ASSEMBLY NOW ONLINE

ASSEMBLY NOW ONLINE

BY SALLY GOLDING, SPATIAL & TIM COWLISHAW

Presented by Metro Arts

Assembly Now Online is a virtual experience of Sally Golding’s recent installation, which inaugurated Metro Arts’ Gallery One at West Village, as part of Brisbane Festival 2020, on view from 3 – 27 September, 2020.

Simulating and expanding the physical installation, participants in the online version will be immersed in a work that plays with perception, interactivity and unexpected encounters – including the viewer’s own reflection captured and integrated within the artwork.

Assembly Now Online has been developed as a collaboration between Sally Golding, Spatial (Matt Spendlove) and Tim Cowlishaw.

Assembly Now uses the interface of the mirror to elaborate the psychology and technology of emergent algorithmic software, which functions  as a contemporary screen filtering our emotions.

We live in an age of ubiquitous photography– selfie culture, and surveillance capitalism– facial recognition and eye tracking. Emotion analytics software used in neuro-marketing and image recognition is a blend of psychology and technology– capturing data on expression, to assume correlations in mood determined by machine learning.

A discussion between artist, Sally Golding, and writer and researcher, Kate Warren, about Assembly Now, can be read here.                    

DATES

30 September – 14 October 2020

WHERE

Online – via ‘VIRTUAL ACCESS’ link above

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

To experience this work online, you must use a mobile, laptop or desktop device that has camera and audio access. 

We STRONGLY recommend headphones to avoid feedback.

It is possible you will encounter other participants in our virtual space – please behave as if you were in the gallery IRL.

Please note, this work can be viewed online at any time but works best when there are multiple people in the space.

KEY CREATIVES

Sally Golding – Artist
Spatial – Artist
Tim Colishaw – Artist

Image courtesy of the artist. 

THE ARTISTS

SALLY GOLDING

Sally Golding is an artist from Meanjin/Brisbane whose work considers participation and liveness in audiovisual art as a mechanism for shared experiences and dialogues within technological contexts. Golding’s participatory installations are audiovisual compositions which spatialise the viewer’s presence via reflection and image caption, questioning states of perception across new models of contemporary portraiture. Golding’s live audiovisual performances are edgy and intense– unravelling in the style of a ‘happening’ to incorporate aspects of the performance space. Performances and exhibitions have included: Tate Britain, Serralves Museum (PT), Digital Culture Centre (MX), Whitstable Biennale (UK), CAM2 (ES), Sound of Stockholm, Abandon Normal Devices (UK), San Francisco Cinematheque, Melbourne International Film Festival, Australian Centre for the Moving Image; Institute of Modern Art (AU), Contemporary Art Tasmania, South London Gallery and Tromsø Center for Contemporary Art (NO). Golding received the Oram Award 2017 (New BBC Radiophonic Workshop/PRS for Music Foundation) for women innovating in sound and creative technologies, and was selected for the prestigious SHAPE Platform 2019 for innovative music and audiovisual art in Europe.

sallygolding.com

SPATIAL

Spatial (Matt Spendlove) is an electronic musician, audiovisual artist, creative technologist and curator from London whose work pushes the dynamics of sound system culture incorporating low frequency vibration, hacked code, and optisonic experiments. Spatial combines a preoccupation with emergent behaviour, rule based repetition and chaotic systems with an ability to shape dubbed out, cracked and reductive sonics into audible geometric form.

spatial.infrasonics.net

TIM COWLISHAW

Tim is a researcher and creative technologist originally from London, now based in Barcelona. Across a mixed up career spanning the arts, design and technology, Tim has been creatively working with web technologies, AV media, data and machine learning for over a decade. His principal interest is in work which encourages dialogue between the practice of technology development and critical approaches drawing upon STS, Anthropology and the Humanities. In particular, he interrogates and documents the subjective experience of agency in our interactions with technology, cultures of measurement and how algorithmic views of the world shape and discipline choice and behaviour. Tim has presented work at Sonar+D, Eufonic Festival, Reworks Festival and Theorizing the Web, as well as leading the development of AI-produced documentary Made By Machine (2018) for BBC Four.                               
timcowlishaw.co.uk

spatial.infrasonics.net

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Brisbane Festival is an initiative of the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

ASSEMBLY NOW

ASSEMBLY NOW

BY SALLY GOLDING

Presented by Brisbane Festival & Metro Arts

Assembly Now is a newly commissioned participatory installation, set to inaugurate Metro Arts’ Main Gallery at West Village, and transform it into a light and sound reactive environment.

