This Thursday afternoon, join NGV Senior Curator of Contemporary Design and Architecture, Ewan McEoin, and NGV Curator of Indigenous Art, Myles Russell-Cook, in conversation about two major pieces of international and Australian cross-cultural design collaborations.
One of the pieces Ewan and Myles will be discussing is PET Lamp Ramingining: twin piece (2016). The result of a partnership between Barcelona-based designer Alvaro Catalán de Ocón and creatives from the Bula’Bula Arts Centre, this piece fused the Spanish designer’s concept to reuse PET plastic bottles with the traditional skills of the Bula’Bula Arts Centre artists. After travelling to the Ramingining community in North East Arnhem Land, the unlikely collaborators developed a system for joining traditional woven mat forms, resulting in large-scale collaborative works.
The other major work that will be discussed, Victoria Amazonica (2017), is a collaboration between Yarrenyty Altere artists in Alice Springs, Australian designer Elliat Rich and Brazilian designers Estudio Campana. A dome upholstered in vivid colours, the sprawling structure acts as a meeting place inside the NGV, referencing waterways across cultures and geographies.
NGV International Waterwall, 2-2.30pm
National Gallery of Victoria
180 St Kilda Road
Check out the full program of events and participants here.
This event is part of Melbourne Design Week. View the full program of events at ngv.vic.gov.au/melbourne-design-week.