– Highlights


Pipilotti Rist: Sip my ocean

01 Nov - 18 Feb


Jon Campbell: MCA Collection

04 Dec - 25 Feb


Word: MCA Collection

04 Dec - 18 Feb

– Learning Events


Art + Film

16 Dec, 2.00pm, Level 2: Veolia Lecture Theatre


Laughter Sessions

16 Dec, 2.00pm, Level 3: Creative Studios in NCCL


ARTBAR January 2018

19 Jan, 7.00pm, Throughout the MCA

– News from inside the MCA

The Importance of Laughter

We sat down with laughter connoisseur Shari Coventry from Sydney Laughter to discover the truth about laughter and why we need it ahead of this month’s Laughter Sessions. more

Coming up in 2018…

Next year is one of the most exciting and diverse seasons yet. Find out what’s on. more

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

– Spotlights from the collection online

MCA Collection

Works from the MCA Collection

Collection Artist Interviews

Watch our latest interviews in the MCA Video Portal

Joint acquisitions by MCA and Tate

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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