The Melbourne Propaganda Window is a multimedia project that turns Franklin Street into an outdoor multimedia art space every night at sunset. Established in 2008, the Melbourne Propaganda Window was created by local artists Adrian Doyle and Michael Meneghetti to house a permanent, public projection space in Melbourne’s CBD.
Located in the north end of the city at 110 Franklin Street, the converted front windows of Michael Koro Galleries make up the three large projection screens for the Melbourne Propaganda Window.
Melbourne Propaganda Window exhibitions and events run simultaneously to those of host Michael Koro Galleries, approximately every three to four weeks.
Local, interstate and international artists and curators are encouraged to participate in this opportunity for developing new public multimedia work.
The Melbourne Propaganda Window is currently inviting fellow artists and curators to submit their proposals for the 2010-2011 exhibition calendar.
Artists and Exhibitions
Like Moths to Pixels - Jarrod Factor
Thursday 21 April from 6pm
Propaganda Window (Melbourne) @
Michael Koro Galleries
110 Franklin Street Melbourne 3000
The individual window panes of the Michael Koro Gallery are transformed into large-scale pixels."
A dedicated collaborator, artist and filmmaker, Jarrod Factor's digital craftsmanship spans across Melbourne's creative circles. Factor does it all and does it well, rolling from high end glossy perfection to edgy performance installations, it was a natural plunge for Factor to develop the site-specific video installation at 110 Franklin Street to flex his digitalism. Like Moths to Pixels is abstract digital art with a sense of humour.
"Now only a moth flying in front of the projectors can sabotage the artist's vision.”
It has been with great anticipation that Propaganda Window (Melbourne) will handover the light fantastic to this highly skilled individual from April 21.
MPW: Melbourne Propaganda Window
and Blender Projekts proudly present
Exhibition Opening 6.00pm Friday 19 Nov
Michael Koro Gallery,
110 Franklin Street, Melbourne
(MPW begins at sunset)
echo Nacht – night Echoes is a direct, responsive video installation that travels through media and the alternate histories of Crane’s recent journey to Berlin.
It is nothing to you
All you who pass by
Look around and see
Is any suffering like my suffering
That was inflicted on me?
So moved by her Berlin experience that Crane utterly changed her artistic practice, moving into the fluidity of video and also enlisting the genius of German composer Professor Andreas Herrmann, to develop echo Nacht – night Echoes to its full potency. In the upcoming November exhibition, Crane eloquently fuses the past, present, ready-made and online collaboration together in each of the three projections and intimate installation at Melbourne Propaganda Window and Blender Projekts.
Crane’s echo Nacht – night Echoes drops a tactile, haunting and playful comment on the futility of human conflict to a Melbourne audience ready for a carefree summer.So listen out for the echo Nacht – night Echoes set to resonate at 110 Franklin Street every night from sunset across November and December.
Screening across October and November 2010..
'Georgia on my Mind (the Facebook Project)'
Exhibition Opening 6.00pm Friday 22 Oct
Michael Koro Gallery,
110 Franklin Street, Melbourne
(MPW begins at sunset)
Georgia Smith (Missouri) is 66 years old. She is a hardcore Christian and occasional racist. Her grandson Tyler has just had a liver transplant. He is OK.
In July 2010, personal details of 100 million Facebook users were collected and published online in a freely downloadable file. Frequent media reports warn us of the dangers of posting open information on Facebook – yet this doesn't deter hundreds of millions of users from divulging private information on the social networking site.
Focusing on one randomly selected 'Georgia Smith', the artist delves deeply into the most private areas of her life - what is freely available to her via her Facebook profiles and the information she is able to glean from this data through public records.
Surrounding Georgia Smith (Missouri) are 500 individual profile pictures of Georgia Smiths from across the globe. Playing on the common activity of Facebook stalking, voyeurism, internet privacy and digital identity, this individual's life is re-exposed to the public within the gallery space.
Georgia on my Mind (The Facebook Project) is at once an exposé of the artist's subjects and a massive self portrait of the artist herself revealing her own flawed digital identity in her attempt to create the perfect online profile.
Screening across July and August 2010..
THE BEAR CYCLE
A hand drawn...animation by Simon O'Carrigan
Simon O’Carrigan is a visual artist and animator, based in Melbourne. His practice spans hand-drawn cel animation, collage, painting, and photography. O'Carrigan's work carries a layered aesthetic and despite using new media, his work delightfully retains a sense of the handmade.
