recordings, set within a chilled inflatable performance space. Polar Force is an investigation of extreme wind and temperature through hyper-realistic art. This visceral and multi-sensorial work immerses the audience within an overwhelming sound world and performance environment.

    Polar Force explores notions of human fragility and isolation whilst pointing towards climate change. New ice-instruments that produce wholly unique acoustic results will be developed, distorting as they melt and fracture to render the ice and ?weather? into audible phenomena. High fidelity field recordings made in the Australian Antarctic Territory of katabatic winds and extreme weather events will form the musical and structural foundation of the work. Dr Philip Samartzis will draw upon the hundreds of hours of recordings made during his two Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowships to underpin the work.

    Event series: Dynamics of Air

  • Film Screening: 02.08.2018, Art and Power: Time of Gods
    Lutz Dammbeck Arno Breker (1900-91) was a talented sculptor with a promising career when Adolf Hitler told him in 1936: ?Young man, from now on you will only work for me.? What the Führer commissioned from his Phidias is, of course, now inextricably bound up with the notorious aesthetics of the Third Reich. But what about Breker?s talent, his artistic allegiances, and friendships with other celebrated Modernists and admires, from Jean Cocteau to Picasso? What became of his studio ? a mansion gifted to Breker by Hitler on his fortieth birthday? Can his legacy be framed beyond the obvious tragedy of his work for a despotic regime?

    Time of Gods is the first episode of Art and Power, a four part series by media theorist Lutz Dammbeck. Throughout the investigation Dammbeck does not shy away from the difficulties faced by the passing of the generation of Germans who not only witnessed, but often participated in a culture that facilitated and monumentalized an ideology which led to the destruction of millions of Europeans.

    Location: 353 Interactive Cinema Space, Arts West North Wing

    Four screenings of Lutz Dammbeck?s documentary tetralogy Art and Power, curated by Giles Simon Fielke and Nicolas Hausdorf, in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut and the University of Melbourne.

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    Art and Power

  • Film Screening: 23.08.2018, Art and Power: The Net
    Lutz Dammbeck What is the connection between computer technology, hippies, psychedelic drugs and terrorism? In 1995, from a single room cabin in an isolated part of Montana, the mathematical genius and former teacher at the University of Berkeley, Ted Kaczynski, mailed his manifesto 'Industrial Society and Its Futures' to the New York Times and the Washington Post, where it was published in September in a desperate attempt to mitigate the domestic terrorism of a mysterious organisation called the Freedom Club. It eventually lead to Kaczynski?s arrest. The Unabomber, as Kaczynski is now known, had been the sole agent of a twenty-year mail-bombing campaign which targeted prominent members of the technology community, eventually killing three people. It was driven by Kaczynski?s dystopian vision of a society inexorably determined by technological progress leading to widespread psychological suffering.

    In this final episode of Art and Power, Dammbeck shifts his focus to the USA, exploring the links between the axiomatic philosophical statements of Ludwig Wittgenstein, the sociology of Horkheimer and Adorno, as well as the systems theory of Heinz von Foerster, seeking to place the American exceptionalism of Kaczynski within the expanded techno-industrial environment of the digital age.

    Location: PAR-Arts West North Wing-153 (Forum Theatre), Arts West Building

    Four screenings of Lutz Dammbeck?s documentary tetralogy Art and Power, curated by Giles Simon Fielke and Nicolas Hausdorf, in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut and the University of Melbourne.

    Event series:
    Art and Power

  • : 09.10.2018, Scientific Photography
    Bottle cap gas dynamicsPhred Petersen was originally trained as a research chemist. Somewhere along the line, he got interested in photography and decided that there had to be a way that photography had some application to help us see things in scientific research. He quit his job as a research chemist, went off to school and studied scientific photography. Peterson?s work is a world away from a quick Instagram snap taken on a smart phone. As an expert in a highly technical visual process known as Schlieren photography, he uses two optically matched parabolic mirrors to create photographs and videos which reveal invisible changes in air. Phred Petersen specialises in applications of photography for scientific and industrial research. His research collaborations include the study of fuel sprays for green engine technology, behaviour of liquid metal alloys for microfluidic applications, flow visualisation for micro air vehicles, and human impact on environmental air quality.

    Event series: Dynamics of Air