Almagul Menlibayeva, Centaur (from Transoxiana Dream), 2011, lambda print on Alu dibond.

Channels Festival: International Biennial of Video Art 2019

Rolling out over twelve venues in Melbourne, Channels Festival 2019 is set to broaden horizons from 24 August – 15 September as International and Australian video art blurs fact with fiction to delve deeper into difference, connectivity, power and place.

Deconstructing notions of belonging, complicity and resistance, Channels Festival shares a diverse and inclusive program of group and solo exhibitions, new commissions, artist residencies, screenings, performances, talks and discussions, presented across Melbourne and beyond.

Investigating the relationship between individuals, communities and power structures, Channels Festival will launch on Saturday 24 August at The SUBSTATION with a showcase exhibition featuring Australian artist Reko Rennie, London-Istanbul based duo Noor Afshan Mirza and Brad Butler, and Almagul Menlibayeva (Germany and Kazakhstan).

Exploring non-binary sexual identities, social dynamics and power, Australian artist David Rosetzky will premiere his newly commissioned work Composite Acts with a one-night-only exhibition and performance, in collaboration with choreographer Jo Lloyd,on Saturday 21 September at the Abbotsford Convent.

In partnership with the National Gallery of Victoria, Channels Festival will present a one-day program of video art screenings, lecture performances and panel discussions in Longitudes, Latitudes and Legacies on Saturday 7 September. Focusing on the relationship between video, performance and socio-political critique, rarely seen historical works from the 1970s by artists such as Mike ParrMarina Abramovic, Joan Jonas, Peter Campus and Regina Vater will be interwoven with commentary by artists including Lyndal JonesJill OrrDiana Baker Smith (Barbara Cleveland Institute) and Eugenia Lim to highlight the continuing influence of those legacies within contemporary artistic practice.

A daily screening of contemporary video works exploring themes of community, selfhood and place by artists such as Shaun GladwellAngelica Mesiti, David Noonanand Daniel Crooks will be presented each afternoon from 3 to 7 September at Anna Schwartz Gallery.

Channels Festival continues their commitment to supporting emerging artists and developing ambitious new works. In partnership with BLINDSIDE, emerging artist Archie Barry will present a newly commissioned video portrait that examines identity politics and the fluid nature of gender from 29 August – 14 September.

New and experimental video and Virtual Reality works by First Nations artists Allen Vili, Brett Leavy, Jody Haines and Tamara Whyte explore the relationship between tradition and technology, connection and country – presented in partnership with Blak Dot Gallery from 28 August to 8 September.

“Over the last six years, Channels Festival has built a dynamic and enthusiastic community, supported artists at all stages of their career and expanded our understanding of video art practice. Our 2019 program aims to bring Australian artists into dialogue with artists from across the globe to provide audiences with an opportunity to be immersed in powerful and evocative works that reflect on our relationship to one another, culture and society more broadly.” says Artistic Director Kelli Alred.

Enriching encounters will take place at prominent Melbourne venues including NGV, ACCA, Abbotsford Convent, The SUBSTATION, BLINDSIDE, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Blak Dot Gallery, ACMI X, RMIT University and more.

The full program and tickets will be released on 31 July and can be found at

Channels Festival is a Melbourne based non-profit, artist-led organisation that was founded by artists Jessie Scott, Rachel Feery and Eugenia Lim in 2012. Championing ambitious contemporary Australian and international works, Channels Festival continues to lead the way in creating awareness and appreciation of video art as an important, powerful and vital practice.