Reko Rennie, OA_RR (video still), 2017. Photo- Justin McManus. Courtesy the artist and STATION

Hosted in over 12 different venues in Melbourne, the Channels Festival 2019 is set to broaden horizons as International and Australian video art blurs fact with fiction to delve deeper into difference, connectivity, power and place.

Deconstructing notions of belonging, complicity and resistance, Channels Festival shares a diverse and inclusive program of group and solo exhibitions, new commissions, artist residencies, screenings, performances, talks and discussions, presented across Melbourne and beyond.

Exploring non-binary sexual identities, social dynamics and power, Australian artist David Rosetzky will premiere his newly commissioned work Composite Acts with a one-night-only exhibition and performance, in collaboration with choreographer Jo Lloyd, on Saturday 21 September at the Abbotsford Convent.

Almagul Menlibayeva. Left: Centaur (from Transoxiana Dream), 2011, Middle: Caspian Palms, 2016, Right: Transoxiana Dream (video still), 2011

In partnership with the National Gallery of Victoria, Channels Festival will present a one-day program of video art screenings, lecture performances and panel discussions in Longitudes, Latitudes and Legacies on Saturday 7 September. Focusing on the relationship between video, performance and socio-political critique, rarely seen historical works from the 1970's by artists such as Mike Parr, Marina Abramovic, Joan Jonas, Peter Campus and Regina Vater will be interwoven with commentary by artists including Jill Orr, Diana Baker Smith (Barbara Cleveland Institute) and Eugenia Lim to highlight the continuing influence of those legacies within contemporary artistic practice.

A daily screening of contemporary video works exploring themes of community, selfhood and place by artists such as Shaun Gladwell, Angelica Mesiti, David Noonan and Daniel Crooks will be presented each afternoon from 3 – 7 September at Anna Schwartz Gallery.

Channels Festival will also continue to support emerging artists and developing ambitious new works, as shown in their partnership with BLINDSIDE, who will host emerging artist Archie Barry, who has developed a newly commissioned video portrait that examines identity politics and the fluid nature of gender from 28 August – 14 September.

The Scar Trailer (Noor Afshan Mirza & Brad Butler)

“Over the last six years, Channels Festival has built a dynamic and enthusiastic community, supported artists at all stages of their career and expanded our understanding of video art practice. Our 2019 program aims to bring Australian artists into dialogue with artists from across the globe to provide audiences with an opportunity to be immersed in powerful and evocative works that reflect on our relationship to one another, culture and society more broadly.” says Artistic Director Kelli Alred.

Enriching encounters will take place at prominent Melbourne venues including NGV, ACCA, Abbotsford Convent, The SUBSTATION, BLINDSIDE, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Black Dot Gallery, ACMI X, RMIT University and more.

You can buy tickets and check out the full program to the Video Art Festival here!


Dates: 24 August – 15 September 2019

Location: Multiple venues. See website for full listing

Times: See website for full listing

Channels Festival Website