Ultra Unreal is the MCA’s latest offering and it features the works of six artists and collectives. Blending myth and reality, evolving belief systems and fluidity of being, the exhibition creates new worlds while exploring existing realities. Works by Club Ate (Sydney), Korakrit Arunanondchai and Alex Gvojic (Bangkok & New York) are featured. Lawrence Lek (London), Lu Yang (Shanghai), and Saeborg (Tokyo) also bring their unique ideas to the exhibition.
Ultra Unreal, MCA
The exhibition takes it’s inspiration from a number of diverse elements. Religion, neuroscience, ecology, artificial intelligence, myth, gaming, and queer culture combine in this immersive experience.
You’ll also find many odd fixtures like inflatable dung beetles and giant bees as part of the exhibition.
- Club Ate’s new video, sound and textile installation Ang Idol Ko / You are My Idol (2022) which draws on Filipinx mythologies and queer club cultures.
- Saeborg’s installation Slaughterhouse which reflects on gender roles and stereotypes in Japan.
- An exploration of virtual environments by Lu Yang which touch upon consciousness, suffering, death, and rebirth.
- No history in a room filled with people with funny names 5 is from a series of works by Korakrit Arunanondchai. It explores how unseen forces shape our reality in the context of Thai mythology.
- Lawrence Lek’s series Nepenthe which dwells on connections between memory, virtual worlds, and environments.
Daily screenings of Lu Yang, Lawrence Lek, and Saeborg will also be featured from Tuesday to Sunday. Entry is completely free of cost, however bookings are required for artist talks.
Ultra Unreal is on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, MCA Level 1 Galleries from Friday, July 22 until Sunday, October 2. Get all the details here.