in the loop: quick picks

echology, waterwheel, the cola project, the penal colony, contact!

anat: echology: making sense of data seminars

A major project for ANAT in 2012 (with key partners Lend Lease and Carbon Arts) will be Echology which will bring together “Australia’s leading artists and urban developers to create data-driven public artworks that engage with serious issues in evocative and playful ways” (press release). The project will draw on the skills of artists such as Julie Freeman (UK), Usman Haque (UK), Joyce Hinterding (AU), Geo Homsy (US), Natalie Jeremijenko (AU/US) and DV Rogers (NZ/AU). ANAT will be conducting a series of seminars around the country where you can meet the artists and find out how you might also participate.
Free seminars, registration is essential (click links): Melbourne March 26, Brisbane March 28, Sydney March 29. www.anat.org.au

waterwheel: world water day symposium

Waterwheel interface

Waterwheel interface

Suzon Fuk’s Waterwheel project will be streaming the World Water Day Symposium which will include 50 participants—scientists, artists and professionals from five continents presenting and interacting with people at Sousse University in Tunisia and at UCLA Nanosystems Centre in Los Angeles. “The symposium will promote exchange between all those who are, for various reasons, concerned with water issues, land management and hydraulic infrastructure, for a better sharing of knowledge and governance” (press release). You will be able access the symposium via The Tap—an online, real-time venue and forum, workshop and stage for live networked performance and presentation.
World Water Day Synposium, March 22/23 http://water-wheel.net/

4a contemporary asian art: the cola project

He Xiangyu, Skeleton (2010), jade, installation view at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, courtesy of Pearl Lam Gallery, Shanghai

He Xiangyu, Skeleton (2010), jade, installation view at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, courtesy of Pearl Lam Gallery, Shanghai

He Xiangyu, Skeleton (2010), jade, installation view at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, courtesy of Pearl Lam Gallery, Shanghai

In case you were in any doubt, cola (specifically branded or otherwise) is evil black stuff. Chinese artist He Xiangyu has found the perfect exemplification by poetically referencing the dissolving tooth-in-a-can urban legend. He Xiangyu worked with factory workers to boil down thousands of litres of cola over a year which eventually transformed into black carbon like crystals. He then ground up this substance to use as inks in paintings in Song dynasty style. With these paintings he also exhibits a life-sized jade skeleton that has been eaten away by the distillation of the drink.
He Xiangyu, The Cola Project, 4a Contemporary Asian Art, March 16-May 5; www.4a.com.au/he-xiangyu-cola-project/

sydney chamber opera: in the penal colony

While John Cage is posthumously turning 100, Philip Glass is alive and kicking and celebrating his 75th birthday. In his honour the Sydney Chamber Opera will present the Australian premiere of his 2000 work In the Penal Colony. Based on a short story by Kafka it presents the tale of man forced to witness an execution administered by a machine. True to the company’s name, the production is intimate, performed by two singers, one actor and string quintet, while Glass’ “hypnotic repetition resonates powerfully with Kafka’s nightmarish vision of imprisonment, torture and execution” (press release).
Sydney Chamber Opera, The Penal Colony, by Philip Glass, The Parade Theatre, NIDA, Kensington , April 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 7.30pm; www.sydneychamberopera.com

contact, the arts centre, melbourne

Contact!, The Arts Centre Melbourne

Contact!, The Arts Centre Melbourne

Another soon-to-premier music theatre work, but one with surprising subject matter, is Contact! Written by Angus Grant and directed by Cameron Menzies, Contact! was the key work chosen go to full production from the 2011 Carnegie 18 series of music theatre works in-development, part of a special initiative set up by The Arts Centre and The Australia Council (see RT102). Contact! focuses on Australia’s most popular women’s sport, netball, exploring the highs and lows of the Hyatt Park Rangers under-21 team. While a comedy at its core, the work explores “suburban life, the claustrophobia and the comfort of staying within your boundaries, the dynamics of all-female organisations and the danger and rewards of contact” (press release). The full-length work will feature some of Melbourne’s most exciting young operatic talent from Opera Australia, Victorian Opera and the VCA. After the premiere season in the Melbourne, Contact! will also be touring regionally throughout Victoria, where it’s sure to score.
Contact!, Fairfax Studio, The Arts Centre Melbourne, April 11-14, 17-21, 24-28, 7pm , April 13-15, 21-22, 28-29, 2pm; www.artscentremelbourne.com.au

The 2012 Carnegie season of new music theatre works in development will be reviewed in RT108 April-May.

RealTime issue #107 Feb-March 2012 pg. web

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20 March 2012