The ‘Instrument Builders Project: New Noises’ is collaboration between Australian sound artist / instrument builders and Indonesian sound artist / instrument builders to develop new experimental musical instruments, sound sculptures and performance tools.
The project focuses on blending traditional skill and craftsmanship with contemporary avant-garde approaches, to create innovative and original musical objects that act not only as sound making instruments but also as art works unique to the SE Asia/Australia region.
The key activity of the project is for visiting Indonesian artists to spend time collaborating with Australian artists in a series of one-on-one and group projects, to be showcased firstly in Australia and subsequently in Indonesia.
The first workshop intensive will be held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia from 24 June until 16 July 2013.
The four key Indonesian artists confirmed are Wukir Suryadimaster bamboo instrument builder, ethno-musicologist/gamelan maker Asep Nata, Indonesian visual artist Ardi Gunawan and traditional gamelan builder Wibowo and expert gamelan tuner.
‘The Instrument Builders Project: New Noises’ seeks to explore and celebrate the differences and similarities that occur within the creative processes of the Australian / Indonesian artists, but with an emphasis on skill sharing and exchange of ideas. Through these short-term creative collaborations, Australian and Indonesian sound artist / instrument builders will forge and consolidate relationships that will be of demonstrable long-term benefit to the arts communities in both countries.
This project is supported by Australia Council for the Arts, The Australia Indonesia Institute and iCan (Indonesia Contemporary Art Network)
Featuring the work of some of Melbourne’s most exciting artists and jewellery practitioners, Signature Style is a significant addition to the emerging discourse around collaboration and contemporary craft.
Opening 6pm Thursday 7 March 2013
Showing 8 March – 27 April 2013
Signature Style is a major group exhibition exploring models of collaborative practice in contemporary jewellery. Featuring the work of some of Melbourne’s most exciting artists and jewellery practitioners Signature Style will be a significant addition to the emerging discourse around collaboration and contemporary craft. Collaboration poses a very different method of working – by its very nature, collaboration eschews individual artistic identity in favour of some kind of ‘third’ position. Signature Style will examine new methodologies of working and ‘work’, thinking through the potentials of collaboration within craft and design.
Nicholas Bastin & Matthew Dux
Dan Bell, Bianca Hester, Charlie Sofo, Nathan Gray, Christopher LG Hill, Liang Luscombe & Oliver van der Lugt
Tessa Blazey & Alexi Freeman
Michaela Bruton & Kane Ikin
Milly Flemming & Dani Maugeri
Natalia Milosz-Piekarska & Katherine Doube
Nina Oikawa & Bridget Bodenham
Meredith Turnbull & Manon van Kouswijk
Karla Way & Dylan Martorell
Katherine Wheeler & Polly van der Glas
Signature Style Personnel
Nella Themelios – Curator
Kim Brockett – Assistant Curator
Erik North - Exhibition Design
Simon Browne - Catalogue Design
National Exhibitions Touring Support (NETS) Victoria is supported by the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria and the Community Support Fund, by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and through the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments. NETS Victori
With an installation that combines touch, sound recordings and discarded materials, Dylan Martorell will create a sculptural instrument for multiple users in, based on a piece he is currently exhibiting at the Kochi Muziris Biennale in India.
Launching at 7pm, visitors are invited to Campbell Arcade to create improvised performances with the installation throughout White Night Melbourne, bringing the instrument to life with the sonic palette of Martorell’s recent recordings from the Indian state of Kerala. Visitors will journey through a soundscape of morning crows, hungry goats, elephants’ feet dragging chains, wet clothes hitting rocks, bicycle bells, cat fights, falling coconuts, broken fans and Indian instruments such as the Jal Tarang and the Taal Tarang.
Transience, improvisation and collaboration form the basis of Dylan Martorell’s music-based art practice. Housed within the conceptual framework of a musical diaspora, his work is inspired by the ways in which music travels through space and is affected by changes in geography, climate, culture and materials to become an agent for cross-cultural reciprocation.
Focusing on the use of site-specific gleaned materials and incorporating elements of upcycling, DIY electronics, robotics and alternative power sources, Martorell’s recent projects conducted in India, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore and Australia have explored concepts of transience, portability and sustainability.
DATE AND TIME
Saturday 23 February 2013
7:00 pm - 7:00 am
PRESENTED BY NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA
Martorell’s practice is primarily concerned with the human trail evident in our refuse. To create his multifarious sound installations Martorell up-cycles this detritus, giving new life and function to discarded materials.
