Wednesday, 4 March 2015

OpenLAB Sunday 8th March 2pm

After the long break we are back in 2015!! SUNDAY 8th of MARCH, 2015, 2pm.
This year we will be running OpenLABS bi-monthly at the docklands library, rather than monthly, as we will be focusing on a more diverse selection of regular events throughout the year.

We are opening up the year with Emme Orbach and Rex Hazard!! Be prepared to learn the fine art of organic growth systems for art creation, and utilising the open-source maker/hacker space model to facilitate disaster relief in communities that are at risk. Be prepared to hear some really insightful and personal experiences!!!

WHAT IS OPENLAB? - OpenLABs is here to share and explore the wonderful world of creative makers. Each talk allows artists, musicians, engineers, performers, and designers to come together and share their work and creative passions with the public and other creatives.

Emme Orbach ( is a contemporary sculptural installation artist based in Melbourne. She completed a bachelor of visual arts and design at ACU in 2012, and recently graduated from honours in spatial practice (sculpture), at RMIT in 2014. Her work has been exhibited in various group shows, notably the NotFair Satellite Art Fair in 2014, and is currently showing at Blindside’s Debut XI and Rubicon ARI.
Using the vehicle of contemporary sculptural installation, Emme Orbach’s work enables the natural growth of crystals over aluminium forms. This systematical approach allows the work to conjure it’s own intrinsic aesthetic, which develops independently from the artist’s hand. Instead, the artist becomes a catalyst for an operation far more complex than the human hand could ever produce alone.

During the OpenLAB talk, Emme will discuss how generative art practices question the conventional role of the artist. She will approach this first-hand, reflecting upon her own process-driven practice, that utilises crystal residue-building systems. While also referring to a number of contemporary artists that tap into animal behaviours, and organic growth systems in order to create.

Rex Hazard is a buccaneering pioneer of setting up and working with communities of creative builders, Hacker spaces, co-working spaces and Makers Spaces across the globe from U.S.A., Africa, Israel, Philippines, and Australia. Deeply dedicated to working within this field, Rex also works as a part of Communitere (, an organisation that utilises these open source initiatives to establish creative spaces in disaster zones.

A core focus of this work is to give victims living in disaster zones the opportunity to rebuild their lives as they see fit from within the local community, rather than top down global approaches that may lead to disempowering those communities. Rex is currently visiting Australia and is interested in the maker and hacker culture here and discuss how a large spread of these communities, across Melbourne, are just waiting to meet and share their creative ingenuity and form a larger more connected community. As well as discuss ideas of how to utilise makers spaces for disaster relief.

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Tuesday, 3 March 2015

MY FIRST... 8pm 5th Mar. Conduit Arts - Steve Heather & Siegmar Zacharias (Berlin) and more

concert / collective writing / performance

MY FIRST... is a concert / collective writing / performance that tells a generic biography from 0 to 100 using first time experiences. During MY FIRST.... concert / collective writing / performance we will collect together "First times" with the public.

Staring in Alphabetical order:

Alice Hui-Sheng Chang – vocals
Anthea Caddy - cello
Annie Last – text / performance
Aviva Endean – clarinet
Erick Mitsak - text / performance
Erkki Veltheim – violin, viola
Jenny Barnes – vocals
Joe Talia – revox
Peter Knight – trumpet
Ren Walters – guitar
Siegmar Zacharias - text / performance
Steve Heather – drums, percussion, ukulele, text / performance

This performance is part of the development and collection of texts or a Radiotonic Radio National piece, MY FIRST....

8pm, Thursday 5th March 2015
at Conduit Arts - 83 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

$10 entry

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re::set Merri Creek 9th MAR 4pm - Chang, Byrne, Boquillas, Sprod, Dunn, Robinson, Brown, Scoglio

A guided event along the banks of the Merri Creek that invites artists to contemplate the sonic, spacial and contextual qualities of this urban wilderness.

Alice Hui-Sheng Chang
Ben Byrne
Eamon Sprod + Collaborators
Liz Dunn
Geoff Robinson
Nigel Brown

Initiated by Zoe Scoglio

We will be meeting at the Merri Creek in Northcote on the grassy patch at the East end of Walker Street before walking as a group between sites.

Monday 9th of March
4pm - 6pm
$5/$10 suggested donation

Monday, 2 March 2015

Sunday School - The Public Bar - 15 Mar 2015

Sunday School @ The Public Bar
Sunday 15 March 2015
4pm, *free entry*
HALFSHARK + Andrew Tuttle + Inner Light

HALFSHARK: After several years and a critically revered debut under the Carry Nation name, Jessie Warren has reinvented herself as HALFSHARK. Warren and her collaborators create masterfully crafted cryptic pop songs with a haunting yet radiant energy. +

Andrew Tuttle: Andrew Tuttle of Brisbane creates a synthesis of electronic/acoustic instrumentation and genre, and improvisation/composition performed on computer, synthesiser, banjo, twelve string acoustic guitar and electronics. Previewing 'Slowcation' CS release on A Guide To Saints (Room40) in April 2015. + http://www.facebook/andrewtuttlemusic

