Critical Mass
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Program

Critical Mass brings together artists, performers, musicians, dancers, writers and thinkers whose works seek to divert established pathways and political narratives. Critical Mass is a festival within a festival - a place for decentring, agitating, questioning and dissolving the boundaries of form.

Heart for Solo
Sep
24
10:00 AM10:00

Heart for Solo

Telling the story of the Solomon Islands as it faces the converging challenges of the 21st century, Heart for Solo is an exhibition by Patrick Rose designed to showcase the songs, faces and natural beauty of the unique and diverse set of islands in the Pacific.

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Bron Batten, 'Waterloo'
Sep
24
7:00 PM19:00

Bron Batten, 'Waterloo'

How do you reconcile your relationship with a Tory-voting, Margaret Thatcher-loving, right-wing military official with your own left-wing values and politics? Renowned theatre-maker and performer Bron Batten returns to Melbourne to present Waterloo, a new live-art performance that deconstructs the artists’ fraught relationship with a high-ranking member of the military, and in the process, questions the deep-seeded constructs of our own human morality.

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Alexander Powers, 'Time Loop'
Sep
24
8:15 PM20:15

Alexander Powers, 'Time Loop'

Time Loop is dancer and DJ Alexander Powers’ premiere choreographic work, a solo that uses past, present and future as its medium. Imagined utopias are always relational to the failures of the present. In queerness, in identity, in practice, we can reach forward into a world that does not yet exist.

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Heart for Solo
Sep
25
10:00 AM10:00

Heart for Solo

Telling the story of the Solomon Islands as it faces the converging challenges of the 21st century, Heart for Solo is an exhibition by Patrick Rose designed to showcase the songs, faces and natural beauty of the unique and diverse set of islands in the Pacific.

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Bron Batten, 'Waterloo'
Sep
25
7:00 PM19:00

Bron Batten, 'Waterloo'

  • Brunswick Mechanics Institute (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

How do you reconcile your relationship with a Tory-voting, Margaret Thatcher-loving, right-wing military official with your own left-wing values and politics? Renowned theatre-maker and performer Bron Batten returns to Melbourne to present Waterloo, a new live-art performance that deconstructs the artists’ fraught relationship with a high-ranking member of the military, and in the process, questions the deep-seeded constructs of our own human morality.

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Alexander Powers, 'Time Loop'
Sep
25
8:15 PM20:15

Alexander Powers, 'Time Loop'

  • Brunswick Mechanics Institute (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Time Loop is dancer and DJ Alexander Powers’ premiere choreographic work, a solo that uses past, present and future as its medium. Imagined utopias are always relational to the failures of the present. In queerness, in identity, in practice, we can reach forward into a world that does not yet exist.

View Event →
Heart for Solo
Sep
26
10:00 AM10:00

Heart for Solo

Telling the story of the Solomon Islands as it faces the converging challenges of the 21st century, Heart for Solo is an exhibition by Patrick Rose designed to showcase the songs, faces and natural beauty of the unique and diverse set of islands in the Pacific.

View Event →
Alexander Powers, 'Time Loop'
Sep
26
8:15 PM20:15

Alexander Powers, 'Time Loop'

Time Loop is dancer and DJ Alexander Powers’ premiere choreographic work, a solo that uses past, present and future as its medium. Imagined utopias are always relational to the failures of the present. In queerness, in identity, in practice, we can reach forward into a world that does not yet exist.

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Papaphilia X Mossy 333, 'Haunting the Flesh'
Sep
26
9:30 PM21:30

Papaphilia X Mossy 333, 'Haunting the Flesh'

  • Brunswick Mechanics Institute (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

In Hauntung the Flesh, Papaphilia and Mossy 333 will tell personal stories about their lived experiences as gender diverse subjects that are sexualised through lenses of femininity and associations of womanhood, and racialised through the complex visual tropes and societal structures of whiteness in Narrm.

