City Songs

These portraits and these stories are part of the music created by the people who live, work, visit, struggle and play in the city of Melbourne. Within the boundary of one single CBD block we discovered a whole symphony of experience and of worlds. We ask you to pause for a moment and to listen to the sound of our city.

City Songs is the result of a 2016 arts residency for the City of Melbourne. Writer Christos Tsiolkas and photographer Zoe Ali were asked to document, through text and photography, the land that was designated at the foundation of Melbourne as the ’11th block’,  the block bordered by Swanston Street, Russell, Bourke and Collins streets.

Working alongside social historian, Professor Andrew May, and his team from the Melbourne History Workshop in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne, Christos and Zoe walked along streets and alleys, climbed and descended staircases, and were welcomed into shops and studios. They discovered the rich chorus of voices that make up the people who work, live and inhabit our city.

Curated by Christos Tsiolkas, Zoe Ali and Andrew May

Christos Tsiolkas and Zoe Ali are long-term collaborators, exploring questions of identity, longing and urban life through image and text. Both Melburnians, this is their sixth collaboration.

Christos Tsiolkas is a writer. His novels include The Slap and Barracuda and he is also a playwright, scriptwriter and essayist.

Zoe Ali began studying photography under John Cato and has since had work exhibited nationally and internationally.

Andrew May is Professor of History at the University of Melbourne where he runs the Melbourne History Workshop melbournehistoryworkshop.com in the School of Historical & Philosophical Studies. His books on Melbourne include Melbourne Street Life, The Encyclopedia of Melbourne and Espresso! Melbourne Coffee Stories. The workshop team included Nicole Davis, James Lesh, Henry Reese, Susan Reidy, Weiyan Sun, Volkhard Wehner and Roland Wettenhall.

Media: City Songs, A Symphony of experiences

At dusk, under the clocks

From 1968-71, high school teacher Angus O’Callaghan walked Melbourne in the evening in his spare time, photographing its streets, people and events on two Yashicaflex medium format cameras.

Drawing from his archive, At Dusk, Under the Clocks uncovers O’Callaghan’s cinematic observations of iconic city locations in low light: at dusk, in winter and on neon-filled nights.

Shot on St Kilda Road, Princes Bridge, at the National Gallery of Victoria and around the intersection of Flinders and Swanston Streets, nearly five decades later O’Callaghan’s mood-filled photographs show us a Melbourne that is both familiar and marked by time.

Fringe Benefits – Melbourne’s Urban Sprawl

During the 1970s, I was young. Unsatisfied with youth alone, I was also smaller than my present dimensions suggest. When one is small, regardless of age, distances seem more vast and common things seem more big. Everyday things: wardrobes, most objects manufactured by Fisher & Paykel, the packaging they are shipped in…just massive.

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iain Maclachlan:’ The Vanishing
Arax 60, Portra 400

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URBANITY

URBANITY 2014

Photographic Exhibition featuring images by Roberts Birze and Damian Young

Street Photography Images by Damian Young from Melbourne and Hong Kong, captured using film.

Abstract, impressionistic cityscape images of Melbourne by Roberts Birze. Multiple exposures captured in camera on film.

Opening Night Event:
Saturday 1st November (facebook)

Bring your camera to the gallery day:
Saturday 8th November (facebook)

Damian Young’s catalogue of urbanity images.

Dream Homes

A psychogeographic encounter with the psyche of a suburb?

The concept is superficially simple : night photographs of suburban houses, from Melbourne’s west.

The intent is harder to contain. Most Australians aim to own their own “dream home”. What form do these dreams take?

This project attempts to explore the essence of these dream projections through their physical manifestations. It may seem ironic to capture the owners dreams while the occupants are asleep : but engaging with the ambience of the suburban milieu at night provides a genuine opportunity to literally see them in a very different light : physically and metaphorically.

Opening : Sat 16th August 4 – 6pm

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Welcome to the Neighbourhood

In his first solo exhibition Darcy Moore constructs a sinister love letter to the diverse cultures of Melbourne’s popular inner city suburbs.

It is the inner suburbs that define Melbourne’s vibrant culture. Whether its live music in Fitzroy, a great new restaurant in Abbotsford, or a friend’s new apartment in Southbank, every suburb offers its own personality, expectation and stereotype. In this current body of work Moore seeks to draw our attention to the ‘walk past’ non-spots that are as much a part of our culture fuelled city suburbs as your favourite café, restaurant clothes shop or bar.

Welcome to the Neighbourhood… Is dark and eerie. By focussing on the spaces that exist ‘in between’ Moore forms a contradiction between what we know and what we see. Drawing his audience’s attention to the beauty of these forgotten spaces Moore asks us to broaden our perceptions of these familiar urban settings. The lonely, bland urban spaces propel the viewer into a new surreal world, behind the sights and sounds of our beloved city cultures and lifestyles. Moore’s grungy, cold, first person aesthetic carries the audience through the series, it pulls us into the images and leaves us asking, Where am I?

Prahran 40

It’s 40 years since the first mature age intake of photography students at Prahran College.  An exhibition of photography by former students and staff from the 1970s.

EXPOSURE

The Melbourne Silver Mine were commissioned by White Night Melbourne to document the 2014 White Night using their analogue ways.

As part of this commission a small exhibition was also staged on White Night. If you missed it you have a second chance to see the show.

12 Photographers, 12 photographs, all Melbourne, various analogue and traditional photographic techniques

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Night Pinhole Shoot

The Melbourne Silver Mine has been commissioned by the folks at White Night Melbourne to help document this year’s event via a series of long exposure photographs.

The idea behind the MSM’s Exposure project is to use long exposure and pinhole photography to produce a unique photographic record of the event.

I’m very much looking forward to being a part of this project. in a rare moment of artistic pre-planning and forethought Lea and I took our light meters, stop watches and handy dandy notebooks into the city on Saturday night to test gear and assess practicalities.

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Flinders Street Station from St Paul’s – 120 Second exposure

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