Mobile States presents SDS1

Salamanca Arts Centre and Mobile States presents

SDS1 by Ahilan Ratnamohan

17-19 September 2015, Moonah Arts Centre

Tour produced by Performing Lines


A champion of unorthodox artforms, former footballer Ahilan Ratnamohan has fused dance, sport and live performance to create a thrilling movement work derived entirely from the global phenomenon of soccer! Ratnamohan will evoke the atmosphere of a football match, filling the theatre space with a visceral, charged energy and provoking the audience to lose themselves in his unique version of the ‘game’.

As Ratnamohan begins his contemporary pas de deux with a soccer ball, he adopts the mindset of an elite soccer player on the pitch – striving for success, toying with his spectators, seeking admiration, and showing off his athletic prowess on the field.

SDS1 is an exciting solo performance work touring nationally captivating audiences of dance and sports enthusiasts alike.

This is football as theatre, stripped back, extracted, frozen, repeated and abstracted. Beautiful and ugly at once.

“…Playful audience interactions…are handled with such ease and grace…the audience responds with delight and amusement…”
– The West Australian

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SITUATE Art in Festivals National Call Out

National CALL OUT for the second SITUATE Arts Lab 2016 program:
Submissions Open 5pm Tuesday 16 June 2015
Submissions Close
5pm Monday 3 August 2015
Notification
September 2015
SITUATE Arts Lab 2016 to be held in Tasmania from 10 – 22 January 2016

Evening Ambience WOMADelaide2015_8104_Credit Grant Hancock-1

 

Salamanca Arts Centre presents SITUATE Art in Festivals national call out for Early Career Artists and creative practitioners working experimentally to apply for the second SITUATE Arts Lab to be held along side MONA FOMA in 2016.

“Artists will be encouraged to think in new ways about the presentation of art for large-scale public events and to tackle the logistics involved in scaling up for complex and ambitious projects in an outdoor setting.”
– Kelli Alred the program’s Executive Producer said.

The development program includes a residential, interdisciplinary artist laboratory led by national and international artists, curators and designers held in Tasmania, followed by a mentoring phase to assist the artists in refining proposals to work with the official partner festivals – Dark Mofo, MONA FOMA, Darwin Festival, Fringe World, Vrystaat Arts Festival and WOMADelaide.

Up to fifteen artists who can demonstrate the potential to engage with festival audiences and work site-specifically, as well as artists prepared to take risks will be selected by a national Curatorium to participate with accommodation, flights, per diems and an honorarium provided.

The opportunity is open to creative practitioners working experimentally in the visual arts, design, architecture, fashion, digital media, installation, community arts, live art and performance across a range of creative pursuits.

The SITUATE Arts Lab is an immersive intensive two-week program of provocation and mentoring designed to stimulate ideas and extend artists’ knowledge. Artists are invited to exchange ideas, work collaboratively, and contribute their experience to develop proposals for making temporary artworks for public space environments.

The first SITUATE Arts Lab was produced and hosted by Salamanca Arts Centre from 21 June – 5 July 2013 coinciding with the first Dark MOFO Festival.

Dark MOFO Creative Director Leigh Carmichael recently said in Real Time magazine,
“When Dark MOFO partnered with Situate Art in Festivals in 2013, I didn’t know quite what to expect—either from the artists, or of the festival itself. The proposals coming out of the Situate Arts Lab were very strong. I was interested in four proposals in particular, all challenging and risk-taking in different ways. Tyrone Sheather’s Giidanyba came through because of the melding of ancient mythology with high-tech, and his community’s commitment to sharing culture.”

Several artworks have been selected for development and presentation including:
Tyrone Sheather’s responsive installation, Giidanyba (Sky Beings) is currently showing as part of Dark MOFO in 2015 and Amanda Shone is working towards a project in MONA FOMA 2016.

Vryfees in South Africa delivered Plastic Histories, a sculptural intervention project by Cigdem Aydemir in 2014 and commissioned a participatory performance work titled The White Horse by Jess Olivieri for their 2015 Vrystaat Arts Festival program.