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Cynthia Sobraty, 'NEUROMANTIC - a queer cabaret'
Sep
26
10:00 PM22:00

Cynthia Sobraty, 'NEUROMANTIC - a queer cabaret'

  • Brunswick Mechanics Institute (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

NEUROMANTIC – a queer cabaret is the first solo show from prolific qpoc Melbourne based performance artist Cynthia Sobraty. A palpable collision of theatre, storytelling, poetry, original music, drag, childhood and fantasy, this performance delves into the technicolour darkness of the liminal spaces of life.

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Heart for Solo
Sep
27
10:00 AM10:00

Heart for Solo

Telling the story of the Solomon Islands as it faces the converging challenges of the 21st century, Heart for Solo is an exhibition by Patrick Rose designed to showcase the songs, faces and natural beauty of the unique and diverse set of islands in the Pacific.

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Code Switch Oysters over the fire
Sep
27
5:30 PM17:30

Code Switch Oysters over the fire

Code Switch Oysters over the fire and conversation with Megan Cope and Brian Martin at Blak Dot Gallery. Code Switch situates itself at the intersection of Indigenous knowledge, exchange and embodiment. Curated by Moorina Bonini (Yorta Yorta/Woiwurrung), and Tyson Campbell (Ngati Maniapoto/Te Rarewa).

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Alexander Powers, 'Time Loop'
Sep
27
8:15 PM20:15

Alexander Powers, 'Time Loop'

Time Loop is dancer and DJ Alexander Powers’ premiere choreographic work, a solo that uses past, present and future as its medium. Imagined utopias are always relational to the failures of the present. In queerness, in identity, in practice, we can reach forward into a world that does not yet exist.

View Event →
Papaphilia X Mossy 333, 'Haunting the Flesh'
Sep
27
9:30 PM21:30

Papaphilia X Mossy 333, 'Haunting the Flesh'

In Hauntung the Flesh, Papaphilia and Mossy 333 will tell personal stories about their lived experiences as gender diverse subjects that are sexualised through lenses of femininity and associations of womanhood, and racialised through the complex visual tropes and societal structures of whiteness in Narrm.

View Event →
Cynthia Sobraty, 'NEUROMANTIC - a queer cabaret'
Sep
27
10:00 PM22:00

Cynthia Sobraty, 'NEUROMANTIC - a queer cabaret'

NEUROMANTIC – a queer cabaret is the first solo show from prolific qpoc Melbourne based performance artist Cynthia Sobraty. A palpable collision of theatre, storytelling, poetry, original music, drag, childhood and fantasy, this performance delves into the technicolour darkness of the liminal spaces of life.

View Event →
Heart for Solo
Sep
28
10:00 AM10:00

Heart for Solo

Telling the story of the Solomon Islands as it faces the converging challenges of the 21st century, Heart for Solo is an exhibition by Patrick Rose designed to showcase the songs, faces and natural beauty of the unique and diverse set of islands in the Pacific.

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Flesh, the law and black humanity
Sep
28
5:00 PM17:00

Flesh, the law and black humanity

A panel of BIPOC critical thinkers construct an imagined future. Tracking back to the present, they bare the socio-legal and political architectures that imprison and kill ideas, bodies and futures. What might we do to intercept and subvert the necropolitical conditions where flesh, the law, and black humanity reside and die.

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Jîyan - UnderLyingSkins
Sep
22
8:00 PM20:00

Jîyan - UnderLyingSkins

Jîyan (meaning 'life' and also the stem of the word 'jîn’, ‘woman' in Kurdish) is an immersive exhibition exploring the sacred, life-giving connection of womxn to nature. UnderLyingSkins is a theatre performance/influx of thoughts by Kristen O’Dwyer.

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Jîyan - Full Circle
Sep
22
6:30 PM18:30

Jîyan - Full Circle

Jîyan (meaning 'life' and also the stem of the word 'jîn’, ‘woman' in Kurdish) is an immersive exhibition exploring the sacred, life-giving connection of womxn to nature. Part ritual, part performance, Full Circle sees theatre-maker Mariah Bouillaut facilitate a floral crown weaving while audiences spectate a story of spiritual awakening, falling in love, heartbreak and self becoming.

