Monday, February 28, 2011

Insert Coin Here FAQ

Welcome to Insert Coin Here, a group exhibition curated by Nella Themelios and Kim Brockett that is part of the 2010 L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival cultural program.

Below is some helpful information about the exhibition. Exhibition updates are posted below this post, so keep scrolling down to read more!


Comprising two vending machines strategically placed around the Melbourne CBD, Insert Coin Here explores hierarchies of value and mechanised systems of exchange.

The Insert Coin Here vending machines contain limited edition 'fashion objects' which are randomly dispensed when a member of the public inserts a $2 coin. The artworks contained in the machines have been produced by over 60 Melbourne-based artists, designers and craft practitioners.

To look at all blog posts relating towards exhibition preparation, click here.

Where can I find the machines?

Mon 1 March - Sat 6 March Craft Victoria: 31 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Tue 9 March - Sat 13 March Captains of Industry: Level 1, 2 Somerset Place, Melbourne (off Little Bourke Street)

Sun 14 March - Sun 21 March Alice Euphemia: Shop 6, Cathedral Arcade, 37 Swanston Street, Melbourne

Mon 22 March - Wed 31 March The Thousands Shop: Level 6, Curtin House, 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne

When is the opening night, so that I can come buy a drink and pat all the artists on the back?

Friday 12 March at 1000 £ Bend from 7pm to 11pm.

Will there be opening night shenanigans at each venue?

Unfortunately no, the machines will make a quiet entry and exit at each location. But if you'd like to celebrate with us let us know!

If you own a capsule:

Congratulations! You now own a piece of art.

To find out more about your new possession, click here to be look through the list of participating artists. Artists are arranged in alphabetical order according to first name.

Alternatively, click the artist's name in the list below to go straight to their post.

Each artist has an individual post featuring a brief introduction, image, details of the work, their artist statement and a link to their website (if they have one).

If you would like to know more about the artist or get in touch with them, email us. We'd be more than happy to help you out!

If you do not yet own a capsule, but would like to:

Fret not! Insert Coin Here is a mobile exhibition occupying 4 locations across the month of March. The machines will be in a different location every week. To make sure things keep running, we've divided the capsules up and allotted each week with a number of capsules. This means that while the capsules may run out before the week's end, they will be replenished in the following week - unless it's the final week of course!

Until that wonderful moment comes, save up those $2 coins and have a look through the list of artists to see what could potentially be yours.

If your capsule has a seal on it that says DO NOT OPEN:


Click here for instructions on what to do.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Last days

Better hurry, there aren't many left!

The Thousands Shop

The Thousands Shop

Level 6, Curtin House, 252 Swanston Street

Final week! Machines now at The Thousands Shop

The final week of Insert Coin Here is finally here! OMG!

Find the machines at The Thousands Shop from today onwards... it's now or never!

Featuring a second drop of work from Dell Stewart, Antuong Nguyen, Anita Cummins, Grant Nimmo, Lauren Brown + more. Thanks guys!

The Thousands Shop is located on Level 6, Curtin House, 252 Swanston Street.

Photos to follow soon... sit tight.

Thanks for coming to the opening!

We'd like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who came to the official opening for Insert Coin Here on Friday 12 March at 1000 £ Bend. It was great to see so many familiar faces (and fresh ones too!) and we hope you had a great night.

The vending machines sold out in a record 30 minutes, and if you managed to score some sweet goods, awesome! If not, hey don't worry as Insert Coin Here will be hanging around at The Thousands Shop in Curtin House, 252 Swanston Street, till the end of the month.

We're also super glad that Holly Fluxx from Melbourne Street Fashion came to the opening as she took some lovely photos as well as wrote a great article on the show (click here to read it). Thanks very much Holly, we really, really appreciate it!

Here are a few photos from the night as taken by Holly. When you're done perusing, make sure you visit Melbourne Street Fashion to view more images!

Photo credit: Holly Fluxx

Guest post #2 for Alice Euphemia

Check it out, our second post for the Alice Euphemia blog!

