Arts and Crafts

ANAT SALON : SYDNEY : EMOTIONALLY ENGAGING THE MACHINE

ANAT Salon Sydney brings together leading artists to explore and discuss human interactions with robots and machines.

ANAT SALON :: Sydney :: Emotionally Engaging the Machine
WHEN: Thursday, 7 November, 5.30pm for 6.00pm start, to 8.00pm,
WHERE: Customs House, Level 1, Barnet Long Room, 31 Alfred Street, Circular Quay, Sydney

FREE EVENT :: BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL :: Book  HERE: https://events.humanitix.com.au/anat-salon-sydney-emotionally-engage-the-machine

As the boundaries between people and machines begin to blur, what does this mean for the way we relate with machines? Can humans emotionally engage with robots and machines, and vice versa? Or are emotional interactions with machines notional, unintentional reactions driven by anthropomorphism? What senses (if any) do AI’s use to emotionally engage with humans?

Join the ABC’s technology reporter, Ariel Bogle in conversation with Professor Mari Velonaki Director of UNSW’s Creative Robotics Lab, together with artists Dr Belinda Dunstan, Justin Harvey and Dr Wade Marynowsky.

Join us for lively conversation, followed by networking, drinks and nibbles.
Bookings required for catering purposes.
Customs House is an accessible venue. Enter via main entrance and take lift to first floor.

SPEAKERS

Ariel Bogle is a technology reporter at the ABC. She writes, edits and makes radio about technology policy and culture. Most recently, she was technology editor at The Conversation. Her work has been published in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Australian Financial Review and Slate, among other places.

Prof Mari Velonaki is an artist and researcher in the fields of Social Robotics and Interactive Media Art. Velonaki is a Professor of Social Robotics at UNSW. She is the founder and director of the Creative Robotics Lab (UNSW) and the National Facility for Human Robot Interaction Research. In 2014 she was voted by Robohub as one of the world’s 25 women in robotics you need to know about. She is the recipient of several competitive grants, including an Australia Research Council Fellowship and an Australia Council of the Arts Visual Arts Fellowship. Mari’s robots have been exhibited in multiple museums worldwide.

Dr Belinda Dunstan is an academic at the UNSW Faculty of Built Environment and a member of the UNSW Creative Robotics Lab. She is an artist, researcher and lecturer in the space between art, design and technology. Her current research interests are in social robot morphology, technology ethics and responsive environments.

Justin Harvey is a Sydney based artist working across moving image, sound and installation. His solo works present abstract expressions of interactions between artist and machine, exploring the unintended beauty in the breakdown of the digital image.

Dr Wade Marynowsky is an artist, academic and researcher working across robotics, immersive and interactive performance and installation. His main body of research explores the notion of robotic performance agency by challenging notions of classical spectatorship and performance. His practice is characterised by large-scale robotic, sound, light and interactive works that combine humour, camp and a host of unnerving thematics to absorbing affect.

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ANAT SALON Sydney supported by City of Sydney.

ANAT is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, the South Australian government through Arts South Australia and the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of Federal and State Governments. The Synapse program is supported by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund.

BLAK MARKETS SPRING FESTIVAL @ BARE ISLAND

There will be plenty in store at the iconic Blak Markets at Bare Island La Perouse Sunday, September 29 from 9:30am to 3pm.

There will be Arts and Craft workshops for mothers to enjoy while their children can do an interactive storytelling session with Larry Brandy Storytellers, along with a cultural dance performance by Ngambaa dhalaay Dancers. Aboriginal singer Charlie Trindall will be singing on the day.

The Blak Markets are a great chance to buy authentic unique gifts  knowing that 100% of the profits go back into Aboriginal communities. The Blak Markets feature authentic, original and affordable Aboriginal artworks, beauty products and one-of-a-kind homewares and jewellery as well as Indigenous inspired food and refreshments.

This market will also feature a wonderful array of Native plants including bush foods and bush-herbs, being developed by Indigigrow, the other social enterprise arm of the charity who runs the Blak Markets.

For updates on our program on the day please visit out website https://blakmarkets.com/collections/workshops

The Blak Markets takes place at Bare Island within the Kamay-Botany Bay National Park with the support of the NSW Parks and Wildlife Service and Randwick City Council.

