Featuring installation works by:
Pia Van Gelder
Exhibition continues until July 8, open 5-7pm Thursday and Friday and 3-7pm Saturday and Sunday
Radu Malfatti (Bass Harmonica) & Alexander Garsden (Acoustic Guitar)
Radu Malfatti - One Man and a Fly - Cathnor Records (Excerpt)
Stephen Cornford (Destruction of an Image Sensor)
Pia Van Gelder (Live Circuits)
Jason Kahn (Electronics)
Dale Gorfinkel (Switches & Hose)
Jason KahnRichard Kamerman
Walk led by Polly Stanton
In this workshop participants will build a hand-held solar-powered analog synth based on a hacked supermarket brand outdoor lamp, dubbed the Ritual Solar Observance Apparatus. These charge throughout the day and activate at dusk; the LED lamp is hacked to power a small synth circuit producing rhythmic chirping and squawking tones.
Ritual Solar Observance Society
A sunset performance using the solar powered synths made at the workshop earlier in the afternoon.
Richard Kamerman (Electronics)
Keith Fullerton Whitman (Modular Synthesis)
Judith Hamann (Cello)
Trombonist and bass mouth organ player Radu Malfatti was born in Innsbruck in 1943, and lived and worked in Holland and Britain in the 1970s, where he encountered and played with the pioneering spirits of European modern jazz and improvised music, including Chris MacGregor, Paul Rutherford, Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, Misha Mengelberg, Fred Van Hove and Tony Oxley (to name but a few). He then concentrated increasingly on composition, or rather the interface between composition and improvisation, and became a leading figure in the ultra-minimal "Berlin school" (though he currently lives in Vienna). He has also worked with fellow Austrian Werner Dafeldecker in the group Polwechsel. More recently he has become a core member of the Wandelweiser collective of composers and performers, who share an interest in the role of silence in music. He has released dozens of records, in particular a number of celebrated editions on the influential label Erstwhile.
Radu Malfatti - One Man and a Fly - Cathnor Records (Excerpt)
Stephen Cornford is an audio-visual artist working between installation and performance. His practice is concerned with reconfiguring consumer electronics as expressive and reflective devices. He studied at The Slade School of Fine Art and Dartington College of Arts and is currently a PhD candidate at Winchester School of Art with Jussi Parikka and Ian Dawson. Stephen has had solo exhibitions in Tokyo, Berlin, Brighton, Bergen, Ljubljana & London and his work has been included in group exhibitions at the ZKM Center for Art & Media, Karlsruhe; ICC, Tokyo; Haus der Electronische Kunst, Basel; Sigma Foundation, Venice and at Bienalles in Lodz and Poznan.He is co-director the Audiograft Festival in Oxford and the Consumer Waste record label and is a founder member of Bristol Experimental and Expanded Film. His audio work has been published by Rumpsti Pumsti, VLZprodukt, Senufo Editions, MoTA, Winds Measure, 3leaves, Vitrine, Mantile and Accidie and he has collaborated with Ben Gwilliam, Patrick Farmer, Daniel Bennett and Samuel Rodgers among others.
Richard Kamerman (b. NYC, 1985) has been breaking electronics and crashing computers while trying to coax interesting and unpredictable sounds out of them for over a decade. Occasionally, he has also presented himself as a more serious composer of re-performable written music. Keywords: amplification, magnification, obfuscation, systems design, game theory, patterns, human error, accident, failure. Although a firm believer in the axiom that "one man's trash is another man's treasure," he ceased collecting his instruments from piles of junk left on the curb several years ago, fearing he might bring home bedbugs. Recordings of his solo or collaborative works have been released by Erstwhile Records, Pilgrim Talk, Contour Editions, RRRecords, and Engraved Glass, among others. Kamerman has performed or had his music performed throughout the US as well as internationally in Canada, Germany, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and Chile. He also runs the small-press music label, Copy For Your Records.
Richard Kamerman - Now it seems that even the scar has faded away (Excerpt)
Jason Kahn is a musician, artist and writer. He was born 1960 in New York and grew up in Los Angeles. He re-located to Europe in 1990 and is currently based in Zürich. As an electronic musician, vocalist, drummer and guitarist Kahn collaborates regularly with many musicians, both in improvised settings and in the context of graphical scores which he composes for specific groups. Performing regularly around the world, Kahn has given concerts throughout Europe, North and South America, Australia, China, Egypt, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Korea, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Turkey and South Africa.
Pia van Gelder is an electronic artist and researcher. Van Gelder’s work involves designing and building electronic instruments that are presented in performance and interactive installation contexts. Her works investigate our relationships with technology and energy. Van Gelder has curated various festivals, art events and exhibitions and has been involved with DIY spaces for the past decade, particularly the Serial Space collective. She is the Overlord of Dorkbot Sydney, a regular meeting for people doing strange things with electricity, whilst lecturing at the College of Fine Arts, UNSW in the School of Media Art.
Samuel Bruce is an artist and musician whose practice encompasses generative audiovisual abstraction, handmade electronics, a catalogue of garage sale signs and endurance karaoke. He performs crypto-occult sonic ritual under the name Black Math, and shambolic circuit-bent techno as Knife Crimes. In his workshop, participants will build a hand-held solar-powered analog synth based on a hacked supermarket brand outdoor lamp, dubbed the Ritual Solar Observance Apparatus. These charge throughout the day and activate at dusk; the LED lamp is hacked to power a small synth circuit producing rhythmic chirping and squawking tones. The group will present their work in the lead up to the closing party.
