Channels Festival was founded in 2012 by three Melbourne-based artists: Jessie Scott, Rachel Feery and Next Wave alumna Eugenia Lim.
The vision was to curate, produce and deliver Australia’s first biennial festival of video art in over two decades. Not since the seminal Australian Video Festival (1986–1992), had video art in Australia been showcased in a form-specific festival format.
In 2017 the festival looks to the future. In dialogue with artists, curators and the community, Channels poses an open question about the future and speculative narratives which explore the uncharted territory of histories yet to be established. The theme ‘futures’ is an invitation to artists and collaborators who are experimental and innovative with their medium and ideas, exploring future selves, ideas, movements, politics and technologies.
Presented from 1–10 September, Channels will deliver a diverse and inspiring festival of exhibitions, screenings, talks, public engagement programs and a series of international exhibitions and events.
Be sure to check out the closing party on September 9 which features a performance from other esteemed Next Wave alumna Hannah Bronte.