Melbourne may be Australia's self-styled cultural capital, but within our city's cultural scene, live art still maintains a kind of awkward adolescence — a form that marries the outsider status of Melbourne's independent theatre with the aloof coolness of its galleries. Now, Arts House are ramping it up a notch. Joining forces with artists in Cambridge, they're presenting a biennial mini-festival of live art that leapfrogs international borders and kickstarts a deeper discussion of the fledgling form.
Operating out of the North Melbourne Town Hall and Meat Market, Arts House consistently flies the flag for compelling experimental artwork with a curated year-long program of Australian and international pieces. They then took this to the extreme with the inaugural Festival of Live Art in March this year. Going Nowhere is the next logical step.
A (mostly free) weekend of events characterised by environmentally-sustainable practice and inter-continental collaboration, this collection of works features local favourites like Tristan Meecham, pieces that ask you to get out and explore the city, and art that begins in your own home. For those that missed out at FOLA earlier in the year, you can once again throw digital paint at the North Melbourne Town Hall thanks to Olaf Meyer. What a time to be alive.