EXPLORING SOLITUDE AND TOGETHERNESS WITH DESIGN DISCOURSE, AND PERFORMANCE
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA: The Naomi Milgrom Foundation today revealed the program for February at MPavilion—Melbourne’s celebrated culture, design, and architecture laboratory. From Monday 1 February 2021, MPavilion will launch February’s program at MPavilion Parkade—all curated under the theme ‘1+1: Who are we together?’. Asking questions around love, art, space, First Nations’ knowledge, spirituality, discord, and harmony, the theme will explore the meaning and potential of all kinds of relationships.
Naomi Milgrom AC, founder of the Naomi Milgrom Foundation, said: “As we reconvene with each other in physical spaces after long months of isolation, new questions are rising to the surface. Questions exploring who we are on our own, how we can process solitude, and what it actually means to be ‘together’. February at MPavilion is an exploration of relationships between people, structures, cities, and beyond.”
Beginning with the first BLAKitecture Indigenous built environment event of the month—Co-design? Collaboration? Consultation?—February at MPavilion centres on togetherness, solitude collective climate action, citizen-led sustainability, the humanity of photography, having fun in each other’s company, sharing music, and moving in unison. There will be MMeets like a roller-disco with Malt Shop Rollers, film screenings with Rooftop Cinema and Transitions Film Festival, yoga sessions with Happy Melon, workshops with Sustainable Living Festival, a hands-on workshop about reimagining and repurposing waste, and dance sessions with Deep Soulful Sweats. MTalks with Uptown art exhibition that examines the role artists can play in reanimating Melbourne in the time of the pandemic, discussions about connection with Lauren & Simon from Triple R’s Breaking and Entering, a class on the art of dating your self supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, and community and self-care with Sense of Self bathhouse. MMusic events including a Valentine’s Day performance by Banoffee, a kids guitar ensemble, and moon rituals with Melbourne Music Week—Extended.
On Reviving the City the popular MRelay returns this year in collaboration with the City of Melbourne’s UPTOWN outdoor 24/7 gallery. Working with MPavilion’s MRelay, Fiona Scanlan and Robert Buckingham, have joined forces with Turning Circle Collective to present an actioned-relay of speakers primed to discuss the role of artists and designers in Melbourne’s future.
Ongoing MProjects commissioned by MPavilion include upcycled staff uniforms by Chelsea Hickman, Stool Dolly chairs designed by Holly Board & Peter Grove of BoardGrove Architects, MERGE music initiative in collaboration with Melbourne Music Week—Extended, MPavilion Education Guides and free educational programming for schools, and MPavilion’s M_Curators program, which is proudly supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies.
The rest of MPavilion’s highly accessible online events, talks, Hope St Radio at Melbourne Zoo streams, and Summer Reading Lists can be enjoyed on the MPavilion website’s specific event pages, the MPavilion Library, or the MPavilion YouTube channel.
With over 500 collaborators presenting 400 free public events, including talks, performances, kid-friendly activities, and installations this season, MPavilion has taken on a critical role in the city by adapting its program to support community needs. By adapting and re-using the Parkade car park, and reanimating the MPavilions of previous years— including Amanda Levete’s MPavilion at Docklands, Bijoy Jain’s MPavilion at Melbourne Zoo, and Rem Koolhaas & David Gianotten’s MPavilion at Monash University—MPavilion is responding to the challenges of the pandemic with creativity, community, and a revival of Melbourne’s outdoor and public spaces.
MPavilion is supported by principal partners, the City of Melbourne, the State Government of Victoria through Creative Victoria, and RACV.
For further information, including program times, please visit www.mpavilion.org