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As well as being a physical place, Hotel Hotel was a vessel for ongoing artistic and cultural creation. Then and now, we make projects and programs in order to explore our interests, support creative endeavour and have conversations with others about things that are important to us.

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The Inner Apartment
(Exhibition)
Opens Friday 20 April at 6PM. On exhibition until Sunday 22 July.

Upcoming

The Inner Apartment

Exhibition

When:Opens Friday 20 April at 6PM. On exhibition until Sunday 22 July.
Where:Nishi Gallery
Cost:Free
Go:NG

An exhibition of contemporary Australian Muslim art that explores the fractured beauty of the sacred and mundane. Curated by Nur Shkembi and featuring works by Shireen Taweel, Hoda Afshar and Leila El Rayes.

Part of the Nishi Gallery series

Everything

Melbourne Design Week

A collaboration with Melbourne Design Week to bring new project collaborators Stephanie Macdonald from London-based 6a architects and Sofia von Ellrichshausen from Chilean art and architecture studio Pezo von Ellrichshausen to Australia as part Melbourne Design Week. Melbourne Design Week is an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the National Gallery of Victoria, running from 15 to 25 March, 2018.

Symposium : Tall Buildings - Their Problems and Some Ideas

22.03.18

Workshop

Design talk: Sofia von Ellrichshausen, Pezo von Ellrichshausen

20.03.18

Talk

Design talk: Stephanie Macdonald, 6a architects

18.03.18

Talk

Salon Gatherings

The Monster Salon and Dining rooms at Hotel Hotel were a reinterpretation of the suburban family rooms of immigrants in Australia post WWII. It was a domestic place. At once a parlour for receiving guests, for talking art and politics, a living room for lolling around by the fire with friends, a place for listening to music, and a room for sharing meals. At times, we gathered old and new friends here to exchange ideas and we host conversations, poetry readings and performances. Fittingly, we often shared stories about immigration, about how immigration increases the textures and layers of a place’s cultural fabric. These are important stories. Especially in a time when the number of people displaced by conflict is at its highest since the aftermath of WWII.

Late Night Last Friday

23.02.18

Music

Strings in the Salon: Winter

23.07.17

Performance

Shelter: Life on the Move

05.07.17

Talk

Strings in the Salon: Autumn

21.05.17

Performance

Lost + Found

07.04.17

Music

Xylouris White

11.03.17

Performance

Strings in the Salon: Summer

12.02.17

Performance

Same Same Different

16.01.17

Talk

Same Same Different Zine

15.01.17

Publication

Strings in the Salon: Spring

18.09.16

Performance

Strings in the Salon: Winter

24.07.16

Music

Strings in the Salon: Autumn

24.04.16

Performance

Nishi Gallery

The Nishi Gallery is a cultural space in Canberra, Australia. It explores human experience through the lens of local identity, objects and their meaning; the natural and built world; design experimentation and artisanal making. Our exhibitions program supports the subversive, the radical and the vernacular. Nishi Gallery is curated by Molonglo and made in collaboration with local, national and international artists and designers, creative and social enterprises, cultural organisations and independent curators via a submissions and commissions process.

The Magic of Country

02.02.18

Exhibition

New Documents: all true things are equal

01.12.17

Exhibition

Legendary

20.10.17

Exhibition

Famiglia: Oh Holy Father

20.10.17

Exhibition

Porosity Kabari

09.06.17

Exhibition

Borrow Tomorrow

07.04.17

Exhibition

Coincidences

18.01.17

Exhibition

Swarm Trap

30.06.16

Exhibition

Perfect Imperfect

28.04.16

Exhibition

One Day Shop

For us, architecture is perpetually unfinished, defined by the people who use it rather than by the people who created it. So that is why from time to time we changed our library at Hotel Hotel into a shop. A few times a year we asked friends who run shops that we like to come in and take over the library, transforming it to a one-day shop.

One Day Shop by Perimeter Books

02.12.17

Shop

One Day Shop by Pan After

07.10.17

Shop

One Day Shop by Mr Kitly

11.03.17

Shop

One Day Shop by Perimeter Books

16.07.16

Shop

The Other Moderns

‘The Other Moderns' is a 300-page book of stories about little-known émigré architects, interior designers and furniture makers who fled Europe in World War II and began working in Sydney in the 1930s. ‘The Other Moderns’ is co-published by Molonglo, Hotel Hotel and NewSouth Publishing; and edited by Rebecca Hawcroft.

A Lunch for 'The Other Moderns'

12.11.17

Eat Drink

The Other Moderns: Sydney’s Forgotten Design Legacy

14.09.17

Publication

Fix and Make

You can buy thousands of units of something from somewhere in the world. This is necessary to an extent for today’s populations. But still, we are anxious. Who made those thousand units? Did we really need to order that many? And what do these things even mean to us when we don’t really know anything about them? Fix and Make is a series of workshops and talks that explores these anxieties. Through the practical, the experimental and the philosophical the program brought different people together to actively questions our relationship with and consumption of objects. Fix and Make invited individuals to reconnect with their hands. It encouraged new learning through doing. Through the process of fixing and making we reckon we can gain a better understanding of how things work and apply this knowledge to other areas of life: to solve our own problems; to take control of our own resources; to break our dependence on manufacturers who create products with built-in obsolescence. The annual program,running throughout 2016, brought together more than 60 collaborators to lead workshops and contribute to discussions from fields as diverse as neuroscience, art, design and craft, food, education, music, psychology and the environment.

