Friday Nights: September
Sep 5, 2014
Max Fowler-Roy will be presenting a performance, ‘Toilet Roll Doll – Untitled 2’
This is the second site-specific improvisation for Max Fowler-Roy’s extended percussion group. The first being a bathroom at Real Bad Music, where a selection from the 7 hours + of recordings has been published onto a tape released by Brisbane boutique cassette label, Breakdance the Dawn. Instruments include found percussion as well as hand made bass instruments from recycled industrial waste.
in 2014, Max as part of EXIST-ENCE 5’s DAIS program for emerging artists, staged a site-specific free improvisation in the pedestrian tunnel under Vulture St, Sth Brisbane (near South Bank station).
I thought of Max’s work when I went to NOWNOW festival 2014 and saw a site-specific performance in a drain. The response to site and sound are different, in regards to Brisbane’s collective and evolving music opposed to Sydney’s repetitive minimal (although durational) performance.
In juxtaposition, Sydney also has a tradition of site-specific improvisation in natural environments, this movement led primarily by Jim Denley (saxophone).
Documentation Photo by Alan Warren. Video by Nicola.
Alrey Batol will be presenting an interactive installation, Touch Machine.
Touch Machine questions the value of touch and the physical body in our own art community, how ready are we to touch and what do we expect will happen? These questions are framed in Batol’s signature use of hacking technology. In this case, it is a hacked radio, which provides the sonic response to how two people approach (ie. testing the sensitivity and frequency of) touching each other. ‘Touch Machine’ shows how Batol’s live art process has developed since his last work in progress, ‘Waterbirds’ was shown at Metro Arts’ Friday Night: May 2013. Inspired by the live art and ready-to-interact audience that fill Metro Art’s Friday Night, Touch Machine further tests the viewers’ interactivity with machines and each other.
Documentation Photographs by Alan Warren. Video by Nicola.
Leif Gifford will be presenting a live performance, Contained Explosions.
Contained Explosions is the next stage of development in Gifford’s ‘Explosive Tendencies’ series of audio-visual experiments. Her performance for Friday Night, incorporates previous sculptural works with her new videomapping processes. Within the immersiv installation, she animates, destroys and rebuilds her memories with cues from live music and projections. Enter Leif’s collapsing and renewing world of sculpture, projection and exploding memories. She invites us into a scribbly, colourful, volatile world inside all of our heads, whilst technically testing the boundaries of videomapping and textile sculpture.
Leif Gifford for her exist@Metro performance uses a technique called video mapping.
This is a relatively new technique in live video art where projections are mapped to architectural or sculptural structures. Adding audio to the video mapping experience can make the performance like contemporary theatre or being in a live music video. Gifford’s abstractions are well-developed and use drawing as a base, rather than graphic design which is commonly used commercially. As the video mapping software develops so does the artform.
What could you imagine Gifford or yourself doing if you could get access to this?
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Here are some links from VICE’s Creator’s project, where the video mapping process was used similary to ‘Contained Explosions’ on cardboard boxes.
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Did you catch GOMA’s feature exhibition on performance art?? ‘Trace: Performance and its Documents.” Does this video jog your memory?
Within Trace there was a piece that uses a similar electrical process, as Batol’s ‘Touch Machine.’
It is Joyce Hinterding’s “Large ULAM VLF Loop.”
Essentially in Hinterding’s work your body is completing an extra extra low volatge circuit between the alligator clip and the graphite on the wall, and in Batol’s work your body is completing an extra extra low voltage circuit with somebody else’s body as each of you you hold onto a knob. Technically, you could use two bodies in Hinterding’s work also, but it is set up for solo interaction with just one set of headphones.
Artist: Joyce Hinterding
Title: Large Ulam VLF loop (graphite) 2011
Review on Hinterding’s work here
“Pop on the headphones and then touch the graphite pattern that is painted on the wall. As a naturally very curious person I found this intriguing, and I find that point where science and art meet fascinating. I spent at least 8 minutes touching different parts of the pattern, to see how the sound coming through the headphones was affected.
I had a very interesting sensation immediately after taking off the cans. The buzzing continued in my ears for a few minutes, which was very disorienting in the quiet environment of the gallery. While I had been immersed in the artwork with the headphones on, as soon as they came off and I looked away, it was as if I’d just woken from a deep sleep, with earplugs in and I still couldn’t hear anything.
I enjoyed this artwork as it is not often that I am invited to interact with a piece, and while the sounds were not pleasant to listen to, it was interesting to hear the changes according to where I placed my hands, and sometimes face.”
PERIL magazine’s Eleanor Jackson had this to say about Batol’s work Read more here
“Batol, a multi-disciplinary artist with intersecting interests across the mediums of intervention, new media and sculpture, will be presenting the interactive installation, Touch Machine. Drawing upon some of Batol’s signature approaches to exploiting technology for unpredicted ends, the work features hacked technologies that provide sonic response to incidents of human touch.
The tactile and the technological provide delicious contrast and congruence for modern-day audiences. On one hand, video games, mobile devices and personal computers all employ haptic feedback in increasingly ubiquitous and normalized ways. On the other hand, human touching and feeling, and the accompanying social interactivity implied in physical touch – particularly between strangers – seems to present something more dangerous and unexpected. Our phones may be on vibrate for each other, but when it comes down to it, Batol asks “how ready are we to touch and what do we expect will happen?”
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Documentation Photographs from Alan Warren
Ma Ya Ga Ng Re Ne (Thomas Day) will be presenting a live performance, Secrete Success.
A recreated office environment is employed as a microcosm for wider society. The repetition of daily activities becoming a distorted lens through which we may examine embedded cultural demands for the individual to succeed
Informed by a diverse range of sources including queer readings of popular culture and Situationist critiques of capitalist society, Secrete Success asks; Who among us can afford the privilege of failure?
Documentation Photographs from Alan Warren.
Eleanor Jackson will be presenting an interactive installation, Now You See Me.
Taking a titular cue from Karolina Bregula’s project Let them see us, which is emblematic of ongoing themes of representation and visibility in contemporary queer visual art, the piece takes a deliberate step towards “unseeing”, the obscured or misinterpreted view.
In doing so, it asks – with sorrow rather than judgement – if the rainbow visibility of Pride movements and temporary media luminosity have contributed as much to creating a society of acceptance as we may like to imagine