DATE- 
29 September 2019 9:30am – 3:00pm.

For more about Blak Markets Spring Festival, visit https://blakmarkets.com/collections/workshops
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un:Seen FIBRE ARTS EXHIBITION

This image: Detail of Destiny by Carolyn Cabena, photo: Janet Tavener                                                       Featured image: Detail of Conversations by Brenda Livermore, photo: Janet Tavener

untethered fibre artists inc. present ‘un:Seen‘ a fibre art exhibition exploring emotion, memory, private histories and relationships between people. This is the fourth exhibition from untethered, the latest theme in a poetic, interconnected narrative from 20 artists.

Experience 40 intricate artworks that use stitch, print, dye, felt and more. Request a guided tour from one of the artists. See ‘un:Seen‘ before it travels to major galleries around Australia.

un:Seen‘  from  untethered fibre artists inc [Facebook] has its Official Opening Friday 16 November, 6-8pm and runs November 13-25 at Wallarobba Arts & Cultural Centre, 25 Edgeworth David Ave Hornsby.

NEXT SIP ‘N SKETCH EVENING – 18TH AUGUST

This image: Sunset Dreaming
Featured image: Still Life with Fruit

At SIP ‘N SKETCH EVENINGS you can experience a fun night of laughter and creativity with your friends and favourite beverages. Paint along with a local artist in the wonderful space within Gallery NTK and go home with a framable piece of art. No artistic ability or experience necessary. You will be guided step by step by a professional artist to ensure you create your very own masterpiece.

Uncork your creativity! Bring your own bottle of wine and enjoy an unforgettable evening filled with friends, fun, and fabulous art! Your canvas, paints, paintbrushes, and easel will be waiting for you.

The next SIP ‘N SKETCH EVENING is  Saturday 18 August 2018, 6.30pm – 9.00pm at  at Gallery NTK, [Facebook] Croydon. Bookings at Trybooking.

BLAK MARKETS IS ON AGAIN SUNDAY

 

The Blak Markets is a great chance to buy art and products directly from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who made them in the knowledge that the profit goes back to Indigenous communities.

Blak Markets will be held at the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence [Facebook] on Sunday 11th of March and will also feature an exhibition and panel discussion  ‘At the Heart of Sport‘. Continue reading BLAK MARKETS IS ON AGAIN SUNDAY

BLAK MARKETS AND QUEEN’S BATON RELAY

 

Aboriginal Arts and Craft at Bare Island, La Perouse on Sunday February 4

Always popular, BLAK MARKETS will be held at Bare Island, La Perouse,  Sunday February 4, 2018.

THE BLAK MARKETS is a great chance to buy art and products directly from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who made them in the knowledge that the profit goes back to Indigenous communities.

Featuring  Aboriginal arts, craft, performances and foods from local stallholders, the day will begin with a welcome to country followed by live music, dance performances, and workshops.

PROGRAM
9:30 - Gates Open
10:00 Welcome and Smoking Ceremony
10:00 - Weaving workshop all day
10:30- Traditional Dance
11:00 - Whale ceremony with Tucky Cooley - Booking Required
11:30- Singing performance by Rebecca Hatch
12:00 - Traditional Dance
1:00 - Singing Performance by Rebecca Hatch
2:00 - Healing Ceremony with Tucky Cooley - Booking Required
3:00 - Blak Markets Closed

Rediscover Sydney’s beautiful La Perouse with a day of free family entertainment, live music, cultural tours at  BLAK MARKETS and watch the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay arrive.

Bare Island information here.

ART AND ABOUT IS NOW YEAR LONG

Images by Ben Apfelbaum

For 13 years ART AND ABOUT has been a unique month long art fest for all Sydneysiders.  Now we can enjoy exciting outdoor work in odd places all year round.

City of Sydney will be supporting art in any corner of Sydney, at any time, including major projects, intimate exchanges, and thought-provoking exhibitions in unusual spaces throughout the city.

