The countdown is on until the most highly anticipated party of the year – MCA Social – All that Glitters! which will cascade from one of our rooftop spaces on Saturday September 24.
Presented by the Museum’s young supporters program, the MCA Young Ambassadors, MCA Social raises vital funds for our annual exhibition of Australian artists aged 35 years and under, Primavera. MCA Social brings together 300 enthusiastic arts supporters and party-goers on the Museum rooftop.
In the spirit of supporting young artists, this year we’ve commissioned two young art-party curators whose events have included Latino soap opera screenings amid cross-culture dance performance and queer cyborg personality tests next to pop-up candy bars. Anna Kirk and Nerida Ross run after pARTY at Freda’s fusing sculpture, performance, new media and installation to create an immersive art environment, and as much fun as you can shake a stick at!
Anna and Nerida tell us what they have in store for you at MCA Social:
Nerida – as Art & Culture Editor for FBi, you certainly have the inside track on what’s hot on the Sydney music scene – tell us a bit more about the music line-up you’ve planned for MCA Social? Will we need our dancing shoes?
We’ve planned an amazing line-up of musical talent for MCA Social. Luen will be DJing and has worked with our performance artist Bhenji Ra previously, too, so it is the perfect fit for the night. Our live band on the night is The Possé. A testament to their namesake, The Possé are made up of local dance dons Andrew Elston (Physique/Toni Tini Lee/Catcall), Ross Ferraro & Jarrol Renaud (AKA The Goods), Michael Di Francesco (Touch Sensitive) and NZ jazz keys prodigy Andrew Bruce. And keeping us dancing until late we’ll have DJ Ariane. All that Glitters is new funk, disco and soul.
You have selected artist Bhenji Ra to perform at MCA Social – tell us why?
Bhenji Ra is such an exciting emerging artist! Bhenji’s practice is highly diverse and centred around the body, it includes performance art, vogueing (a New York style dance based on catwalk poses of fashion models that was popularised by Madonna’s Vogue music video) and traditional Filipino dance styles. Bhenji plays on the borderline of spectacle and political, humorous and profound, creating performative works that are not only phenomenal but transformative of the space in which they are performed. This ability to create an environment and mood makes Bhenji the perfect artist for MCA Social. Last year Bhenji performed at the Asia Pacific Triennale, Underbelly Arts Festival, FBi SMAC Festival and Day4Night so they have a lot under their belt. For MCA Social, Bhenji Ra will be performing with their crew SLÉ and is sure to bring the party vibes!
The theme for this year’s fundraiser is All that Glitters – how have you interpreted it?
All that glitters is not gold! We have interpreted ‘All that Glitters’ as a chance to look into a shiny, glittery, utopian future. Filled with extravagant androgynous characters we will be transporting the space into a future where every surface and individual shimmers and shines. Taking inspiration from Bhenji Ra’s vogueing performances, we will be pulling the moves of tomorrow today on the dancefloor of the future.
How does one dress for an All that Glitters fundraiser?
Think all things glitter, but don’t stop there! You can never be too bold or extravagant in this shimmery future. Vogueing masters of the Harlem Dance Floors meets future cyborg you can take inspiration from individuals like FKA Twigs or Japanese voguing queens Aya Sato and Bambi. At the MCA Social we encourage you to look fierce and fabulous, get your glitz and glam out!
Originally from Ireland, Ciara has been the Supporter Engagement Manager at the MCA for one year and previously the Visitor Experience Manager. She caught the visual arts bug early, with an undergraduate education in Fine Art specialising in sculpture followed by a degree in production design and later a Masters in cultural policy and arts management. This has led to a fulfilling career in the arts over more than ten years. Before Ciara came to MCA she held positions in the Irish Arts Council, The Fire Station Artists’ Studios, Dublin, and the Royal Hibernian Academy Gallery, Dublin.