Channels Festival: International Biennial of Video Art 2019
Channels Festival has been putting video art under the spotlight since 2012. And this year’s diverse and inclusive program is no different.
Running from August 24 to September 15, it includes solo and group exhibitions, new commissions, artist residencies, screenings, performances, and talks and discussions.
It launches with a showcase exhibition at The Substation in Newport featuring acclaimed Australian artist Reko Rennie (who’s behind a vibrant mural on Spring Street), London-and-Istanbul-based duo Noor Afshan Mirza and Brad Butler, and Kazakhstani artist Almagul Menlibayeva.
Melbourne artist David Rosetzky will premiere his latest work, Composite Acts, which delves into non-binary sexual identities, social dynamics and power – in collaboration with choreographer Jo Lloyd – at the Abbotsford Convent.
The program will also dive into the relationship between video, performance and socio-political critique. There'll be rarely seen historical works from the 1970s by performance artists Mike Parr, who spent three days buried alive in a steel box under a busy Hobart street during Dark Mofo 2018, and the legendary Marina Abramovic.
There’ll also be new, boundary-pushing virtual reality works by First Nations artists that explore the relationship between tradition and technology.
Channels Festival is on at venues across Melbourne such as the NGV, ACCA, Abbotsford Convent, The Substation, Blindside, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Blak Dot Gallery, ACMI X and RMIT University.