Developed as a collaboration between Sally Golding and electronic musician and creative technologist Spatial, Assembly Now uses the interface of the mirror to elaborate the psychology and technology of emergent algorithmic software, which functions  as a contemporary screen filtering our emotions.

Visitors will be immersed in a work that plays with perception, interactivity, and unexpected encounters, including the viewer’s own reflection captured and integrated within the artwork.

We live in an age of ubiquitous photography– selfie culture, and surveillance capitalism– facial recognition and eye tracking. Emotion analytics software used in neuro-marketing and image recognition is a blend of psychology and technology– capturing data on expression, to assume correlations in mood determined by machine learning.

Cultural references, including folklore and science fiction, provide a lens through which to view the impact of technical ingenuity such as dispersed screens and interactivity, which were first developed in early cinematic prototypes and are now manifested in networked culture. Emergent algorithmic software is the screen through which we filter our emotions and the narrative this creates is a mirror to understanding ourselves.

DATES

3 – 27 September 2020 
10am – 4pm Monday,
10am – 7pm Tuesday – Sunday

10am – 9pm, 18 September 2020

WHERE

Gallery One, 
Metro Arts @ West Village 

KEY CREATIVES

Sally Golding – Artist
Spatial – Collaborating Artist

Image courtesy of the artist. 

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

THE ARTISTS

SALLY GOLDING

Sally Golding is an artist from Meanjin/Brisbane whose work considers participation and liveness in audiovisual art as a mechanism for shared experiences and dialogues within technological contexts. Golding’s participatory installations are audiovisual compositions which spatialise the viewer’s presence via reflection and image caption, questioning states of perception across new models of contemporary portraiture. Golding’s live audiovisual performances are edgy and intense– unravelling in the style of a ‘happening’ to incorporate aspects of the performance space. Performances and exhibitions have included: Tate Britain, Serralves Museum (PT), Digital Culture Centre (MX), Whitstable Biennale (UK), CAM2 (ES), Sound of Stockholm, Abandon Normal Devices (UK), San Francisco Cinematheque, Melbourne International Film Festival, Australian Centre for the Moving Image; Institute of Modern Art (AU), Contemporary Art Tasmania, South London Gallery and Tromsø Center for Contemporary Art (NO). Golding received the Oram Award 2017 (New BBC Radiophonic Workshop/PRS for Music Foundation) for women innovating in sound and creative technologies, and was selected for the prestigious SHAPE Platform 2019 for innovative music and audiovisual art in Europe.

sallygolding.com

SPATIAL

Spatial (Matt Spendlove) is an electronic musician, audiovisual artist, creative technologist and curator from London whose work pushes the dynamics of sound system culture incorporating low frequency vibration, hacked code, and optisonic experiments. Spatial combines a preoccupation with emergent behaviour, rule based repetition and chaotic systems with an ability to shape dubbed out, cracked and reductive sonics into audible geometric form.

spatial.infrasonics.net

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Brisbane Festival is an initiative of the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council.

A CONNECTIVE REVEAL – COMMUNITY

A CONNECTIVE REVEAL – COMMUNITY

BY ROBERT ANDREW

Presented by Brisbane Festival, Brisbane City Council & Metro Arts

Delivered as part of Brisbane City Council’s Temporary Art Program 2020.

A Connective Reveal – Community, is a new work by local artist Robert Andrew. In the work, Andrew explores the interconnections, links and the layering within local communities. This kinetic work comprises an intricate mass of liquid filled conduits that weave through Factory Lane above the heads of viewers. Pumping water, ochre, soil and minerals through at different intervals, the work will continuously change and evolve over the duration of the festival as the water moves back and forth, staining and settling at different points along its journey. A Connective Reveal – Community is a poetic representation of the exquisite complexities and details inherent in the building of community, knowledge and culture.

 
A descendant of the Yawuru people, Andrew’s work investigates the personal and family histories that have been denied or forgotten. Known for combining programmable machinery with earth pigments, ochres, rocks and soil, Andrew’s practice mines historical, cultural and personal events that have been buried and distanced by the dominant paradigms of western culture. Speaking to the past and yet articulating a contemporary relationship to his Country, Andrew uses technology to make visible the interconnective spiritual, cultural, physical and historical relationships with the land, waters, sky and all living things.

DATES

3 – 27 September 2020 
10am – 4pm Monday,
10am – 7pm Tuesday – Sunday

WHERE

Metro Arts @ West Village 

KEY CREATIVES

Robert Andrew – Artist

Image courtesy of the artist. 

