orgs – programs and projects

CMEC – Contemporary Music Events Company

The Contemporary Music Events Company – Click on “past events” to see a range of projects focusing on new Australian and international music. Events often included collaborations with other art forms and new media and a key focus of the organisation was to develop audiences for new music. Amongst other interesting things we brought Gavin Bryars to Australia for the first time (an achievement of which I am especially proud) and we engaged “curators” of events, constantly seeking to break down artificial barriers between genres.

Footscray Community Arts Centre 1990

The Bridge was a project about the collapse of the Westgate Bridge developed with Director Donna Jackson, the local community and writer Vicki Reynolds. This production took place in an old warehouse next to the Footscray Community Arts Centre. It was both a theatre production and a memorial to the 35 workers who died when the bridge collapsed on October 15th 1970. Workers who survived the collapse helped develop the performance. “The Bridge crossed over from Verbatim Theatre and/ or Documentary Theatre and into the area of ritual and memorial. Many of the survivors of the bridge collapse had had no counselling after the collapse and they were fired, seven days after the collapse. As a result they found the rituals of the theatre production important as they needed and wanted to tell someone, anyone, what had happened. The section of The Bridge which acted as a memorial was where the real names of those who died were read out as 35 pairs of boots were laid out across the stage. ” Australasian Drama Studies April 1992 Vol. 20 page 72

Next Wave Festival 1996

Next Wave Festival – Sing Sing for the 1996 festival under stage direction of David Bridie; gathered indigenous threads of musical culture from across Australia, Papua New Guinea, Torres Strait Islands in concert together in Melbourne, Sydney, then onto Port Moresby. The concerts featured Archie Roach, Ruby Hunter, George Telek, Buia – the Torres Strait Islands dance troupe choreographed by Albert David, Frances Williams, William Takaku, accalaimed actor and director of the National Theatre Company of Papua New Guinea, Not Drowning Waving reformed for the duration of the project, Yothu Yindi drummer Ben Hakalitz and flautist/vocalist Pius Wasi

Next Wave Festival 1994   

Next Wave Festival – Alternative Realities was curated by Rachel Kent for the 1994 Next Wave Festival. It was one of the early and best responses to our call for works for an Art & Technology program. The exhibition featured very experienced hands – Peter Callas, and younger emerging artists like – Patricia Piccinini. When it subsequently toured across Asia nothing like it had been seen before and it deftly envisioned what was to come in New Media art generally. I installed it and opened it for one leg of the Asialink tour, in Taiwan.  

Brisbane Powerhouse Centre for the Live Arts 2002

Brisbane Powerhouse MINI[]MAX 02 – Curated at the Powerhouse by Vincent Plush an extravaganza of post-minimal composer performers. Featuring composer/performer  William Duckworth and his international web based Cathedral project and band; with William BartonTenzin Choegyal  and other guests including Stuart Dempster, Simone de Haan and composer/performer Warren Burt. To celebrate the live Powerhouse performance of Erik Satie’s 18 hour and 40 minute work Vexations [1893], the Cathedral Band were joined by listeners around the world in creating an 8-day Virtual Vexations, played on the PitchWeb with sound banks especially created for the performance. Audio files of the events’ performances are archived here. Bill Duckworths’ collected writings here.

 Brisbane Powerhouse Centre for the Live Arts 2002 

Brisbane Powerhouse REV 02 – The REV Festival was a project of the QUT Creative Industries Music & Sound in partnership with the Brisbane Powerhouse Centre for the Live Arts.  REV brought together experimental musical instrument makers from around Australia, as well as key figures from abroad, in a kinda world first event. REVs Artistic Director was Linsey Pollack and it featured experimental musical instrument makers and sound/installation artists who cross all spectrums: Real, Electronic & Virtual. Guests included David Toop, Jon Rose, Scanner & Lawrence English, Phil Dadson and a host of others…one remarkable live recording of a REV performance exists here. Some good writing on the building of musical instruments in Australia here.

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