The Bear Cycle starts projecting Friday 2 July at MPW every night from dusk onwards until 1 August.
Screening across May and June 2010..
The Beautiful Badlands
The Beautiful Badlands by Brendan Lee is a critical examination of contemporary society through the residual memories of historic Australian film locales. This iconic video work uses the mythologies and political circumstances evoked by the first Mad Max film as an analogy to our own society's anguish, isolation and pursuit of the new.
A lone, die hard Fan walking and driving through the backdrop of cult Australian film history sets the pace for the Beautiful Badlands video. Helicopters, muscle cars and the foreboding Australian landscape intertwine as the Fan navigates through his own actuality appropriated from a filmic reality.
A short history on Brendan Lee
The video and photographic artworks of Brendan Lee are an exploration of the evolutionary nature of Australian cultural identity. In recent years, Lee has focused on investigating the unique undercurrents of society through commenting on groups and teams that are unique to Australia; its stereotypes and history. Specifically, Lee's ongoing project examines the cultural and historical differences between Larrikins, Bogans and Hoons, their approaches to competition, affiliations and filmic references.
Lee’s subject matter goes to the core of the Australian male's competitive nature and looks outside of the mainstream for his references. Games of chance, motor sports and drinking contests are all subjects Lee brings to the forefront in his search for the Australian spirit.
Currently Lee is completing a novel and a major series of works.
Recent exhibitions include Proving Ground, for ART#1, Benalla, 2010 and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, 2007; Between a Rock, Bendigo Art Gallery, 2007; Two Birds With One Stone, The Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2006; The Beautiful Badlands, Crossley & Scott, Melbourne 2006; Shootin’ from The Hip, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA); Takin’ a Shot, The Institute for Modern Art (IMA), Brisbane 2005; …Matter of Time, Gertrude Contemporary Art Space and Video-Spell curated by Blair French, Performance Space, Sydney 2004. He was the guest editor of Photofile 74 and has written for un Magazine and Artlink. Lee is a founding member of Kings Artist Run Initiative. Lee received an Australia Council residency in Los Angeles and exhibited in a major survey of Australian moving image artists at the Tate Modern in February 2009.
MPW will be projecting The Beautiful Badlands across all three screens every night from dusk till late throughout May and June 2010
Screening across Apr and May 2010..
'A song between around and through'
A song between around and through came about from the development of two live audiovisual performances Morrison executed in 2009. It was his expanding approach towards the moving image and a desire to find work beyond the natural environment that led Morrison to find performers Eleanor and Rowan Witt, fraternal twins who both sing to create Melbourne Propaganda Window’s latest exhibition.
“I was interested in how aspects of the human face could be sampled and played back live; the performances involved my solo interpretations of the samples and also with the twins as live accompaniment. The opportunity to expand these performances into a composed piece proper has come about with Melbourne Propaganda Window.”
In this beautiful new digital work, Morrison has sequenced detailed loops of the twin performers’ left and right eyes and their mouths, in order to convert the front three windows of 110 Franklin Street into a giant abstracted face. These loops continuously flicker across chaotically, generating a videoscape of notes disjointedly sung by Rowan and Eleanor through the Melbourne night.
Scott Morrison is an audiovisual artist currently based in Sydney, Australia. His practice is primarily based upon the synergistic properties of the seen and heard. His most recent investigation has been focused upon the abstraction and re-imagining of the Australian moving image landscape. This series of work titled ballad(s) for quiet horizons has been extensively exhibited, performed and screened nationally and abroad.
Morrison is interested in the familiar experience re-imagined and transformed anew, and this in turn allows for interpretations and appreciations that are not prescribed by his own approach and thematic concerns.
A song between around and through projects every night from April 9 till May 14 at Melbourne Propaganda Window, 110 Franklin St Melbourne.
Join the artist for the opening reception Friday April 9, 6-9pm.
Screening across Jan and Feb 2010..
Opening Friday Jan 28 2010 6-11pm
Trenerry's three screen projection Ascent at Melbourne Propaganda Window will be an extension of a new installation she is exhibiting at Westspace for the Office of Utopic procedures exhibition: The Aesthetics of Joy, opening in conjunction with the exhibition at Michael Koro. In the work at Westspace,n Trenerry will incorporate live doves into a custom built environment for the duration of opening night.
