NGV Triennial late-night program to include immersive, ‘glacial’ architecture commission

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<i>Floe</i>, architecture by Studio Roland Snooks, sound art by Philip Samartzis,
research and development by RMIT University.

Floe, architecture by Studio Roland Snooks, sound art by Philip Samartzis, research and development by RMIT University. Image: © Roland Snooks

The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) has commissioned a large-scale, interactive architectural work as part of its late-night companion program to the inaugural NGV Triennial.

A collaboration between architect Roland Snooks of Studio Roland Snooks, experimental architecture research collaborative Kokkugia and sound artist Philip Samartzis, Floe consists of a large-scale 3D printed sculpture that will be accessible by the public from 6 pm nightly until 28 January.

Visitors will be able to enter the installation, where they will experience a sound work composed of field recordings of Antarctic glacial accretion by Philip Samartzis.

Together, the architecture and sound are intended to act as a “contemporary evocation of ice.”

Samartzis, co-founder of the Bogong Centre for Sound Collaboration, is a co-curator of Super Field, an immersive, multidisciplinary exhibition currently on display in Melbourne that brings together audiovisual works from international and domestic artists in a space designed by architects Baracco and Wright.

The installation is the second large-scale architecture work to appear at the NGV this year, following the gallery’s annual architecture commission in the Grollo Equiset Garden as part of the Triennial, which this year comprises a series of enclosed courtyards by Retallack Thompson and Other Architects.

Opening on 19 January, the Triennial Extra program will see the NGV’s opening hours extended until midnight, with a variety of events, performances and pop-up bars and restaurants filling in the evening hours.

Also part of the Triennial Extra program is “Leading Change,” a session organized by Parlour that will see the heads of Melbourne’s architecture schools – all women – gathered together in conversation.

For more information on the Triennial Extra program, go here.


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