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Creating music from guns

Discover why an artist makes musical instruments from guns as we take a look at Mexican artist Pedro Reyes's exhibition 'Disarm' at NGV International, the National Gallery of Victoria. Reyes has, with the help of local artisans, constructed instruments using parts from weapons confiscated by the Mexican government.

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Laurie McInnes and Jane Campion, 1984

This is a black-and-white photograph taken on the set of the short drama 'After Hours' showing cinematographer Laurie McInnes (at left) and director and writer Jane Campion at work. 'After Hours' is a film about sexual harassment, and was produced by the Women's Film Unit at Film Australia in 1984.

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Auditioning to be a puppetee - Flocks, fish and eels, 2006

This is a video about how puppeteers were selected for the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony. Casting consultant Rachael Azzopardi and director of puppetry Peter Wilson talk about the attributes the performers needed. The duration of the video is 1 min 43 sec.

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Auditioning to be an acrobat - Creating koala havoc, 2006

This is a video about selecting the koala acrobats for the opening ceremony of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games. Casting consultant Rachel Azzopardi describes the selection process as footage of the audtitions plays in the background. The duration is 1 min 24 sec.

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Behind the scenes

This is a resource that focuses on video interviews with artists and staff at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), featuring teenagers as interviewees. Specific sections of each video can be located through browsing a hierarchy of Interview (subject and title), Topic and Question. This resource features interviews with Pixar's ...

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Art exhibition

This resource is an online unit of work found on the Australian Government’s Intellectual Property(IP) website in the ‘IP In Schools’ section. The unit contains four worksheets (available in both PDF and RTF) that focus on an imaginary exhibition of six works by Henri Matisse, although teachers may select any artist to ...

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Sydney: lighting the way for art

See the Sydney Harbour Bridge lit up like a rainbow and the Sydney Opera House become a canvas for a brilliant light display. During the annual Vivid Sydney event the city's iconic architecture and places are illuminated in a spectacular lightshow.

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Art helps a building run

Close your eyes and imagine a large, impressive city building. Now imagine that building running a marathon. Artist Keith Deverell has created a video installation that monitors the energy efficiency of a building and then displays this data in an entertaining and thought-provoking way for the audience. Can you guess what ...

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A journey into world music

From Japanese drumming to African choirs, there is a wide world of music to be enjoyed beyond mainstream pop music in Australia. Music from one culture will often sound very different to music from another, using varied musical styles and instruments. Come along on a musical journey and explore the increasingly popular ...

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Is there a DJ in da house?

Do you want to be a famous DJ? Listen to how Aussie-grown DJ Tyson 'tyDi' Illingworth hit the big time in Los Angeles.

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Tiwi music: keeping an ancient culture alive

Discover how music and dance are helping to keep the traditions of the Tiwi people alive. The customs and stories of the Tiwi people have been passed on to new generations through storytelling, song and dance. Many of the remaining languages of Australia's ancient Indigenous cultures are being lost. Today there is a race ...

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What if Indigenous Australians were the majority?

Imagine an Australia in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples made up the vast majority of the population. See Bidjara artist Michael Cook discussing his most recent exhibition, 'Majority Rule', which is based upon this engaging 'what if' question.

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An octet that's not stuck in a 'holding pattern'

Experience an impressive live performance from the legendary Mike Nock Octet as they play 'Holding patterns' (Suite SIMA). Nock is one of the giants of jazz and this clip showcases his composition and arrangement skills, as well as the amazing improvisation and interplay between highly skilled jazz musicians.

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Mangrove: a landscape made from music

Have you ever heard violins make sounds like mosquitoes or a flock of birds? What about a trumpet sounding like a frog? In this clip, we are taken behind the scenes of Queensland's Great Barrier Reef Orchestra as they rehearse Peter Sculthorpe's composition 'Mangrove'. We hear from some of the orchestra's musicians as they ...

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A curator's life

Imagine what it would feel like to spend your life looking after remnants of the past. This is the life of many museum curators. Enchanted by old things since childhood, Catherine Reade has turned this love into a career where she can use her knowledge of art history to help manage and care for collections of art and artefacts. 

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Filming a surrealist dream

Discover the world of surrealism in film as we take a quick look at the 'Surrealism: The Poetry of Dreams' exhibition at GOMA, the Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland.

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Surrealist art: weird and wonderful

Surrealist art began in the early part of the 20th century. Artists and writers used dreams, their fears or the unconscious mind as inspiration for their artwork. In this clip, find out more about surrealism and its influence on artists of the past and of today.

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Music therapy: does it work?

Did you know that music can actually have an impact on your brainwaves? Discover the fascinating discipline of music therapy. In this clip, we learn about a new study into how music therapy is having a positive effect on people's mental health.

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Walking through sound and light

In 2013, Artist Ryoji Ikeda performed 'test pattern [no 5]' in Sydney. As Japan's leading electronic composer and visual artist, Ikeda has gained an international reputation as an artist working convincingly across both visual and sonic media. Have a look at his work to see how the audience experienced it.

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Hotham Street Ladies' sweet installation

The Hotham Street Ladies make incredible art out of ... Well, see if you can guess! Intricate wallpapers, delicate glass, prawn tails and woven rugs form part of an elaborate collaborative installation at the Melbourne Now exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria. This clip explores the how and the why of this delicious ...