Launch Party - Ian Potter Museum of Art

Launch Party

03 May 2019

On Saturday May 4, the Potter will host an afternoon of immersive experiential art to celebrate the launch of our 2019 program, Inside Out.  Hosted across multiple galleries within the museum, the event will see the Potter transformed for four hours of live art, workshops and participatory performance.

Inside Out Schedule

Live Wall Drawing – live art
When: 4.00pm – 6.30pm

Artists Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, Zilverster (Sharon Goodwin and Irene Hanenbergh) and Kenny Pittock will open the day with a progressive drawing relay on the gallery’s longest wall. With a 40-minute limit for each artist, the work will grow and morph across the afternoon with each artist’s response.

Audiences will also be invited to join a collaborative drawing table, where a giant art work will be developed on paper alongside the artists.

Sightless Selfie: self-portraits in clay – workshop
When: 4.00pm – 6.00pm

Ceramic artist, Vipoo Srivilasa will host this hands-on workshop using the selfie as a starting point to create a self-portrait in clay. Participants will take a selfie to capture both their attitude and personality in one frame, and under Srivilasa’s guidance, will then recreate the image in clay.

As an extra challenge, and to maximise the sensory experience, participants can create their clay selfie by touch, rather than sight, via a clay sleeping mask. The finished clay ‘selfies’ will form the basis of an installation in the workshop space before the creators take them home.

7 Hour Balloon Work (Black) – live performance
When: 12.00pm – 7.00pm*
Watch the live stream here

Michaela Gleave’s durational performance centres on the gradual accumulation of 1,500 helium-filled balloons. Executed over a 7-hour period, the project will see the artist slowly fill a translucent room with balloons, accumulating from the ceiling down until only crawling space remains. Live streamed on our website, watch it here.
*accessible to the public from 4pm

Questions for Problems – participatory performance
When: 4.00pm – 6.30pm

Experimental art collective, APHIDS will unveil Questions for Problems, their ‘drop-in centre’ for exchange and dialogue. Bring along any creative or pragmatic problems, settle on the sofa and talk it all through with APHIDS in a live exchange of questions, problems and speculations.

Gamify or Die  – participatory performance
When: 5.00pm 

How exciting is the apocalypse? Being a communist is bourgeois – true or false? Using an app on their mobile phones, audience members respond to Giselle Stanborough’s “big questions” competing for the title of ultimate quiz champion. As a video projection reveals players’ combined scores in real time, the audience will become both participants in, and subjects of, Stanborough’s live quiz.

The Federal Minister for Empathy – live performance
When: 6.00pm -7.00pm

On a pit-stop from his mission to nurture the emotional intelligence of Australia’s political class, The Federal Minister for Empathy (aka David Pledger) will make a public appearance and policy pitch at the Potter in the lead up to the 2019 federal election. Join the Minister as he discusses how as citizens we might vote with, and for, empathy this May.

In conjunction with his appearance, the Minister will exhibit his Frontbench Series of video-interviews conducted with various government ministers.

The Physician
When: 4.00pm – 8.00pm

Visitors suffering from ‘art anxiety’ can engage the services of a friendly art doctor throughout the afternoon. For anyone suffering the tell-tale symptoms of a lack of engagement with cultural discourse and an overall dissatisfaction with representative tropes, resulting in tedium, boredom and general disinterest, The Physician will be on hand to guide audiences through the day’s program, and most importantly, assist in leaving cultural anxieties at the door.

Under the guise of a public health service, this live art project by artist Jason Maling turns the museum’s foyer into a doctor’s reception, with art offered as a service, rather than a product.

Deep Soulful Sweats
When: 7.00pm

The day’s events will culminate with the shape-shifting dance and choreographic practice, Deep Soulful Sweats, which will see participants divided into their astrological sun signs and invited to join in an ecstatic, inclusive and spontaneous dance performance. The result promises to be a potently embodied and energetic exchange.

Together with a rotating cast of elemental leaders, DJs and designers, the Deep Soulful Sweats team encourages you to step out of your thinking mind and into your body.

RSVP to our Launch Party here.

Bookings for Deep Soulful Sweats are essential. Book here.