Images by Ben Apfelbaum

Our photographer, Ben Apfelbaum’s eye was taken by the recent installation on Observatory Hill.  For THE LAST RESORT  the rotunda was transformed by celebrated French-Albanian artist Anri Sala with a wonderful installation of sculpture and sound for the 33rd Kaldor Public Art Project.

Custom-built drums to give the listener a rhythmic, live response to a contemporary interpretation of a Mozart concerto. Set against the sights and sounds of the harbor below, the musical dialogue animates the relationship between sound, place, time and history.

To shape the intricate recorded soundscape for THE LAST RESORT, Sala has re-imagined Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A Major, a masterpiece of the European Enlightenment. Mozart’s score is upended, as if it were a message in a bottle carried from Europe across the ocean to Australia, affected by wind and waves.

Anri Sala’s works of film, sculpture and installation create poetic analogies that reflect on life and culture from different frames of experience. Past works have traversed European contexts, from his hometown, Tirana, Albania, to Germany and France where he has spent much of his adult life. His artworks often creatively pair image with sound, and explore the choreographic potential of musical instruments and their performers.

Images by Ben Apfelbaum

The project is presented by Kaldor Public Art Projects, a non-profit organisation that has created groundbreaking art projects in public spaces since 1969. It was co-commissioned with partners Esther Schipper (Berlin) and Marian Goodman Gallery (New York and Paris).

Next in ART AND ABOUT is Nick Cave: HEARD·SYD . An exuberant, surreal and explosive live performance on November 10th and 12th.

For more about ART AND ABOUT :

http://www.artandabout.com.au/

For more about THE LAST RESORT:

https://whatson.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/events/the-last-resort

For more about KALDOR PUBLIC ART PROJECTS:

http://kaldorartprojects.org.au/

STARTED FROM THE BOTTOM : SPRING PARTY @ AMBUSH GALLERY WATERLOO

The good  folk at the Ambush Gallery in Waterloo are inviting members of the public along to their Spring Party where you enjoy free food, drink and music and listen to some lightning talks by local identities who started at the very bottom and have become success stories in their own right.

The talks will be given by Camilla Gulli, Content Marketing Lead at Vodaphone AustraliaAdam Jacobs, Co-Founder and Managing Director, The Iconic, Mary HuangFounder of The Indigo Project and Caroline Shields, Co-Founder of Be An Unfucker.

The event will take place at the Ambush Gallery, 4 James Street, Waterloo between 6-9 pm on the 22nd September.

For more about Spring Mixer and to rsvp-  http://ga.co/spring-mixer
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BLAK MARKETS @ BARANGAROO RESERVE

Aboriginal art, crafts, bush foods and entertainment will fill Sydney’s spectacular harbour headland park as the iconic Blak Markets return to Barangaroo Reserve.

The open-air market will feature more than 20 stalls selling unique handmade items, accessories, jewellery, art, photography and bush tucker by Aboriginal makers and food producers from around NSW, plus paintings from South Australia’s highly awarded APY Art Centre Collective.

Soak up family-friendly entertainment with live music by singer-songwriter Rebecca Hatch, dance workshops with the Ngaran Ngaran traditional dancers, hunter-gather performances by Larry Brandy Storytellers and a bush tucker cooking demonstration with celebrity chef, The Black Olive (Mark Olive). Continue reading BLAK MARKETS @ BARANGAROO RESERVE

USEFUL BOX PRESENTS ‘FROCKS, TALES AND TEA’ @ BORONIA TEA ROOMS MOSMAN

Following on from our successful Frocktails event in February, UsefulBox is inviting sewists and crafters to their newest event, FROCKS, TALES AND TEA in conjunction with Sydney Craft Week.

Wear one of their gorgeous Me Mades (if you sew) and join in a Q&A with Jennifer Irwin, the costumer designer for Bangarra Dance Theatre and Opera Australia, who will tell us about her career and her process for making costumes. Afterwards, it will be time to meet other sewists and crafters, plus Jennifer, over an afternoon tea.

Australian costume designer Jennifer Irwin’s career spans 36 years designing for drama, opera, dance & ballet as well as the largest spectacular events ever staged in Australia.
Jennifer was nominated for Best Costume Design 2016 AACTA Awards for her work on SPEAR the feature film.

