The Australian Ugliness

The Australian Ugliness (TAU) is a month-long exhibition inviting architects, artists academics and the public to engage with the architecture of Australia. An Open House Melbourne keynote event, the three-channel video installation by Assemble Papers’ founding editor Eugenia Lim pays homage to modernist architect Robin Boyd (1919-1971), while exploring the ethics and aesthetics of our nation today.  The exhibition will also be installed at the Melbourne School of Design from 23 July -25 August.

TAU interrogates the diversity, livability and sustainability of ‘the Australian Dream’ via the Ambassador (Lim), who shape-shifts as student, tourist, client, property investor and resident across more than 30 sites and spaces across Australia. With an acute sense of visual poetry, pathos and wit, this is Australia rendered both familiar and strange, a country at once confident and ever-anxious.

See the website for details of talks and openings. You can also contribute to the project here.

Where: Melbourne School of Design & Open House Melbourne

When: See website for details

How much: Free

More info: The Australian Ugliness


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