Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley is undergoing a revival, thanks to the centrepiece James Street strip of cafes, chic shops, restaurants and design-driven hotels; David Jones has even opened a boutique-sized fashion store. Also in this mix is the Institute of Modern Art at the Judith Wright Centre on Brunswick Street, where co-executive directors Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh walk me around four big, well-lit gallery spaces to preview exhibitions. On until July 15 is Corps a Corps, the first solo showing in Australia by Celine Condorelli and described as “case-studies in what an exhibition can be, creating diverse environments where everything from climate to furniture are integral features”. Material Politics is also showing until July 15, featuring Megan Cope, Keg de Souza, Archie Moore, Gabriella and Silvana Mangano, Tintin Wulia, Raquel Ormella, Jemima Wyman and Zach Blas. “Conceptualism, frugality and politics combine to create powerful reflections on the society we live in” describes this homage to frugality, everyday items and the impact of technology. It’s a theme that seems at odds with Fortitude Valley’s new emphasis on the cool and covetable so there’s much to consider about the inherent ironies. If something more active appeals, Brisbane-based Ross Manning’s experimental kinetic, light and sound sculptures (pictured) are centrepieces of his solo show, August 5-October 28. More: ima.org.au.