The Capitol acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. We respectfully acknowledge their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. We also acknowledge the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.

How to Live…

Renowned for her crystalline, deeply humane reflections on spirituality, technology, and the natural world, multiple Emmy award winning artist Lynette Wallworth turns the lens on herself in the soul- baring performance memoir HOW TO LIVE…

With tenderness, intimacy, and humour, Wallworth unearths memories of her coming- of-age as prophetess in a radical Christian community, and recounts her exodus back to freedom. As she stages the drama of her loss of self and path to rediscovery, she finds a world governed by the influence of cults not unlike the one she left behind.

Using her artworks and a wry sensibility Wallworth navigates the beauty and the perils of shared belief systems. Her illuminating personal experience calls into question; how are we influenced, what are we seeking, and how can our realities co-exist? Where different worldviews collide is empathy more valuable than truth?

Presented by The Capitol, RMIT Culture and RISING. Commissioned by RISING and Sydney Opera House.

Ara Koufax + Simona Castricum

This show has been rescheduled from Tuesday 23 February to Monday 12 April due to revised COVID-19 government restrictions. 

In this special double bill, Melbourne-based producers Ara Koufax and iconic electronic performer and academic Simona Castricum each debut live audiovisual performances on screen at The Capitol. 

In SCREAM, Ara Koufax soundtrack their own experimental film about psychic violence. Pitch-black and occasionally tongue-in-cheek, SCREAM pairs electronic soundscapes with rollercoasters, SWAT raids, red carpet premieres and all manner of everyday horror. After a short intermission, enjoy Castricum’s debut performance of her 2020 album and architecture PhD dissertation ‘Panic/Desire’, presenting an allegory about the gender-nonconforming city between urban and digital realms.


What is This?

Innovative design developed through and beyond function expands preconceived confines of “design” into realms that encompass artistic value, social & environmental attention and imaginative human experience. Creating an inhabitable space housing a series of activations, films, performances and public talks, the artists disrupt concrete definitions and formal delineations in design, opening fluid approaches intertwined with art and daily life that encourage communication, cooperation and change.

The artists would like to acknowledge the Wurundjeri, Djab Wurrung, Gunditjmara, and Gulidjan peoples of the Kulin Nation as the traditional custodians of the unceded lands and waters, on which they live, create and exhibit their work, and pay their respect to all First Nations Ancestors and Elders, past, present and emerging.

Presented by The Capitol and RMIT University School of Art as part of Melbourne Design Week 2021, an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the NGV.

Polar Patterns

An additional performance of The Blizzard has been added for 11am Thursday 1 April.

Life on remote research stations and vessels however increasingly resemble the broader contemporary experience, in which strict protocols govern and preserve life. The communities who live and work in these places must learn how to be resilient in the face of an extreme and hostile environment, with its inevitable disruptions, unknowables and necessity for hyper-vigilance. The way we live in Antarctica may increasingly come to reflect the way we live on the rest of planet. Rather than consider Antarctica as a place on the edge of elsewhere, this project repositions it as a model colony of the future capable of withstanding the disruptions and uncertainty that inevitably awaits. 

Polar Patterns includes:
Antarctica Breaking by Wild System (Installation)
Antarctica Breaking comprises glacial imagery and realtime 3D visuals and sounds from data captured on the last Australian voyage of the icebreaker RSV Aurora Australis to the Antarctic continent.AdamNash and John McCormick (aka Wild System) are the 2020 Australian Antarctic Arts Fellows and engaged with many aspects of the expedition: ship, crew, scientists, expeditioners, science experiments, a plethora of data collection and journeys over the Southern Ocean and Antarctic continent. 

The Blizzard by Philip Samartzis (Concert)
The Blizzard is a new surround sound work by Philip Samartzis solely comprising recordings of the presence and effects of high velocity katabatic wind recorded in Eastern Antarctica in 2010 and 2016. The Blizzard draws on hundreds of hours of field recordings to articulate an immersive and visceral experience of the extreme forces shaping the eco-acoustic characteristics of the world’s most remote and remarkable wilderness ecology.

Presented by The Capitol, RMIT University School of Art and School of Architecture & Urban Design as part of Melbourne Design Week 2021, an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the NGV.