Michaela Gleave is working with Womadelaide, on the development of an installation project titled Our Tomorrows Forever Now towards presentation at the 2016 festival.

Fringe World in Perth and Darwin Festival remain in discussion with a number of other SITUATE 2013 artists.

The SITUATE Arts Lab is a key feature of SITUATE Art in Festivals, a Salamanca Arts Centre project designed to support outstanding Early Career Artists to develop new Australian experimental artworks for diverse festival environments, and is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Find out more about the submission process and selection criteria by visiting the Arts Lab information page and Sign up to our newsletter to receive up to date information regarding ongoing opportunities and deadlines: situate.org.au

 

Giidanyba (Sky Beings) at Dark Mofo 11 – 21 June

Recipient of the prestigious Dreaming Award in May 2014, Tyrone Sheather this year premieres his extraordinary public artwork, Giidanyba (Sky Beings), at the Royal Tasmanian Botanic Gardens this year as part of the 2015 Dark Mofo in June.

Giidanyba was developed at the SITUATE Art in Festivals Arts Lab held in Hobart 2013 alongside the first Dark Mofo. Dark MOFO Creative Director Leigh Carmichael recently said in Real Time magazine, “When Dark MOFO partnered with Situate Art in Festivals in 2013, I didn’t know quite what to expect—either from the artists, or of the festival itself. The proposals coming out of the Situate Arts Lab were very strong. I was interested in four proposals in particular, all challenging and risk-taking in different ways. Tyrone Sheather’s Giidanyba came through because of the melding of ancient mythology with high-tech, and his community’s commitment to sharing culture.”

The Dark Mofo program describes the installation: ‘Tyrone’s seven sculptures float amongst the trees, depicting nocturnal spirits of ancient Aboriginal mythology that impart knowledge and guidance to Gumbaynggirr people. As night falls and you move closer, these Giidanyba or ‘sky beings’ transform from unlit statues to bright, shimmering beings in the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens in Hobart, Tasmania.’

Tyrone Sheather is a young Gumbaynggirr artist from Bellingen who works within different art mediums including photography, film, projection art, paint, textiles and dance. He loves creating works that blur the boundaries between these art forms as well as incorporating new technology to create fresh and exciting ways for art to be perceived with relevance to the evolving world.

The SITUATE Arts Lab is a key feature of SITUATE Art in Festivals, a Salamanca Arts Centre project designed to support outstanding Early Career Artists to develop new Australian experimental artworks for diverse festival environments and is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Other Artists will have the opportunity to join the SITUATE Arts Lab in January 2016 by submitting an application via the SITUATE website from Tuesday 16 June 2015.

Giidanyba
by Tyrone Sheather

In the Dreaming (Yuludarla), the Hero-Ancestors made and transformed the landscape with their special powers of creation and destruction. Simulating a Gumbaynggirr rite of passage, Giidanyba symbolises these Spiritual Ancestors, as they descend from the Muurrbay Bundani (tree of life) in the sky, to support people throughout they’re cultural journey and to guide them into the next stage of their lives.

Emanating from within these spirit-like forms, sound and light are made responsive to the movement of audiences, via internal electronics, whilst the structural components of the installation are made of fibreglass and steel. Traditional ochres have been applied to the surface of individual figures by Gumbaynggirr community members, under the direction of the artist.

Tyrone Sheather is an artist of mixed heritage, belonging to the Gumbaynggirr people from the mid-north coast of New South Wales. His artistic practice spans, film, photography, new media, painting and dance. His work aims to explore identity and to reveal, through a combination of traditional and contemporary media, knowledge and stories that have been passed down over centuries within the Gumbaynggirr Dreamtime.

