BY POPULAR DEMAND! We’re extending our season to Sunday 11 February 2018
MPavilion 2017. Photo by Bec Capp
Big news! MPavilion’s February 2018 program of free cultural and design events—presented under the pavilion designed by renowned international architects Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten of OMA—has been extended to Sunday 11 February, 2018.
The final week of this season’s rich array of free talks, workshops, performances and other happenings will feature the following just-announced events:
Monday 5 February
- MTalks—MPavilion: Behind the scenes (6–7pm), featuring representatives from construction and landscape partners Kane Constructions, Tract and Arup.
- MMusic—Sonic Systems Laboratory (7.30–9.30pm), a robotic percussion performance by innovative Australian sound artist Robbie Avenaim joined by a special guest line-up.
Tuesday 6 February
- The second and final session of MMeets—Chunky Move contemporary yoga (7.30–8.15am)
Wednesday 7 February
- The final session of MMeets—Quiet mornings: Learn to meditate with A—SPACE (7.15–8am)
Thursday 8 February
- MMeets—Thai Fit (7.15–8.15am), provides an introduction to an original new ‘dancercise’ borrowing from Thai traditional dance and martial arts.
- MMeets—Sound of Dementia (12–4pm), the last piece of the puzzle in Sibling Architecture’s popular event series Designing the age-friendly city, brings to MPavilion a soundscape installation presented by Arup and BLOXAS Architects, designed to explore the sensory experience of people living with dementia, reimagining how we might shape spaces for dementia sufferers through empathetic, experimental design.
Friday 9 February
- MTalks—Urban Choreography: Kim Dovey, Rob Adams & Ron Jones in conversation (6–7.30pm) is the launch of Urban Choreography: Central Melbourne, 1985– (Melbourne University Press, 2018) by Kim Dovey, Rob Adams and Ron Jones. Following an introduction by outgoing University of Melbourne vice-chancellor Professor Glyn Davis, the three co-authors will join moderator and City of Melbourne CEO Ben Rimmer in this panel discussion alongside former Lord Mayor of Melbourne (1987–8) Lecki Ord and former CEO of Federation Square (2003–13) Kate Brennan. You won’t want to miss this!
Saturday 10 February
- MMeets/MTalks—Walking with Jane (11am–1pm) sees Open House Melbourne continue its celebration of influential American journalist, author and activist Jane Jacobs with this multi-faceted event comprising a reading from Jacobs’ ground-breaking body of work; a panel discussion; and a specially curated Jane’s Walk around the MPavilion precinct.
- MMusic—ASSAJAN Sound design lab (1.30–3pm) is a collaborative composition workshop led by Chatchai, a multi-instrumentalist and electronic music producer from Thailand, who will compose a piece of music live using the audience to guide its direction.
- MTalks/MMusic—Chapter Music presents Australian Queer Music History (3.30–6.30pm) is a panel discussion in collaboration with Chapter Music and the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, featuring archivist Nick Henderson, influential folk singer-songwriter Judy Small, and academic Kathy Sport, looking back at the historical roots of LGBTQIA+ songwriting in Australia. The talk will be followed by performances to be announced soon.
Sunday 11 February
- MMeets—Letters Unsent: A(dressing) death with Dr. Pia Interlandi (11am–1.30pm) is a one-of-a-kind event exploring ‘garments for the grave’ and Pia’s practice surrounding design and dressing for the end of life.
- MTalks—Citizen science (1.30–2.30pm) sees Hugh D.T. Williamson Foundation chair, Martin Carlson OAM, head up this talk on citizen science, featuring director of Science Gallery Melbourne, Rose Hiscock and Bug Blitz Trust director John Caldow, practitioners working in the field speaking on the intersections between creativity and science
- MMusic—Plenty Heat: Live rap & soul (3–7pm) brings us a fiery afternoon of live rap and soul acts curated by Fitzroy Clubhouse, featuring some of their youngest rising stars—including Girl Zone, the much-hyped hip-hop group with an average age of 11 years old! More acts to be announced soon.
- MMeets—Live screening: ‘Rem Koolhaas: A kind of architect’ (8.30–10pm) is a special film screening of Rem Koolhaas: A kind of architect (2008, dir. Markus Heidingsfelder, Min Tesch), an engaging portrait of MPavilion’s visionary co-architect, about which Rem himself says, “It’s the only film about me I have ever liked.”
To read more about the remaining days of this season’s events, browse the full MPavilion program.