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Performance street actions in an age of heightened security

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344 Swanston Street

Melbourne, VIC 3000

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There are 205 temporary bollards around the CBD, installed as anti-terror measures, designed to prevent the type of vehicle-based attack seen overseas and in Melbourne's Bourke Street Mall. While artists have taken to covering them with colourful material and graffiti art, the bollards remain a reminder of safety issues in our cities.

In light of terrorism related incidents increasing in Melbourne and overseas, what is the role of public art actions in reshaping cultural landscapes and reclaiming public space in cities today?

In this public discussion, Melbourne performer and RMIT academic Dr Mick Douglas will speak with Spanish collective mmmm… to discuss performance street actions in an age of heightened security and risk. Who has access to public space? Who can speak and perform within it? Who can claim ownership of public space, and ultimately the ownership of events in the public sphere?

mmmm... is a collaboration between Emilio Alarcón, Alberto Alarcón, Ciro Márquez and Eva Salmerón, who have been creating projects for public spaces since 1998 from Madrid.

From 21 July – 9 September, RMIT Gallery will hold the first ever retrospective of mmmm…’s work, featuring 13 projects from 200-2016, as well Human Rabbit Street Action, the specific project created for the Melbourne exhibition.

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