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GIRL, 'MASCinprogress'
Sep
21
9:30 PM21:30

GIRL, 'MASCinprogress'

  • Brunswick Mechanics Institute (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

MASCinprogress is a raw, punk, sonic conjuring of queerness by Adelaide electronic music and performance duo GIRL. It follows their acclaimed 2018 show, Sentients, which was the first in a trilogy of multimedia performance works focusing on themes of climate justice, masculinity and queer identity.

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Cynthia Sobraty, 'NEUROMANTIC - a queer cabaret'
Sep
21
8:15 PM20:15

Cynthia Sobraty, 'NEUROMANTIC - a queer cabaret'

NEUROMANTIC – a queer cabaret is the first solo show from prolific qpoc Melbourne based performance artist Cynthia Sobraty. A palpable collision of theatre, storytelling, poetry, original music, drag, childhood and fantasy, this performance delves into the technicolour darkness of the liminal spaces of life.

View Event →
Jîyan - UnderLyingSkins
Sep
21
8:00 PM20:00

Jîyan - UnderLyingSkins

Jîyan (meaning 'life' and also the stem of the word 'jîn’, ‘woman' in Kurdish) is an immersive exhibition exploring the sacred, life-giving connection of womxn to nature. Part ritual, part performance, Full Circle sees theatre-maker Mariah Bouillaut facilitate a floral crown weaving while audiences spectate a story of spiritual awakening, falling in love, heartbreak and self becoming.

View Event →
Bron Batten, 'Waterloo'
Sep
21
7:00 PM19:00

Bron Batten, 'Waterloo'

How do you reconcile your relationship with a Tory-voting, Margaret Thatcher-loving, right-wing military official with your own left-wing values and politics? Renowned theatre-maker and performer Bron Batten returns to Melbourne to present Waterloo, a new live-art performance that deconstructs the artists’ fraught relationship with a high-ranking member of the military, and in the process, questions the deep-seeded constructs of our own human morality.

View Event →
Jîyan - Full Circle
Sep
21
6:30 PM18:30

Jîyan - Full Circle

Jîyan (meaning 'life' and also the stem of the word 'jîn’, ‘woman' in Kurdish) is an immersive exhibition exploring the sacred, life-giving connection of womxn to nature. Part ritual, part performance, Full Circle sees theatre-maker Mariah Bouillaut facilitate a floral crown weaving while audiences spectate a story of spiritual awakening, falling in love, heartbreak and self becoming.

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Code Switch Critical Conversation
Sep
21
3:00 PM15:00

Code Switch Critical Conversation

Code Switch Critical Conversation with writers including Brian Martin, Hannah Presley and Sara Daly. A conversation unpacking the writing contributed to the exhibition catalogue. Facilitated by Moorina Bonini and Tyson Campbell. Code Switch situates itself at the intersection of Indigenous knowledge, exchange and embodiment.

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GIRL, 'MASCinprogress'
Sep
20
9:30 PM21:30

GIRL, 'MASCinprogress'

MASCinprogress is a raw, punk, sonic conjuring of queerness by Adelaide electronic music and performance duo GIRL. It follows their acclaimed 2018 show, Sentients, which was the first in a trilogy of multimedia performance works focusing on themes of climate justice, masculinity and queer identity.

View Event →
Cynthia Sobraty, 'NEUROMANTIC - a queer cabaret'
Sep
20
8:15 PM20:15

Cynthia Sobraty, 'NEUROMANTIC - a queer cabaret'

NEUROMANTIC – a queer cabaret is the first solo show from prolific qpoc Melbourne based performance artist Cynthia Sobraty. A palpable collision of theatre, storytelling, poetry, original music, drag, childhood and fantasy, this performance delves into the technicolour darkness of the liminal spaces of life.