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

THE ARTIST

ROBERT ANDREW

Robert Andrew is an artist of mixed heritage, a descendent of the Yawuru people from the Broome area in the Kimberley, Western Australia, as well as of European and Filipino descent. Robert uses practice-led research to investigate denied and forgotten personal and family histories, utilising open-sourced, programmable technologies and machinery to erode, expose substrates, build stories and create residue. These works manifest as visually scraped back and built up palimpsests that reference technology, natural materials and the ‘artefact’. Fusing the old and the new, Robert uses earth pigments, ochres, rocks and soil to build stories of relationship to land and culture and to mine historical, cultural, political and personal events that have been ignored, buried and distanced by the dominant paradigms of our western culture. Robert holds a Doctorate in Visual Arts from Griffith University. Robert won the 40th Alice Prize in 2018 for his work White Wash Over The Burn (2017) and has exhibited both nationally and internationally.

www.robotandrew.com

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The Temporary Art Program  is an initiative of Brisbane City Council.
Brisbane Festival is an initiative of the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council.

AVOIDABLE PERILS

AVOIDABLE PERILS

BY COUNTERPILOT

Presented by Brisbane Festival, West Village & Metro Arts

Bad things are happening and our heroes are at risk! Will you help save them? From techno-troublemakers Counterpilot comes Avoidable Perils, a new dubious social experiment developed in collaboration with optikal bloc. 

Appearing larger than life on the iconic Peter’s Ice Cream Factory, cartoon heroes are caught up in a series of precarious circumstances. A tank full of sharks, a deadly laser beam, a vat of acid – every few minutes, scenes of imminent peril unfold with dark whimsy. As the clock ticks down, our heroes face certain danger. But tragedy can be avoided!

With a simple text message, you can be part of the solution. But it will take a few of you. If witnesses can rally enough people to participate in time, the hero can be saved. The question is… can anyone be bothered?

A game for the masses, Avoidable Perils explores activism in the attention economy and the need for social cooperation towards a greater good. These ideas are particularly poignant during the COVID-19 pandemic, where individual choices have a significant impact on our collective wellbeing. In the face of this very real peril, we have to realise there is no lone saviour around the corner. We are all the heroes. And safety is a team sport.

Bring your smartphone to be a part of the greater good! 

DATES

4 – 19 September 2020
6:00pm – 9:00pm Tuesday – Saturday

WHERE

The Common, West Village
97 Boundary St, West End

WARNINGS

Contains references to cartoon violence. 
Suitable for all ages. 

KEY CREATIVES

Created by Counterpilot, with optikal bloc
Nathan Sibthorpe – Director
Craig Wilkinson – Video Designer
Mike Willmett – Sound Designer
Sean Dowling – Illustrations
Clinton Freeman – Software Designer
Jeremy Gordon – Programming Assistance

Devised by Nathan Sibthorpe, Craig Wilkinson, Sean Dowling, Christine Felmingham, Mike Willmett and Sarah Winter. 

Image by Sean Dowling.  

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

THE ARTISTS

COUNTERPILOT

Counterpilot is a transmedia performance collective based in Brisbane. With a core team of interdisciplinary artists, they produce interactive performance works that boldly experiment with the audience experience. Counterpilot seeks to transform the familiar, juxtaposing rich fictional worlds against a backdrop of the everyday.

Their work has been seen in festivals across Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and the Sunshine Coast. TRUTHMACHINE (2019) received three awards at the 2019 Adelaide Fringe, and CRUNCH TIME (2018) was recognised with the Lord Mayor’s Award for Best New Australian Work at the 2018 Matilda Awards.

Their work has been described as “obviously brilliant” (The Age on CRUNCH TIME), a “psychedelic emotional experience” (4ZZZ on SPECTATE), and “spectacularly clever on so many levels, in a way probably never seen before” (Blue Curtains Brisbane on SPECTATE). According to The Age, “it’s an enigmatic live art conspiracy which all the cool kids will want to join… no one else is making work quite like this” (Cameron Woodhead on TRUTHMACHINE, 2019).

www.counterpilot.com.au

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Commissioned by Darwin Festival, Brisbane Festival and Metro Arts. Proudly projected by Epson and Visual Focus. 
Brisbane Festival is an initiative of the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council.

BRAINBOW MAGIC & RAINBOW CIRCLES (HEALING CIRCLES)

BRAINBOW MAGIC & RAINBOW CIRCLES (HEALING CIRCLES)

BY HIROMI TANGO 

Presented by Brisbane Festival, West Village & Metro Arts

BRAINBOW MAGIC

Artist Hiromi Tango seeks to bring comfort and spark joy through the magic of fluorescence in her new art installation, Brainbow Magic.