Jenny designed the costumes for Dirty Dancing, the musical, still playing to packed audiences worldwide after 16 years. Dirty Dancing broke all pre box office records for any show ever staged on London’s West End.

Costume commissions in Australian include 36 ballets SYDNEY DANCE COMPANY, 26 years repertoire for BANGARRA DANCE THEATRE, multiple works for SYDNEY THEATRE COMPANY, THE AUSTRALIAN BALLET, MELBOURNE THEATRE COMPANY, BELVOIR, ROYAL NEW ZEALAND, AUSTRALIAN DANCE THEATRE, WEST AUSTRALIAN BALLET, QUEENSLAND BALLET & OPERA AUSTRALIA. Jennifer designed costumes for the AWAKENING segment of the SYDNEY 2000 OLYMPIC GAMES, co-designed all the costumes for the SYDNEY 2000 OLYMPIC GAMES Closing Ceremony & the official ceremony commemorating the FEDERATION OF AUSTRALIA 2001.

The details
Date: 14th October 2017
Time: 2pm – 4pm
Venue: Boronia Tea Rooms, 624 Military Road, Mosman
Ticket price: $80, includes a glass of sparkling wine on arrival, our guest speaker and afternoon tea. Purchase from http://www.usefulbox.com.au

FAQ

Where is the venue?
Boronia Tea Rooms is located at 624 Military Road, Mosman.
Bus stop is right outside the door – routes include M30, 143, 183. Taxis will be easy to find on Military Road. Parking is at Bridgepoint shopping centre, via Brady Street, Mosman.

What does the ticket prize include?
You will be greeted with a glass of sparkling wine upon arrival, will hear from the amazing Jennifer Irwin and be treated to a scrumptious afternoon tea. PLUS the chance to win some great prizes, meet so many new friends and build your sewing community.

How many people will be there?
There will be at least 50-60  people and it will be a wonderful afternoon! Don’t be afraid to come by yourself, we are all very friendly and the aim of the night is to meet other sewists!

Is there a hashtag for this event?
Please use #sydneyfrockstalesandtea for all your pics on Instagram.

For more about Frocks, Tales and Tea, visit https://usefulbox.com.au/products/frocks-tales-and-tea-14th-october
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Featured Image- Jennifer Irwin’s design for ‘Snugglepot’.

NAVIGATOR : A PUBLIC FORUM WITH QUENTIN DEMPSTER AND RICHARD GOODWIN

Join Quentin Dempster and Richard Goodwin at a public forum for some thought provoking discussion and one last look at Richard Goodwin’s Navigator: bringing together select artworks, sculptures, drawings and models produced over the past 25 years.

As an artist and architect greatly concerned with the built environment and public space, Richard Goodwin describes his work as “existing between public and private space”. This will be used as a provocation for discussion on regional development, the built environment and the role of culture and quality of life in urban design and planning for Western Sydney.

The panel will be led by Walkley Award-winning journalist, author and broadcaster Quentin Dempster AM best known for his decades of work with the ABC. Panelists Richard Goodwin, Emma Husar MP, Craig Butler, Assistant General Manager of Penrith City Council and the Hon Peter Anderson AM, Chairman of Penrith Performing and Visual Arts, will discuss their thoughts on our relationship with our local built environment. This will be followed by audience question and answer time.

Come along and take one last look at the Gallery’s Winter Exhibition Suite, featuring the work of artist and architect Richard Goodwin and be part of the Big Ideas discussion. Light refreshments will be served.

The exhibition is on display at the Penrith Regional Gallery until the 20th August 2017.

For more information visit the website –

http://www.penrithregionalgallery.org/

 

 

MINING PYRITE – FREE ART EXHIBITION @ SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK

MINING PYRITE is a NEW exhibition to be displayed for FREE at Newington Armory Gallery at Sydney Olympic Park, from 10 am-4 pm every weekend from Saturday 17 June – Sunday 20 August 2017 (inclusive).

Curated by Cassandra Hard-Lawrie and Nick Vickers, MINING PYRITE will feature the works of 20 international and local contemporary artists, each of whom have drawn inspiration from Sydney Olympic Park and used its facilities to create their artworks. The diverse exhibition spans a broad range of expressive media forms including installation, sculpture, photography, multimedia, video, painting and more.