 

Giidanyba (Sky Beings)
Dark Mofo 11 – 21 June 2015
Open 5.00 – 10.00pm nightly
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
Lower Domain Road Queens Domain
Hobart Tasmania 7000

Official Website:                    www.situate.org.au
Dark Mofo Program:              http://www.darkmofo.net.au/program/giidanyba/

 

SALAMANCA ARTS CENTRE EXHIBITING IN 3 MAJOR CENTRES THIS MONTH

Salamanca Arts Centre has 3 major exhibitions featuring international and Australian artists in 3 centres this month – Colonial Afterlives at Hobart’s Salamanca Arts Centre, Made in China, Australia at Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery in Launceston, and Giving Voice: The Art of Dissent at the Gosford Regional Gallery in NSW. The collective body of work represents an impressive range of political and social views on 3 different aspects of Australian society.

Colonial Afterlives at Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart
19 March – 27 April 2015

Long Gallery
Salamanca Arts Centre
77 Salamanca Place
Hobart, Tasmania

Salamanca Arts Centre presents Colonial Aferlives as part of the Tasmanian International Arts Festival 19 March – 27 April bringing contemporary responses to the complex legacies of British occupation from fourteen outstanding artists including Tasmanian artists Julie GoughJames NewittYvonne Rees-Pagh and Geoff Parr.

These responses come from indigenous and diasporic artists living in Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Barbados, Britain and Canada. It will incorporate a diversity of views ranging from melancholic eulogies to passionate and sometimes scathing commentaries on the complex legacies of British occupation.

Several of the artists explore multiple identities through performance and photography, including Fiona Foley (Australia), Christian Thompson (Australia), Charles Campbell (Jamaica), Kent Monkman (Canada), and Ewan Atkinson (Barbados). Others are keenly attuned to the nuances and contemporary resonance of the colonial archive – Julie Gough (Australia), Daniel Boyd (Australia) and Lisa Reihana (New Zealand) – while Yvonne Rees-Pagh (Tasmania) examines some of the deep wounds of ‘empire’, as manifested in racist stereotyping and modern forms of frontier violence.

Made in China, Australia at Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston
20 March – 17 May 2015

Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery
2 Wellington Street
Launceston, Tasmania

The migration and settlement of any large racial group in a new host country is complex. The complexity of the Chinese diaspora in Australia can be seen in the distinctive and diverse Chinese Australians living here. These categories are often reduced in the popular imagination to a single Asian stereotype. Made in China, Australia portrays how the different and individual processes of acculturation have impacted in diverse ways on the work of Chinese Australian artists.

The exhibition, curated by Greg Kwok Keung Leong, questions how the work of Chinese Australian artists is affected by the particular Chinese Australian heritage and experiences they have had. Some of the artists in the exhibition were born in Australia, others travelled to Australia in the past and some are recent arrivals, which creates subtle differences that arise in the artists’ work due to their particular relationship with the two cultures. Suggest including several names.


Giving Voice: The Art of Dissent
at Gosford Regional Gallery
28 March – 17 May 2015

Gallery One
Gosford Regional Gallery
36 Webb Street
East Gosford, NSW

Giving Voice: The Art of Dissent presents artists’ opinions on pressing social and political issues facing the world today. This powerful exhibition sheds light on a global state of distress, from major economic crisis, raging wars, pollution and climate change through to religious prejudice and racism. Audiences are moved to consider the complexities of issues that can often be portrayed in simplistic terms. Artists featured in this exhibition, which is curated by Dr Yvonne Rees-Pagh, include Cigdem Aydemir, James Barker, Richard Bell, Pat Hoffie, Locust Jones, Megan Keating, Michael Reed and Khaled Sabsabi.

 

Image Credits
Left: Christian Thompson Trinity III from the Polari series 2014, c-type print 100 x 75 cm
Centre: Cigdem Aydemir ‘Bombshell’ 2013 single channel video with sound, 11 min 3 sec
Right: James Barker Lest I Forget (detail), 2014 Cloth, wire, old rope, cast false marble.

