NiteArt returns to the Grainger Museum

July 17 / 195

Percy Grainger, Grainger Museum display legend: Free Music, 6 December 1938, 158.5 x 85cm. Grainger Museum Collection.
Percy Grainger, Grainger Museum display legend: Free Music, 6 December 1938, 158.5 x 85cm. Grainger Museum Collection.

The city-wide NiteArt event which sees over 50 venues across the city open late with special exhibitions, installations and performances is once again coming to the Grainger Museum at the University of Melbourne.

This year’s contribution is guest-curated by Liquid Architecture, an Australian organisation for artists working with sound, who will deliver a series of performances of experimental music with audio-visual installations.

The program takes as its point of departure the music and ideas of Percy Grainger, specifically his sense of ‘freedom’ expressed in the works and experiments that he called free music. 

In a series of specially commissioned performances using instruments from the Grainger Museum Collection, including two of the recently recreated free music machines, a group of artists and musicians will offer their own multifaceted readings of Grainger's ‘freedom', inviting the audience to consider what the term might signify today. 

Artists include Is There A Hotline?, Eric Demetriou & Herb Jercher, Antonia Sellbach, Julie Burleigh and Alison Bolger as well as academics and students from the VCA.

Nite Art 2017 is on Thursday 27 July (6-10pm).

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