This work continues Hiromi’s exploration into the therapeutic potential of light, colour and contour through art. All these elements can contribute to improved mental wellbeing, easing anxiety and feelings of isolation.

At a time when communities are processing the difficult emotions and experiences of the global pandemic, Hiromi’s sensory work is both healing and transformative – a rainbow after the storm.

 

RAINBOW CIRCLES (HEALING CIRCLES)

Hiromi’s outdoor masterpiece, Rainbow Circles (Healing Circles), beckons people into a transformative space of joy and wonder.

Brightly coloured luminescent rainbow arches dance and glow in the garden at West Village, calling us to explore what lies over the rainbow.

DATES

3 – 27 September 2020
10am – 4pm Monday
10am – 7pm Tuesday – Sunday 

18 September 2020, 10am – 9pm

WHERE

Brainbow Magic: Window Gallery & Gallery Two, 
Metro Arts @ West Village 

Rainbow Circles (Healing Circles): The Common, West Village

KEY CREATIVES

Hiromi Tango – Artist

Image by Joe Ruckli

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

THE ARTISTS

HIROMI TANGO

Hiromi Tango is a Japanese-Australian artist whose work spans sculpture, drawings, photography, installation and performance. Hiromi is dedicated to generate healing conversations through arts engagement. Reacting to an age in which human relationships are being eclipsed by the globalisation and virtualisation of communication, the artist’s practice is often collaborative, performative and site-specific. Her immersive installations comprise vibrant sculptural accumulations of donated objects, materials and stories. They become mnemonic traces of feelings and interactions, and the ensuing catalysis of emotion and recognition forms the affective crux of her art. In this way, although Tango’s works are highly personal and autobiographical, they can also be read as universal tropes of collective experience.


Over recent years, her practice has become increasingly focused on exploring neuroscientific concepts through arts engagement, posing questions around neuroplasticity, empathy and epigenetics in her quest to effect healing and well-being through arts. Often using metaphors from nature to represent brain processes, her works develop through a combination of research, reflection and ritual. Whilst Tango’s practice is grounded in a fascination with scientific discovery, she remains steadfast in her role as an artist being one of constant questioning and blurring boundaries, the ability to ask ‘what if?’ without the scientific proof. Personal experiences – whether her own or those of community participants — drive her exploration of specific ideas and areas of research, such as dementia and aging, child development or traumatic emotional experiences. In this way, her work creates a bridge between scientific concepts and individual realities. 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Brisbane Festival is an initiative of the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council. Thanks to Fabricator Remo Vallance G&V Studios. 

COWBOY

COWBOY

BY MICHAEL SMITH & THE FARM

Presented by Brisbane Festival & Metro Arts

Yee-haw! Featuring a mesmerising original score composed by Ben Ely (Regurgitator), set in an imagined sweeping landscape of a classic old western, Cowboy is an interactive, solo contemporary dance work.

From surfing trains to taming horses to wandering the desert, this work unpacks your ability to have a complete, genuine, and meaningful experience as an imagined self.

Saddle up and enter the world of Cowboy for a poignantly funny yet sensitive ride.

DATES

7:30pm, 4 & 5 September 2020
2:00pm, 5 & 6 September 2020

WHERE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts @ West Village

PRICE

General Admission $15 + booking fee

KEY CREATIVES

Michael Smith – Performer / Creator
Ben Ely – Music Composer 
Anna Whitaker – Sound Designer
Chloe Ogilvie – Lighting / Production
Gavin Webber – Mentor / Dramaturgy
Martyn Coutts – Dramaturgy
Liesel Zink – Dramaturgy
Produced by The Farm
Special Thanks to The Angry Mime and South Bank Corporation’s ‘Flowstate’. 

Image by Anne Moffett. 

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

THE ARTISTS

MICHAEL SMITH

Michael Smith is an Australian dancer and choreographer working within contemporary dance, dance-theatre, film and installation. Michael’s work often questions the traditional roles of audience and space – traversing active participation and audience as allies. He places the body within state driven processes as a basis for choreography, allowing these to form  imagined realities that draw parallels between fantasy and reality.

Michael’s work has been performed across platforms such as Dance Massive Site Responsive Showcase, Ars Electronica (Austria), TanzZiet (Berlin), AGITART Figueres Festival MOU (Spain), Japan Media Arts Festival, STRUT Dance WA SEED Residency, Metro Arts, Sunshine Coast Arts Prize and South Bank Corporations ‘Flowstate’. In support of Michael’s emerging choreographic practice, he is currently a recipient of the Brisbane City Council Lord Mayors Fellowship (2019-2020), enabling opportunities across Europe and Israel.

