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    Art installations and chats with the makers among highlights of OMA MPavilion program

    Kirsty Sier

    The Naomi Milgrom Foundation has revealed an “OMA-inspired” program of talks, meets, music and projects for the next installation of MPavilion. In addition to the well-established MTalks, MMeets, MMusic and MKids series from previous years, this year’s program will additionally see a number of site-specific art installations erected around the Rem Koolhaas- and David Gionotten-designed MPavilion.

    The program for this year draws upon the foundational themes of Netherlands-based practice OMA’s architecture. Surprise, spontaneity, innovation and experimentation will all be approached from different angles in talks and events that encompass everything from meditation to immersive explorations of the afterlife.

    MPavilion’s incumbent makers, Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten, will also be present in Melbourne for a number of talks conducted in collaboration with the Naomi Milgrom Foundation. On 3 October, the formidable architecture duo will visit Melbourne School of Design for a conceptual exploration of the countryside, before joining Naomi Milgrom herself on 4 October for a panel discussion at the MPavilion site.

    Full highlights program below. More information and bookings here.

    Morning stories with N’arweet Carolyn Briggs

    Start the day at MPavilion this season with morning stories from N’arweet (Elder) Carolyn Briggs. Each morning will feature one of a rotating selection of pre-recorded stories. Reflect on country: past, present and future.

    Philip Brophy’s ‘Stadium – A Neo-Tokyo Terrasound Cosmophony’

    As the sun dips beyond the horizon’s edge and the Queen Victoria Gardens bathes in afterglow, this season’s twilight ritual will unfold: a special recorded composition of Philip Brophy’s Stadium: A Neo-Tokyo Terrasound Cosmophony.

    Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten on countryside

    On the opening day of MPavilion 2017, head along to Melbourne School of Design for a talk by Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten on a current area of preoccupation among OMA architects: countryside.

    Virginia Trioli in conversation with Rem Koolhaas, David Gianotten and Naomi Milgrom

    In an MPavilion opening day tradition, this season of MTalks will kick off with architects Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten of OMA; founder and patron of MPavilion, Naomi Milgrom; and leading Australian journalist, author and broadcaster, Virginia Trioli.

    Quiet mornings: learn to meditate with A—SPACE

    In response to the relentless pace of modern life, A—SPACE co-founder and meditation teacher, Manoj Dias, will lead free-guided meditations every Wednesday morning throughout October. All are welcome.

    A stage for new parenthood

    Collaborative duo Guest & Riggs turn MPavilion into a public performance of the banalities of new parenthood. Nappy-changing and open-air breast and bottle-feeding will reach new cultural heights.

    Sovereign Trax DJ set

    Kick off your weekend with a DJ set from Sovereign Trax. Sovereign Trax – aka writer and blogger Hannah Donnelly – will decolonise our music choices with a selection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music.

    Designing the age-friendly city

    Sibling Architecture hosts a day of workshops and panel discussions that investigate what makes an age-friendly city, by looking at age-friendly societies and the opportunities they can bring.

    Matthew Bird, ‘An Immersive Encounter with the Afterlife’

    Artist and experimental architect, Matthew Bird, will transform MPavilion into an interactive installation that invites audiences to experience an immersive and performative encounter with the afterlife.

    Soft Baroque, ‘Foamy Feeling’

    Soft Baroque, the hugely creative London-based contemporary design duo, brings us a site-specific furniture installation of hyper-custom comfort solutions and an exercise in expressive furniture making.

    ‘Queer Some Space’ presented by XYX Lab and The Lifted Brow

    Queer Some Space is a day-long symposium melding talks, seminars and all-in panel chats, punctuated by a twilight keynote presentation and culminating in an evening of music performances.

    Bakehouse sessions: secret rehearsal

    Melbourne’s famed Bakehouse Studios turn MPavilion into an impromptu rehearsal space. These performances across the season feature a rotating cast of emerging and established musical acts. Stay tuned for the full line-up announcement.

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