april 11

sydney premiere of austin buckett’s ‘hung out to dry’, a composition for 11 membranophones and dripping water, performed by john wilton

new composition for two violins by lachlan hughes with video by ivan cheng

then, the second performance of ‘wind’, work by marcus whale and ivan cheng, mentored by nigel kellaway

i approached lachlan hughes with the proposal to write a piece for live performers to accompany a video earlier this year. lachlan has a cat named bleich. the dream concept for the video was to essentially wash and hose down a cat in a long take. it seems to be common knowledge that cats have a strong sense of disdain for water, and for being washed, but i felt sure that i might find a cat and not be struck down by animal cruelty laws. visiting a friend’s family menagerie, we trialled the different pets.  the video that you see deals with predictability, false leads – in a way, it’s a little like washing a car after rain, washing a car with rain water, and then a car as sentient, functioning. there are shifts, structures, but primarily it’s an opposition of ideal and projected.

the project wind is placed at the core of the festival, with another performance on april 10. developed in collaboration with marcus whale, the way i feel i can best describe it is by talking about a spectrum of weather, and once locating and grasping onto perhaps hazy extremes (subject to be pushed further), finding a line between the two, whether through time or geographic lines. it looks at the naivete of trying to quantify and pinpoint, defining relationships. i worked through my text with my mentor, nigel kellaway, and we decided that for lack of a better word, it is ‘impressionistic’, with atmospheres generating around the audience and moments of clarity and crystallisation. it loves ambiguity and responsibility, and is to be presented with several threads – live vocal performance, electronics, projections, and a progression in the sensory environment as well.

8pm, April 11, Serial Space, 33 Wellington St, Chippendale

Entry by donation of cake