By Company Adrien M & Claire B (FRANCE)
Thursday, 16 August, 2018 to Saturday, 18 August, 2018

Romain Etienne


Hakanaï is an mesmerising performance weaving together digital technology, visual arts and movement. From French company, Adrien M & Claire B, experience their Australian debut.

Energetic and performed in real time, the performance is a conversation between light, music and the body, with live animations based on physical movement modelling and an original live music score. In a delicate dance between human effort and technology, Hakanaï uses technology to a poetic effect. Inside a cube fashioned from translucent veils onto which a graphic universe is projected, a dancer takes a virtual journey into a 3D space between dreams and reality.

In Japanese “Hakanaï” denotes that which is temporary and fragile, evanescent and transient, and in this case something set between dreams and reality. This is an immersive performance exploring the fleeting nature of dreams and the fugacity of life.

Following every performance is an interactive session, Experience the Cube, where the audience can explore the installation first hand. On Fri 17 Aug, a special Q&A with the company of Adrien M & Claire B will occur following the performance.

Lock out applies, no entry after the show has started. Some strobe lighting.

with local VR Artist Michelle Brown
Tuesday, 21 August, 2018

Are you a visual artist, game developer, 2D/3D designer or just a virtual reality fan? Come join us for a look at using the virtual reality environment as a canvas for your imagination.

In this workshop, Brisbane artist Michelle Brown will discuss some of the popular VR art and animation programs available and take you through the basics of Google’s Tilt Brush. Tilt Brush lets you paint in a virtual reality 3D space with a variety of clever paintbrush options and tools. Workshop participants will also get a chance to spend some time on their own creating!

Are you ready to experience the next generation of film?

The Opening Night of the Australian Virtual Reality Film Festival is featuring a special keynote speech from Stuart Campbell, also known as Sutu, a leading VR artist who will discuss his approach to VR as an artistic medium and the works he has accomplished.

The evening will also feature an industry panel and the opportunity to network and view the first screenings of the 2018 program.

Be part of this distinct film festival dedicated solely to virtual reality technology. The Australian Virtual Reality Film Festival showcases the world’s greatest virtual reality short films, music videos, documentaries and creative works. Selections have been handpicked from across the globe to showcase the next generation of filmmakers and help people experience this ground-breaking form.

Wednesday, 22 August, 2018 to Sunday, 26 August, 2018

Presented by Vast Yonder in conjunction with Brisbane Powerhouse

Are you ready to experience the next generation of film?

Be part of this distinct film festival dedicated solely to virtual reality technology. The Australian Virtual Reality Film Festival showcases the world’s greatest virtual reality short films, music videos, documentaries and creative works.

Selections have been handpicked from across the globe to showcase the next generation of filmmakers and help people experience this ground-breaking form.

The 2018 program includes titled works:

Inside Manus:
Inside Manus harnesses the immersive power of virtual reality storytelling to take the audience behind the razor wire of the Manus Island immigration detention centre to experience the heartbreaking stories of three refugees who came to Australia seeking asylum.

Take Every Wave:
For the first time ever, Take Every Wave: Laird in VR brings the viewer on a hydrofoil board with Laird Hamilton. Join him in Chicama, Peru as he chases perfection on the longest wave in the world.

As a work of Indigenous futurism, Biidaaban explores how the languages of native peoples can provide a framework for understanding our place in the world and open up a space for new imaginings of the future.

In Memory:
Locked away in a cold, dark prison cell and no hope of getting released any time soon, all that Jedrick has left are the most precious memories of his beloved. In Memory tells a story of a prisoners mental escape manifested into a physical one as the audience steps inside the memories of a inmate Jedrick.


RONE is a distinctive portrait of the titular street artist, whose stunning large-scale portraits of women’s faces can be found adorning soon to be forgotten spaces, acting as a commentary on gentrification and the masculine realm of street art. The VR experience also takes the viewer into a Rone exhibition and inside his studio, giving them a front-row seat to the artistic process behind Rone’s epic murals.

