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Lick Lick Blink

Debuting for The National 2019, this new work by Tasmanian artist Willoh S. Weiland will combine film, performance and Gelato Messina.
By Marissa Ciampi
March 23, 2019
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Lick Lick Blink

Debuting for The National 2019, this new work by Tasmanian artist Willoh S. Weiland will combine film, performance and Gelato Messina.
By Marissa Ciampi
March 23, 2019
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The National 2019 is nearly upon us, and among its massive three-gallery exhibition is one just for solo movie-goers. Lick Lick Blink is a ten-minute cinema experience created by Tasmanian artist Willoh S. Weiland — and it's limited to one person viewing at a time.

The striking new work combines film, performance and breast-shaped Gelato Messina. Weiland's work is inspired by the #MeToo movement and examines how female images are consumed in film. Expect the screen to be solely occupied by women — a rarity in mainstream cinema.

To take this experience to a more immersive level, Weiland has teamed up with the cult gelateria. The brand has created a range of breast-shaped, nipple-topped, milk-flavoured ice cream cones for participants to eat while figuratively devouring the female images on screen. The chocolate coating comes in a variety of shades, which is a reflection of the female diversity that is all too often absent in film.

Weiland's work is in good company within the overarching exhibition, with many of this year's artists also focusing on gender issues.

Lick Lick Blink will premiere on March 29 for The National 2019 opening weekend and run at various scheduled times through June 23. The screening is free, but booking is required in-person on the day at the MCA information desk (level one). For the full performance schedule, head online.

Images: Daniel Boud

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