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In the loop 18 Sept: Quick picks

Leigh Warren Dance, Not According to Plan Leigh Warren Dance, Not According to Plan
OzAsia, Adelaide Festival Centre

The annual OzAsia festival is already in full swing, but there are plenty of festivities still to come. Leigh Warren Dance presents the premier of Not According to Plan, following the journey of dancer, photographer, choreographer and calligrapher Xiao Xiong Zhang “from a life of unimaginable isolation into one of a worldwide dance family” (website). There’s a mini-focus on Malaysia with Parah by Instant Café Theatre looking at the hidden political rifts in Malaysian society, and SuperEverything*, a live cinema collaboration between UK video outfit The Light Surgeons and Malaysian artists Ng Chor Guan, Hands Percussion and Rhythm in Bronze. Touching down in Adelaide on a national tour is Fight the Landlord, a collaboration between Ireland’s Pan Pan Theatre and Beijing's Square Moon Culture performed in the round by ladies in panda suits (see review RT111). There’s also the quiet charmer Stories Then and Now directed by Annette Shun Wah and William Yang (see RT115). This weekend join the Moon Lantern festivities, and of course you wouldn’t want to miss Kamahl in concert!
Adelaide Festival Centre: OzAsia Festival, 13-29 Sept;

Snailovation, Cracking Art Group Snailovation, Cracking Art Group
Art and About, City of Sydney

Art and About is hitting Sydney with a plethora of public art adventures. Watch out for giant pink snails made entirely from recyclable materials by UK artists Cracking Art Group; or see yourself multiplied in the 324 mirrors that will populate Hyde Park in Field by New Zealand team Out of the Dark. You can take on a virtual persona and immerse yourself in the micro-world of a model railway in I Think I Can by Sam Routledge, Martyn Coutts and Performance Space. Or you can experience the thrills of Spill, a high energy dance work in several public parks around the city created by Shaun Parker. A special commission by Carbon Arts, Keith Deverell’s Building Run manifests the energy consumption data of five CBD buildings represented by five avatars running for their future. Extending the festivities to East Sydney, Metro Screen will be running a Pop-up Cinema and Bar at the Paddington Town Hall, including a whole night of shorts from a RealTime favourite, Lena “Girls” Dunham.
Art & About, various venues Sydney, 20 Sept-20 Oct;;

Gigi Scaria, Dust Gigi Scaria, Dust
Gigi Scaria, Dust, Ian Potter Museum

Gigi Scaria was one of the artists to appear in the first ever Indian Pavillion at the Venice Biennale in 2011. Over the last two years he’s spent time in Australia on a cultural exchange courtesy of the Macgeorge Fellowship, University of Melbourne. Dust is his first major solo exhibition here and draws on what he sees as a “strong connection between the Australian and Indian continents” (press release). Through video, large-scale photography and painting Scaria explores the salt plains of the Kutch area, presenting quite a different vision of India from those we normally see.
Gigi Scaria, Dust, Ian Potter Museum, 18 September 2013 – 2 February 2014;

Memory Collective Memory Collective
photo Victoria Cooper+Doug Spowart
Memory Collective, Toowoomba Art Gallery

Soon to be exhibited at the Toowoomba Art Gallery in south-east Queensland are the results of a large scale collaborative artmaking project by the Memory Collective. Painter and project initiator Damien Kamholtz first created a large format painting. He then invited 12 local artists from a range of disciplines including dance, ceramics, sculpture, textile design, music, photography and filmmaking to respond to the work over various stages. This interaction has both transformed the original painting and created a number of related artworks. (See clip for performance documentation).
Memory Collective, Toowoomba Art Gallery, 21 Sept-5 Nov;

Tim Hixson, Main Arm Mullumbimby (detail), mid 1970s Tim Hixson, Main Arm Mullumbimby (detail), mid 1970s
User Generated Architecture, Tin Sheds Gallery

As part of the Sydney Architecture Festival, Tin Sheds Gallery will be presenting two exhibitions under the umbrella title User Generated Architecture. Not Quite Square, a joint venture with Lismore Regional Gallery, surveys the alternative owner-builder culture that developed in the Northern Rivers region in the 1970s. The partner exhibition features the architecture collective raumlabor berlin. Working at the intersection of urban planning, architecture and intervention the collective creates large-scale installations in public space exploring architecture as an “experimental laboratory” and a “participatory practice” (press release). They will also be conducting a two-day workshop (see opportunities).
Tin Sheds Gallery, Faculty of Architecture Design and Planning, University of Sydney; 27 September-15 November;

Underworld Songs, Astra Underworld Songs, Astra
Martin Friedel’s Underworld Songs, Astra

The choral chamber society Astra’s next concert presents a new work by composer Martin Friedel, Underworld Songs. Friedel has been a Creative fellow at the State Library of Victoria where he has been rummaging through tabloid and police reports from the 1950s. He’s created a six-scene suite for choir, soloists, small instrumental ensemble and projected image that looks at “ordinary lives that have gone wrong” (press release). Performed across two atmospheric venues at the Abbotsford Convent, Underworld Songs is complemented by choral pieces by Mendelssohn and Riccardo Vaglini.
Astra Chamber Music Society, Martin Friedel’s Underworld Songs,
Abbotsford Convent, 21-22 Sept 3pm;

Whips & Tendrils, Triangulate Whips & Tendrils, Triangulate
Whips and Tendril, Campbelltown Arts Centre

The next New Music Network Mini-Series concert is at Campbelltown Arts Centre and focuses on native bird sounds. Whips and Tendrils will be in 9.1 surround sound and features compositions by Triangulate—Sarah-Leith Izzard, Karin Senff and Andrew Bluff. The concert is also part of the Sydney Sacred Music Festival. (View a previous piece by this interesting trio here.)
Triangulate, Whips and Tendrils, Campbelltown Arts Centre; 21 Sept;;

Still in the loop

Super Discount, Back to Back, STC, Malthouse
Sydney Theatre Company
20 Sept-19 Oct's-on/productions/2013/super-discount.aspx

Flock, Weave Movement Theatre
Mechanic Institute Performing Arts Centre, Brunswick
19-22 Sept

Nought, ADT, Samstag Museum
25 -27 Sept;

Kate Murphy, Probable Portraits
Shepparton Art Museum (SAM), 13 Sept-14 Nov

Open Frame, Room40
Brisbane Powerhouse and various venues
12-28 Sept

Craig Walsh, Embedded & Primavera, MCA
12 Sept-24 Nov

Drawn to Experience: Performance Drawing
POP Gallery (Postgraduates and Other Projects) , Queensland College of Art, Griffith University
12-21 Sept

ikono On Air Festival
global, online
6-29 September

2013 Brisbane Festival
7-28 Sept

arte magra: from the opaque, AEAF
5 Sept-5 Oct

The boat goes over the mountain, Happy Dagger Theatre
The Blue Room, Perth
10-28 Sept

Windows to the Sacred, S.H. Ervin Gallery
presented in association with Buratti Fine Art; 30 Aug-29 Sept

Malthouse’s Helium
Little Ones Theatre, Salomé, 30 Aug-14 Sept
Smack! Bang, City of Shadows, Rachael Dease, 21 Sept-5 Oct

In Confidence: Reorientations in Recent Art, PICA
31 Aug-13 Oct

RealTime issue #116 Aug-Sept 2013 pg. web

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