|Lauren Brincat, Snare the Sea (2012), documentation of an action|
image by Nick Hudson, courtesy of the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery
tarrawarra biennial 2012: sonic spheres
While it is one of the newer biennials on the Australian scene, the 2012 TarraWarra Biennial is certainly fast claiming its place. Sonic Spheres is the third biennial to take place at the TarraWarra Museum of Art (located on the vineyard of the same name in the Yarra Valley) and is curated by the museum’s new director Victoria Lynn. It brings together 21 pieces that concern themselves with music, sound and the voice. Consequently the exhibition includes a number of Australia’s leading sound artists, such as David Haines & Joyce Hinterding, Marco Fusinato (see Sound Full article), Robyn Backen (see RT109, Ross Manning (RT96), Eugene Carchesio (RT102), Lauren Brincat and John Nixon.
|Christian Thompson, Dhagunyilangu - Brother (2012)|
courtesy of the Artist and Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi Melbourne
|Johnny Yungat Tjupurrula, Untitled (2010)|
courtesy Johnny Yungut Tjupurrula, Papunya Tula Artists
For those of us who can’t make a leisurely trip to the Yarra Valley (as appealing as it sounds), there is an extensive catalogue with a 20-track CD to really get the feel of the event.
TarraWarra Biennial 2012: Sonic Spheres, curator Victoria Lynn, TarraWarra Museum of Art, until Dec 9 2012; http://twma.com.au/exhibitions/event/tarrawarra-biennial-2012-sonic-spheres/
under_scored, random overtones
Billed as a micro-festival, UNDER_SCORED consists of three days of talks, workshops and performances by an impressive collection of exploratory musicians and composers, with an unusual emphasis on the flute (though perhaps not so surprising as the person behind the event, Janet Mackay, is a flautist). The first evening offers a talk and showcase concert by Netherlands-based duo Shackle—Anne La Berge on flute, Robert Van Heumen on laptop—who have developed a “digital cueing system which operates as a sometimes visible third member. Both prodding and reactive…” (press release). Another renowned flautist Kathleen Gallagher will present a concert with Mackay and electronic musician Lawrence English, as well teaching a workshop on improvisation. Also known for their massed flute performances (along with other single instrument orchestras) Super Critical Mass will also perform and conduct a workshop (see Aurora 2012 coverage and Liquid Architecture 2010). Other artists include Anna McMichael (violin), Robert Davidson (Double Bass/composer) and Benjamin Marks (trombone).
UNDER_SCORED, The Shed, Macarthur Avenue, Hamilton, Brisbane, Sept 14-16; http://www.randomovertones.com/under_scored.html
iD digital portrait award, national portrait gallery
|Laura Moore, Animation 1 from the series, Hereinbefore (2012)|
courtesy the artist
iD Digital Portraiture Award, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, until October 28 2012; http://www.portrait.gov.au/site/id-welcome.php
13 voids, aeaf
|Mark Themann, detail, 13 Voids (2012)|
courtesy the artist
AEAF, Adelaide, Aug 29 – Sept 9, http://aeaf.org.au/a>
milk crate theatre: fearless
|Fearless, Milk Crate Theatre|
photo Patrick Boland
The focus of Milk Crate Theatre's latest production is on the pain and complexities of loneliness in the lives of 10 marginalised people who find themselves "at a juncture...where they will reach redemption or relapse with unexpected results." Composer Daryl Wallis, singer Christa Hughes and writer-director Mirra Todd are the strong creative team who have worked with six collaborating Milk Crate Theatre performers to realise Fearless. Carriageworks' support for the company will doubtless introduce many more Sydney-siders to the work of the company, and to another reality, gauging their empathy and understanding in these testing times.
Milk Crate Theatre, Fearless, Carriageworks, Sydney, Sept 13-22, www.carriageworks.com.au
ccp declares: on the nature of things
|Yavuz Erkan Sugar, 2011|
courtesy the artist
Perhaps then the works in this exhibition will not simply turn our attention to the pleasures to be found in things, but alert us to the pleasurable ways in which we regard objects when they are transformed by media—"photographs and videos featuring our relationship to objects both precious and banal...carefully hand-printed photographs...photographs as performance documentation, as well as a photo-sculptural response to a collection of gelatin silver, glass plate photographic negatives of antique sculptures." But the image then is no mere reminder of a thing, or a hint of its essence, but has become a thing in itself. What then will this CCP Declaration tell us about the state of contemporary image-making? See Scott Wark's review of On the nature of things in RealTime 111.
CCP Declares: On the nature of things, curator Kyla McFarlane, artists Jane Brown, Ross Coulter, Yavuz Erkan, Andrew Hazewinkel, Amy Marjoram, Nasim Nasr, David Nixon, Jacky Redgate; CCP, Melbourne, Aug 8-Sept 16, www.ccp.org.au
the right foot project, dirty feet
Independent dance company Dirty Feet have announced a contemporary dance workshop for people with and without a disability aged 12-26. The two-day workshop will be run by Sarah-Vyne Vassallo exploring both movement and collaborative devising skills and will conclude with a public showing of the work that emerges.
The Right Foot Project, Dirty Feet, Redfern Town Hall, Sydney, Sept 22 & 29. Workshops are free but registration is essential: contact email@example.com
RealTime issue #110 Aug-Sept 2012 pg. web
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