Michael is currently an artist with The Farm, a dance-theatre company based on Yugambeh land / the Gold Coast. He has also worked for companies and organisations such as STRUT Dance (DecaDance, Ohad Naharin), QAGOMA (William Forsythe’s ‘Fact of Matter’, Nick Caves ‘HEARD’) and Opera Australia (King Roger). 

As a freelance performer and maker, Michael has worked with independent artists including Liesel Zink, Cass Mortimer-Eipper, Paul Selwyn Norton, Guy Shomroni and Yaniv Abraham, Matt Cornell (Dirty Feet), Lizzie and Zaimon Vilmanis (Prying Eye), Nerida Matthaei (Phluxus2), Gareth Belling (Collusion Music and Dance), Amalia Pica (IMA), Vanessa Mafe-Keane, Courtney Scheu and Liz Lea.

Michael graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours, First Class – Dance Performance in 2014 from Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

THE FARM

Based on the Gold Coast with roots in Berlin, The Farm have been described as the gateway drug to contemporary dance. Our company’s artistic nerve centre is led by Gavin Webber, Grayson Millwood, Kate Harman, Michael Smith and Chloe Ogilvie. 

Often characterised as cinematic, our work is based on universal subjects and themes that matter and we are driven by a desire to connect to anyone, from dance and theatre virgins to aficionados and professionals. Finally and perhaps most importantly, The Farm create contemporary performances that transcend expectations of what dance can be, and how and where it should be viewed.

Our collaborative processes have been running for over 15 years and seen across four continents. The Farm works out of Queensland but retains and builds on its national and international pedigree and touring record. Touring highlights include Venice Biennale, Tanzplattform (Germany), Barbican Theatre, Europe, Canada and Australia.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Cowboy was supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.
Brisbane Festival is an initiative of the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council.

FUTURE ANCESTORS

FUTURE ANCESTORS

BY VOICES OF COLOUR, DIGI YOUTH ARTS & CONSCIOUS MIC

Presented by Brisbane Festival & Metro Arts

Presented as part of Housewarming

Future Ancestors depicts the journeys of three spoken word artists.

Traversing the multitude of intricacies and intersectional complexities within Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Pasifika and Indian communities, this moving spoken word piece forges a future of solidarity for all Indigenous people.

Ethan Enoch-Barlow, Meleika Gesa-Fatafehi and Naavikaran present this original short-form performance work, creating a space where all voices can be heard.

DATES

6pm, 6 September 2020

WHERE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts @ West Village

PRICE

FREE Registration Required 

KEY CREATIVES

Ethan Enoch-Barlow – Performer / Creator
Meleika Gesa-Fatafehi – Performer / Creator
Naavikaran – Performer / Creator

Image by Darren Thomas (PhotoCo). 

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Click here for more information. 

THE ARTISTS

ETHAN ENOCH-BARLOW

Ethan Enoch-Barlow is a Quandamooka performer from Logan with a passion for theatre, poetry and, music. He has performed at various poetry and open mic events with groups such as; Digi Youth Arts and Voices of Colour. Ethan is also a member of the hip hop trio barefoot boyz. Ethan is a part of the Mama’s boys collective under Claire Christian and will be featured in the upcoming 2020 world premiere of “Brother’s Book Club” at La Boite Theatre. 

MELEIKA GESA-FATAFEHI

Meleika Gesa-Fatafehi is pretty hilarious and laughs too much, so much that her Black/Indigenous and Pasifika ancestors are probably tired of her. Lucky she alternates burdening the two sides of her ancestry, who are from Mer (Murray) Island, from the Zagareb and Dauareb tribes, and Fahefa, Tonga. Meleika is also a literature and film critic, or something along those lines. She loves talking about all things nerdy, as well as decolonising spaces online and in real life. She is a storyteller that takes many forms; from a rapper, artist and the most prominent, a poet. She is also the recipient of the prestigious fellowship The Next Chapter, run by the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne and will be finishing her manuscript along the way. If she’s upset any of her ancestors whilst making this bio, she’s sorry.

NAAVIKARAN

Naavikaran is a transgender non-binary youth worker, LGBTIQ+ artivist and a body-movement facilitator from India, based in Brisbane. Their areas of work include addressing systemic oppression against marginalized communities, especially those who are homeless and curating inclusive spaces for people to explore self-expression. Naavikaran has been recently named as one of 30 Under 30 LGBTIQ+ Leaders in Australia by Out For Australia in recognition of their work and contribution to the community.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

HOUSEWARMING

HOUSEWARMING

Presented by Brisbane Festival & Metro Arts

We’ve moved into our new home at West Village, and to celebrate we’re having a housewarming lead by artists! 