Monday, March 15, 2010

3rd location: Alice Euphemia - now almost sold out!

The Insert Coin Here machines have now moved to their third location at Alice Euphemia where they will stay for the duration of LMFF (Sun 14 March to Sun 21 March).

This time round they've been separated with one machine at the front and another at the back.

We popped by this evening and there are a little over a dozen capsules left between the two, so act fast if you'd like to take one home!

By the way, if you miss out there's still a week and a bit left of the exhibition when the machines move to their fourth and final location at The Thousands Shop in Curtin House.

Guest blogging for Alice Euphemia

Over the next few days we'll be writing a few guest posts for the Alice Euphemia blog. What an honour!

More updates to follow soon!

Happy recepients!

Check out these updates from handmadelife, Nathan Gray and Estelle of curbside style. Click the images to go to their respective blogs.

It's always lovely to hear where the Insert Coin Here works have ended up, so do leave a comment on the blog to let the artists know!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Official opening party: Fri 12 March from 7-11pm at 1000 £ Bend

Special thanks to Luci Everett for her wonderful graphic design work.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Setting up at Captains

Nicholas Jones (left) and James Roberts.

To make an inappropriate pun using the word 'ball' would be beneath us, not to mention just way too easy!

Captains of Industry: 8 - 13 March

On Saturday afternoon we were supposed to move the vending machines to their next location at Captains of Industry, but the rain held us back. Here is an obligatory shot of the bad weather.

Check out the intense spot of hail on the left!

After that minor setback, the machines were moved on Tuesday morning and are now sitting pretty at Captains.

Not sure where or what or who Captains of Industry is?

Captains of Industry is a gentleman's outfitters and cafe. Run by two very dashing men, James Roberts & Thom Grogan, Captains is relatively new in town having only opened a few months ago. Step in from 8am-5pm from Monday to Thursday, 8am-8pm on Fridays and 10am-5pm on Saturdays to enjoy one of Melbourne's best coffees, a mug of homemade ginger beer (potent on an empty stomach) or perhaps a hearty sandwich for lunch. Heck, why not have it all!

In addition to food, James is also a skilled shoemaker whose classically designed bespoke shoes complement Thom's sharp tailoring. We also hear that there will be a barber moving in too! Now gentlemen across Melbourne have no excuse not to be well-groomed from head to toe.

Now the important part: directions!

To get to Captains, make your way down Little Bourke Street till you hit Elizabeth Street.

Keep going a little bit further... Captains is located in the first left off Lt Bourke on Somerset Place, just before RG Madden.

There you go!

Now turn left on to Somerset Place,

And there it is!

Make your way up the stairs. Don't forget to keep your fingers crossed that there'll still be some capsules left in the vending machines!

Insert Coin Here will be at Captains of Industry until Saturday 13 March.

In the meantime, do have a look at James and Thom's respective websites:

The interior of Captains of Industry


Yesterday we made our way down to Triple R 102.7FM where we were invited to talk about Insert Coin Here on the Room with a View program. Presented by RMIT Media Arts Students, Room with a View is an hour long segment that is on every Monday from 12-1pm.

We were interviewed by the very lovely Laura and Hoon - thank you very much for having us guys! It was great!

We hope you managed to catch the interview and if not, we'll figure out a way to post a sound clip here soon (technology willing).

Laura and Hoon
Triple R's foyer

Monday, March 1, 2010

Day 1: A sell out show at Craft Victoria in 6 hours!

At 10am this morning the vending machines were wheeled out and filled with their allotted amount of capsules for their week at Craft Victoria - all 130 of them!

By lunchtime there was a bit of a crowd gathering...

Lots of lovely people dropped by to check out the machines and buy a couple of capsules, including Insert Coin Here artists Kyoko Imazu, Dawn Tan, Gavin Bell, Dylan Martorell, Simon MacEwan (pictured below with the lovely Karen Rieschieck, owner of Alice Euphemia) and Simon Zoric.

