24 August – 15 September
Due to take over multiple Melbourne venues in less than 2 weeks, Channels Festival: International Biennial of Video Art will bring Australian video artists into dialogue with acclaimed artists from around the globe to reflect on the urgent, unstable and fluid nature of our times.
Longitudes, Latitudes and Legaciesat NGV International is an exclusive one-day program, held Saturday 7 September, 10am–4pm, situating contemporary art practices within the broad histories of video and performance art. Featuring screenings of historically significant works by Australian, European, North and South American artists, including Bruce Nauman, Joan Jonas, Jill Orr, Leticia Parente, VALIE EXPORT and more.
These screenings will be interwoven with lecture performances by Diana Baker Smith (Barbara Cleveland), and controversial, influential Sydney-based artist Mike Parr, an in-conversation with Lyndal Jones and a panel discussion with Jill Orr, Camila Galaz and Archie Barry. Parr’s lecture performance will include a screening of his work Daydream Island (pictured above), which was originally presented as a live event in 2013 at The Performance Space in Sydney. Tickets for Longitudes, Latitudes and Legacies are available here. (Full $15 / Concession $10)
Mike Parr will also be part of a program of contemporary Australian and international video art screenings at Anna Schwartz Gallery. A curated schedule of video works will play for one hour each afternoon for five days from 3–7 September, including pieces by Shaun Gladwell, Angelica Mesiti, Candice Breitz, Lida Abdul and others.
An exhibition central to the 2019 festival,Untimely Geographies (August 27 – 21 September) features works by Australian artist Reko Rennie alongside international artists Almagul Menlibayeva(Kazakhstan/Germany) and Noor Afshan Mirza and Brad Butler (Turkey/UK). The exhibition investigates relationships between individuals, communities and power structures across different cultural and geographical contexts.
Almagul Menlibayeva and Noor Afshan Mirza will both be in Melbourne as guests of the festival. Along with Reko Rennie, they will come together for the panel discussion Truth, Power and Optimism at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art on Tuesday 27 August, 6–8pm, providing insight into their respective practices while teasing out thematic correlations emerging in context of Untimely Geographies.
The 2019 Channels Festival will launch on 24 August, 2–5pm at The SUBSTATION, coinciding with the opening of Untimely Geographies. The launch will also include a performance by Melbourne-based artist Jacqui Shelton. The festival launch is free by registration here.
The full program and tickets are available at www.channelsfestival.net.au.
Channels Festival is a Melbourne based non-profit, artist-led collective 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.
Noor Afshan Mirza and Brad Butler, The Scar (video still), 2018. Courtesy of the artists.