 

The Artists Speak

6pm – 7.30pm
Free Registration Required for The Artists Speak.
The first artists to present at Metro’s new home speak. Featuring special spoken word performance Future Ancestors, and an artist panel  where visual artists Robert Andrew, Dale Harding, and Elizabeth Willing will discuss their original commissions and current exhibitions at Metro Arts. 

Future Ancestors depicts the journeys of three spoken word artists. Traversing the multitude of intricacies and intersectional complexities within Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Pasifika and Indian communities, this moving spoken word piece forges a future of solidarity for all Indigenous people. Ethan Enoch-Barlow, Meleika Gesa-Fatafehi and Naavikaran present this original short-form performance work, creating a space where all voices can be heard.

 

HOUSEWARMING WANDER

7.30pm – 9pm
No Registration Required for Housewarming Wander.
The house is open so you can wander around our new spaces, see the exhibitions and commissions, take a tour of the back-of-house areas and grab a drink at our new bar. 

DATES

The Artists Speak: 6pm – 7:30pm, 6 September 2020
Housewarming Wander: 7:30pm – 9pm, 6 September 2020

WHERE

Metro Arts @ West Village

PRICE

The Artist Speak FREE Registration

KEY CREATIVES

Facilitator
Angela Goddard – Director of Griffith University Art Museum

Future Ancestors
Ethan Enoch-Barlow – Performer 
Meleika Gesa-Fatafehi – Performer
Naavikaran – Performer

Artist Panel
Robert Andrew – Panelist
Dale Harding – Panelist
Elizabeth Willing – Panelist

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

THE ARTISTS

ROBERT ANDREW

Robert Andrew is an artist of mixed heritage, a descendent of the Yawuru people from the Broome area in the Kimberley, Western Australia, as well as of European and Filipino descent. Robert uses practice-led research to investigate denied and forgotten personal and family histories, utilising open-sourced, programmable technologies and machinery to erode, expose substrates, build stories and create residue. These works manifest as visually scraped back and built up palimpsests that reference technology, natural materials and the ‘artefact’. Fusing the old and the new, Robert uses earth pigments, ochres, rocks and soil to build stories of relationship to land and culture and to mine historical, cultural, political and personal events that have been ignored, buried and distanced by the dominant paradigms of our western culture. Robert holds a Doctorate in Visual Arts from Griffith University. Robert won the 40th Alice Prize in 2018 for his work White Wash Over The Burn (2017) and has exhibited both nationally and internationally.

www.robotandrew.com

ELIZABETH WILLING

Elizabeth Willing is a Brisbane based visual artist whose works are performative and often participatory explorations of food as art material. Primarily working in sculpture, installation, and performance, Elizabeth’s work additionally takes the form of concept dinners, collaborative performances that use the dining table as stage for interactive designs and experiences. 

Elizabeth has undertaken professional development mentorships in New York with Janine Antoni (2011), with the Experimental Food Society in London (2012) and then with Thomas Rentmeister in Berlin (2014). In 2019 she completed a Masters of Fine Art (research) at Queensland University of Technology.

In 2014 Elizabeth was the recipient of the Australia Council Kunstlerhaus Bethanien one-year residency. Furthermore Elizabeth has undertaken residencies at Helsinki International Art Program HIAP (2015), New England Regional art Museum Armidale (2018), and The Australian Wine Research Institute in Adelaide (2019)

Exhibitions and concept meals have been held in Australia and overseas at Tolarno Galleries Melbourne, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien Berlin, Trapholt Museum of Art and Design Denmark, Tinguely Museum Basel, and Gallery of Modern Art Brisbane.

DALE HARDING

Dale Harding (b.1982, Moranbah, Australia) works in a wide variety of media to explore the visual and social languages of his communities as cultural continuum. A descendant of the Bidjara, Ghungalu and Garingbal peoples, he draws upon and maintains the spiritual and philosophical sensibilities of his cultural inheritance within the framework of contemporary art Internationally.

Harding’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne (2019); Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2019); Milani Gallery, Brisbane (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019) and Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2015). Some recent group exhibitions include Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo (2020); PAC Milano, Milan (2019); Lyon Biennial, Lyon, France (2019); Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE (2019); Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane (2019); Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm (2018); Liverpool Biennial (2018); TarraWarra Biennial (2018). 

