RMIT opens virtual doors for Open House Melbourne

RMIT opens virtual doors for Open House Melbourne

Art and design enthusiasts will be treated to online talks and virtual tours of RMIT’s landmark cultural spaces including The Capitol, Design Hub Gallery and Design Archives during the Open House Melbourne July weekend program.

Head of Cultural and Public Engagement, Paula Toal, said RMIT’s cultural spaces already renowned for their architectural significance, also provide valuable opportunities to inspire conversation and critical debates about how we live and use the city now and in the future.

“In the face of restrictions and temporary closures, RMIT’s cultural areas are offering access online and providing inspiring digital projects and platforms for the entire community,” she said.

The Capitol ceiling and theatre, 2019. John Gollings photographer.. The Capitol ceiling and theatre, 2019. John Gollings photographer.

The Capitol – virtual tour

Step backstage and virtually explore The Capitol’s hidden corners with Peter Malatt, architect and founding director of Six Degrees Architects, and Professor Martyn Hook, Dean, School of Architecture and Urban Design, RMIT.

The Capitol’s live-streamed architectural tour and Q&A will offer deeper insights into the iconic building’s fascinating history.

The tour will offer an intimate look inside The Capitol, with guides taking people behind-the-scenes, through curving staircases, historic serveries and galleys, and spaces not usually accessible to the public. 

When: 11am, Saturday 25 July

Bookings: Free, but bookings required
here. By registering you can pre-submit a question to the architects.

 
The award-winning Building 100 on Victoria street where the Design Archive collection is housed. Photo courtesy of Georgina Matherson. The award-winning Building 100 on Victoria street where the Design Archive collection is housed. Photo courtesy of Georgina Matherson.

The RMIT Design Archives – tour and online discussion

Open House Melbourne offers a chance to peek into the RMIT Design Archives and explore the exemplary collections of Melbourne’s most important and influential post-war designers.

The Design Archives collection is unique among Australia’s collecting institutions for its exclusive focus on design practice across all disciplines.

The collection is housed in the distinctive and award-winning RMIT Building 100 on Victoria Street, which received the Victorian Architecture Medal and the William Wardell Award at the 2013 Victorian Architecture Awards.

Explore online with guides Ann Carew, Curatorial Officer, Harriet Edquist, Professor of Architectural History, and Simone Rule, Archives Officer.

Following the tour, designer Stephen Banham and contributors Roger Benjamin, Peter Downton, Stuart King, and Michael Spooner will discuss design, Melbourne architecture and architectural education at RMIT. The launch of the first RMIT Design Archives Journal for 2020, a special issue on Architecture, will also be celebrated.

Online Archive and Collections tour: 11am -11.45 am, Saturday 25 July

Discussion and journal launch: 12 -12.30 pm, Saturday 25 July

Join event here

 

Exhibition view, Metahaven: Field Report at RMIT Design Hub Gallery. Photography by Tobias Titz Exhibition view, Metahaven: Field Report at RMIT Design Hub Gallery, 2020. Photography by Tobias Titz.

RMIT Design Hub Gallery - Metahaven: Field Report exhibition online discussion

Metahaven: Field Report is an exhibition reflecting upon today’s condition of information overload.

Everybody has become a broadcaster, designer, filmmaker, prosecutor, judge, key witness, perpetrator and storyteller. This is not merely a political and social fact, but an aesthetic and cinematic regime. Propaganda is now a lived reality, necessitating novel forms of media literacy.

Our altered experience of time through digital media is more heightened than ever, as we navigate the endless uncertainty of the COVID-19 global pandemic.

RMIT Design Hub Gallery curators Kate Rhodes and Fleur Watson, and Amsterdam-based artists, filmmakers and designers, Metahaven, and Metahaven: Field Report guest curators Megan Patty and Brad Haylock will reflect upon Field Report from the perspective of this new reality.

When: 5pm-6pm, Tuesday 28 July

Bookings: Free, no bookings required

Join the event here.

 

Visit Open House Melbourne 2020 for full program details.

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