Gaining its title from the mineral ‘pyrite’, or ‘Fools Gold’, this exhibition explores the parallel narrative of failure and success that can be drawn from any ‘artist’s’ story.

Curator Nick Vickers draws comparison between the development of Sydney Olympic Park and that of the artist’s journey-“The constant testing and exploration of the boundaries of what does and doesn’t work is the stock and trade of creativity,” explained Vickers.

During the past 12 years, Sydney Olympic Park Authority has supported more than 170 artists’ journeys of exploration by providing its artists-in-residence program. The program allows artists to take inspiration on-site of the historic, heritage-listed Newington Armory precinct, via its unique studio spaces available for rent to artists. Continue reading MINING PYRITE – FREE ART EXHIBITION @ SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK

THE SYDNEY FAIR : AN ANTIQUE LOVERS DELIGHT

The Sydney Fair (25-28 May 2017) at the Royal Hall of Industries Moore Park will be the largest International quality event for 10 years.

Over 50 of Australia’s outstanding dealers will be exhibiting (and selling) Furniture, Decorative Arts, Jewellery, Art, Prints and Posters, Books, Vintage Fashion and Couture and Luxury Vintage goods from all eras, Antique through to Contemporary Art.

The Event includes a Couture Exhibition showcasing Evening Dresses from 1920’s to 1990’s from Chanel, Dior and many designers from the Hollywood era, runway parades of vintage couture, film of the Paris catwalk parades from the 1950’s and much more.

The Royal Hall of Industries is situated at 1 Driver Avenue Moore Park Sydney N.S.W.

Opening night is Thursday 25th May 6.00 pm to 9.00 pm, followed by Friday 26th and Saturday 27th May between 11.00am to 6.00pm and Sunday 28th May 11.00am to 5.00pm

Tickets can be purchased online or at the door:-
$30 Opening night
$15 everyday of the fair
$10 Concession (not opening night)

For more information about The Sydney Fair, visit http://www.thesydneyfair.com.au

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YOUNG VISIONARIES @ WEWORK PYRMONT

YOUNG VISIONARIES is a celebration of local creatives, fashion, arts, technology and social good.

All are welcome to attend an evening of inspirational short talks, music and mingling to end the week with a bang!

The evening will feature stories of awesome creators who are using technology to push the boundaries of creative expression or to influence change across multiple disciplines like tech, fashion, the arts and science.

Presenters include-

Ollie Henderson : on culture as an expression of the political.

Sulange Cunin : on founding Cube Rider, a STEM program taking students on real space mission and more…

Mix and mingle and with some awesome young visionaries making a difference in their industry, get inspired and unwind with drinks on the good folk at Alpha Box & Dice and Sofi Spritz.

There will be live music and Rollie will be giving away a pair of shoes from their latest winter range to one lucky winner – be in it to win it!

DETAILS : 
Friday 7th April between 6 and 9 pm at WeWork Pyrmont, 100 Harris Street, Pyrmont.

For more about Young Visionaries, visit http://ga.co/young-vis
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MOTHER OCEAN ART EXHIBITION @ WARRINGAH ART SPACE NORTH CURL CURL

Mother Ocean is wise, beautiful and powerful. We depend on her for our survival. That is why underwater filmmaker, James Sherwood, is teaming up with his mother Jackie Sherwood to showcase his ocean photos and her artworks.

Mother Ocean Art Exhibition 1-12 February 2017
Wednesday- Sundays
10am-5pm

Warringah Art Space, 105 Abbott Road, North Curl Curl

Opening – Thursday 2nd February 7-9pm
Artist’s demo – Friday 3 & 10 February 2-5pm
Film fundraiser for ‘The Map to Paradise’ – Saturday 4 February
5-9pm

DATES
1-12 February 2017 Wednesday- Sundays 10am-5pm

For more about Mother Ocean Art Exhibition, visit https://www.facebook.com/pg/MotherOceanArtExhibition/about/?tab=page_info
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CATHERINE TRUMAN: TOUCHING DISTANCE

Featured image – Fish ForThe Fight (1993) by Catherine Truman.

