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March 2017

AFW Screening: When Will I Be Dictator

March 30 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Arena Project Space, 2 Kerr St
Fitzroy, VIC 3065 Australia
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Assorted from years of found footage, Yaël André stitches together a pseudo science-fiction narrative, scouring for mystery and purpose within seemingly banal and grainy 8mm relics.
André’s philosophical treatise on the power of shared images playfully refracts the nature of authorship and personal expression.

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April 2017

Arena discussion: Trump and the Fascist Prospect?

April 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Arena Project Space, 2 Kerr St
Fitzroy, VIC 3065 Australia
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Gif by Matt Bissett-Johnson

What might we learn from historical fascism? Is this the right concept for Trump? What are the conditions in western techno-capitalist culture that might tend towards fascism? What are the geopolitical forces at work?

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Mind the Gap Exhibition and Launch Discussion

April 7 @ 11:00 am - April 16 @ 5:00 pm
Arena Project Space, 2 Kerr St
Fitzroy, VIC 3065 Australia
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Kristian Laemmel-Ruff’s latest exhibition Mind the Gap is coming to the Arena Project Space for two weeks. Viewing hours: 11am – 5pm April 7th/8th/9th and April 13th/14th/15th/16th Launch and Discussion: Thursday April 13th at 7pm Mind the Gap is a somewhat dark and politically charged meditation on the gap between Australian cultures. It is not asking us to close the gap, to homogenise or assimilate; rather it asks us to acknowledge the gap, nurture the gap, celebrate the diversity rather…

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AFW Screening: 7,8,9: Three films by Hollis Frampton

April 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Arena Project Space, 2 Kerr St
Fitzroy, VIC 3065 Australia
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States (1967), Artificial Light (1968), and Palindrome (1969) are mainly related by the period in which they were made. Hollis Frampton (1936-1984) was recognised by New York critic P. Adams Sitney in his famous 1969 essay 'Structural Film'. In many ways these films demonstrate his investigation of the essential qualities of the medium, and its relationship to language.

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Our Power – Advanced Screening + Q&A

April 29 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Arena Project Space, 2 Kerr St
Fitzroy, VIC 3065 Australia
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$10

Please join Artist Film Workshop and Arena Publications at the advanced screening of the documentary Our Power: Reconnecting Our Communities Doors at 6pm, screening at 7pm, followed by a discussion with community members and Our Power filmmakers, with special guest John Hughes (filmmaker). Our Power is a Melbourne-made documentary about the Latrobe Valley community as they bear the brunt of the privatisation of Victoria's electricity in the 1990s and deal with the devastating Hazelwood mine fire of 2014. The film exposes the…

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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
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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
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“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
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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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