A Thin Black Line:
A Thin Black Line is an interactive narrative with linear and interactive sections. The user embodies a small girl, controlling a pair of IK rigged arms with which they can interact with some objects and the space. The art style is heavily stylised in after the work of Vernon Ah Kee and makes use of custom shaders that emulate a charcoal on paper aesthetic.

Dinner party:
On the night of September 19th 1961, Barney and Betty Hill were the victims of the first widely publicized alien abduction in US history. The Hills, an interracial couple active in the civil-rights movement, were on their way home from a trip to Niagara Falls when they noticed an unusual light in the sky. Shaken by the erratic behavior of the UFO, they headed in the direction of the closest town but never made it.

Sun Ladies:
This immersive live-action documentary brings you face-to-face with a troop of Yazidi women fighters. After ISIS soldiers invaded the Yazidi community of Sinjar, killing all of the men and taking the women and girls as sex slaves, these brave women escaped and started a female-only fighting unit called the Sun Ladies. Together, their goal is to bring back their sisters and protect the honour and dignity of their people.

Sergent James:

The Australian Virtual Reality Film Festival is proudly supported by Screen Queensland and the Queensland Government

Tuesday, 27 February, 2018 to Tuesday, 27 November, 2018

The Brisbane Virtual Reality Club Meetup is a fun way to connect with like-minded people and experience the re-emerging medium of Virtual Reality.

The Brisbane VR Club is a place for VR enthusiasts of all levels (whether beginner or seasoned developer) to connect, collaborate and construct VR experiences.

The club is growing in size with monthly meetups for anyone who is interested in this space. There’ll be industry speakers presenting their latest ideas and works, and the chance to develop and experience new VR work.

The Brisbane VR Club’s mission is to provide an international network of support and education for local VR developers who are excited about creating great content.

For any enquiries, please contact VR Club here.

2018 VR Club dates:

Tuesday 27 February 2018
Tuesday 27 March 2018
Tuesday 29 May 2018
Tuesday 26 June 2018
Tuesday 24 July 2018
Tuesday 28 August 2018
Tuesday 25 September 2018
Tuesday 30 October 2018
Tuesday 27 November 2018

In conversation with Sarah Kanowski
Friday, 14 September, 2018

Join Archibald Prize winning artist Ben Quilty as he sits down with ABC Radio’s Sarah Kanowski to discuss his new book, Home, a collection of drawings by Syrian children.

Ben Quilty has assembled this heartbreaking and awe-inspiring collection of drawings by the most vulnerable victims of a brutal civil war, the children of Syria. The collection forms an extraordinary testament to the resilience of a generation of survivors whose childhood has been shaped by the worst war of our century. Their art speaks directly to us all as human beings and we have an obligation to listen closely and seriously.

Proceeds from the sale of this book will directly support World Vision’s Child Friendly Spaces, early childhood and basic education projects in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq. Ben will be signing books following the event.

Wednesday, 20 June, 2018 to Friday, 2 April, 2021

Space Pixels is an interactive light installation, made of mirrored stainless steel and intelligent pixels. The shapes and patterns are formed through reflections, changes in light, colour and intensity.

The installation, created by Nathan Street, explores methods for creating volumetric displays, using techniques found in kaleidoscopes. Multiple three-sided mirror kaleidoscopes allow the image to be viewed from multiple angles, creating the illusion of transparency and volume.

Microphones capture transient sound near the work that influence the patterns and intensity of the light. This allows the work to respond to the environment and be explored in playful ways.

Space Pixels is inspired by Atari 2600 computer games. Games like Space Invaders and Asteroids use simple animation techniques to create staggered movement as objects move around the screen, with coloured pixel explosions when asteroids are destroyed.