‘Catherine Truman is medium agnostic. Although she is enduringly fond of intricately carving English lime wood, her oeuvre extends into contemporary jewellery, objects, performance, choreography, public sculpture, installation, photography & moving image. She is a holistic maker – acutely aware of her process, while continually evolving her inquiry. Truman’s curiosity takes her & her makings into the anatomically unfamiliar – probing thresholds of human ‘being’.’

Melinda Rackham 2015.

Treat yourself – grab this stunning book , beautifully brought to us by Wakefield Press . This publication is a visual feast, drawing on Rackham’s generous conversations with Truman and her extensive research into her archives, photographs, process documentation, journals, hard-drives and drawings. The book has been illustrated with ravishing, enticing images, predominantly by Grant Hancock. ( This book should receive awards for the photos alone, and Rackham’s insightful writing is thoughtful, clear and concise).

This publication made me want to book a plane trip to Adelaide  straight away and run to the Gray Street Workshop.

Catherine Truman is an established contemporary jeweller and object-maker whose works blur the disciplines of art and science. She is co-founder and current partner of the Gray Street Workshop – an internationally renowned artist-run workshop established in 1985 in Adelaide, South Australia, where she currently works and lives. Continue reading CATHERINE TRUMAN: TOUCHING DISTANCE

CULTURE CLUB DEBATES THE WHY AND WHEREFORE OF FESTIVALS

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A very exciting and vibrant discussion chaired by Fenella Kernebone who led the panel of Rachel Healy (Adelaide Festival) and Wesley Enoch (Sydney Festival) and Fergus Linehan (Edinburgh International Festival) and asks why we put on festivals, what they offer artists and communities, and dives into future festival trends both locally and internationally.

To begin with, a bit of background in regards to each of the panellists.

Wesley Enoch has been a theatre director and writer for over 25 years specialising in Aboriginal Theatre and cultural stories. He has been the Artistic Director of companies including Queensland Theatre Company 2010-15, Ilbijerri 2003-06 and Kooemba Jdarra 1994-97, as well as the Festival of Pacific Arts – Australia in 2008 and 2012. Wesley has been appointed the Director of Sydney Festival for the period from 2017 to 2019.

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CULTURE CLUB ON NIJINSKY AND STRAVINSKY @ THE UTZON ROOM

For balletomanes this was enthralling. Artistic Director David McAllister and music director and chief conductor Nicolette Fraillon from the Australian Ballet talked to Caroline Baum about the Company’s upcoming production of Nijinsky choreographed by internationally renowned John Neumeier which opens next week here in Sydney after a hugely  successful season in Melbourne.

The premiere of the Nijinsky/ Stravinsky work Sacre du Printemps ( The Rite of Spring ) took place in Paris in May 1913 and famously caused a riot In the audience. What can we expect from this new work by Neumeier?!

Baum began by asking McAllister how he managed to obtain the rights to Neumeier’s work given that it is a work tightly controlled by the choreographer.

McAllister replied that several years ago now he attended performances and had talks with Neumeier but nothing really came of it until 2011 when they met again and made more definite arrangements. Continue reading CULTURE CLUB ON NIJINSKY AND STRAVINSKY @ THE UTZON ROOM

LATINO – COLOUR REPUBLIC VIBE @ THE SPACE GALLERY HUNTER STREET SYDNEY

Rubi Cassidy, Ella Krestensen, Iris Toren, JB Vincent and Haejin Yoo

THE SPACE gallery is proud to present this last show of the year prior to relocating.

LATINO COLOUR REPUBLIC – VIBE is a celebration of artworks created with vibrant colours to honour life, love, dance, flowers, music, death, colours and much more.

