– Highlights


Primavera 2017

23 Aug - 19 Nov


Hilarie Mais

23 Aug - 19 Nov

Mca Collection

MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday

01 Sep - 31 Aug

– Learning Events


Art Safari

27 Oct, 1.00pm, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning

Special Event

ARTBAR October 2017

27 Oct, 7.00pm, MCA


Keynote lecture by Pipilotti Rist

05 Nov, 1.00pm, Level 6: Harbourside Room

– News from inside the MCA

Six Films that Changed My Life (for better or worse): Antenna's Rich Welch

To pave the way for the soon-to-come cinema binge at Antenna Film Festival,Co-Director Rich Welch shared a few of his life changing films. more

Six Films that Changed My Life (for better or worse): Laura Hindmarsh

Primavera 2017 artist Laura Hindmarsh shares six films ahead of her specially curated edition of Art + Film on Saturday 16 September. more

The Many Guises of Jenny Watson

We’ll take you through some of Watson’s many alter egos that are currently housed in our Level 3 Galleries. more

– Spotlights from the collection online

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Works from the MCA Collection

Collection Artist Interviews

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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