unnamed (11)MUMA, in association with Monash Art, Design and Architecture [MADA], present a keynote lecture by renowned artist Matt Mullican. The lecture will be introduced by Charlotte Day, Director MUMA, and followed by a discussion and Q&A with Lars Bang Larsen, co-curator of Believe not every spirit, but try the spirits.

For the last 30 years Matt Mullican has experimented with hypnosis to create work that both examines his subconscious, and functions as a strategy to break from the patterns of everyday life. Mullican’s practice interrogates systems of knowledge, meaning and language through drawing, collage, video, sculpture, performance, and installation. His interest in modified states of awareness led him to work under hypnotically induced psychoses, and it was during his first performance in 1978 at The Kitchen, New York, where the recurring character and alter ego “That Person” emerged-an ageless, genderless being that inhabits Mullican’s physical body.

From the early ’80s Mullican’s preoccupation with cataloguing That Person’s reality and compulsion to order his own world has culminated in a comprehensive and private cosmology of hand-painted banners and signs, computer-generated virtual renderings and enormous outdoor sculptures in marble and stone. For this keynote lecture Mullican will introduce his multidisciplinary practice and discuss recurrent themes in his work including repetition, renewal, and the unconscious as a tool to interrogate reality. For more information…

Date: Monday 20th April 6-7:30pm.

Venue: The Wheeler Centre
Free but bookings essential: muma.rsvp@monash.edu or ph. 03 9905 4217

This lecture is presented in conjunction with Believe not every spirit, but try the spirits.
Opening function: Wednesday 22 April 2015, 6-8pm
With performance by Matt Mullican 
(please note special opening day and time)

For more information about Believe not every spirit, but try the spirits, please visit our website. This exhibition has been supported by the Myer Foundation, and the Danish Arts Foundation.