ARTBAR happens after dark on the last Friday of every month.
Exhibitions, music and live acts come together under the direction of a guest curator, transforming the MCA into a pulsating piece of performance art.
Jess Johnson & Simon Ward graffiti the MCA into a dystopic drive-in for this month’s MCA ARTBAR. Bunker inside the architecture of the MCA and move through a series of viewing zones, engaging with film, art and music along the way.
Toecutter will bring their own brand of thrash metal from the wastelands of Australia, Philip Brophy’s sonicscapes and video works will be projected throughout the Museum and the smell of burnt sausages from the post-apocalyptic BBQ will only be amplified by the… Burnt Sausages.
Friday 31 March, 7-11pm
Throughout the MCA
*Booking fees apply
Join the Facebook event here
About the Curators
Simon Ward lives and works in Melbourne. As an animator with a background in making music videos, he has developed a style influenced by the history of cinematographic special effects and animation. His work in video and animation is varied and usually involves collaboration with musicians, writers or visual artists. Ward employs a DIY approach that utilises self-taught effects and animation techniques, generating visual imagery that mixes reality with the fantastical.
Jess Johnson lives and works in Melbourne and New York. Johnson’s drawing and installation practice is influenced by the speculative intersections between language, science fiction, culture and technology. In her drawings she depicts complex worlds that combine densely layered patterns, objects and figures within architectural settings. Johnson’s drawings are often displayed within constructed environments that act as physical portals into her speculative worlds. Her recent video collaborations with Simon Ward have involved translating her drawings into animated video and virtual reality, thus enabling an audience to have the simulated experience of entering the hypnotic realms depicted in her drawings.
Image: Jess Johnson, Worldweb Allthing (VIDEO STILL) 2016, image courtesy of the artist