Kristian Thomas

Samara Mitchell

Pseudo Sound Project is an experimental fusion of DIY technology within performance initiated by SA-based media artist and event-architect Kristian Thomas. PSP has evolved over the last few years in a progression of rooftop performances, clubs, artist-run galleries, festivals and master classes, in collaboration with local and internationally-based video artists and musicians. With a love for the techno-aesthetic, Thomas’ performances are obscure and bombastic, slipping between glitch-pop, the moving image, hardcore electronica and rhythmic nature sampling. With a wide variety of electronic video and audio artists invited to PSP events, Thomas’ performances are chaotic, sublime and often grating, impressing upon his audiences a predilection for real-time experiences bordering on the spiritual. As a travelling performance sphere, the techno-playground of Thomas’ iconic mobile icosahedron rig stands in sharp relief against natural backdrops, yet with an obvious reverence for the chosen landscape. Nature themes have figured prominently within many PSP festivals and shows, with PSP no 8 featuring the successful planting of 1000 native trees. Pseudo Space is an interactive gallery and shop set up by Thomas and his partner Kerry Scarvelis, a cool-hunting nu-fashion designer. Pseudo Space is a home base for PSP events, outlet for local moving art, electronica and emerging designers. It’s also the sole distribution point for Thomas’ unusual beer recipes. Blends such as VegieGarden–a wheat beer with coriander and orange–notorious to the regular patrons of Pseudo Space opening nights, has recently caught the interest of brewers and local café owners. With a smattering of Epicureanism and an ardour for all things glitchy, Pseudo Space has added some vigour to the quickening pulse of experimental art, design and hospitality in South Australia.

RealTime issue #57 Oct-Nov 2003 pg. 33

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1 October 2003
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