Saturday, 11 August, 2018 to Saturday, 25 August, 2018

Future Proof 2018 brings together new work by five recent Queensland graduates: Christopher Bassi, Briony Law, Torin Francis, Olivia Lacey, and Peter Kozak. Curated by Tim Walsh, Future Proof provides an opportunity for emerging artists to develop and exhibit new work post-graduation. In 2018, alongside the exhibition, each artist has been mentored by an art world professional relevant to their practice: Pat Hoffie (Christopher Bassi), Simone Hine (Briony Law), Ross Manning (Torin Francis), Emily Wakeling (Olivia Lacey), and Kyle Weise (Peter Kozak).

About the Artists

Christopher Bassi’s practice examines the nature of liminality, transculturalism, globalisation, and philosophical reflections on the nature of identity. With a focus on the legacies of figurative painting, Bassi’s work functions as a playful ontological inquiry between fact and fiction. Christopher graduated from the Queensland College of Art in 2017 and recently exhibited at Stable Art Space, Brisbane.

Briony Law’s work follows a core interest in nature and sensory experience, and their relationship in the context of urbanisation and the Anthropocene. Briony practices across various media, including sculpture, video, installation and photography. Briony graduated from the Queensland University of Technology in 2017 and was awarded the Hilde Chenhall Memorial Scholarship in Visual Arts.

Torin Francis explores through his practice poetic relationships between objects and space in site responsive installations, kinetic sculpture, assemblages and moving image works. Torin’s current work re-evaluates and re-contextualises the formal material and conceptual concerns of nautical equipment and weather measuring instruments. Torin graduated from the Queensland University of Technology in 2017 and recently exhibited at Cut Thumb Laundry ARI, Brisbane.

Olivia Lacey employs in her textual-based practice processes of transcription and translation to explore the ambiguities, slippages, or humour that can arise in interpersonal interactions. Her works combine referents appropriated from art historical texts, pop music lyrics, and everyday conversations in order to examine the romantic dialogue as an intersubjective space of exchange. Olivia graduated from the Queensland University of Technology in 2017 and recently completed an artist residency with 3331 Arts Chiyoda in Tokyo, Japan.

Peter Kozak works primarily in video and video installation. Focusing on objects and phenomena that are often overlooked, such as dust, water vapour and abandoned detritus, Peter’s works seek to draw connections between their material qualities with human experiences. He graduated from the Queensland College of Art in 2017 and is currently completing an artist studio residency with Outer Space, Brisbane.

Simone Hine
Saturday, 18 August, 2018

Simone Hine, Picture.

Picture is a new work by Brisbane-based artist, Simone Hine. Édouard Manet’sBar at the Folies-Bergère (1882) and Jeff Wall’s Picture for Women (1979) act as precursors for this work. Picture is a public intervention that utilises the context of the Kuiper Shop Front, as a retail site, to re-imagine both works within the context of late capitalism.

This work will be on display for one day only, 18 August, 10am - 4pm.

Saturday, 25 August, 2018 to Sunday, 11 November, 2018

Damon Moon, Untitled blanks from the Subject/Object project, 2018, slip cast ceramic, dimensions variable. Courtesy and © the artist. Photo: Andre Castellucci. 

Developed by Shepparton Art Museum in partnership with Bendigo Art Gallery and La Trobe Art Institute, artist Damon Moon presents a series of exhibitions that respond to these unique Victorian regional collections and spaces. Moon has selected collections of vessels or pots that are specific to each institution, history and context. Using slip cast multiples and repetitive forms, Moon explores the subtle shifts in technique and materiality between his work and the selected ceramics. He offers a form of object-based conversation between his own ceramics works and works from each Collection selected to reflect on each place’s history of art and industry. These inspirations include the utilitarian vessels of early Chinese migrants; domestic-ware made by Bendigo Pottery; and a series of works selected to respond to a building’s architecture.

Saturday, 25 August, 2018 to Sunday, 11 November, 2018

Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) is delighted to announce the seven shortlisted artists who will present work in the 2018 Indigenous Ceramic Award (ICA) in August this year. The Award celebrates and supports the rich and diverse use of the ceramic medium by Indigenous artists and art collectives and acknowledges the unique talents of ceramic artists.

The winner of the $20,000 acquisitive prize will be announced at the exhibition’s official opening event on Saturday 25 August 2018 at SAM.