Callout For HyPe Projects Now Open, Like HyPe Winner Announced

Callout For HyPe Projects Now Open, Like HyPe Winner Announced

MEDIA RELEASE

9 September, 2014

Salamanca Arts Centre (SAC) has opened the call for its 2015 Hybrid Performance Program (HyPe). We are delighted to call for expressions of interest from Tasmanian performance makers, visual artists, musicians and composers, and live art explorers to join the HyPe creative community. Applications are now open until October 31 2014.

HyPe support enables artist fees of up to $15,000 for projects that seek to engage with live performance across the spectrum of dance, live art, visual arts, music, sound art and physical theatre.

Salamanca Arts Centre’s vision for the HyPe program is to enable Tasmanian artists to take conceptual leaps and to challenge and transform the existing limitations of traditional performance and theatre. HyPe proposals are assessed based on three integral elements: originality, artistic merit of the proposed project and creative team, planning and feasibility. Successful projects are required to present at Salamanca Arts Centre or with a confirmed presentation partner mid 2015. Interstate artists are welcome to apply but must demonstrate a significant relationship to Tasmania and/or include Tasmanian artists in their project in some capacity.

“By investing in ideas and small scale projects, artists become capable of creating ambitious new works that will contribute to the growth of Australian contemporary performance. We also keep a keen eye out for work that engages local communities and diverse audiences to develop, create and participate in the live event,” explains SAC Director Rosemary Miller.

In 2013 SAC funded seven HyPe projects, each one pushing the conventions of theatre, performance art and site-specific work.

The Batela Project is an interactive artwork currently being developed by Halcyon Macleod and Clare Britton. The concept revolves around an ancient boat that rows its audiences to the sound of an audio composition about the local waterways in Tasmania. Terminal by Dylan Sheridan is an intimate, surreal opera without voices, built from sonic interactions between live and pre-recorded sounds. Sheridan presented the work at the 2014 Next Wave Festival in Melbourne. Trisha Dunn has built on her winning 2013 Like HyPe project Inside Out, by developing a new live art work tited ‘We find our feet; we keep on walking’, which uses theatre and dance-based craft to reimagine the relationship between audience and performer. The project was developed during a two-week intensive at Launceston’s Earl Arts Centre in May 2014. Laura Purcell’s Feminine Artistic Desire (FAD) was developed through HyPe’s Creative Shot mentorship strand. Purcell works across the disciplines of performance, dance, puppetry and visual art and has exhibited the project in various incarnations at Constance Gallery ARI and McClelland College Performing Arts Centre. Nathan Maynard was another recipient of a HyPe Creative Shot mentorship, and worked with Fiona Hamilton on the treatment of a new performance score, Three Grandfathers. Finally, Selena deCarvalho was the lead creative behind Climate Change Karaoke, an event that invited audiences to belt out karaoke pop songs with surprisingly rich lyrics. The work was presented at the 2014 Junction Arts Festival in Hobart.

2014 LIKE HyPe AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED

The Junction Arts Festival took place from 10-14 September 2014 and it is here that the Like HyPe 2014 Audience Choice Award was voted on by the festival audience. SAC is proud to announce the winning pitch idea went to artist duo Sam Routledge and Dylan Sheridan, who together have won $5000 to develop and present their project Crush at the 2015 Junction Arts Festival. Crush will allow audiences to experience the performance from inside a vehicle as it is cleaned by an automatic car wash. The work will explore new notions of slavery and servitude as robots become more commonplace in our lives, performing menial tasks that we would prefer not to do ourselves. “As this relationship between humans and robots becomes more common, there is a dialogue to be had regarding vulnerability and power,” says Routledge.

HyPe is funded through the Australian Government via the Australia Council, Hobart City Council and Arts Tasmania.

Applications and enquiries for HyPe 2015 can be sent to hype@salarts.org.au

For all media enquiries contact: communications@salarts.org.au

Image credit: Dylan Sheridan, Terminal, 2014.

