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May 2017

Launch: 50-Year Anniversary Issue of Arena Journal & Arena Magazine no. 147

May 4 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Jimmy Watson’s, 333 Lygon St
Carlton, Vic 3053 Australia
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Please come along and help celebrate the 50-year anniversary issue of Arena Journal and Arena Magazine no. 147 Cold War to Hot Planet: Fifty Years of Arena to be launched by Rai Gaita and Judith Brett at Jimmy Watson’s, 333 Lygon St, Carlton Thursday 4th May at 6.30pm Refreshments will be served

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AFW Screening: My Life Without Steve

May 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Arena Project Space, 2 Kerr St
Fitzroy, VIC 3065 Australia

My Life Without Steve focuses upon the theme of romantic loss and obsession, as a woman attempts to come to terms with the end of a relationship. It is not, however, a conventional drama, but a narrative formed by a collage of images and sounds. Quotes, songs, diary jottings and reflections are combined with images of time passing in a Balmain room with a view across Sydney Harbour.

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June 2017

Aftermath: 10 Years of Intervention into NT Aboriginal Communities

June 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Mark the Evangelist Church, 4 Elm Street
North Melbourne, VIC Australia
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A joint public meeting of Arena and the Institute for Postcolonial Studies, on Wednesday June 21st at Mark the Evangelist church, 4 Elm Street, North Melbourne, 6pm-7.30pm. With speakers Joe Morrison, Muriel Bamblett and Thalia Anthony, facilitated by Jon Altman. All welcome. Please join us to also launch a special issue of Arena Magazine on the Intervention.

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AFW Screening: Ben Rivers – Shorts

June 29 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Arena Project Space, 2 Kerr St
Fitzroy, VIC 3065 Australia

“Ben Rivers’ practice treads the line between documentary and fiction, and his camera often turns to individuals and communities who have in some way retreated from society. He typically spends weeks, often months, with the people he films, using the resulting footage as a starting point for his exploratory visions of alternative existences in marginal worlds.” - LUX

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July 2017

AFW Screening: Artist Film Workshop – Shorts

July 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Arena Project Space, 2 Kerr St
Fitzroy, VIC 3065 Australia

A selection of shorts from Melbourne and London based contemporary filmmakers working with 16mm film: Matthew Berka (London), Hanna Chetwin, Zi-Yun Lam & Madeleine Martiniello (Melbourne – Artist Film Workshop).

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August 2017

Forum: Imagine Postcapitalism

August 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Work in progress – weaving hessian coffee bean sack strips, Chris Johnston, Suspension Expresso A partnership between Arena and Garland magazine Imagine Postcapitalism Forum Tuesday 22 August 6-7:30pm Arena Project Space, Kerr Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne Australia (✿ You are welcome to bring a contribution for the speakers and Arena Project Space) Historical algorithms appear to predict the demise of capitalism as we know it, thanks to the erosion of community, confrontation between old North and young South, and critical levels of…

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AFW Screening: Through a Different Lens: Film Work by Joanna Margaret Paul

August 31 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Arena Project Space, 2 Kerr St
Fitzroy, VIC 3065 Australia

“Joanna Margaret Paul (1955-2003) was a New Zealand artist who pioneered interdisciplinary practice, working prolifically across the mediums of film, poetry and painting. Often shot and edited in camera, her film work chronicled motherhood and domestic life, the worn traces of urban settlement and the persistent presence of the natural world.” - Circuit

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September 2017

AFW Screening: Turumba

September 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Arena Project Space, 2 Kerr St
Fitzroy, VIC 3065 Australia

Blurring the lines between documentary and fiction, Turumba is a brilliantly crafted satire of globalisation in a small Fillipino town.

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October 2017

AFW Screening: Jem Cohen – Shorts

October 26 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Arena Project Space, 2 Kerr St
Fitzroy, VIC 3065 Australia

To be confirmed – Jem Cohen is a New York based filmmaker/media artist whose works are built from his own ongoing archive of street footage, portraits, and sound. His films often navigate the grey area between documentary, narrative, and experimental genres.

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November 2017

AFW Screening: Joyce Weiland – Shorts

November 30 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Arena Project Space, 2 Kerr St
Fitzroy, VIC 3065 Australia

Dripping Water (1969), Rat Life and Diet in North America (1973), and Cat Compilation (1965-69)

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