A must see. Spectacle: The Music Video Exhibition launched at Melbourne’s ACMI yesterday.

Spectacle offers over 300 works and takes you through 9 sections covering the early days of music videos (Louie Armstrong, Cab Calloway); early rockstars (Bob Dylan, the Beatles); beautiful cinematic pieces (Massive Attack, Kanye West, The Verve, Woodkid, New Order); Art House (White Stripes, INXS); politically and socially charged videos; choreographically driven clips to an interactive experience with the art work of three of Arcade Fire’s music videos.

A good dose of Michel Gondry (The White Stripes, The Chemical Brothers) and Spike Jonze (Bjork, Fatboy Slim).

On the home front, over 20 clips are featured including The Herd, ACDC, Gotye, Van She, Flight Facilities, INXS and Kris Moyes’ work on Kirin J Callinan’s Way to War and The Preset’s My People.

Spectacle is curated by Jonathan Wells and Meg Grey of Flux, a collective that provides art and film events around the world. Spectacle made its international debut at the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Centre in March 2012 and has made its way through Sao Paulo and New York before it’s launch in ACMI.

The even runs through til Sunday 23rd February 2014. I say, go stat! That’s an order!


Spectacle: The Music Video Exhibition

Thursday 26 September 2013 to Sunday 23 February 2-14

Open Daily 10am – 5pm


Full $15 Concession $10 Member $8

Family $40 (2 adults, 3 children) extra child $8

School groups $7.50 per student

Group discount (12 or more) $12

Bookings 03 8663 2583 or online at acmi.net.au

Tickets on sale Thursday 1 August 2013


Image: OK Go “This Too Shall Pass” (Rube Goldberg Machine version) (2010). Directed by James Frost, OK Go and Syyn Labs.