With exotic birds on canvas paper using acrylic from Rubi Cassidy, Abstract art from Ella Krestensen, dancers, flower and more using watercolour from Iris Toren, Mama Cubana and Papa Cubano, Julia and Ernest will be welcoming you and making sure you are having a good time… all created by J.B. Vincent using coloured pencil, and of course beautiful drawings and abstract paintings from Haejin Yoo with her flowers and Quartz series and Acid Ram SkullContinue reading LATINO – COLOUR REPUBLIC VIBE @ THE SPACE GALLERY HUNTER STREET SYDNEY

CULTURE CLUB HI – TECH STORIES @ SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

The latest scintillating panel in the exciting series of Culture Club talks was entitled HI-TECH STORIES . Chaired by Fenella Kernebone it considered how the use of sensors, lasers, virtual reality, online content, digital-real-time-audience-interaction and for example text messages have now been included and spiced up special effects and storylines for decades – artists and audiences continue to fervently embrace new technologies as fast as we can fund them. Lee Lewis (Griffin Theatre) TL Uglow (Google Creative Lab) and Gideon Obarzanek (ex Chunky Move) discussed the latest developments in creative technology in the theatrical world, its outcomes and effects ,particularly in theatre and dance.

One of the country’s leading directors, Lee Lewis is currently Artistic Director of the Griffin Theatre Company. Her production credits include working with companies Griffin, Bell Shakespeare, Sydney Theatre Company, Belvoir, ATYP and Sydney Festival.

TL Uglow , a contemporary writer and speaker on innovation and digital futures, leads part of Google’s Creative Lab specialising in work with cultural organisations, artists, writers, and producers. TL creates experiments using digital technology at the boundaries of traditional cultural practice – across theatre, literature, history, cinema, music, science and the circus.

Gideon Obarzanek is a director and choreographer, and is Artistic Associate with the Melbourne Festival, Chair of the Melbourne Fringe Festival and board member of Critical Path – Choreographic Research Centre based in Sydney. Gideon founded dance company Chunky Move in 1995 and was CEO until 2012.

Panel Chairperson Fenella Kernebone is the newly appointed Head of Curation for TedX Sydney and a radio and television presenter. She presents By Design on Radio National and The Sound Lab on Triple J.”

How do audiences today embrace the use of technology? How do the panel members embrace technology? Kernebone asked these and other burning questions and began with Where are we now with art and technology?

Lewis replied that she was caught between fear and hope .Uglow replied by saying it could all possibly be about the budget and funding and how culture has become institutionalised. Obarzanek replied by referring back to his work in the 1990’s  and how now the issue is ‘ liveness’ and how people want to digitally interact and be in the same place as the performance. He continued by saying that technology is always changing and always has a role in performance – now it has become more seamless.

The next issue that was raised was – if the tecnology doesn’t work do you keep going ? and how now so much art depends on the use of technology. There was then talk of fashioning and enhancing the audience experience and how nowadays performances can be shared and viewed around the world.

Obarzanek talked about his work with Chunky Move and the use of technology as well as film in performance and asked when using technology (as in his Glow for example) do you embody the performance as a performer, a character or as a kinetic image?

He also looked at the history of dance and storytelling , mentioning in particular Loie Fuller and Alwin Nikolais,  the use of projections and for Obarzanek’s Glow how light and image became part of the choreography.

He became fascinated with Reuben Margolin’s work with ‘string sculptures’ and this led to the work Connected  with Chunky Move. Obarzanek said you need to engage the audience and help them appreciate what is out there .He then talked about working with large groups of people ( the choirs in his Assembly) who were not used to moving and how he used digital items when working with Sydney Dance and how he has used technology constantly.

Kernebone then asked how has technology shaped how the way that they work?

Lewis replied that she wants to develop a more intimate relationship with her audience, that you have to care about your audience.

Uglow talked about one of her latest projects featuring a network between phone and computers with writers talking about projects and technology in the real world.

Obarzanek spoke about the changes in technology and that now you can shift and play with all sorts of various apps, and how nowadays the division between audience and performer, between professional and amateur and those who are untrained, is quite blurred.

Uglow raised the issue of in today’s world of  the constant use of mobiles, the framing of the object in the theatre, non linear construction of narrative and ownership of apps, licences and so on.

Lewis replied that yes there is now much more pressure on companies and performers to be much much better and how audiences are now more visually aware and how with technology they can provide feedback and that companies have to listen.