Make Do: Utility Wear

22.10.17

Workshop

Making as Meditation: Patterns from Plants

17.06.17

Workshop

Make Do: Jugaad

11.06.17

Workshop

Make a Swarm Trap

27.08.16

Workshop

Repair Remake Swap

09.07.16

Workshop

Make a Utility Apron

11.06.16

Workshop

Ghost Net Weaving

01.05.16

Workshop

Invent an Instrument

30.04.16

Workshop

How to Make Toys from Trash

20.04.16

Film

The Art of Kintsugi

09.04.16

Workshop

Oyster Appreciation

02.04.16

Workshop

Knife Making and Preservation

12.03.16

Workshop

Meet the Toymaker

27.02.16

Workshop

Toys from Trash

27.02.16

Workshop

How to Make Camp Furniture with Dale Hardiman

19.02.16

Film

For the Love of Things

10.02.16

Talk

Making as Meditation: Chopsticks

23.01.16

Workshop

Making as Meditation: Chopsticks

16.01.16

Workshop

Make Your Own Camp Furniture

05.12.15

Workshop

19 Objects: New Ways to Value

25.11.15

Talk

Ownership of Things

18.11.15

Talk

Make a Swarm Trap

15.11.15

Workshop

Reshaping Glass

14.11.15

Workshop

Cabinets

We are interested in people. Being interested in people means we are also interested in the objects people make and use. Throughout the ground floor of Hotel Hotel we had several glass cabinets that we used as small exhibition spaces. They were curated by invited curators, artists and designers. The cabinets were a study of human and natural life – artefacts that document our existence and tell a story about who ‘we’ are and what is important to us.

Rainbow's End

07.10.17

Exhibition

Not Wow

11.03.17

Exhibition

Bread + Honey

05.02.16

Exhibition

For School

07.11.15

Exhibition

Daily Rituals

Anthropologically speaking, rituals connect us to a culture, a sub-culture, maybe even a cult. We have always been curious observers of the repetitive and sometimes strange routines people practise in private. This fascination with human behaviour is the catalyst for a creative project and ongoing study of all the weird and wonderful rituals people do every day. For the project we have created a series of short films directed by U-P and Alyssa McClelland that re-enact the bizarre rituals of others inside the rooms of Hotel Hotel. We’ve also written articles, catalogued everyday rituals across cultures, studied tools and implements connected to rituals and have invited photographers to document their own rituals.

The Ritual of Practise with Alyssa McClelland

25.07.17

Film

The Ritual of Burrowing into Bed with Alyssa McClelland

24.07.17

Film

The Ritual of Reading in Bed with Rosanna Stevens

28.05.17

Performance

The Ritual of Reading in Bed with Rhys Nicholson

26.03.17

Performance

The Ritual of Bush Bathing

19.03.17

Workshop

Le Corbusier's Daily Ritual of Calisthenics

16.06.15

Film

Franz Kafka’s Ritualistic Procrastination

16.06.15

Film

T S Eliot's Daily Face Painting Ritual

16.06.15

Film

Benjamin Franklin's Daily Air Bath Ritual

16.06.15

Film

Emily Bronte's Insomnia Ritual

16.06.15

Film

The Ritual of Limbering Up With Mike Whitney

02.06.15

Performance

The Ritual of Long Walks with Barrie Barton

09.05.15

Performance

The Ritual of Reading in Bed with Emily Sexton

03.05.15

Performance

Club Sandwich

Cooking. It's a universal language. Our recipes project brought together new ideas coming out of the Monster kitchen and bar. We also ran workshops where people learnt how to make new things.

MasterCake

23.07.17

Workshop

Monster Recipes

07.05.15

Publication

Brutti Ma Buoni

‘Brutti ma Buoni’ comprised of two works. A short film by U-P and Coco & Maximilian featuring Brutalist buildings and an accompanying sound piece by Speak Percussion. Together they work to observe and orchestrally arrange Brutalism. What can we see when we really look at these monolithic structures in detail? What do their rough textures, shadows and unadorned geometries reveal? What might these beasts sound like? Cavernous and vast? Drone-like? Repetitive? Hypnotic? Oppressive, optimistic or sublime?

Brutti ma Buoni Canberra

02.06.17

Performance

Brutti ma Buoni Melbourne

20.05.16

Performance

Object Therapy

Repairing. It’s something our grandparents definitely did, but something we are doing less and less. In today’s society repaired objects are often perceived as being of less value. Object Therapy was a project that challenged this preconception, celebrating repair as a creative process that can add value. Object Therapy was a research and making project that culminated in a public exhibition that encouraged us to rethink our consumption patterns and re-evaluate the broken objects that surround us. It explored the almost forgotten role of repair in our society and its possibilities. The project was developed in collaboration with the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and the Australian National University (ANU) and through a research-based approach it was an investigation into the culture of ‘transformative’ repair as practiced by local, interstate and international artists and designers.

Object Therapy Australian Tour

06.04.17

Exhibition

Object Therapy

30.10.16

Exhibition

Panel at ANU, Canberra

27.10.16

Talk

Panel at UNSW, Sydney

20.10.16

Talk

Shared Meals

Some people say there are some things that you should never talk about over dinner. We don’t say that. This project brought people together to talk about things we might not ordinarily discuss.

Monster Mash

25.03.17

Eat Drink

Martino Gamper Dinner

24.02.16

Eat Drink

Favourite building

'Favourite Buildings' is an ongoing research project that compiles our favourite buildings out there in the world. There is a definite bent towards brutalist architecture, modernist architecture and vernacular architecture. We're not quite sure where this will go but we're hoarders at heart so we'll keep collecting. One day it will make sense.

Favourite building

15.01.15

Publication

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