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Dystopian Bouquet

This multi-sensory, collaborative exhibition is a love letter to Melbourne, nestled down a CBD laneway.
By Libby Curran
September 12, 2022
By Libby Curran
September 12, 2022

The city's events calendar is slowly but surely returning to its former glory. In fact, this month you can make like the good old days and indulge in a truly Melbourne activity, wandering down a famous CBD laneway to scope out a dynamic, immersive pop-up art exhibition held in a cosy reading room.

That's the multi-sensory feast that awaits you at Dystopian Bouquet — a free exhibition helmed by artist Jason Parker which descends on Madame Brussels Lane from Friday, September 30–Sunday, October 2.

Shannyn Higgins

Packing a huge visual punch, the installation is both a love letter to Melbourne's creative energy and a response to the tumultuous times of the past few years. Parker has collaborated with a cast of photographers, stylists, artists, dancers and videographers to bring it to life, creating a dystopian wonderland made up of sculptures, paintings and moving imagery.

Expect bold, sumptuous scenes featuring plenty of Parker's trademark 'pixelated' aesthetic, plus floral elements and strewn artifacts.

Entry is free, though you'll need to reserve your spot online. The exhibition runs 5.30–9pm on September 30, and 12.30–5.30pm on October 1 and 2.

Shannyn Higgins

Images: Shannyn Higgins

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