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Open House: Tromarama for Kids at NGV

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The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)'s newest exhibition, designed by contemporary art collective Tromarama presents a fabulous, interactive art display designed exclusively for kids, exploring identity, materialism, consumer culture and the natural versus the artificial.

Entry shutter-wall into Open House: Tromarama


Open House: Tromarama for Kids uses new technologies and everyday pieces found in a domestic house-like environment.

Nothing Is What It Seems - Tromarama


The exhibit is broken down into rooms found in a home; a bathroom, a bedroom, a courtyard, a dining room and a kitchen.

Within the first two rooms you will find tiny interactive booths in which children can create their own animation with small plastic toys against a variety of backgrounds using Tromaramix; a new stop motion app which can be used inside the exhibition and at home on touch screen computers. The short animated series that children create within the exhibition can be emailed and shared on social media.

Kids using the Tromaramix app


This part of the exhibition greatly appeals to school-aged children, many of which can easily spend up to 30 minutes or more on one animated masterpiece.

Moving into the courtyard, familiar garden objects can be found within the greenery such as garden gnomes, a plastic light-up barking dog in a kennel and a variety of artificial birds. In the courtyard, children can record and project their voices to echo through the garden, yet all eyes are drawn to the rear wall, covered in a rainbow of flowers which frame a video piece 'Nothing Is What It Seems'.

Buttons to press and voices to record


Wall of flowers in the courtyard


Moving into the dining room, and you will notice not everything is what it seems, with the dining table and chairs suspended from the ceiling, and underneath kids bust a move on a disco dance floor complete with flashing tiles and funky soundtracks played from Tromarama's video works 'Everyone is Everybody, 2012' and 'Wattt?!, 2010' to compliment the kid's dance party.

Kids dance party in the dining room


The main focus of the kitchen is the film Ting*, 2008, projected onto a large screen.

Ting* by Tromarama


The short fun animation shows a group of courageous cups, mugs and plates abandoning their dull lives in the kitchen cupboard, in search of adventure.

This imaginative and immersive kids exhibition comes to life at the NGV from 23 May to 18 October, 2015 thanks to the artistic endeavors of Tromarama; three artists that formed a creative collaboration together in 2006 in Bandung, Indonesia.

The Tromarama Trio


Open House: Tromarama for Kids is generously supported by The Dewhurst Family. The NGV Kids program is supported by the Truby & Florence Williams Charitable Trust.

Where: NGV, Ground Level, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3006
When: Open 10am–5pm. Closed Tuesday (exc. public holidays). 23 May - 15 October, 2015
Cost: FREE

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