Interspecies and Other Others is the world premiere of a new after dark exhibition curated by Kelli Alred, that is transforming the gardens and architecture of Melbourne’s beloved and heritage-listed Abbotsford Convent. In a first for the Convent, this free exhibition activates the precinct with a dynamic outdoor program of cutting- edge, otherworldly art including projections, sculpture, film, performance, light and soundscapes. This exhibition also offers a range of immersive, captivating and free public programs that highlight how Interspecies and Other Others explores the human condition, history and habitat.
Some of the programs include:
Curator’s Walking Tour
Join Interspecies and Other Others curator, Kelli Alred on an evening walking tour of the exhibition. Alred will lead audiences across the Convent precinct and offer insights into the artworks, how they have been integrated into the Convent’s architectural and garden
landscapes, as well as the discursive thinking behind this incredible project.
Thursdays 1, 8 and 22 September
7:00 – 8:00pm, FREE but bookings required. Click here to book.
En Masse Tennis Lesson
Inspired by artist, Atlanta’s Eke’s Sacred Heart Real Tennis, you are invited to join Victor Eke a professional tennis coach, and the artist’s father, to participate in a raucous game of early tennis that can be traced back to the twelfth century. Learn the rules of ‘Real Tennis’, which was reportedly first played in the renaissance period by King Henry Tudor and his court. Known as “The sport of kings”, Real Tennis is the original racquet game from which modern tennis is derived. Blurring the boundaries between athleticism, social exchange and play, no prior experience is required for this unique experience of tennis.
Saturday 17 September
6:30 – 7:15 pm
FREE but bookings required: https://events.humanitix.com/en-masse-tennis-lesson
Enjoy a sonic intervention by Australian composer and artist, Daniel Jenatsch, who recorded live as part of a performance with Atlanta Eke’s commission, Sacred Heart Real Tennis at the Abbotsford Convent in late August. Jenatsch’s musical composition involves a blend of electronic and medieval textures created with instruments such as a robotic lute and harp.
Saturday 17 September and 2 October. Throughout the evening
For more information on the event and program activities visit https://abbotsfordconvent.com.au/event/interspecies-and-other-others/
1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford
On now until 2 October 2022