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2016 MPavilion

05 October—18 February

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Architect BIJOY JAIN of STUDIO MUMBAI

MPavilion is a unique experiment in public space: each year the Naomi Milgrom Foundation commissions a world-leading architect to design a temporary garden pavilion for Melbourne.

This year’s MPavilion is designed by influential Indian architect Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai. The architect’s collaborative approach views nature and human as two parts of a whole, and his vision for MPavilion emphasises the opportunities that communal spaces provide us to discover the world and ourselves within it. With a careful understanding of the elemental foundations upon which shared structures are built, Studio Mumbai will draw upon local resources and knowledge to transform space into place.

MPavilion is a meeting place and ideas space that hosts a free program of talks, performances, debates and encounters each spring and summer. 

Browse the program at mpavilion.org →

Highlights during the Festival include

BIJOY JAIN, NAOMI MILGROM AND PETER MADDISON IN CONVERSATION

THU 06 OCTOBER 6.15PM

Discover Bijoy Jain’s stunning MPavilion design—from brief, to Studio Mumbai’s unique creative process, to build—with MPavilion’s commissioner Naomi Milgrom, architect Bijoy Jain and host Peter Maddison.

AUSTRALIAN YOUTH ORCHESTRA

FRI 07 OCTOBER 1PM

Soundtrack your springtime lunch break with an enchanting concert from the Australian Youth Orchestra. Enjoy the arrival of spring in the new season’s sun as Australia’s most talented young musicians use their energy and enthusiasm to put a fresh, inspiring spin on classical works.

CLASSICAL INDIAN MUSIC

SAT 08 OCTOBER 2PM

Come along for an MPavilion 2016 opening weekend highlight, a performance by leading Indian tabla player Dr Aneesh Pradhan with master of the sarod Adrian McNeil and harmonium player Sudhir Nayak.

THE ART OF SPORT

SAT 08 OCTOBER 4PM

Join MPavilion’s 2016 architect Bijoy Jain with Robyn Archer (Melbourne Festival Artistic Director 2002—04) as host, along with special guests, for this special symposium on two worlds that don’t seem to mix, but often do: art and sport.

WARRIOR PRINCESS: JHANSI KI RANI

SUN 09 OCTOBER 2PM & 3.30PM

Join us at MPavilion for this colourful and energetic performance supported by Melbourne Festival and Natya Sudha Dance Company, one that brings together four Melbourne-based Indian dance schools and five exceptional dancers to explore the depth and energy of Indian dance.

MONASH UNIVERSITY JAZZ ENSEMBLE

MON 10 OCTOBER 1PM

This performance by the emerging talents from the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music at Monash University will feature original pieces, as well as Australian and American jazz standards—come down for the perfect lunch break.

MUMBAI TO MELBOURNE

TUE 11 OCTOBER 6.15PM

A discussion of the MPavilion design and building process with the builders and engineers that made it possible.

THE DOCUMENTARY TAKE: PERSPECTIVES ON THE REAL

WED 12 OCTOBER 7PM

Join Sonia Leber and David Chesworth in conversation with Naomi Cass to explore the working methods of these award winning artists. Find out more →

AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC

THU 13 OCTOBER 1PM

Leave the office. Get some fresh air. Bring your sandwich. Join us amongst the greenery of the Queen Victoria Gardens for a lunchtime performance by musicians from the Australian National Academy of Music.

THE HOME WITHIN

THU 13 OCTOBER 6.15PM

This panel discussion with Larissa Hjorth, Anais Lellouche and Jan van Shaik explores the notion of home and mobility in art and architecture, using Chiharu Shiota’s monumental commission for the Festival, The Home Within by Chiharu Shiota as a focal point. Find out more →

TRANSPOSITION

FRI 14 OCTOBER 5.30PM & SAT 15 OCTOBER 3PM

Transposition is a puppet procession and dance based on Rashna Imhasly’s book, The Psychology of Love: Wisdom of Indian Mythology. Featuring three towering puppets with dancers, visual projections and music, ‘Transposition’ by Ishara International Puppet Trust will encircle MPavilion in colour and drama.

WOMEN, EQUITY, ARCHITECTURE

SAT 15 OCTOBER 4.30PM

A site for active exchange and discussion, Parlour seeks to expand the spaces and opportunities available to women. This spring salon is a panel talk about the intersection of women, equity and architecture.

WETWARE

SUN 16 OCTOBER 3.30PM

Australian dancer and choreographer Atlanta Eke brings us Wetware, a performance concerned with time travel. The work, a response to the RMIT Design Hub's Occupied exhibition, imagines that architects from 2050 have travelled back in time to share a dystopian tale from a near future.

THE ARCHITECTURE OF DISPLAY

SUN 16 OCTOBER 4.30PM

Following the performance of Wetware, a panel discussion titled ‘The Architecture of Display: Scenography as an agent for performance and design’ includes Atlanta Eke, Fleur Watson of RMIT Design Hub, David Neustein and Grace Mortlock of otherothers.

BIENNIAL LAB PRESENTS FIELD THEORY's '9000 MINUTES'

MON 17—SUN 23 OCTOBER

Field Theory does 9000 minutes, a work based at the Queen Victoria Markets but fed-by-radio live to MPavilion via Field Theory’s custom-designed speaker boxes. Find out more →

HARP RECITAL

WED 19 OCTOBER 1PM

Renowned harpist Marshall McGuire returns to MPavilion for the third year running with this special performance of classical works on Marshall’s modern and baroque harps.

BIENNIAL LAB: RETHINKING PUBLIC SPACE

WED 19 OCTOBER 6—7PM

Discover what makes the Biennial Lab so intriguing. Join eminent curators in the public sphere, Khairuddin Hori and Natalie King, and Timothy Moore of SIBLINGFind out more →

THE GRIFFINS IN AUSTRALIA AND INDIA

THU 20 OCTOBER 6.15PM

Join Sir Jonathan Mills and Philip Goad for this conversation on Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin, one that promises to cover the legacy of a name etched in our national design consciousness—as part of our Cultural Collisions program.

DANH VŌ

FRI 21 OCTOBER 6.15PM

Vietnamese-born Danish artist Danh Vō will join us in the gardens, along with Geelong Gallery director Jason Smith, for this significant event sure to explore the depths of Danh’s work.

STILL LIFE DRAWING?

SAT 22 OCTOBER 2PM

Meet Kenny Pittock, Melbourne artist and wonderful human, to learn how to draw still life. With items as simple as fruit and veg picked from the Queen Victoria Market, Kenny will help you turn a master feast into a masterpiece!

DOG DAY MEET

SUN 23 OCTOBER 10AM—1PM

In association with the screening of Laurie Anderson’s Heart of a Dog meditation on love, loss and her beloved dog at ACMI from 20 October, MPavilion have a day of dog walks with Tom + Captain, poetry reading and a dog photo booth with Dog Photog.

BrowSe the MPavilion program →


IMAGE | Courtesy MPavilion

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