His work can be found in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago; Tate Modern, London; Griffith University Art Collection, Brisbane; Queensland Art Gallery ǀ Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane; University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane; Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney; Art Gallery of New South Whales, Sydney;  and National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

In July 2019 Harding was awarded a Doctorate of Visual Arts from Griffith University. Born in 1982 in Moranbah, Australia, Harding lives and works in Brisbane. 

ETHAN ENOCH-BARLOW

Ethan Enoch-Barlow is a Quandamooka performer from Logan with a passion for theatre, poetry and, music. He has performed at various poetry and open mic events with groups such as; Digi Youth Arts and Voices of Colour. Ethan is also a member of the hip hop trio barefoot boyz. Ethan is a part of the Mama’s boys collective under Claire Christian and will be featured in the upcoming 2020 world premiere of “Brother’s Book Club” at La Boite Theatre. 

MELEIKA GESA-FATAFEHI

Meleika Gesa-Fatafehi is pretty hilarious and laughs too much, so much that her Black/Indigenous and Pasifika ancestors are probably tired of her. Lucky she alternates burdening the two sides of her ancestry, who are from Mer (Murray) Island, from the Zagareb and Dauareb tribes, and Fahefa, Tonga. Meleika is also a literature and film critic, or something along those lines. She loves talking about all things nerdy, as well as decolonising spaces online and in real life. She is a storyteller that takes many forms; from a rapper, artist and the most prominent, a poet. She is also the recipient of the prestigious fellowship The Next Chapter, run by the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne and will be finishing her manuscript along the way. If she’s upset any of her ancestors whilst making this bio, she’s sorry.

NAAVIKARAN

Naavikaran is a transgender non-binary youth worker, LGBTIQ+ artivist and a body-movement facilitator from India, based in Brisbane. Their areas of work include addressing systemic oppression against marginalized communities, especially those who are homeless and curating inclusive spaces for people to explore self-expression. Naavikaran has been recently named as one of 30 Under 30 LGBTIQ+ Leaders in Australia by Out For Australia in recognition of their work and contribution to the community.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

THE TYPE

THE TYPE

BY PINK MATTER

Presented by Brisbane Festival & Metro Arts

Uplifting and empowering, The Type showcases a powerful cast from your favourite pro girl gang, Pink Matter. Bringing together five badass women dancers from different cultural backgrounds and of all shapes and sizes, The Type calls up each woman’s individual journey and takes aim at the cut-throat nature of the commercial dance industry.

With fusion and conceptual free form choreography set to a massive Hip-Hop, R&B and House music soundtrack, The Type’s one-of-a-kind cast are unapologetically bringing Street Dance into the realm of new skool Australian theatre. Audiences will be caught between mesmerising contemporary movement and high-octane pop-culture hits; wanting to jump out of their seats and dance.

Catch heavy-hitters Wanida, Amy, Floss, Kimmy and Monika as they take inspiration from their own experiences around representation and body image, and blend it with the power and strength of fusion movement.

Challenging the standards of beauty and success that shape Australian entertainment today, The Type is fearless and hopeful with big girl-power energy.

DATES

7:30pm, 10 – 12 September 2020
2:00pm, 12 & 13 September 2020

WHERE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts @ West Village

PRICE

General Admission $15 + booking fee

KEY CREATIVES

Wanida Serce – Performer / Creator / Creative Director
Amy Zhang – Performer
Monika Stojevski – Performer
Floss Moloney – Performer
Kimberley Smit – Performer
Christine Felmingham – Lighting Designer

Image by Ben Garcia.  

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Click here for more information. 

THE ARTISTS

WANIDA SERCE

Wanida is a creative director, choreographer and performance artist. In 2017 she founded Pink Matter, a company aimed at creating opportunities, highlighting powerful women in the community and creating conversation around the intersectionality of diversity in Australian media.

Some of the projects Wanida has been involved with are: Performing in the ‘Commonwealth Games’ and the ‘Special Olympics’ as well as featuring in campaigns for Vice, Absolut Vodka, Fox Sports & Universal Store.

Wanida is a proud woman of colour that is successfully working in multiple fields of street/commercial dance. Often judging events, teaching workshops and producing work, She’s highly active in the dance community with 3 sold out independent productions under her belt. She continues to strive to inspire, mentor and be a pillar of representation.

AMY ZHANG

Amy Zhang is a performer and movement director driven by the idea that dance is a universally understood language. She has turned the heads of iconic brands like Nike, Cartier and Calvin Klein and recently developed an AI dance app in collaboration with Google.

