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.
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