One of Sydney’s finest galleries turns 8 and to celebrate a phalanx of peers are showing work.
Ensemble Offspring and I just presented the first iteration of Games People Play, an evolving workbook of musical pieces based on game theory. If you didn't know, E/O is one of Australia's most dynamic and energetic new music groups. We hit the road on a mini tour, taking in Woodburn Creatives for Backstage Music in Sydney and MUMA's Sound Spaces series in Melbourne. Big thanks to the APRA Art Music Fund for allowing the project to occur. Review here:
Image by Christopher Hayles
I recently presented a new work at Tate Modern in London, UK, in association with the Joan Jonas retrospective. LEFT LEFT RIGHT RIGHT is a performance/installation work for keyboards, mirrors and clamps. I'm indebted to Zubin Kanga and Neil Luck for their extraordinary participation. The same week a new video work of mine was also presented at Tate as part of How To Biennale!
Two works in a new show at the incredible Shepparton Art Museum in Victoria, Australia. Cover Versions: Mimicry And Resistance features a dazzling array of artists including The Kingpins, Christian Thompson, Jemima Wyman and Michael Candy. My collaborative work Moving Collected Ambience opened the show alongside a new version of an ongoing project involving modified turntables featuring seven copies of the 1981 disco-classical mashup Hooked On Classics.
I'm in Berlin throughout October working with rising piano star Julia Kadel. Our new collaboration is a meditation on collaboration and failure, using music, spoken word and game strategies that destablize the concert experience. How To Fail (Together) premiered this week, with two more gigs to come, on the 21st and 26th. Contact me for more details.
Totally thrilled to have been awarded a 2018 Samstag Scholarship, Australia's best-known academic award for visual art. This will allow me to continue developing my research and practice internationally.
I'm delighted to be part of the Museum of Applied Arts and Science's latest show This Is A Voice, in conjunction with The Wellcome Collection in London. I am directing a 24-Hour Choir at The Rocks, Sydney, on the first weekend of September and regular Voicings this weekend. Some great artists including Agatha Gothe-Snape, Kusum Normoyle, Christian Thompson and Lawrence English.
Join me and Synchromy in a rare performance of Mauricio Kagel's mind-boggling music theatre work Ludwig Van (1970).
8pm, Saturday 15 July, Boston Court, Los Angeles
My new composition Five Easy Pieces has just premiered in Canberra and will be performed on Saturday the 17th of June at the Sydney Opera House. I wrote it for the dynamic Duo Blockstix - Alicia Crossley, recorder, and Joshua Hill, percussion. They also play great new pieces by Tim Hansen, Damian Barbeler, Mark Oliveiro, Paul Cutlan, Daniel Rojas and Peter McNamara.
You can also buy the album at www.duoblockstix.com
"like a particularly groanworthy Dad joke"
Outstanding arts publication RealTime has written about my work Poles for its series reflecting on critical video works in Australia. Very honoured to be included! Huge thanks to Synergy Percussion, Hospital Hill and Alaska Projects.
After six months of hard work, Super Critical Mass's latest work opens this week in the 2017 California-Pacific Triennial: Building As Ever at the Orange County Museum of Art, USA.
We've gone ambitious as usual and created a multi-dimensional work incorporating video, mirrors, objects, floor vinyl, text scores and performance. Opens Friday night 5th of May with performance on Saturday the 6th at 2pm.
It nearly killed me but I somehow managed to stay awake for nearly three days to create two new works for pipe organ. You can hear the results in a fantastic New Waves podcast, including a link to the full 24-hour work The Weight Of Air. Thanks to the extraordinary Stephen Adams, Toby Frost and Veronika Vincze at ABC Classic FM. Image by Toby Frost.
I recently spoke about sound, energies and my practice at NYU's fantastic music department.
I recently gave a talk and workshop on my work at University of California Los Angeles. Bizarrely, I somehow joined a protest song class that marched into a Judith Butler lecture on resistance.
Giving talks this week at University of California Los Angeles and Irvine. Speaking about Super Critical Mass and the art of listening. Actual outfit pictured.
So excited to be in Artspace's first show of 2017. "Superposition Of Three Types" is a bold and dynamic exhibition of 13 artists working with colour abstraction. I've recorded an audio guide in conjunction with Macushla Robinson and will direct performances later in the show.
My work Studies In Unison gets a Sydney outing at Dominik Mersch Gallery which is celebrating its 10th anniversary with an expansive exhibition. Rushcutters Bay until the 25th of February.
Just wrapped on a crazily ambitious project at Hobart's excellent MONA FOMA festival in Tasmania. I effectively bookended the festival with two performances for pipe organ.
The first, Box Shaped Heart, took place at the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA). The second, The Weight Of Air, was a 24-hour (!) solo performance at the Hobart Town Hall. Both were recorded for ABC Classic FM's New Waves podcast and later record release.
There is also a two-channel video of the longer work, including my inevitable emotional breakdown 2/3 through. More info here:
Image by Simone Steel