Simon MacEwan & Karen Rieschieck (holding work by Grant Nimmo, and Michael Pham and Dani Maugeri respectively) - the vending machines will be at Alice Euphemia during Fashion Week!

By 4pm there weren't many left at all. In fact there were none...

And after this lovely gentleman did us the honour of purchasing the last capsules, while wearing one of Beck Jobson's David Lee Rocks necklaces of course, it was time to hang out the 'Sold out!' signs:

A sell out show at our first location in 6 hours! What a record!

For everyone who's missed out, don't worry as the machines will be replenished weekly to ensure that each venue gets their moment in the spotlight. The machines will be moving to Captains of Industry on Tuesday 9 March where they will be for the remainder of the week. They will be refilled with 150 capsules, so fingers crossed you'll be able to get your hands on one of them.

Captains is located on Level 1, 2 Somerset Place (off Little Bourke Street, past Elizabeth Street) and we hear James makes one of the best coffees in Melbourne. In fact, we can attest to this! Hopefully they'll have some homemade ginger beer on offer as well as some delicious pear & blue cheese sandwiches available during lunch. Yum! Looking forward to seeing you there!

In the meantime, why not bide your time by looking through what's on offer. It'll give you time to start plotting ad strategising the best move to get you what you want... and please, no shaking of the machines!

PS, when you check out the machines, you'll notice a black box to the side labelled capsule collection box. Please drop off your unwanted capsules in this box so that we may reuse them to refill the machines. Thank you!

The first turn of the day

Our first turn of the day was courtesy of a very nice lady who patiently waited outside Craft Victoria's door from 9.45am until Kim gathered her muscle (ahem, Beck Jobson) and moved to the machines to their spot outside Craft Victoria.

Inside was Sarah McNeil's Little Black Robin! What a treat! As the saying goes, the super keen art enthusiast gets the adorable paper bird brooch.

Insert Coin Here: featured on The Design Files & handmadelife!

We couldn't have asked for, or expected, a warmer welcome by two of Melbourne's best craft & design blogs - The Design Files and handmadelife.

What better way to usher in the first day of Insert Coin Here than with two wonderful feature posts! A big thank you to the always lovely Lucy Feagins at The Design Files, and Beck Jobson & Ramona Barry at handmadelife - thank you ladies! You really made our day!

To visit their blogs, click the image/link below.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Alexander Ouchtomsky

Originally from Queensland, Alexander Ouchtomsky is a recent graduate from RMIT's Fine Arts (Painting) course. Alexander has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Melbourne including Skin and Bones in 2008 and 2009 (Penthouse Mouse, BUS Projects), Zero & Not (45 Downstairs), Canadian Pharmacy (Neon Parc) and the Sustainable Living Festival in 2009 and 2010.

Battle Toad, 2009, mixed media

Alexander Ouchtomsky's work is
constructed by a means of collecting and hoarding various different plastics, organic matter, toys, sports equipment and helmets. By piecing together these various two dimensional and three dimensional examples of western consumer waste either by collage or construction, his work draws connections between the forgotten histories of suburban waste and the possible potential of these objects as lost segments of an imagined civilisation.

For Insert Coin Here, Alexander has created a special series of small sculptures, of which several of pictured below:

Dracunculiasis reign supreme, 2010, found plastics

Hibiscus happy meal, 2010, found plastics

Lobster and triceratops headdress for flamboyant storm trooper, 2010, found plastics

Paramite, 2010, found plastics

Toxo, 2010, found plastics


Insert Coin Here

is a group exhibition curated by Nella Themelios & Kim Brockett. The exhibition is part of the 2010 L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival cultural program.

Insert Coin Here
comprises of two vending machines strategically placed in public spaces around the Melbourne CBD. Containing limited edition 'fashion objects' produced by over 60 Melbourne-based artists, the vending machines are activated when a member of the public inserts a $2 coin. The exhibition explores alternative interfaces of exchange for fashion, the mechanised system as a form of 'fashion dialogue'. More broadly, it thinks through discourses around public space and the role that fashion might play in it.

1 - 31 March 2010

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