Artists Raise Their Dissenting Voices In Powerful New Exhibition

Artists Raise Their Dissenting Voices  In Powerful New Exhibition

MEDIA RELEASE
23 July 2014

Salamanca Arts Centre (SAC) is proud to present the group show Giving Voice: the Art of Dissent, featuring eight artists that document their opinions on the pressing social and political issues facing the world today. From major economic crisis and raging wars to pollution and climate change through to religious prejudice and racism, this powerful exhibition sheds light on a global state of distress.

Senator Christine Milne will open the exhibition on Friday 1 August 2014 followed by a floor talk with the curator and artists on Saturday 2 August 2014. The free exhibition will run through to Sunday 14 September 2014.

Curator Yvonne Rees-Pagh has enlisted a mix of early-career, mid-career and established artists from Tasmania, Australia and overseas to debut their work in SAC’s Long Gallery and Sidespace. Exhibiting artists include Cigdem Aydemir (NSW), James Barker (TAS), Richard Bell (QLD), Pat Hoffie (QLD), Locust Jones (NSW), Megan Keating (TAS), Michael Reed (NZ) and Khaled Sabsabi (NSW). Rees-Pagh believes the theme of the exhibition will resonate with many and notes that with the series of problems the world is facing, it is normal to feel helpless in the face of crisis. “The courage displayed by our eight artists to publically voice dissent is remarkable and something to be admired,” she says.

The exhibiting artists have grappled with the hardest parts of human experience, expressing their dissent on topics ranging from war, racism, climate change, economic crisis and displacement ­– focusing their vision on Tasmania, greater Australia and beyond.

Cigdem Aydemir is a Sydney based multi-disciplinary artist of Turkish Muslim heritage. Her practice incorporates installation, performance and video. Site occupied is a large-scale installation where the gallery floor space is colonised by the Niqab (an Islamic garment), and the single-channel video work Bombshell playfully explores the image and idea of the burqa as possible terrorist threat while referencing Marilyn Monroe’s iconic dress scene in the Seven Year Itch.

James Barker is an early career Tasmanian ‘Arab/Anglo’ artist whose works lest I forget and Gaza child draw on his self heritage and his journey as a photographer in Iraq in 2001 to craft works that bring the horrors and veracity of war to the fore.

Senior Aboriginal artist, Richard Bell, has strong roots to the Kamilaroi, Kooma, Jiman and Gurang Gurang communities in Queensland. He has been a driving force within the field of contemporary Australian contentious racial relations, describing himself as “an activist masquerading as an artist”, and this ethos is infused in his paintings I am humiliated and Kick somebody else as well as the single-channel video work Scratch an Aussie.

Brisbane-based artist Pat Hoffie is a vocal activist for equity and fair pay for underprivileged workers in countries such as Indonesia, The Philippines and Vietnam. She is recognised for her critical work on Australia’s asylum seeker policies. Her work Smoke and Mirrors references political spin and the visual trickery involved in being an artist.

Locust Jones, born in New Zealand and now based Sydney, uses his expressive drawings to synthesise and comment on contemporary news media. Unmediated Media and Everyday Atrocities chronicle and reprocess news coverage of war, globalisation, politics and the environment.

Tasmanian based Megan Keating’s Chinese heritage extends into her work as an established multidisciplinary artist. The Ministry of Pulp and Smoke draws inspiration from Chinese and Japanese tradition of paper cutting, which has been re-contextualised through installation and animation.

From further afield, New Zealand based art and design teacher, Michael Reed, aligns his work with the long history of printmaking as a vehicle for social and political comment, resulting in a constant series of satirical medallions, works on paper, textiles and carpets.

The award-winning Khaled Sabsabi was born in Lebanon and migrated with his family to Australia in 1978 to settle in Western Sydney where he creates arts projects that explore the experience of people across social, political and ideological spectrums. His single-channel video Guerrilla 2007 was made in Lebanon and tells three peoples’ stories amidst the rubble of their homes.

