– Highlights

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Mca Collection

MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday

01 Sep - 31 Dec

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Exhibition

Jenny Watson

05 Jul - 02 Oct

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Exhibition

Hilarie Mais

23 Aug - 19 Nov

– Learning Events

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Event

Engaging Students with disability

18 Aug, 9.00am, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning

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Workshop

Art Safari

25 Aug, 10.30am, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning

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Special Event

ARTBAR August 2017

25 Aug, 7.00pm, MCA

– News from inside the MCA

Claudia Nicholson's ARTBAR of love and devotion

July’s ARTBAR will see the MCA turned into an elaborate quinceañera by this month’s curator, Claudia Nicholson. more

#ConversationStarters: Have you ever made a decision based on fear?

We held a new program of art and ideas, Conversation Starters, in June to promote an open conversation with questions that define our global situation. more

#ConversationStarters: What are you afraid of for the future?

We held a new program of art and ideas, Conversation Starters, in June to promote an open conversation with questions that define our global situation. more

– Spotlights from the collection online

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MCA Collection

Works from the MCA Collection

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Collection Artist Interviews

Watch our latest interviews in the MCA Video Portal

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Joint acquisitions by MCA and Tate

The Program promotes Australian art globally, helping Australian artists reach new audiences.

Ian BURNS

Born 1964, Newcastle, NSW. Lives and works New York, US

Ian Burns’ works reimagine the consumer technologies that now define many human activities. In Circle (2016) two inflated latex gloves levitate around a ring of fans programmed to turn on and off in sequence. For Burns, who lives in New York City, the gloves represent a ‘carnivalesque’ stand-in for human beings; and are used in response to both the Australian news about the treatment of asylum seekers, and police violence against African Americans in the USA.

Scroll (2016) is constructed from 56 digital alarm clocks connected together and reprogrammed by the artist. Burns was inspired to make this work while thinking about how ‘morning talk shows on the radio are pervading our thinking with noise’.


When I posted a picture on-line of a busted open digital alarm clock I was surprised at how many people came to the idea that I was building a bomb, which only went to prove the level at which tabloid driven paranoias are seeping into our thinking and attitudes. Though vigilance and awareness are important…impulsive responses are revealing of our fears and their sources. So these clocks have all had their sound capability altered to make a kind of ‘ticking’ when they come on.

Ian Burns

Ian Burns <i>Blender</i>  2014

Ian Burns
Circle 2016
mixed media
dimensions variable
Image courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery
© the artist

Curator Anna Davis on Ian Burns