The City Speaks
7 – 20 November 2016
The second in a series where ACCA takes art out of the gallery and into the laneways, parks and public spaces of Melbourne, The City Speaks will examine the enduring relationship between visual art and language.
Through performance, installation and spoken word, participating artists and writers will examine the ways art and language can come together to enliven and interrupt public space, and contribute to ideas about the city, urbanism and community.
Newly-commissioned works have been designed to encourage a wide public audience to rethink the definition of art and consider how it might reflect, enrich, and even alter, urban space and society.
Curated by Annika Kristensen, the program includes:
The sign: Marnie Edmiston, Jordan Marani, Steven Rhall, Alex Selenitsch and Hossein Valamanesh
A series of commissioned A0 posters distributed widely across the city.
The signifier: Raquel Ormella
Text-based banners in three ground-floor windows in the CBD that borrow aesthetically from sporting and protest banners to question the relationship between human agency, political economy and environment.
The performer: Jacqui Shelton
Jacqui Shelton’s performance work, News of the building of the wall, calls upon Kafka’s short story of the same name as a starting point for an investigation into the intimate and physical ways in which we communicate. Framed more as an encounter than an artwork, the work can only be accessed through a one-on-one encounter with the artist and the willing engagement of the participant.
The pedestrians: Sophie Cunningham, Christos Tsiolkas and Alia Gabres
Walking tours of the city by acclaimed writers and artists on the weekends of 12/13 and 19/20 November, 3–4 pm
The response: Romy Ash
Melbourne-based writer Romy Ash will write a response to Jacqui Shelton’s performance News of the building of the wall for publication on ACCA’s website.
Epilogue: Danae Valenza
Like lost children we live our unfinished adventures is an installation of eight neon sculptures that transcribes the title of the work in shorthand text. The movement and proximity of people passing by these sculptures will prompt a burst of coloured light and sound – with each neon paired to a different instrument.
The City Speaks has been proudly supported by the City of Melbourne.
Australian Centre for Contemporary Art
111 Sturt Street, Southbank VIC 3006, Australia
10am - 5pm Tuesday to Friday;
12-5pm weekends and public holidays
Monday by appointment.
Tel: 03 9697 9999. Admission: Free
ACCA is supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments.