– Highlights

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Exhibition

Tatsuo Miyajima

03 Nov - 05 Mar

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Mca Collection

MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday

01 Sep - 31 Aug

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Exhibition

Primavera at 25: MCA Collection

19 Dec - 19 Mar

– Learning Events

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Workshop

Understanding Mindfulness Workshop

25 Feb, 12.30pm, Level 2: Seminar Room

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Pop-Up Bar

Sakura Sundays

26 Feb, 3.00pm, Ground Floor: Outdoor Terrace

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Workshop

Contemporary Art Studio

09 Mar, 10.30am, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning

– News from inside the MCA

Ode to typography: Interview with Will Lynes

Signwriter Will Lynes used traditional signwriting techniques to free-hand paint the text ‘Everything Else’ on this 17-metre long wall painting. Will muses on the emotive quality of typography and how he works. more

5 tips for applying for the MCA Zine Fair

Want to show your zine-work at the 2017 MCA Zine Fair? Here we share our tips for applying more

Louise Zhang's horror infused ARTBAR

Navigating the space between attractive and repulsive, Chinese-Australian artist Louise Zhang kicks off the ARTBAR year in suitable style with a night entitled ‘New Year’s Rot’. more

– Spotlights from the collection online

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MCA Collection

Works from the MCA Collection

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Collection Artist Interviews

Watch our latest interviews in the MCA Video Portal

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Joint acquisitions by MCA and Tate

The Program promotes Australian art globally, helping Australian artists reach new audiences.

Blog – Feeling Dangerous? John Pilger at The Festival of Dangerous Ideas

Posted on Aug. 26, 2014

Feeling dangerous? Looking for Utopia? Wondering if you live in a dystopia? Questions that may, or may not be mentioned in John Pilger’s Festival of Dangerous Ideas interview with our own Director Elizabeth Ann Macgregor. Liz Ann will be asking John questions on the unmentionables in Australian 'mainstream’ debate and address the ‘great Australian silence.’

Filmmaker John Pilger

Filmmaker John Pilger

Award-winning documentary maker John Pilger and Liz Ann will sit down next Sunday in the Opera House’s Concert Hall to battle the various unofficial truths such as how the treatment of our First Nations people is often presented in stereotypes while the majority deny the rapacious past, and present. They aspire to cover the controversial matters of class, where Australia’s cultivated image of a 'land of fair go for all’ increasingly falls victim to a corporatised world of widening inequality. And they endeavour to address our contradictory mythology of a proud, independent nation with the often secretive role of Australia as an appendage of the United States and the rise of militarism.

John Pilger’s latest film, Utopia traces the political and social history of Australia’s indigenous communities. A vast region in northern Australia, Utopia is home to the oldest living culture in the world. As John himself says in the film, “this film is a journey into that secret country. It describes not only the uniqueness of the first Australians, but their trail of tears and betrayal and resistance – from one utopia to another.’

John Pilger has a list of adventures few of us have experienced. He’s been a war correspondent, author and filmmaker. As an Australian, he is only one of two to win British journalism’s highest award twice (and obviously as an unmentionable desire of all Australians to succeed in Britain, this is pretty incredible).

For his documentary films, he has won an Emmy and a British Academy Award. His epic 1979 Cambodia Year Zero is ranked by the British Film Institute as one of the ten most important documentaries of the 20th century. Death of a Nation, filmed secretly in East Timor, had a worldwide impact in 1994. His books include Heroes, Freedom Next Time and A Secret Country. His long association with indigenous Australia has produced four ground-breaking films, including his latest, Utopia. He is a recipient of Australia’s international human rights award, the Sydney Peace Prize, ‘for enabling the voices of the powerless to be heard’ and ‘for fearless challenges to censorship in any form’.

Go and hear John Pilger’s dangerous ideas at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas on Sunday the 31st August from 3:30 – 4–30 pm. Book here