Melbourne knowledge week
Melbourne Knowledge Week

The future of music, dance and theatre

By MKW Team

From gaming to live music, dance and theatre, these MKW19 events will spark your curiosity, play with your perceptions and encourage you to think differently about the world we live in and your role in it. With a packed arts and culture program, there’s something to satisfy all of your senses.



Enjoy the opening night festivities with Duet Live by Tim Shiel, a live-scored, fully-immersive gaming experience that puts you in control. Enter a mesmerising trance of duality to expand the limits of your perception to the sounds of a live four-piece band and string quartet. Stay on to enjoy the opening night party.

Duet by Tim Shiel


Tune into Newer volcanics, a live performance of original songs by The Orbweavers in collaboration with The Letter String Quartet, with atmospheric visuals and production design by filmmaker Brian Cohen. Travelling from the Maribyrnong and Birrarung (Yarra) Rivers through to the former saltworks and lagoons of Skeleton Creek, Altona, Newer Volcanics offers an interpretation of landscape through songs and visuals.



Head on a sound journey through Melbourne’s lost waterways with Undertow, a data-inspired musical installation at the Federation Bells. This captivating new work draws on the City of Melbourne’s OpenData platform, which tracks the city’s water management, to paint an aural picture of the Birrarung River (the Yarra) and Narrm Bay (Port Phillip) over the last 185 years – the duration of the European colonisation of and drastic reshaping of the region’s waterways.



Consider the everyday experience of moving through the city with What if safety becomes permanent, a sensory overload of live cinematic techno with synchronised visuals as festival ambassador Simona Castricum shows you the borderline spaces of the liminal queer city.

What is safety becomes permanent


Experience the art-technology performance of the loop by PluginHUMAN – with a live musician-programmer and a dancer exploring the human-to-computer relationship and the body as the centre of the digital experience.




Consider our relationship with the natural world with Underworld. Deriving it’s structure from the 1978 Australiana eco-horror, Long Weekend (Colin Eggleston), Dante’s Inferno and OVERWORLD (Aiken and Jensen 2014), this cautionary tale raises questions about our complicated relationships to ‘nature’, environment and national identity.



Explore digital extremism in the digital age with The Believers are but Brothers – an electronic maze of fantasists, meme culture, 4chan, the alt-right and ISIS. This show takes you into that dark world, shining a light on places that are only ever just two clicks away from the websites you visit every day.

The believers are but brothers


Make your own bid for freedom as part of a turbo-charged and retro-fitted evening of live gaming, performance, discussion and debate at Return to Escape from Woomera, a video game that put players in the shoes of a refugee escaping detention.

Return to escape from Woomera

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