Tuesday, July 25, 2006



sound installation at ccas - opening thurs 18th august 2006

blackening bosphorus (2005)

Blackening Bosphorus

haunting memories

haunting memories


have been watching a few miyazaki films over the past few months inc. howl's moving castle, porco rosso, totoro and my favourite for many years now spirited away.

i'm always so drawn into these worlds, with their japanese aesthetic and animism that is so foreign to here and yet makes much sense when you consider it in context.

educating the dreamers

watched two films this year which traipse along similar lines - the edukators and the dreamers. both, incredibly intense and inspiring (at least to me)...

trolley love

trolley love

at the lyneham shops

labrynthian lines

labrynthian lines

Monday, July 24, 2006

the art of modern instituting (IMA)

while i was in Brisbane in early July - Lara, TK, Caitlin (from the TPS5 workshop) and I went along to the IMA to see what they had instore...

Shirin Neshat's Tooba - which i saw earlier in the year, at the Art Gallery of NSW. This piece, shot in Mexico, tells the tale of an older woman who gradually disappears into the trunk of a tree, while the villagers rush over the hills towards the place where this event is happening. The work is displayed on two screens at opposing ends of the darkened space.


et al.'s the second of the ordinary practices - an industrial work which ties together text from religious groups and cults etc, with forward/backward shifting dalek-like corrugated iron dunny-structures contained by 6-foot wire fencing.

vastly different works, and yet both incredibly powerful...

Wednesday, July 19, 2006


the NGA has released the latest program for their 2006 Full Screen series: http://www.nga.gov.au/fullscreen/ with scott morrison (and daniel crooks) presenting work in late august 2006

random adventuring

while in brisbane for two weeks i managed to get to Liquid Architecture 7, Soobiesta, Klipp AV, a Limited Express (Has Gone?) gig at the Whitehouse and Lawrence English's 30th. Somehow these all turned out to be random adventures with Tom Hall - and i had a blast (who would've thought, eh?).
som and tommo
The story is probably better told here and here.

defrosting the cycle

there's a little note in a recent cyclic issue to field recordings submitted to the Sound Transit website - http://www.cyclicdefrost.com/blog/?p=334

scoping the new (media)

The Australia Council for the Arts has released a New Media scoping study available at:

this time, this place, this space

time_place_space - landscape
I recently took part in the Time_Place_Space 5 workshop run by the Performance Space and held at the Creative Industries Presinct at QUT in Brisbane.

The two week long workshop was pretty flat out - with many collaborations and creative outcomes including:

  • the draft of a work based on the provocation of the Labrynth and the Vanishing Point - for which our work came up with a performance piece based around a number of concepts including: loss, death, grief, the asymptote and knitting nancy - with the working title "Why I Cannot be a Buddhist"

  • the draft of a performance work based around unbearable and bearable stereotypes. for this we carried out an "intervention" into Brisbane society (Queen Street Mall to be precise) and came up with a work that somehow tried to integrate out combined Celtic, Brazilian, Jewish and Greek/Macedonian cultural heritages along with our stereotypes. This began to brush against notions of who could be Australian. (And what this whole Australian thing meant anyway...)

  • System Survival was the proposal for a new media experience where audience members take part in a collaborative journey through a post-disaster scenario. My group included Lara and TK (aka. New!Shop recent fame) and Rakini Devi, and with us all having common conceptual interests for our work, we felt like we began on the "same page" and so plunged into creating a great concept for a work

  • a one-minute video titled fearhate

  • a performance of a "rough and raw" work that i had brought to the workshop, under the guise of ID-i/o - using accellerometers to control manipulation of sound

  • other presentations included a short five-minute collaborative performance and a two-minute improv with little preparation time

And then of course there were moments like the TPS rap...
"Melati, Melati, looking for tha party..." something, something, rhymes with gelati... (Lara, Caitlin, TK - you rock)

So many amazing people, facilitators, moments, working collaborations - i was on a high for a week post-workshop.

mediating meditations

The 2006 Australiasian Computer Music Conference took place in Adelaide last week.

I presented an artist talk, Sonic Gesturing, about wearable control interfaces and sound, and gave a lunchtime performance as ID-i/o with the live improvised work [re] - utilising accellerometers.

MetaSense - the duo I'm invloved with - also presented a discrete channel multichannel work, Tourist x2 composed from ambisonic field recordings in Barcelona last year.

jammin' the night

Night Jam - bittersweet songs for the sleepless city
Scanner's latest project Night Jam is being launched this Thursday.

(Alex Gillespie gave him a hand with it, and i helped out just a teensy bit...)