Martorell’s installations often take the form of electro-acoustic instruments featuring found and handcrafted elements that extend into magical assemblages of sound, costume and other apparatus and exist well beyond the confines of the gallery.
For White Night Dylan has proposed a performance of robotics and touch based sampling, which he is currently developing for the Kochi Biennale.
Robotic percussion instruments where created with the assistance of
India’s first biennale, Kochi-Muziris Biennale, will open in 30 days. The three-month-long exhibition and cultural programme, the largest contemporary art event in the country, will take place across a string of venues in the Fort Kochi area.
Curated by co-founders and artists Bose Krishnamachari and Riyas Komu, the first edition of Kochi-Muziris Biennale has nearly 90 artists participating, the large majority of whom are creating new, site-specific works. Half of the artists are Indian, a good number of them from Kerala.
Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2012 will be inaugurated on 12.12.12 at Parade Ground in Fort Kochi.
Kochi Muziris Biennale explores the possibilities of blurring the boundaries, in a geographical region where boundaries are blurred in a local and cosmopolitan way, where the surroundings offer inspiration by way of the character of the place one can exhibit in. It can generate response to something that is already there as a public space in the neighborhoods, where perceived political content has been a major determinant of what survives and of what gets created as art in the first place.
Critical imagery can only have its genesis in a shared space, where celebrations of ethnicity or historical themes can collapse into metonymic utterances that cancel the distinctions between places and boundaries, aesthetics and politics, between life and art.
It is against this backdrop of an earnest enquiry that we propose to make Kochi a repository of emerging ideas and ideologies, an occasion to explore a mechanism to process, reflect and rewrite history, different histories, local, individual and collective that would meet in confluence in Kochi. The Kochi-Muziris Biennale proposes to open a new discourse, one that will explore a new, hitherto unknown language of narration.
Artists working on new commissions for the biennale include Sudarshan Shetty (India), Sanchayan Ghosh (India), Subodh Gupta (India), Hossein Valamanesh (Iran/Australia), Ariel Hassan(Argentina), Amanullah Mojadidi (Afghanistan), Anita Dube (India), Jyothi Basu (India), Tallur LN(India), Vivan Sundaram (India), Sheela Gowda (India), Joseph Semah (Netherlands), Nalini Malani (India), Atul Dodiya (India), UBIK (Dubai), Rigo 23 (Portugal), Jonas Staal (Netherlands),Dylan Martorell (Scotland/Australia), Ernesto Neto (Brazil), Reghunathan (India), PS Jalaja (India) and Mathangi Arulpragasam (M.I.A.) (UK).
The biennale will present an eclectic programme of talks, seminars, screenings, music, workshops and educational activities for students of all ages.
Biennial Foundation and Kochi Biennale Foundation are co-hosting a symposium on emerging platforms for contemporary art in India December 15–16. The two-day programme includes speakersGeeta Kapur, Sarat Maharaj, Ranjit Hoskote, Gayatri Sinha, Pooja Sood and Nancy Adajania.
‘Let’s Talk,’Kochi-Muziris Biennale’s daily programme of talks, presentations, performances, conversations and panel discussions featuring artists, academics, curators and critics, will be held at the Outset Carnoustie Pavilion.
A literary/cultural festival, Annual Rings, will be launched on November 12 during an international book festival held at Ernakulam town by DC Books.
The BRICS Project, a collateral exhibition curated by Alfons Hug, director of the Goethe-Institute in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, features artists from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, and Germany.
Ten international films selected by renowned film maker Adoor Gopalakrishnan will be screened as a special programme at the biennale.
Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2012 venues include the 150-year-old Durbar Hall in downtown Kochi, recently renovated by the Kochi Biennale Foundation, and David Hall, a restored Dutch bungalow in Fort Kochi. Spice warehouses, heritage structures, theatres, halls and public spaces are also on the map of this city-wide festival of art.
Aspinwall House is a large sea-facing heritage property at Fort Kochi, which contains a wide variety of structures, including offices, warehouses and a residential bungalow totalling 160,000 square feet of exhibition and event space. Aspinwall House, which will be a primary venue for the biennale, has been loaned to Kochi-Muziris Biennale by DLF Limited in association with the Gujral Foundation.
Pepper House is a historic spice godown with Dutch-style clay roofs and a large courtyard, once used to store goods for loading onto ships anchored in Kochi harbour. Pepper House provides Kochi-Muziris Biennale with 16,000 square feet of exhibition space and artist residency studios.
These grand heritage properties located on the Kochi harbour waterfront have never been open to the public.