Presented by Restrung Productions and Metro Arts

In addition to genre-bending performances, immerse yourself in visual installations created by Pat Hoffie & Stefan Purcell, Leah Barclay & Briony Luttrell and Velvet Pesu.


By Pat Hoffie & Stefan Purcell

As the backdrop to performances during Restrung Festival, Arcana for a Season of Separation is an immersive installation work that has emerged from the deep commitment from each of the artists involved in this project to use their art to cut through the separations and barriers of this current “Season of Separation”.  It is, in equal parts, a project of mourning and of celebration – both underscored by a core of hope.

Contains haze/smoke effects.

Various Times | New Benner Theatre


By Leah Barclay & Briony Luttrell

This immersive sound installation embodies the anxiety of the present and likely futures of the Great Barrier Reef. It is the second in a trilogy of works which explore an interdisciplinary approach to sound as measure for biodiversity and affective call to action. Hydrophone (underwater) recordings of the reef are played through stringed instruments with transducers and augmented by improvised responses allowing them to translate the sounds of the reef into a familiar emotive auralities. Through cultural symbols of powerful but abstracted affect, this work explores the reality of destruction, death, and imminent annihilation of global underwater ecosystems.

14 – 16 OCT | Throughout festival
Factory Lane | FREE


Velvet Pesu (living art installation)

Velvet’s rare contralto voice and innate sense of spirit is core to Being Sky Mountain. An avid collector of organic and recycled elements she is a living archive of songs and vocal rhythms from ancient traditions. Velvet aims to engage, challenge perceptions and inspire transformation through a rich tapestry of culture and sound. She is motivated by the opportunity to explore, improvise and collaborate whilst promoting authentic positive change through the coordination of inclusive, non judgmental art.

14 – 16 OCT | Various times – Roaming
Factory Lane | FREE


This project and Metro Arts have been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. Metro Arts is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy. The Emerging Producer XChange is supported by the Ian Potter Foundation.


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