Credits aside, Amy loves dance for its holistic benefits. Through her work with Groove Therapy, an organisation aimed at making the benefits of dance accessible to all walks of life, she has co-written and facilitated programs for at-risk youth, dementia sufferers, refugee girls and the everyday person. Through this work Amy has partnered with organisations like Headspace and Participate Australia.

KIMBERLEY SMIT

Kimberley is a professional dancer, choreographer and performer with a passion for the urban and commercial dance world. With credits such as TYGA, Samantha Jade, Timomatic, DJ Tigerlily, Brisbane Silver Bullets, Channel 9 and Brisbane Broncos Cheerleaders, she has developed a plethora of National and International industry knowledge.

Alongside this, Kimberley truly believes there is power behind expressing art through choreography. Throughout her career she has built award-winning routines for various companies and studios around Australia. She has also choreographed a variety of professional shows used for prestigious corporate events. Kimberley has a genuine passion for creating and providing the audience with something they won’t forget.

FLOSS MOLONEY

Floss Moloney is a Brisbane dancer who has trained for 22 years. Floss has toured the world by training under Parris Goebel as a member of ‘ReQuest Dance Crew’ and ‘The Royal Family’. As a member of ‘The Royal Family’, she had the opportunity to win two world Hip Hop championships. Floss was also lucky enough to be selected to teach and perform at Hip Hop International Russia. Floss is a recognised face within the Brisbane dance community and has been selected as a cast member of many iconic shows known nationally. These include Shade 1.0, Shade 2.0 and Pink Matter. Performing allows Floss to strive for greatness, and have confidence in all facets of life.

MONIKA STOJEVSKI

From a young age Monika has had a strong desire to express herself through dance and performing, Known for her versatility and the ability to fuse and adapt to various genres of dance. Monika’s stage performance work includes theatre productions like the grant winning show ‘One Way’- A contemporary x street fusion show by Elements Collective and ‘Shade’ – A visual art & street dance production by Wanida Serce.

Through Monika’s time with dance collective Pink Matter, she has been able to compete in Australia’s Got Talent, ongoingly perform at Eat Street Northshore and feature in music videos and perform in stage shows for many Australian artists.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Brisbane Festival is an initiative of the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council.

HOW TO SPELL LOVE

HOW TO SPELL LOVE

BY ANISA NANDAULA

Presented by Brisbane Festival & Metro Arts

Navigating the intersections of life – relationships, cultural identity, gender, politics and place, award winning poet Anisa Nandaula joins forces with Pru Wilson (dance) and Benjamin Shannon (drums/percussion) to present How To Spell Love

Recognised for its critical social and political commentary, Anisa Nandaula’s body of work journeys into powerful new territory with this production. Exploring the experience of a young woman of colour growing up in Brisbane, How to Spell Love weaves itself through words, physical movement, percussive rhythm and a distinctive electronic soundtrack to unpack the complex dynamics that underpin the everyday moments. 

Produced by Writers Republic and directed by Margi Brown Ash, the depth of this work translates through captivating spoken word prose, supported by contemporary dance and physical movement choreographed by Nerida Matthaei and the visual design of Freddy Komp. 

“(How to Spell Love) is delivered with a complex intensity that cannot help but evoke an entire suite of emotions. In Nandaula’s renditions, there’s simultaneously roaring anger and dark resignation; triumph and terror, love and sadness.” – Nothing Ever Happens in Brisbane

DATES

7:30pm, 17 – 19 September 2020
2:00pm, 19 & 20 September 2020

WHERE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts @ West Village

PRICE

General Admission $15 + booking fee

KEY CREATIVES

Anisa Nandaula – Writer / Performer
Benjamin Shannon – Percussionist / Composer
Pru Wilson – Dancer
Freddy Komp – Visual Designer
Nerida Matthaei – Choreographer
Margi Brown Ash – Director
Toni Wills – Producer / Dramaturg
Alasdair Cannon – Musical Producer
Tim Loydell – Producer 

Image by Cynthia Lee.  

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Click here for more information. 

THE ARTIST

ANISA NANDAULA

Anisa is a nationally recognised spoken word poet, playwright, educator and published author. She is the 2016 Queensland Poetry slam champion and runner up for the Australian poetry slam championships. In 2017 she published her first book Melanin Garden and won the XYZ Innovation in Spoken Word Prize. She has performed at the Sydney Opera House, Splendour in the Grass, Queensland Poetry festival, Women of the World festival and toured the country sharing stories of love and courage. Anisa is also the co-founder of the arts collective Voices of Colour which creates spaces for migrant, refugee and first nations artists to share their work.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

How to Spell Love is supported by Creative Partnerships Australia through ACF BOOST.
Brisbane Festival is an initiative of the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council.