700s Arts Festival
Celebrating our arts, design and media collections.
Throughout August and September 2015, Swanston Library hosted exhibitions, talks and a series of workshops to celebrate our arts book, journal and DVD collection. This collection is classified within the 700s of the Dewey Decimal System. Swanston Library’s “700s” are recognised for their strength, diversity and as an inspirational browsing collection. They are now the largest collection held on-site at Swanston Library.
We’ve seized the opportunity to embrace temporary space made available through preparations for the Swanston Library Transformation and invited members of the RMIT community to partner with us in a celebration of the arts at RMIT.
Keynote and launch
13 August at 6pm
The Festival was launched with a keynote speech from Professor Paul Gough on “The Art of Browsing (and the Browsing of Art)” and performances from Mick Douglas and Baron Von Choice.
13 August – 25 September
Art Against the Grain
Presented by RMIT Gallery
Curated by Jon Buckingham
Works from RMIT alumni, staff and past staff
Curated by Susan Wyers
Grazing the 700s
Works from students and staff from RMIT School of Art
Curated by Phil Edwards
Screen art programs
A variety of screen art programs from RMIT staff, students and alumni
Coordinated by Kim Munro
Sound installations and programs
Supported by Audio Kinetic Experiment (AkE) Lab and Design Futures Lab
Free lunchtime workshops were held for RMIT students and staff:
Thinking Pictures: a comics workshop with Mandy Ord
Wednesday 19 August, 12 noon and 1pm
Homage to John Baldessari: a collage workshop with Kim Handley
Thursday 20 August, 12 noon and 1pm
Under the Influence: writing about what you love with Simmone Howell
Friday 21 August, 12 noon
Star Jamming for #onemillionstars with LINK arts collective, After Hours
Monday 24 August, 12 noon, 12.30, 1.00, 1.30pm
Direct film animation with Artist Film Workshop
Tuesday 25 August, 12 noon, 12.30, 1.00, 1.30pm
How to Bind a Concertina Book: Artists' books workshop with Gracia and Louise
Thursday 27 August, 12 noon
Hypersonic music, space, experience: designing hyper-sounds for ultra-directional, parametric loudspeakers with Wes Rush
Friday 28 August
Enquires about the event: contact Amanda Kerley.
The Festival came together within a couple of months with the generous and enthusiastic participation of hundreds of people: a testament to the talents of the RMIT community. Fruitful partnerships were forged between the Library and the RMIT Gallery, LINK, College of Design and Social Context, School of Art and the AFI Research Centre.
Festival direction: Amanda Kerley
Exhibitions coordination: Sue Wyers
Launch coordination: Danielle Archer
Festival coordination team: Miranda Vanags, Morgan Simpson, Nicola Coady, Adam Browne, Mike Summers, Iza Bartosiewicz and Hannah Dunlop.
Installation technicians: Rob Bridgewater and Nick Devlin