Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV) presents MAPPING MELBOURNE 2015, a series of multi-artform events from 2-5 December 2015 across Melbourne, celebrating independent contemporary artists on the theme of Asia. 13 venues across the City of Melbourne including Federation Square, State Library of Victoria and the Immigration Museum will host exhibitions, theatre, music, dance, multi-media, workshops and live art interactions for this Festival. Over 100 artists from across Australia, China, Indonesia, South Korea, Malaysia, India, Japan, Thailand, Cambodia, East Timor, Singapore, Philippines and Vietnam will be performing at four day showcase.

F Sigit Santoso, Lama Sabachthani #2

The program launches on Tuesday 1 December at the newly refurbished Meat Market Stables, also the main site for the SHOUT! 2015 exhibition. Guests will be the first to experience this collection of extraordinary paintings, soft sculpture and large scale installations and have a chance to meet the artists from Yogyakarta and Bandung, including Tisna Sanjaya, well known for his powerful paintings, etchings and activist performance art.

The Barberettes

On Wednesday 2 December, Mapping Melbourne will land at the Summer Night Market as The Barberettes fly in from Seoul to take over the main stage. Described as a “time travelling girl group that sings ’50s-’60s American and Korean pop music,” they fuse covers of iconic doo-wop hits with original retro-inspired compositions. This will also be the first of three sites where audiences can catch a glimpse of the Luminous Lunas – created by Director Yumi Umiumare these mythical creatures enliven and illuminate spaces with their curiosity and unearthly costumes but the only come out to play as the sun goes down.

Step into the luxurious Wonderland Spiegeltent on Thursday 3 December and let Novalaya treat your senses with an immersive musical experience exploring intricate melodic and rhythmic styles from across Asia and Europe. The lead singer of Bombay Royale, Parvyn Kaur Singh has been busy working on this new project with musical innovators Josh Bennett, Linsey Pollak and Tunji Beier and if their combined musical resume is anything to go by, it’s going to be spectacular.

On Friday 4 December from 5-8pm Federation Square will provide the back drop for a series fresh, spontaneous, site-specific performances based on the theme ‘ecstasis’ for Traces of Transformation. Developed by Creative Director Tony Yap, this concept of bringing artists into ‘un-expected’ outdoor spaces draws the artist and audience together, providing a new way to engage with and experience live performance. 17 artists will activate three sites within St Pauls Court at Fed Sq and include a new collaboration between Shanghai music producer Ma Haiping with Victoria Chiu and Mindy Meng Wang both coming from performing at the Shanghai International Arts Festival. The finale will give audiences an insight into Javanese trance and with Indonesian performers Agus Riyanto and Agung Gunawan and five local artists.

Across the day, State Library Victoria (SLV), Argyle Square in Carlton and Fed Sq will host a series of ‘pop up’ performances by My Le Thi, Minh Phan and Khue Nguyen commemorating the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, to feature as part of the artists’ exhibition at Steps Gallery (9-16 Dec). Inside SLV from 3pm-5pm, Australian and Indonesian artist collective Mainteater will be inviting the public in for an intimate multi-lingual theatre experience. Performed by Sandra Long, Jodee Mundy and Bandung based actress Heliana Sinaga, this work will bring to life some of the powerful poems Lunas may also be spotted on the forecourt!

Here’s the five major exhibition highlights feature in Mapping Melbourne 2015:

SHOUT! 2015
2–22 Dec, Meat Market Stables
2-5 Dec State Library of Victoria Forecourt (feat. inflatables by Erwin Windu Pranata)
25 Nov – 15 Dec, Sidney Myer Asia Centre, University of Melbourne
Talk 2pm Sat 5 Dec Indonesian artists & Edwin Jurriens, Asia Institute, University of Melbourne

Following on from the international success of Shout: Contemporary Indonesian Art held at Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Roma in 2014, curated by Bryan Collie (MiFA) and Santy Saptari (Pearl Lam Galleries), MAV and MiFA present SHOUT! 2015 across three venues featuring 16 contemporary artists from Bandung and Yogyakarta, spanning paintings, soft sculpture and large scale installations.

Anida Yoeu Ali and Studio Revolt
23 Nov – 6 Dec at Federation Square’s Big Screen

As part of the Public Program accompanying Anida Yoeu Ali ‘Buddhist Bug’ exhibition (24–29 Nov) at Brightspace in St Kilda, Pegasos5 will present a showcase of award-winning video art by Phnom Penh’s collaborative media lab Studio Revolt and Internationally recognised performance artist Anida Yoeu Ali.

From Spaces Past
3–10 Dec at The Food Court, Docklands

From Spaces Past is a view into Cambodia’s complex social and political history, past to present, through the lens of memory, ghostly spaces, migration and reclamation, from the perspectives of visual artist Minela Krupic and video artist Alesh Macak.

The Flyway Print Exchange
2 Dec 2015 – 28 Feb 2016 at the Immigration Museum

This international environmental print project will feature 20 artists from 9 different countries, linked by the East-Asian Australasian Flyway. Visitors are invited to add to Par Avian, an installation of messages for all travellers along the Flyway, whether they travel for fun, necessity, or to find a home in the sun.

Connections Within
26 Nov – 8 Feb at Sofitel Melbourne on Collins

In the Foyer Gallery and Level 35, this exhibition will feature new and recent works by Melbourne-based Pimpisa Tinpalit, Natcha Sathientavorn and Mami Yamanaka that explore evocative visual imaginaries which contrast between large-scale figurative sculptures and delicate drawings of intricate patterns.

Block Party

Block Party, the official closing of Mapping Melbourne will start from 8pm on Saturday 5 December with audiences free to move between two venues on the edge of China Town jam packed with live music, multi-media projections and dance. Section 8 will host Australian-East Timorese arts collective, Animatism as they unleash their eclectic samples in a live, audio visual explosion of colour and music. Belleville will take you into the wee hours with music from DJ Mangohig (Sietta and Damn Moroda), controllerist Benji Miu aka Dollface and the “Son of Shanghai Techno” Ma Haiping. This will also be the launch of a new music video collaboration between experimental music duo AIYA (Felicity Yang and Ayten Ahmet), dancers Travers Ross and Yukino McHugh and creative film maker Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore.

For more information: Mapping Melbourne 2015