exist@Metro 2014 Program now available

January 8, 2015 3 comments

Documentation: exist@Metro Dec 5 Max Fowler-Roy, Samantha Axiak, Dr Peter Blamey

December 18, 2014 Leave a comment
Dr. Peter Blamey playing light sensors with solar panels in Max Fowler-Roy and Samantha Axiak 'Toilet Roll Doll - Untitled'

Dr. Peter Blamey playing light sensors with solar panels in Max Fowler-Roy and Samantha Axiak ‘Toilet Roll Doll – Untitled’

Timothy Green playing recycled 50L water bottle in Max Fowler-Roy and Samantha Axiak 'Toilet Roll Doll - Untitled'

Timothy Green playing recycled 50L water bottle in Max Fowler-Roy and Samantha Axiak ‘Toilet Roll Doll – Untitled’

Samantha Axiak playing modified smoke alarm in Max Fowler-Roy and Samantha Axiak's 'Toilet Roll Doll - Untitled'

Samantha Axiak playing modified smoke alarm in Max Fowler-Roy and Samantha Axiak’s ‘Toilet Roll Doll – Untitled’

This is the second site-specific improvisation for Max Fowler-Roy’s extended percussion collaborative experiment. 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 modified and recycled industrial waste. Max says,

“I have been considering the role of a space on sound and the way it propagates in the parameters of different structures. …I thought it would be fun to try a more communal, inclusive approach to this by sounding a space in the company of a number of different people each allowing them to input sound in the structure as they journey through the stairwell, then see how their input responds to the space and our sounds.”

Max Fowler-Roy studies double bass at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. Samantha Axiak studies Visual Arts at Southbank TAFE.

from Kieran (Programming Manger at Metro Arts):

Capping off a year-long series of one-night co-presentations, Metro Arts welcomes EXIST back into the building as they curate a night of experimental music into the unique acoustics of our central stairwell. Dr Peter Blamey, fresh from working at the National Gallery of Victoria’s acclaimed Instrument Builder Project, joins artists Max Fowler-Roy and Samantha Axiak in a percussive improvisation working with handmade instruments and extending on their practice of site-specific work.

Instruments include a solar panels and light sensors, smoke alarm, several 50L water bottle, wailer, cocktail shaker, hand cranked fire siren, cat bells, recorder.

exist@metro December 2014 Max Fowler-Roy ‘Toilet Roll Doll – Untitled’ from EXIST ARI on Vimeo.

Documentation: EXIST@METRO Friday Nights November – Bonnie Hart ‘HR’

December 1, 2014 Leave a comment

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Bonnie Hart will be presenting a durational performance and cinema installation in ‘HR’

The familiar whir of film projectors set the sound stage for this industrial manifesto on the economic value of labour. For 3 hours, Bonnie’s body will be harvesting sweat, her body wrapped in plastic, whilst projectors in the corners of the room are triggered with motion sensors by the audience.

Bonnie’s practice is an assemblage of filmmaking, music, performance art, visual art and sculptural installation.  She holds a degree in film production from QUT, her work being screened internationally both on television and at festivals including the NowNow (Aus), Exploding Cinema/Collision Festival (UK), Raindance (UK) and Brisbane & Melbourne International Film Festival (Aus). In 2006 Bonnie founded the audio visual laboratory Venting Gallery which produced the Rituals of the Captured Moment series of 1000 films about experimental music. She is the founding Secretary of the Foundation for Contemporary Music & Culture and President of the Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome Support Group Australia. Her current solo project is a fusion of performance stagecraft, the textural beauty of handmade celluloid and a tragicomedy of continually malfunctioning systems/equipment – loosely termed ‘expanded cinema

Contextualising: Max Fowler Roy ‘Toilet Roll Doll’

November 10, 2014 1 comment

exist@Metro Arts
Friday Nights: December
Dec 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).

EXIST-ENCE 5 international festival live art performance art action art – Max Fowler-Roy from EXIST ARI on Vimeo.

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).

It seems like Brisbane’s less developed art music industry has led towards exploratory music being more of a collective experience as the boundaries between audience and artist is blurred. The heirarchy of ‘virtuouso musician’ and ‘audience’ is definitely subverted in our loose, informal environment without the need for instruction or ‘non-playing stunts,’ This is what Max has to say about the performance in the uniquely acoustic Metro Art’s stairwell this Friday night..

“I have been considering the role of a space on sound and the way it propagates in the parameters of different structures. …I thought it would be fun to try a more communal, inclusive approach to this by sounding a space in the company of a number of different people each allowing them to input sound in the structure as they journey through the stairwell, then see how their input responds to the space and our sounds.”

EXIST@METRO: July 2014 Documentation Alrey Batol

July 14, 2014 1 comment

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Documentation Photo by Alan Warren. Video by Nicola.

exist@metro: Friday Night July 2014 Alrey Batol from EXIST ARI on Vimeo.

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.

EXIST@METRO Friday Night July 2014 Leif Gifford

July 13, 2014 Leave a comment

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exist@metro July 2014 Leif Gifford ‘Contained Explosions’ from EXIST ARI on Vimeo.

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.

Contextualising: Leif Gifford’s ‘Contained Explosions’

July 1, 2014 1 comment

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.

Australia’s own CSIRO has developed a 3-D mapping tool, the Zebedee

What could you imagine Gifford or yourself doing if you could get access to this?
#Arts/Science Residencies #ANAT

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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http://thecreatorsproject.vice.com/blog/hundreds-of-cardboard-boxes-gatecrash-an-arts-center-for-an-experimental-video-installation

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