It's official: sitting on the couch in your underwear and watching movies now counts as art.
Welcome to the NGV's latest Triennial exhibition—a Netflix-binging habitat called Coming Soon Near You, where audience members are encouraged to just...watch TV. In the gallery. With people watching you watching TV.
Artist Eniat Amir has created a very realistic lounge room setting where visitors can plop down on a well-worn couch, surrounded by mismatched furnishings and a threadbare rug (sounds a lot like grandma's house), and watch a television show, film or home movie of their choice. You can literally bring your favourite DVDs, BluRay movies, even old-school VHS, and watch whatever you want. Right there in the gallery space. It's a weird, live-action GoggleBox sort of thing. And we kind of love it.
So if you want to feel like an animal in a zoo and watch home videos of your baby brother stuffing his face with spaghetti, head on over to the NGV. Pack a few snacks, beer, wine and your favorite onesie. Coming Soon Near You will be open every day at 10:30am, 2pm and 7pm. It’s free, but book ahead to claim your spot.
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