– Highlights

highlight
Exhibition

Primavera 2017

23 Aug - 19 Nov

highlight
Exhibition

Hilarie Mais

23 Aug - 19 Nov

highlight
Mca Collection

MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday

01 Sep - 31 Aug

– 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

highlight
MCA Collection

Works from the MCA Collection

highlight
Collection Artist Interviews

Watch our latest interviews in the MCA Video Portal

highlight
Joint acquisitions by MCA and Tate

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

Discover Primavera 2016 – Young Australian Artists

Imagine that the ‘brain’ is distributed throughout the body, spreading across its various systems.

Imagine brain functions that nestle in our neural pathways and in our sensorimotor capacities, that thread down our spines, or pump stress hormones through our endocrine system.

Primavera 2016 proposes just this.

Drawing on the rapidly expanding field of cognitive science known as embodied cognition, which posits that the creation of knowledge might first begin in the body, rather than in the brain, the works in this exhibition occupy the threshold between the body and the outside world. Situated on this threshold, each of the works provides opportunities for the artwork to communicate directly with the viewer’s body.

Imagine that our brain is dispersed and alive within and throughout the flesh and sinew of our body.

Primavera 2016 Curator, Emily Cormack
Here you can watch, listen and read more about the Primavera 2016 artists and how their works become, embody or challenge these ideas.



Watch our interview with Curator Emily Cormack

Listen to the artists and curator in conversation

Purchase the exhibition catalogue
The text on these pages is taken from Primavera 2016 catalogue. Get your copy from the MCA Store during your visit or online at MCA Store.

primavera catalogue

See Primavera 2016 – Young Australian Artists Public Programs and Events
View Events

Artists

Steven Cybulka

Steven Cybulka has created a vast architectural intervention, serving as the ‘skeleton’ for the exhibition.

View More

Pia van Gelder

Pia van Gelder harnesses the innate capacity of the human body to conduct energy through contact.

View More

Biljana Jancic

Biljana Jancic’s work floods a hidden corner with silver plains of vinyl tape, reflecting the blue of a vacant projection screen as well as viewers’ movements through the space.

View More

Ruth McConchie

Ruth McConchie is creating a new world to be encountered through a virtual reality headset.

View More

Adelle Mills

Adelle Mills’ work will feature on four large screens, creating unconscious connections between the body of the viewer and that of the performer on screen.

View More

Mira Oosterweghel

Mira Oosterweghel’s sculptural forms will traverse the upper reaches of the gallery space, signifiers of human activity, threatening and fearful, within the tamed space of the gallery space.

View More

Emily Parsons-Lord

Emily Parsons-Lord has created an air compound that estimates the quality of air from the greatest extinction event in earth’s history.

View More

Danae Valenza

The viewer’s movement will be tracked by Danae Valenza’s neon and sound work, swelling to greet them and diminishing as they pass.

View More