Lewis mentioned she would love an app or something that could one day come along and change the body, change the costume in performance – she wants the magic of theatre, of seeming to be able to teleport someone on stage, and instant scene changes…

Obarzanek talked about his collaborations with scientists, of images and light, his trip to Java and Lewis talked about live streaming of theatrical performances.

In summing up and answer to audience questions Lewis remarked that her work with Uglow has made her realise how traditional the theatrical form is and spoke about cultural traditions and preservation of the art form and the necessity for working across artforms and genres.

We then ran out of time .Kernebone thanked the panel and the session closed.

Running time – 75 mins ( roughly )
Hi-Tech stories as part of the Culture Club talks series was presented at the Utzon room of the Sydney Opera House 4 October

 

NAIDOC’S BLAK MARKETS @ BARANGAROO RESERVE

On Saturday 9th July NAIDOC’s Blak Markets popped up at Barangaroo Reserve for one day only, transforming Nawi Cove into a lively marketplace showcasing Australia’s rich indigenous culture and also featured free music and traditional Aboriginal dance performers.

More than twenty store holders sold indigenous arts, crafts, skin care products and bush foods. These included Cheryl Davidson (gift card, painting), Claire Bates (traditional handmade Aboriginal jewellery and woven baskets), Glenn Timbery (boomerangs), Torres Strait Islander Ilan Treasurez with hand painted shell work and Tangentyere artists from Alice Springs.

Outdoor cooking demonstrations were held with renowned indigenous chefs, Clayton Donovan, Fred’s Bush Tucker and Black Olive who encouraged visitors to try bushfoods and learn about traditional indigenous cooking methods.

There were also weaving and shell workshops and Aboriginal cultural tours with Barangaroo’s Visitor Service Guides which were free for the day only.  

CULTURE CLUB : JOHN CLEESE IN CONVERSATION

Featured image- John Cleese holding up a pencil. Cleese explained to the audience that, contrary to the high tech young generation, when he writes he simply uses  a pencil, a rubber and an exercise book. All images by Ben Apfelbaum.

John Cleese is the latest artist to appear in the Sydney Opera House’s excellent Culture Club : Exploring The Arts  discussion series. Ann Mossop, head of Talks and Ideas at the House, came on stage to start proceedings, and  then introduced Cleese and the evenings’ emcee James Valentine.  Cleese responded to wide ranging questions by Valentine and in the last quarter of an hour, he fielded questions from the floor.

Sometimes celebrities can disappoint when they are put on the spot however this was not the case with Cleese. Cleese came across as warm and open and expressed his views on a range of issues.

Cleese spoke about his concern that the theatre world is too comfortable with the status quo and would  rather put on a fresh production  of an  old show rather than take the risk on coming up with a new work.  He felt this was the case with both sides of the ‘equation’ – on one side, the producers and other side, the audiences, who prefer to go with what they know. Continue reading CULTURE CLUB : JOHN CLEESE IN CONVERSATION

CULTURE CLUB : STATE OF THE ARTS @ UTZON ROOM SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

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Panel in Discussion. Photography by Yaya Stempler.

We were welcomed by Ann Mossop who then introduced the chairperson Monique Schafter . Schafter then introduced the high-flying panel – Nick Atkins , Michael Lynch CBE AM , Lily Shearer and Tamara Winikoff OAM and there was an intense , exuberant discussion.

Nick Atkins is currently the Producer for Q Programs at The Joan and Board Member of PACT Centre for Emerging Artists. His work at The Q has seen him develop and implement the Young Artist Program. Previously Nick worked as the Associate Producer and Co-Artistic Director of Crack Theatre Festival. From this role he collaboratively programmed the festivals presentation, panel and master class series.

Michael Lynch has led some of Australia’s most prominent arts companies including Sydney Theatre Company, the Australia Council for the Arts and the Sydney Opera House. From 2002 to 2009 he was chief executive of the South Bank Centre in London and has also served as Director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and as a board member of Film Victoria. Michael was the CEO of the West Kowloon Cultural District in Hong Kong until 2015 and is now the chair of CIRCA as well as the Sydney Community Foundation.He has just been appointed interim head of the National Art School. Continue reading CULTURE CLUB : STATE OF THE ARTS @ UTZON ROOM SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE