Editorial 20 September 2017

In a world steeped in cynicism and buffeted by escalating crises, it’s difficult to fantasise peaceful and socially equitable futures. Too Close to the Sun’s The Bluebird Mechanicals [image above] conjures an exquisitely beautiful world, a museum-ish miniature of our own, doomed by hubris to imminent destruction, but blessed with the fertile imaginations of the production’s numerous makers.

20 September 2017

Ensemble Offspring: Lisa Illean & the porous voice

Keith Gallasch

Ensemble Offspring’s Who Dreamed It? features five female composers. One of them, Lisa Illean, tells Keith Gallasch about the subtle forces — poetry, twilight, voices and “scraps of heard things” — that inform her new work, Cantor.

20 September 2017

Adelaide Central School of Art: Solid framework, rigorous practice

Joanna Kitto

Joanna Kitto interviews artists Julia Robinson, Anna Horne and Andrew Clarke about the skills and attitudes they’ve carried with them from their student years at the Adelaide Central School of Art.

20 September 2017

Soft Centre: Festive hardcore

Keith Gallasch

Soft Centre, a new, big, bold 12-hour festival of electronic music has added depth and scale with immersive light works and collaborations between musicians and visual and performance artists at Casula Powerhouse, Alice Joel tells RealTime.

20 September 2017

P J Kool: Culture, cancer and cloth

Pam Kleemann-Passi

In an essay accompanying an exhibition celebrating the life of her late partner, Passi Jo, and addressing creative palliative care, photographer Pam Kleemann-Passi writes revealingly about the critical role of fashion in an African immigrant’s life.

20 September 2017

OzAsia: Tangling with utopia

Chris Reid

Chris Reid takes in After Utopia — a timely exhibition from Singapore soon to be seen in Adelaide — which eloquently assays the fantasies and realities that shape our capacity to project ideal societies.

19 September 2017

Five luminous new Australian filmmakers

Lauren Carroll Harris

There’s no single route for young people into filmmaking in this country or anywhere. Lauren Carroll Harris finds five artists taking distinctly zigzagging, peripatetic educational and creative pathways into cinema.

19 September 2017

The Bluebird Mechanicals: This toy world

Victoria Carless

The Bluebird Mechanicals is a fantastical melding of Chekhov, the Hindenburg disaster and windup birds in a wunderkammer world facing climate change demise and animated, writes Victoria Carless, by an engaging performance and design trio.

19 September 2017

The Loop

This week, smart creative thinkers address political storytelling, the figure of the migrant in Australian cinema and the new Slow Art theory.

19 September 2017

Editorial 13 September 2017

Two highly experienced performers, Rakini Devi, studying at the University of Wollongong, and Steve Matthews at the University of Sydney, are well on their way to completing doctor of creative arts degrees. They tell us what motivated them to deepen their practices with intensive research, reflection on their art and the making of new works.

13 September 2017

Namatjira Project: Righting a wrong

Dan Edwards

Dan Edwards thinks Sera Davies’ multilayered, culturally alert documentary about Big hART’s collaboration with the family of Albert Namatjira should inspire action to return the artist’s copyright to them.

13 September 2017

The goddess & the doctorate: Rakini Devi’s Urban Kali

Keith Gallasch

Highly distinctive performer Rakini Devi engages with a frighteningly powerful Hindu goddess in Urban Kali, which she tells RealTime is at the centre of her near-completed Doctor of Creative Arts at the University of Wollongong.

13 September 2017

Visualising sound, making Home

Chris Reid

Hong Kong artist GayBird tells Chris Reid about his two works for the OzAsia Festival: a performance with Zephyr Quartet that progresses from an electronic future to an acoustic past, and Home, a large-scale public installation populated with magical tiny houses.

13 September 2017

Prevenge: Revenge of the disenfranchised

Katerina Sakkas

“From a horror filmmaker riffing on her own experience of pregnancy with great immediacy, something vivid and unpredictable is born,” writes Katerina Sakkas of Alice Lowe who also stars in Prevenge.

13 September 2017

Interview: Steve Matthews, going seriously solo

Keith Gallasch & Virginia Baxter

Towards his Doctorate of Arts at the University of Sydney, Steve Matthews has researched the form and made a solo autobiographical performance. He tells RealTime about the personal and artistic challenges and rewards.

13 September 2017

Sport for art’s sake: PLUNGE

Kathryn Kelly

PLUNGE, a spectacularly immersive site-specific work from Kate Shearer, transforms the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, newly built for the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, into a theatrical performance space, writes Kathryn Kelly.

13 September 2017

Unseen energies manifest as art

Stephen Jones

First seen at Sydney’s MCA, Energies: Haines & Hinterding is now at Perth’s PICA. Read Stephen Jones’ richly informative 2015 response to this subtly mind-bending show.

13 September 2017

Contributor profile: Elyssia Bugg

Elyssia studies history and writes about dance, contemporary performance and video for RealTime and revels in criticism’s “translation from physical actuality to textual realisation.”

13 September 2017

Laura Hindmarsh: Runtime (2017)

Critical Video

Though our footsteps (and our lives) are digitally tracked to the millimetre, something feels “out of step, out of time,” writes Elyssia Bugg of Laura Hindmarsh’s GPS-misguided Runtime. Watch now, with headphones on.

13 September 2017

Editorial 6 September 2017

This week, fascinating works for watching and listening, with new Critical Video and Critical Audio features.

6 September 2017
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