Samuel Bruce - Ritual Solar Observance Society (Documentation)
Emily Morandini has performed and exhibited as a sound-based artist for over a decade. Her practice explores qualities of handicraft in electronic sound-making by searching for signal in unexpected materials and environments. Touching upon histories of technology, her work seeks to reimagine intersections between nature, craft, and electronics.
She has exhibited in galleries such as SNO, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, Campbelltown Arts Centre, First Draft Gallery, Gaffa, ICAN, and Canberra Contemporary Artspace. She has performed for the Underbelly Arts festival, Whatismusic? festival, the Nownow festival, High Reflections, and Electrofringe.
Alexander Garsden is a composer, guitarist and electro-acoustic musician, working across multiple exploratory musical disciplines. He is based in Melbourne, Australia. Recent works include commissions from the Melbourne and Sydney Symphony Orchestras, Speak Percussion, Michael Kieran Harvey, Jessica Aszodi, Eugene Ughetti, and Golden Fur, alongside performances with Slave Pianos (Melbourne/Yogyakarta), Erkki Veltheim, and Rohan Drape. He performs as a soloist of both notated and improvised musics, and in a range of other contexts including True Strength (with Ida Duelund-Hansen), Francis Plagne, Yuko Kono, and Ned Collette and Wirewalker. Alexander is co-director of the INLAND Concert Series, and has taught through the RMIT and the University of Melbourne.
Dale Gorfinkel is a multi-instrumentalist, improvisor, instrument builder, installation artist and educator. He is interested in finding fresh ways of presenting and making music. These include outdoors, across artforms, and inter-cultural and inter-generational contexts. He brings creative communities together & shifts perceived boundaries of scenes, styles & artforms. Dale’s work reflects an awareness of the dynamic nature of culture & the value of listening as mode of knowing people & places.
Bonny Cassidy is a poet, critic, editor and essayist. She is Lecturer in Creative Writing at RMIT University and supervises Honours and HDR candidates. Bonny has released three poetry collections: a chapbook, Said To Be Standing (Vagabond, 2010); and two full-length collections, Certain Fathoms (Puncher & Wattmann, 2012) and Final Theory (Giramondo, 2014). Her poetry has been featured in Young Poets: An Australian Anthology (John Leonard Press, 2011) and Black Inc’s Best Australian Poems from 2010-2013, with both poetry and criticism published widely in journals both local and international, including Jacket2, Meanjin, The Age, The Australian and Zone. Bonny runs a monthly poetry reading in Melbourne, and is Feature Reviews Editor at Cordite Poetry Review. She has for many years helped to develop poetry education programs in the community. Most recently she has been a guest of the Ottawa International Writers Festival 2014 and the Australian Poetry Tour of Ireland. With Jessica Wilkinson she is currently co-editing Australia’s first anthology of contemporary feminist poetry, and preparing a book of essays on Australian poetics.
Melissa Deerson is a Melbourne-based artist and writer using text, sound, video, collaborative and public projects. Her work investigates the blurry boundaries between human and non-human domains.
Jacqui Shelton is a visual artist working in Narrm (Melbourne). Her work manifests across performance, film-making, writing, photography, reading, and drawing. Working with processes of embodiment, storytelling, documentation and vocal action, each work produces a set of temporary relations between people, sites, or histories, that are then pushed to a limit and examined for intimacies and conflicts that develop.
Polly Stanton is a moving image artist, sound practitioner and researcher. Her work investigates how cinematic forms document, reflect and shape human experiences of place and environment. In addition to her art practice she has worked professionally in the film industry in screenwriting and post-production sound. She currently lectures in video and sound studies in the Master of Media program at RMIT University.
Judith Hamann is a cellist from Melbourne, Australia. Her performance practice stretches across various genres encompassing elements of improvised, art, experimental, and popular music. Currently her work is focused on expressions of immersion and saturation: explored through durational, spatialised and electroacoustic approaches to sound, as well as an examination of psycho-physical materials.
A solo project by Fjorn Butler—a mainstay of the Ladyz in Noyz event series, and of monikers Gurner, In Vivo and Oranj Punjabi—Papaphilia creates sonic noise abstractions with works described as “a mix of sludged-out rhythms and beats processed into the dankest liquid with erotically asphyxiated vocal samples, conjoining to make a stiff mould turn into to sick sticky muck; a formless rolling jelly."
Keith Fullerton Whitman is a composer, performer, and recording artist currently based in Melbourne, Australia. Active from the early 90's on while working towards a Bachelor's Degree in Music Synthesis at Boston's Berklee College of Music, Keith began exploring electronic music's many facets, eventually yielding dozens of recordings for influential labels such as Kranky, Editions Mego, PAN, Planet µ, Carpark, Room40, Amethyst Sunset, Amish, NNA Tapes, No Fun Productions, Agents of Chaos, Arbor, Digitalis Limited, Ekhein, Heavy Tapes, Rare Youth, Root Strata, and many more.