House of Dreams - Theatre practitioners hit the Museum

Published by: Barking Spider Visual Theatre | 19-Jul-2016
HOUSE OF DREAMS is a hauntingly beautiful new tour inspired by Carl Jung's dream theories, using the metaphors and symbols of dreams to convey stories exploring the history of William Johnston and his residence, Fairhall, at The Johnston Collection. Extraordinarily imaginative and evocative creation "“ Michael Brindley, Stage Whispers. A highly evocative and imaginative environment to be experienced" Myron My, Theatre Press. #BarkingSpiderTheatre #TheJohnstonCollection #creativesinmuseums
Venue: The Johnston Collection
Date: Running until September 20th
Time: Fairhall exhibition-house is open Monday to Friday with guided tours at 10.00 am, 12.00 pm and 2.00 pm.
Ticket: Adults: $25.00 Concession: $23.00 (Seniors, Pensioners & Full Time Students) Group Rate: $21.00 per person for groups of 8 or more (maximum 22) After Hours: $32.00 (held monthly on the second Saturday at 10.00 am and 12.00 pm and third Thursday at 6.00 pm). Concession and group rates do not apply.
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In the HOUSE OF DREAMS, Director of Barking Spider Visual Theatre, Penelope Bartlau, has worked with a team of artists to transform The Johnston Collection - a secret exhibition house/museum (located in Melbourne) into a series of rooms presented installed as dreamscapes. Cross platform arts forming part of the installation include; incorporating found and historic object assemblages, sound and lighting design, visual art and creative writing film and textile designs to simulate These evoke the experiences and moods and sensations of dreams and the dreamer. and to evoke the sensations and moods of dreams.

Visitors to the HOUSE OF DREAMS experience powerful and evocative dreamscapes "“ some enchanting and mysterious, while others are unsettling uncanny or disturbing.

HOUSE OF DREAMS presents items from the Collection along with works made especially for the exhibition by the Barking Spider Visual Theatre team of artists. In this exhibition-house tour, Fairhall comes alive with a fusion of elements of theatre combined with and performance and the visual arts and sound design incorporated throughout the exhibition-house space.

Bartlau says: "My dreams are always so vivid "“ with every sense engaged "“ and very often include houses. I had read about Jung's theories of significance and meaning of the house in dreams. This seemed a natural fit: What better way to explore the unconscious, the uncanny, the strangeness of "the night mind", than through the lens of a glorious collection of historic objects in an elegant old Melbourne house."

Barking Spider Visual Theatre is an innovative visual and performance arts company creating projects which intersect multiple art forms. The company enjoys working with a variety of cultural institutions including a number of leading Australian museums, enabling it to engage with a broad audience. Museums they have previously worked with include Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne Immigration Museum, Melbourne, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and the National Museum of Australia, Canberra.

Penelope Bartlau says "Museums are storehouses of stories. So working in the museum sector is like being let loose in a lolly shop of stories! The Johnston Collection presents dense layers of stories "“ some that can be told, some that can be invented and some that must remain obscured (it is intriguing indeed to create in shadow of the forbidden"¦). I hope that audiences to the House of Dreams will come away from the experience enriched, enlivened and curious".

It was Melbourne-born antique dealer and benefactor William Johnston's wish that his East Melbourne home, Fairhall, be regularly rearranged. Past rearrangements have included those by fashion designer, Akira Isogawa, architect, Pascale Gomes-McNabb, fashion-house, Romance Was Born, artist Rosslynd Piggott, Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet, David McAllister, milliner and artist Richard Nylon, and most recently, design studio Hecker Guthrie.

HOUSE OF DREAMS is a continuation of the annual House of Ideas series at The Johnston Collection where guest curators from the contemporary arts communities are invited to use Fairhall exhibition-house as an installation site to recreate and reinterpret the Collection. This series of rearrangements provides an opportunity to re-imagine William Johnston's extraordinary collection in new ways. The Johnston Collection is thrilled to have the exceptionally talented Barking Spider Visual Theatre team continue this exciting series.

Penelope Bartlau says: " This is an incredible invitation to create. The Johnston Collection is quite unique in the opportunity it presents to artists. Unlike larger museums, artists have the time and space to mine a single collection, and an entire house in which to research, explore and present. For Barking Spider, it is a rare and invaluable opportunity also, to have our work installed for a long period as the company so often creates ephemeral work."

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