After years of working with dark material and grey walls, Trenerry will walk into the light to explore a psychological state other than fear and anxiety. Trenerry's works have often utilised animals, insects and plants as metaphors to explore ideas surrounding mortality, the psychology of emotions and humankind's uneasy relationship with the natural world. In this exhibition doves were chosen as a symbolic representation of joy. Traditionally the dove represents the soul leaving the body, undergoing a transformation process to transcend corporeal constraints and represent a divine being- one beyond earthly experience.
Projecting every night from January 28th across February 2010 at Melbourne Propaganda Window, 110 Franklin Street Melbourne.
Screening across Sept and Oct 2009..
'Sex with Children: egocentricity, the logic of schizophrenia'
A video installation by
Benjamin L. Schmidt
Opening Friday Sep 4 2009 6-8pm
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it-George Santayana
Transgressive creative force Benjamin Schimidt (26) and Seb Guzman-Ramirez (22) have notoriously captured the attention of many with their ongoing visual, musical and multimedia projects.
Exploring and confronting the mechanisms in atheism and religion, mental illness, mind control, corrupt politics, war and disease, Schimidt and Guzman-Ramirez present the symptoms of a failing world through the eyes of the individual and society simultaneously.
Opening reception Friday 4th September 6pm to 8pm
Screening every night from dusk till late
Screening Aug 2009..
‘End Game’ is a looped video projection, revealing a never-ending sequence of recognizable characters from computer/video games from the 1980’s and 90’s meeting their demise. The work reflects the distinctive graphics and colours of the computer games from that era. ‘End Game’ is a metaphor for the simplicity in humankind’s own constant mortality.
Nicole Breedon employs painting, woodwork, video and new media installation to explore the esoteric nature of our cosmos and the human psyche, such as the mind, the origins of the universe and creation, the future, time and space. Her work examines humankind's infinitesimal position within the orders of magnitude, in contrast to the richness and depth of the human experience.
Screening July 2009..
Benjamin Xavier Last
Benjamin Xavier Last's work explores the symbiotic nature of opposites and their relationships within our mindscape. Using intriguing juxtapositions, Last’s practice is an ongoing search for visual resolutions between well worn polarities: light and dark, beauty and horror, good and evil, pleasure and pain, life and death.
'Lifeblood' is a short animation of a tree-like growth sprouting from a human hand. As the tree rapidly grows, it oddly beats in rhythm with the hand, and then slowly ceases to beat, blackening the hand as it dies.
Screening across June and July 2009..
'I heart you'
Michael John Winter Meneghetti
‘Feeling lonely and isolated, I watched from afar the endless parade of freshly married couples and their wedding parties photographed at the same spot under the Manhattan Bridge. It was at that moment I began to understand the desire to fuse oneself to a landmark by photography and how it could validate our communal experiences and rites of passage imposed on the individual to be individual.’
Michael John Winter Meneghetti utilises video, sculpture and performance in his practice. He chases masculine archetypes and myths.
Screening across May and June 2009..
Confronting and narcissistic, Hall skilfully plays out her visceral act whilst maintaining a poker face.
'Hair Today' sounds light and playful, but its nature is quite far from it. 'Hair Today' explores loss of the emotional and physical through an obsession with the feminine appearance. The voyeur is invited to watch Hall's private and personal engagement with her own reflected image. In this incarnation of the artist self portrait, the moving images explore a passive, yet disturbing performance of Hall pulling her own hair out before the camera, oscillating between an act of self-grooming to that of self-harm.
The saying 'I feel like pulling my hair out' will resonate differently after seeing 'Hair Today'.
Screening May 2009..
'Machine compilation 15'
Pip Ryan: Recording between space, sound and sight.
Inhabiting 110 Franklin Street across May 2009 is media artist Pip Ryan’s video ‘machine compilation 15’, an ongoing investigation into the relationship between space and sight.
Ryan’s artistic practice involves a combination of installation and screen-based work. In ‘machine compilation 15’, the construction of temporary machines from hard rubbish and discarded toys modulate the recording camera through motion, direction and location. The result is a complex and pictorially loaded videoscape.
‘machine compilation 15’ is juxtaposition of fast and loud imagery that challenges the conventional camera as a recorder of sight.
Screening April 2009..
'text and light'
Blender Christmas 2008
288 Portraits x 3