Spectacle: The Music Video Exhibition

OK Go "This Too Shall Pass" (Rube Goldberg Machine version) (2010). Directed by James Frost, OK Go and Syyn Labs

Thursday 26 September 2013 - Sunday 23 February 2014
Open daily 10am-5pm

View the exhibition trailer and photos
Watch our Spectacle: Director Showcase videos
Take a tour through the exhibition

Full $15 Concession $10 ACMI Member $8
Child (4-15 years) $8
Family $40 (2 adults, 3 children)

School Bookings: from $7.50 per student
Group Bookings: discounts available for groups of 12 or more

A dizzying exploration of music video as an art form. Just try to look away.

With over 300 clips spanning nine decades, Spectacle follows how the art of the music video has progressed, from clips of 1920s jazz legends through to videos by Madonna, Lady Gaga and other contemporary artists.

Powerful imagery and music surround you as you journey through a labyrinth of interactive installations, sets, immersive environments, original props and costumes.

Spectacle features the handiwork of some of today's most innovative filmmakers, including Michel Gondry who directed videos for The Chemical Brothers and Daft Punk, Spike Jonze (Björk, Fatboy Slim) and Mark Romanek (Lenny Kravitz, Jay Z). Key Australian music videos also contribute to the story with clips from a variety of home grown talent, including Temper Trap, Nick Cave and Kylie Minogue.

Videos featured in the show range from the experimental and arthouse to the political and the provocative and include epic productions which cross the boundary into short film. All of them demonstrate that ingenuity is the key to creating the perfect marriage of sound and vision.

Spectacle: The Music Video Exhibition is organised by the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati. Curators: Jonathan Wells and Meg Grey Wells, Flux.

This exhibition contains some material of an adult nature, which may be considered unsuitable for minors. Parental guidance is advised.

Cut to the Beat: Music Video Challenge

This competition is now closed. Congratulations to the winners Karleen Groupierre and Maxime Causeret! Read our interview with the talented duo.

Visit triple j's website for details about the winner and the finalists.

Visit our Cut to the Beat Competition Finalists blog to read the judges' comments and watch the music videos.

Related Events

Spectacle: The Music Video Exhibition Education Program

A program of educational events and resources designed to complement our 'Spectacle: The Music Video Exhibition'.

Exhibition Parners: Melbourne Airport, Yarra Trams, SONOS, Sofitel. Supported by: triple j, rage, ABC 
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