The 2018 ICA is the sixth in the series of SAM’s biennial Awards, showcasing new and exciting developments in the field. It contributes to the Art Museum’s significant holdings of Indigenous ceramic art, and provides cultural exchange opportunities for Indigenous artists from regional Victoria and around Australia.

Recent Works from the SAM Collection
Saturday, 3 March, 2018 to Monday, 1 April, 2019

Juz Kitson, It's All Embracing Boundless-ness, no II, 2015-16. Southern Ice porcelain, JingdeZhen porcelain, merino wool and rabbit pelt, 90 x 40 x 50cm, Shepparton Art Museum. © and courtesy the artist and Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane. Photo: docQument Photography.

Drawn from the potent realms of artists' imaginations, Intimate Realities evokes the uncanny and the surreal. This exhibition features sculpture, video, photography, screen-printing, painting and ceramics by leading contemporary artists, presented in a ways that invite visitors to look more closely.

Each of the works reveals fleeting glimpses of the unknown. Dreamlike and fantastical, they allude to inner states, psychological undercurrents, and unconscious fears and desires. Benjamin Armstrong’s floor-based sculpture is part Cyclops, the one-eyed monster blinded by Odysseus in ancient Greek myths, and part sea-creature from the deep. Rendered in white marble-dust, Heather B. Swann’s female form is part young girl, and part soft-serve confection of vanilla and ice. The accompanying musical score becomes a celestial refrain to the video and sculptural form, entering our subconscious as the sensory experience of sound takes over and extends our understanding of sight.

Intimate Realities rewards us with a series of intimate moments, windows into imaginative worlds we can carry with us as we go about the rest of our daily lives.

Wednesday, 1 August, 2018 to Thursday, 31 January, 2019

Monkeemania in Australia celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Australian tour by the American band, The Monkees, in 1968.

More broadly, it also provides a snapshot of everyday life in Australia at a very eventful time in history. 1968 was a roller coaster of a year, as a series of tumultuous events—including assassinations, heroic victories in sports, a bloody war, the publication of Myra Brekinridge, a devastating famine, and the premiere of 2001: A Space Odyssey—caused people to celebrate one day and despair the next. Monkeemania in Australia consists of an exhibition and a series of public talks by the exhibition’s curator, Dr Derham Groves, about The Monkees, their Australian tour, their eponymous TV show, their music, and their film Head (1968), a surreal masterpiece. The exhibition is in the Baillieu Library, University of Melbourne, while the talks take place in the Dulcie Hollyock Room on the ground floor of the library. The exhibition runs from 1 August 2018 to 31 January 2019.

Doris McKellar (an ephemeral exhibition)
Monday, 18 September, 2017 to Friday, 16 November, 2018

Take a Kodak: The Doris McKellar Ephemeral Exhibition presents a snapshot of student life from 1915-18 through the lens of Melbourne University student, Doris McKellar (nee Hall). The images in this exhibition portray Doris’ personal experience at the University as she documents her friends, classmates, and the grounds themselves in a playful and entertaining way. As a collection, these charming photographs explore the nature of student life in the early 20th century, and capture the atmosphere of the early university.

The University of Melbourne Archives include over 500 digitised photographic images by Doris McKellar. A display of a selection of these images is also currently on display on Level 1 of the Arts West building.

Grant and Mary Featherston
Saturday, 30 June, 2018 to Sunday, 7 October, 2018

This exhibition explores the career of Grant Featherston, arguably Australia’s most significant modernist designer, and his partnership with Mary Featherston, who is renowned for her design for children. Beginning with the question of what stimulated a country boy to become a designer in the late 1930s, it charts Featherston’s rise to celebrity status in the 1950s and how his work captured the imagination of ordinary Australians in their quest to be modern. Tracing his explorations of new materials and technologies and production of innovative furniture throughout the 1960s and 70s, the exhibition and accompanying publication highlight the holistic nature of his practice, which included interiors, exhibitions, photography, glass, sculpture and promotional design.