View Event →
Bron Batten, 'Waterloo'
Sep
20
7:00 PM19:00

Bron Batten, 'Waterloo'

How do you reconcile your relationship with a Tory-voting, Margaret Thatcher-loving, right-wing military official with your own left-wing values and politics? Renowned theatre-maker and performer Bron Batten returns to Melbourne to present Waterloo, a new live-art performance that deconstructs the artists’ fraught relationship with a high-ranking member of the military, and in the process, questions the deep-seeded constructs of our own human morality.

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Jîyan opening
Sep
20
6:00 PM18:00

Jîyan opening

Jîyan (meaning 'life' and also the stem of the word 'jîn’, ‘woman' in Kurdish) is an immersive exhibition exploring the sacred, life-giving connection of womxn to nature. The opening features live music, dance performances and a private viewing. It will immerse you in the works with dreamy live harp by Amy Earl and a performance by Everything Dances.

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Jazz Giuliani 'MetHER'
Sep
19
9:30 PM21:30

Jazz Giuliani 'MetHER'

MetHER explores relationships at points of connection and divergence, celebrating love stories that sit outside of the heteronormative relationship hierarchy. This is one story told in multiple forms - film screening, performance poetry, soundscape and direct conversation.

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Cynthia Sobraty, 'NEUROMANTIC - a queer cabaret'
Sep
19
8:15 PM20:15

Cynthia Sobraty, 'NEUROMANTIC - a queer cabaret'

NEUROMANTIC – a queer cabaret is the first solo show from prolific qpoc Melbourne based performance artist Cynthia Sobraty. A palpable collision of theatre, storytelling, poetry, original music, drag, childhood and fantasy, this performance delves into the technicolour darkness of the liminal spaces of life.

View Event →
Bron Batten, 'Waterloo'
Sep
19
7:00 PM19:00

Bron Batten, 'Waterloo'

How do you reconcile your relationship with a Tory-voting, Margaret Thatcher-loving, right-wing military official with your own left-wing values and politics? Renowned theatre-maker and performer Bron Batten returns to Melbourne to present Waterloo, a new live-art performance that deconstructs the artists’ fraught relationship with a high-ranking member of the military, and in the process, questions the deep-seeded constructs of our own human morality.

View Event →
Jazz Giuliani 'MetHER'
Sep
18
9:30 PM21:30

Jazz Giuliani 'MetHER'

MetHER explores relationships at points of connection and divergence, celebrating love stories that sit outside of the heteronormative relationship hierarchy. This is one story told in multiple forms - film screening, performance poetry, soundscape and direct conversation.

View Event →
Cynthia Sobraty, 'NEUROMANTIC - a queer cabaret'
Sep
18
8:15 PM20:15

Cynthia Sobraty, 'NEUROMANTIC - a queer cabaret'

  • Brunswick Mechanics Institute (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

NEUROMANTIC – a queer cabaret is the first solo show from prolific qpoc Melbourne based performance artist Cynthia Sobraty. A palpable collision of theatre, storytelling, poetry, original music, drag, childhood and fantasy, this performance delves into the technicolour darkness of the liminal spaces of life.

View Event →
Bron Batten, 'Waterloo'
Sep
18
7:00 PM19:00

Bron Batten, 'Waterloo'

  • Brunswick Mechanics Institute (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

How do you reconcile your relationship with a Tory-voting, Margaret Thatcher-loving, right-wing military official with your own left-wing values and politics? Renowned theatre-maker and performer Bron Batten returns to Melbourne to present Waterloo, a new live-art performance that deconstructs the artists’ fraught relationship with a high-ranking member of the military, and in the process, questions the deep-seeded constructs of our own human morality.

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The Convoy and The Oracle
Sep
13
8:30 PM20:30

The Convoy and The Oracle

The Convoy is an experiential sonic:sensory project led by Matt Faisandier and Erin K Taylor, conjuring experiences of embodied community and connection as an alternative to experiences of fear and capital, patriarchy and systemic injustice via improvised tapestries of sound.

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