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April 2017

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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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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Arena Annual Fundraiser Dinner

August 25 @ 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Nyala African Restaurant, 356 Brunswick St
Fitzroy, Victoria 3065 Australia
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$100

Come and join an evening of frivolity, food, and discussion while helping support Arena's vital role as one of Austrlalia's few independent critical voices Guided by MC Max Starpower (formerly Fred J Stokes): Next wave business oracle, post-web 1.0 visionary, next-life coach, and consultant to Barangaroo Development Corporation, Elon Musk, BeyondBlue and President Duterte of the Philippines, a discussion on 'The Future of Work' will be facilitated by guest speakers: Ged Kearney (President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions) and…

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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
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“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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