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ACMI - Australian Centre for the Moving Image

  • Museums
  • Melbourne
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  1. Australian Centre for the Moving Image, exterior
    Photograph: Shannon McGrath
  2. Australian Centre for the Moving Image, interior
    Photograph: Shannon McGrath
  3. Australian Centre for the Moving Image, interior
    Photograph: Shannon McGrath
  4. ACMI Foley room reopening 2021
    Photograph: Shannon McGrath/Supplied
  5. Two people on the ACMI staircase, with an ACMI sign in the foreground
    Photograph: Shannon McGrath
  6. Australian Centre for the Moving Image, interior
    Photograph: Shannon McGrath
  7. Australian Centre for the Moving Image, interior
    Photograph: Shannon McGrath
  8. Australian Centre for the Moving Image, interior
    Photograph: Shannon McGrath
  9. Australian Centre for the Moving Image, interior
    Photograph: Shannon McGrath
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Time Out says

There's always something eye-opening to find at Australia's national museum of TV, film, games, art and digital culture

ACMI is much more than meets the eye. Sure, it's home to Australia's largest moving image collection and the fascinating and fun The Story of the Moving Image permanent exhibition. But there's also cinemas, student labs and educational spaces, a media preservation lab, plus a hospitality offering from Karen Martini. 

ACMI reopened after a massive facelift in early 2021 and now boasts a swanky new architect-designed space with new and improved exhibitions, facilities, artworks and displays as well as some of the most incredible, cutting-edge technologies we’ve ever seen in a Melbourne museum.

RECOMMENDED: Read our interview with ACMI CEO Katrina Sedgwick following the reopening.

Got a couple of hours to kill? Head to The Story of the Moving Image (which is a revamped version of the old Screen Worlds exhibit) where you can check out a collection of costumes, cameras, TikTok clips, contemporary art and everything in between. It's a brilliant look into different forms of the moving image that span decades, countries and platforms. And yes, you can play video games for free. 

ACMI is free to enter but events and screenings are usually ticketed. Check out the website for current exhibits and film schedules. 

Rebecca Russo
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Rebecca Russo

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What’s on

How I See It: Blak Art and Film

  • Film and video

Celebrate Indigenous artists and filmmakers as they invite you to imagine a future unbound by representations that seek to curb and control. Spanning moving images, installations, documentaries, photography and video games, How I See It will amplify new visions from eight Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander creatives at this latest exhibition from ACMI. Curated by Kate ten Buuren (Taungurung), this free exhibition at ACMI considers how First Peoples have been historically captured on our screens while also imagining alternate realities and futures.  In How I See It, these eight artists and filmmakers address themes of representation and colonialism by exploring Indigenous identity and framing experiences through a subversive lens.  Expect five new commissions by Amrita Hepi (Bundjalung and Ngāpuhi), Jazz Money (Wiradjuri), Joel Sherwood Spring (Wiradjuri), Jarra Karalinar Steel (Boon Wurrung, Wemba Wemba and Trawlwoolway) and Peter Waples-Crowe (Ngarigo), alongside works by Essie Coffey OAM (Muruwari), Destiny Deacon (KuKu and Erub/Mer), and Steven Rhall (Taungurung). How I See It will also include a genre-bending film program curated by Jenna Rain Warwick (Luritja). The films will subvert traditional western storytelling by holding up a mirror to ideas of place and identity while reflecting on the stories and representations of First Nations peoples.  Want to see what other art Melbourne has to offer? Check out the best art exhibitions happening this month

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