Inner Light: First Australian show from this nascent project of Smoke Bellowdream-team Christian Best and Meredith McHugh. Dreamy cosmic modular synthesis soundscapes augmented by electric guitar and fife to create a melodic wonderland. +
(forwarded from Andrew Tuttle)

Friday, 27 February 2015

The Object as Score - Margaret Lawrence Gallery 6 Mar - 4 April 2015


The Object as Score

Sean Baxter, Matt Day, Nathan Gray, Helen Grogan, Laresa Kosloff, Igor Krenz, Dylan Martorell, Stuart Sherman, Charlie Sofo, Torben Tilly, Danae Valenza


Identifying a strand of thought in local and international interdisciplinary art making, The Object as Score presents works that recognise the potential objects might hold for action and interaction.
The Fluxus artists, as students of John Cage, utilised the simple written score that he had developed with 4’33” – his silent work, which consists of the musical term ‘tacet’ (to wait) as the sole instruction for each movement. The Fluxus 'event score' was a direct development of the written notation of 4’33” that used the brevity and potentiality of language as a compact method of transmitting ideas for performance. It was the multivalence of language that allowed these performances to be open, indeterminate or even impossible.

Using the object as a score in sculpture, contemporary improvised music and performance at large, this exhibition does not explore language as a medium for the transmission of open performance works, rather it employs the object as stand-in for the written score, recognising it as a provocation for action.

With performances by Ernie Altoff, Sean Baxter, Arini Byng, Matt Day, Helen Grogan, Shelley Lasica and Katie Lee, Joel Stern. Curated by Nathan Gray

Venue: Margaret Lawrence Gallery
40 Dodds Street
Southbank, Melbourne

Opening hours:
12:00pm – 5:00pm
Tuesday to Saturday

Further enquiries:
Contact the Margaret Lawrence Gallery on
03 9035 9400 or email here
Events and performances:
Friday 6 March, 12.30 pm
Sean Baxter – Schmelzwerk
Torben Tilly – artist floor talk
Saturday 7 March, 2:30 pm
Matt Day - Weighting (2015)
Ernie Althoff
Helen Grogan – CONCRETE ROOM (2005-)
and LIGHT (2003)

Saturday 14 March, 2:30 pm
Matt Day - Weighting (2015)
Saturday 21 March, 2:30 pm
Matt Day - Weighting (2015)
Arini Byng
Joel Stern
Shelley Lasica and Katie Lee – Possibility of Performance
Saturday 28 March, 2:30pm
Matt Day - Weighting (2015)

Image credit: From the series OBJECTS AS SCORES (WITH PHOTOGRAPHIC OUTCOME), Helen Grogan, 2015

(forwarded from Nathan Gray)

Wednesday, 25 February 2015


Avantwhatever Monthly - March 2015

Anthea Caddy (Cello, speaker & note)
Bonny Cassidy (Text & voice)
Tarab (Transducers, objects & sounds)

The Alderman
134 Lygon St

Saturday March 14

Entry $10 | 3pm

Avantwhatever Monthly is held at The Alderman in Brunswick. This year it'll be happening on different days and at different times month to month. Join the Avantwhatever group on Facebook or go to and sign up to the mailing list to hear about upcoming releases and events.

Performer details:

Anthea Caddy

Anthea Caddy (b.1981) lives and works in Berlin, Germany and Melbourne, Australia. Her practice explores the spatio-temporal aspects of sound and architecture, applying these to audio works that manipulate and distort perceptions of time, space and experience. Caddy’s work focuses on the incorporation of acoustic, electro-acoustic and recorded space within performance, installation and concert presentation, often using amplified cello as her primary sound source. In her live performance she uses multi-channel configurations in low lighting or complete darkness.

Bonny Cassidy

Bonny Cassidy is a poet, essayist and critic, whose first collection, Certain Fathoms, was shortlisted for the 2012 Western Australian Premier’s Poetry Award. Her poetry has featured in the John Leonard Press Young Poets anthology, and in Black Inc’s Best Australian Poems four years running. She is the recipient of an Asialink literary fellowship, a Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship and the Australian Poetry Ireland Tour fellowship.


tarab explores re-contextualised collected sounds and tactile gestures formed into dynamic, psycho-geographical compositions inspired by discarded things, found things, crawling around in the dirt, junk, the ground, rocks, dust, wind, walking aimlessly, scratchy things, decay and most if not all the things he hears and sees.

Monday, 23 February 2015

SYNTHI 100 - VCA - 27 Mar 2015


Tonmeister Les Craythorn takes a tour of The University of Melbourne’s Synthi 100, one of the world’s ground-breaking music machines. Manufactured in 1973, it is one of only 30 made and - following recent restoration to its original condition by Les Craythorn– it may be the only working Synthi 100 still in original condition. Les will demonstrate some of the important works connected with this machine’s history, including Percy GRAINGER’s rarely realised Free Music.

Friday, 27 March | 6pm - 7pm

Where: John Hopkins Room
Faculty of the VCA and MCM
234 St Kilda Road
Southbank Vic 3006