– Highlights

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Mca Collection

MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday

01 Sep - 31 Dec

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Exhibition

The National 2017

30 Mar - 18 Jun

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Exhibition

Kader Attia

12 Apr - 30 Jul

– Learning Events

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Tour

Art Baby

04 May, 10.30am, MCA

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Event

WORKSHOP FOR PRIMARY TEACHERS

12 May, 9.00am, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning

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Event

MCA Zine Fair 2017

21 May, 10.30am, MCA

– News from inside the MCA

Young Art Lovers' Book List

To celebrate World Book Day (Sunday 23 April) the MCA Store and MCA Learning crew have teamed up to put together a selection of fun, inspiring and engaging titles sure to spark the imaginations of budding artists and creative thinkers. more

From the archives: Curious catalogue

Never judge a book by its cover? In this issue of our monthly archive series, MCA Archives and Records Management Coordinator, Stephanie, leafs through some unusual pages more

Girl On Film: Erin Coates

The National 2017: New Australian Art artist Erin Coates gets in the driving seat for our April film experience 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.

Peter Callas: Bilderbuch für Ernst Will

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)

Duration

26 May to 2 July 1995

about the exhibition

Peter Callas, an internationally recognised Australian video artist, described this work as 'an electronic rendering of a form of proto-televisual iconomania: the creation of haphazardly sourced private pictorial scrap books or bilderbuch.’

The original Ernst Will’s Picture Book, from which the images of Callas’ work derive, was compiled anonymously from mass-produced images (portraits, battle scenes, voyages of explorations, animals) in war-torn Vienna and found by Callas in a second-hand shop. Through his use of this source material, Callas continued his exploration of 'technology as territory’, looking at how myths and histories are generated through evolving relationships between the private and public spheres – in this case drawing upon the relationship between an anonymous European picture-book bricoleur and a plethora of mass-produced images of places, events and people.