Friday 10 June
Aberdeen Art Gallery – Cowdray Hall
Schoolhill, Aberdeen, AB10 1JQ
Off the Grid: Curating Flash Forward
Presentation by Dr Lachlan MacDowall (AU)
In this presentation, Dr Lachlan MacDowall (MIECAT, Melbourne) discusses the curatorial ideas behind Flash Forward, a large program of art and music presented in the laneways of Melbourne, Australia. In 2021-22, the Flash Forward project commissioned 40 artists to make 40 laneway artworks and 40 bands to make 40 albums that were released on vinyl, as part of an effort to support creatives and revitalise the city over the course of six extended lockdowns due to COVID-19. In curating the program, the social and architectural history of Melbourne and its grid of streets and laneways was taken as a context from which to jump forward into imagined futures for the city.