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.

One Guitar: Missy Higgins

Following the extension of Melbourne’s lockdown, and with the safety of staff, artists and audiences front of mind, Melbourne Writers Festival has made the difficult decision to cancel its live events as part of this year’s program, planned to be delivered from Friday 3 to Sunday 12 September.

All tickets to in-person events will automatically be refunded in full, and anyone who wishes to donate the value of their ticket or make a tax-deductible donation to support MWF is welcome to do so.

The MWF Digital program will be brought forward to give you access to online events from home, streaming for an extended period from 3–15 September. Read further details here.

Join renowned musicians Missy Higgins and Alexander Gow for a special live recording of the unique podcast series, One Guitar. For the project, Gow, of Oh Mercy and Perfect Moment renown, sends the same guitar to Australia’s best songwriters, asking them to create a new song in four weeks. Higgins debuts her composition and speaks with Gow about the creative process that has made her one of the country’s most popular recording artists.

This event will be Auslan interpreted.

Supported by Mushroom Group and APRA AMCOS.

Presented in partnership with RMIT University – Learning Partner for Melbourne Writers Festival.

How To Live…

This event has been cancelled in line with the Victorian government’s public health announcement on Thursday 27 May. If you are a ticket holder for this date, RISING will issue a refund for the price of your ticket, which will be processed to the card you booked with. For further information on RISING and their COVID-19 update please visit their website.

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?

Ahead of this world premiere show, Wallworth with also be In Conversation with ACMI Director Katrina Sedgwick, reflecting on her years of storytelling through art and film on 31 May.

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

Speaker bio

Lynette Wallworth, artist and filmmaker
Lynette Wallworth is a multiple Emmy® Award-winning Australian artist and filmmaker whose immersive video installations and film works reflect on the connections between people and the natural world.  She has been awarded a UNESCO City of Film Award, the Byron Kennedy Award for Innovation and Excellence, and in 2016 she was named by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the year’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers. Wallworth’s most recent VR works have been developed at the invitation of Indigenous communities. Wallworth’s work has shown at the World Economic Forum, Davos, the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the American Museum of Natural History, New York, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, the Smithsonian, the Royal Observatory Greenwich for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad; Auckland Triennial; Adelaide Biennial; Brighton Festival and the Vienna Festival among many others as well as film festivals including – Sundance Film Festival, Venice Film Festival, London Film Festival, Glasgow Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival, Adelaide Film Festival and Margaret Mead Film Festival. Wallworth’s works include the interactive video installation Evolution of Fearlessness; the DOMIE Award-winning fulldome feature Coral, with its accompanying augmented reality work; the AACTA Award-winning documentary Tender, the Emmy® Award-winning virtual reality narrative Collisions which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and the 2016 World Economic Forum, Davos and the Emmy® Award-winning XR work Awavena 2018 which was in competition at Venice film festival after premiering at Sundance Film Festival. Wallworth is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Virtual and Augmented Reality and sits on the Sundance Institute’s Board of Trustees. She is currently Artist in Residence at the Australian Human Rights Institute, UNSW and at AFTRS, Sydney. She directs the New Narratives Lab at the World Economic Forum developed to create opportunities for underrepresented voices to access global decision makers.

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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.