“For me art making is the aesthetic resistance against the way things are, a constant movement towards pushing limits and testing perceptions, on these fringes or borders is where we learn and find new ways of engaging, because through art it becomes expression and through expression one finds a platform for reason.” – Khaled Sabasi

The exhibition will be accompanied by a significant catalogue that will include essays by the curator Dr Yvonne Rees-Pagh, and essayist Pete Hay.

Giving Voice: the Art of Dissent is a Salamanca Arts Centre major curated exhibition. “We know it takes great courage to step forward in today’s Australia to ‘give voice’ to others, to step away from defining society through the lens of mainstream media that focuses on and immerses us in the negative: parliamentary conflict, border incursions, murders, wars, and difference. To take a different stand, to critique violence, war, exploitation, and multi-layered discrimination takes great humanity, to suggest another way,” says SAC Director Rosemary Miller.

This project was assisted by Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts and the Gordon Darling Foundation.

LISTING DETAILS
WHAT:
Giving Voice: the Art of Dissent
WHEN: Official Opening | Friday 1 August 2014 5:30pm
Floor Talk | Saturday 2 August 2014 2:00pm
Exhibition | Saturday 2 August 2014 – Sunday 14 September 2014 10:00am-5:00pm
WHERE: Long Gallery and Sidespace |Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart
TICKETS: Free event
MORE INFO: http://www.salarts.org.au/events/giving-voice/

Picture credit: Cigdem Aydemir, Bombshell 2013, Single channel video with sound, 11 min 3 sec

For all media enquiries contact: communications@salarts.org.au

Contemporary Dance Meets Explosive Electronica In Chunky Move’s Keep Everything

Contemporary Dance Meets Explosive Electronica In Chunky Move’s Keep Everything

MEDIA RELEASE
17 July 2014

Hobart’s Salamanca Arts Centre is proud to host the first Tasmanian tour by Melbourne-based dance company, Chunky Move. True to the company’s inventive style, Keep Everything fuses dance and improvised performance with a fever of light, sound and image.

Created by one of Australia’s most innovative choreographers, Antony Hamilton, Keep Everything traces human evolution from primates to robots and back again. Featuring a trio of dancers (Benjamin Hancock, Lauren Langlois, Alisdair Macindoe) the stream of consciousness style dance explores the vulnerability and vulgarity of mankind with humour and impulsiveness.

Hamilton developed the work with the premise that an endless array of events can unfold from a single point of departure when the subconscious is given permission to lead. “I was interested in attempting to keep everything created and edit nothing. What I found so unsettling about this was that perhaps ideas such as forward, up, and tomorrow are not necessarily positive, and I wonder whether we will ever be able to truly find contentment in the present?” he says.

Robin Fox’s AV design works in concert with a twitching score created by ARIA-award winning electronic dynamos Julian Hamilton and Kim Moyes, and Benjamin Cisterne’s lighting design. The collaboration has resulted in a commanding sonic environment that pulsates amongst a backdrop of light and smoke.

Keep Everything will play at Salamanca Arts Centre from Wednesday 6 August – Saturday 9 August.

Chunky Move constantly seeks to redefine what is or what can be contemporary dance in an ever-evolving Australian culture. Their work is diverse in form and content encompassing productions for the stage, site specific, new-media and installation work. Using contemporary Australian culture, social commentary and the tension between community and the individual as its springboard, Chunky Move’s artistic vision is driven by an investigation into the multifaceted possibilities of the body; and its relationship to place, context and environment. Keep Everything is currently touring nationally. www.chunkymove.com.au

Toured by Performing Lines for Mobile States with the support of the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, Arts Tasmania and Hobart City Council.

LISTING DETAILS
WHAT: Chunky Move’s Keep Everything
WHEN: Wednesday 6 August – Saturday 9 August 2014
WHERE: Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart
TICKETS: Adult $30 +BF | Concession $20 + BF
TICKETS AND MORE INFO: www.salarts.org.au/events/keepeverything

For all media enquiries contact: communications@salarts.org.au