Philippe Parreno: Thenabouts ACMI Presents

Creative response series

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About the series

In the spirit of Philippe Parreno’s love of interdisciplinary collaboration, hear from noted visual artists, filmmakers, sound designers, dancers, critics and writers as they respond to key works and themes in Philippe Parreno: Thenabouts

Sun 26 Feb, 2pm
Magic Lantern
Join acclaimed award winning poet and novelist Lisa Gorton as she responds in poems and short essays on Parreno's work. Lisa will trace how the ghosts and avatars in Parreno recall the play of phantasm and memory in the long and curious history of magic lanterns.

Lisa Gorton lives in Melbourne and writes poetry, fiction and essays. She studied at the Universities of Melbourne and Oxford and wrote a doctorate on the images of space and time in John Donne's writing. Her most recent poetry publication is Hotel Hyperion (Giramondo). Her novel The Life of Houses, also from Giramondo, won the People's Choice Award at the 2016 NSW Premier's Literary Awards and co-won the fiction prize in the 2016 Prime Minister's Literary Awards.

Sun 12 Mar, 2pm
Parreno, Science-Fiction and Technology
The French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan once mysteriously remarked that “the only true science is science fiction.” What did he mean by this? Join Justin Clemens as he explores the way in which Philippe Parreno's works give us insight into something characteristically contemporary: the orientation of our societies towards the future rather than the past, and, above all, towards an ever-mutating future organised not according to inherited or elective human affinities, but to the dictates of new technologies.

Justin Clemens is an Associate Professor in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. He has published widely on Australian art and poetry, as well as on European philosophy.


Session times

Free, no booking required. Meet exhibition space.

10 Dec - 12 Mar
  • Sun Feb 26
    • 2.00PM
  • Sun Mar 12
    • 2.00PM