OPENING NIGHT /
26th March, 2022
EXHIBITION VIEWING: 5.00PM – 7.00PM
MUSIC: 7:30PM – late
Join us for a two tiered evening of contemporary art and experimental ambient music to celebrate the opening of RADICAL SLOWNESS.
Curated by Anna May Kirk and Tai Mitsuji, the exhibition features work by artists Akil Ahamat, Emma Fielden, Dean Cross, Izabela Pluta, Aude Parichot and Tané Andrews. In RADICAL SLOWNESS, the never-ending cadence of our everyday gives way to a different pace: slow time. Through a series of artistic interventions, the exhibition pulls into focus a multitude of temporalities that usually exist out of sight.
The opening night will feature an exhibition viewing followed by enigmatic experimental sound curated and produced by 8th house ghosts as part of Live Nights at The Lock-Up.
ABOUT THE MUSICIANS
Impatiens is a solo project of Newcastle local, Amelia Besseny. Through abstracted narratives and structural quirks, her songwriting approach is increasingly experimental and explores close themes of introspection, intuition, dimly lit scenes, and familial lineage. She is otherwise, one half of Troth and part of the trio, Th Blisks. Scene at the River came out via Altered States Tapes in 2020, a follow up release is due out in the first half of 2022.
Defektro is a band characterized by harsh machine produced junk metal sounds, who have performed together for over 25 years. Formed in Tokyo, Japan, Defektro, from time to time, comprises a 3 human, many machine noise unit. The founder Hirofumi Uchino, a futuristic Dr Frankenstien, is the evil mastermind and father of the machines invented for Defektro. The sound is produced by the machines, noise instruments and sonic weapons then sampled, effectively chewed up and spat out for the pleasure of the audience. Over 30 titled recordings have been released from various record labels around the world. Internationally Defektro has toured the United States, Japan, Europe, and continues to perform domestically. http://defektro.com/news-e.html
MONICA BROOKS & LAURA ALTMAN DUO
Monica Brooks has modelled sound works, compositions, and improvisations from piano, computer, field recordings, glasses, radio, and accordion. Long-term projects have toured nationally and internationally, including Great Waitress with legends Laura Altman & Magda Mayas; West Head Project, with Dale Gorfinkel, Anthony Magen & Jim Denley, and Women’s Auxiliary Choir with Sonia Z, Loni Cooper, and Ces Hotbake. Monica also fronts the eight-piece ensemble, Electronic Resonance Korps, developing works for multiple mono computer performance.
Laura Altman is a long-standing member of Splinter Orchestra and Prophets, Laura has been an important voice in the Sydney improvised and exploratory music scene for more than a decade. Her collaborations with Australian and international musicians have seen her perform across the country and around the world, and feature on multiple recordings, notably with trio Great Waitress. Other current projects include solo clarinet + tapes + feedback, duos as Couch, with Monica Brooks, Melanie Herbert and Nick Ashwood, as well as folk-jazz-chamber ensemble, Chaika, and Prophets’ side-project, BB+CAM.
Supported by the City of Newcastle’s Community Support Grants Program.