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Festival features indigenous art and… kazoos

Artist and filmmaker Julian Rosefeldt’s immersive work Euphoria features in the Rising festival.

By Liz Hobday in Melbourne

THE biggest commissioned exhibition of indigenous contemporary art in Victoria will be part of the slate at the Rising festival.

The Shadow Spirit exhibition will be installed in the upper level of Flinders Street Station as part of a festival program featuring 185 events by more than 400 artists.

So far, the program looks very noisy, with one project putting 10,000 biodegradable kazoos in the hands of 10,000 people at Federation Square.

Another will see a heavenly cloud of lights floating above the city landmark like fireflies, in the installation SPARK by Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde.

The much loved ice-skating rink will return – but bigger – at Birrarung Marr, while St Paul’s Cathedral will be home to a sound and video project titled “Anthem”, by Wu Tsang and Beverly Glenn-Copeland.

The already-announced centrepiece of the 2023 slate will be an immersive film project starring Cate Blanchett.

“Euphoria”, by artist and filmmaker Julian Rosefeldt, has just had its world premiere in New York and explores capitalism, greed and the effects of unlimited economic growth.

The Rising Festival will be held across Melbourne June 7-18.


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