The MPavilion summer program explores the theme “Vacation, location, stay”

Emphasizing the paramount privilege of taking a break, the MPavilion program will explore the theme “Vacation, location, stay” in January.

The Lightcatcher will be home to a mix of lectures, kid-friendly activities, workshops, performances and community projects, including the chance to lie on an adult playground, learn percussion techniques from West Africa and join a unique book club organized by The Center Wheeler.

A special installation commissioned by MPavilion, Suspended Activation – designed by Stockholm-based architecture firm Secretary, will allow visitors to lounge in Queen Victoria Gardens from Wednesday January 19 through Tuesday January 25. Bodies of all sizes can relax, recline, and recover on a playground like you’ve never seen before. Made from recycled materials from fitness and physiotherapy equipment, the woven platform will keep bodies in suspension, exploring the potential of what a playground can be and what it can do.

MPavilion will offer free entertainment for children during school holidays. Seek and Find: Royal Botanic Gardens x MPavilion, throughout the month of January, set off on an adventure between the MPavilion site and the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne using the “Seek and Find Cards” of the artist from Melbourne Claire Mosley. For children with green thumbs, the CERES sustainability workshops on Thursday 13 January invite young and old to make their holidays more sustainable with the “Bush Foods & Plant a Seed” and “Design Your Own Wildlife Garden” workshops. Travel to West Africa: A percussion and African dance workshop on Saturday January 15 will take children on a memorable journey of West African musical culture by discovering the traditional African instruments, songs and dance of Africa. ‘West, and enjoying the energetic experience of drumming and dancing in unison.

From Saturday January 8 to Tuesday January 18, MPavilion will transform into a pop-up studio for architecture students around the world for Venice Studio Melbourne, in collaboration with Scott Woods of Venice Studio and Melbourne School of Design. A series of short design studios and public programs hosted by established and emerging international architecture and town planning offices will take place throughout the event, including public lectures given by studio MAP (Venice), Roberto Martinez, Francesco Dal Co with Luka Skansi, Serena Maffioletti and Daniele Pisani. This is an incredible opportunity for architecture students to work with some of the best in the business and create design strategies that tackle the environmental issues that Venice will face in the future.

For Melbourne theater buffs, this first MTC conversation event on January 22 is not to be missed. The event will see the Melbourne Theater Company share the backstory of an original NEXT STAGE play with an audience ahead of its main stage premiere during MTC’s 2022 season. For lovers of literature, the January Book Club on Monday, January 24, hosted by the Wheeler Center, will focus on shortlisted titles in the fiction category of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards for 2022.

Order up, Mashriq is a contemporary installation – a public, remote and monumental sculpture that will display iconic sounds enveloped by the arid landscape of the Mashriq region (a region of the Middle East). For just one night on Friday, January 28, MPavilion will transform into an exciting, dystopian space of eerie sounds and alluring, disorienting visions.

In keeping with the theme of immersive art of the weekend, on Saturday January 29, MPavilion will transform into a consultation service and a space for co-learning with the agency Beyond Human Travel, designed to question our travel methods and motivations. by multidimensional Melbourne. artist Lichen Kelp. On Sunday January 30, Music in Exile returns to MPavilion for its annual 2022 Jump-up Jamboree! an inclusive, accessible and welcoming celebration to come together to celebrate the year ahead. With the group Ajak Kwai + (live) and DJ Kgomotso Sekhu.

Along with a busy month of events, the Naomi Milgrom Foundation commissioned the Zorro Cube, designed by Like Butter and MUSK Architecture, further supporting Australian design. The play object is designed to interact with people of all ages. By reflection, it will bring down the light from the canopy structure of the MAP studio MPavilion and be a room that all visitors and artists can relax and interact with.

Whether staying in the area or heading out of town, culture vultures can enjoy MPavilion’s collection of podcasts, including MPavilion 2021 architect’s studio MAP and Naomi Milgrom in conversation, moderated by Peter Maddison; Feral Trade: A Global Trade of Goods by Hand starring Kate Rich — founder of the grocery store and public experience Feral Trade — in conversation with designer, writer and architect Rory Hyde; and a special release of Wish You Were Here: Shifting the Tourist Gaze Toward the Local on Tuesday January 25 with Maldivian artists Kareen Adams and Mo Manal.

MPavilion is open to the public for free in Queen Victoria Gardens in Melbourne until Sunday April 24, 2022.

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Top images: MPavilion by MAP studio opening event; Activation suspended by the secretary; Melbourne Theater Company (MTC) in conversation

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