This Is Not Art is coming up in Newcastle this weekend, and this year seems to be jam packed with interesting things to do. There is so much stuff happening, including gigs, performances, workshops, panels, art exhibitions, installations, discussions, and heaps more. If only this much activity could be stretched out over the full year. Below is a small sample of just some of the stuff we’re going to try and check out, but you can check out the full programme HERE .
2PM – 4PM / PANEL
Using nothing but their bare hands and creative compulsions these folk build communities bonded by like minds and loud dreams. From Perth, NT, to the Sunshine Coast, Newcastle and New Zealand, to obscure production and Ladyfest, we explore how communities form around music, what sustains them and why they exist.
Facilitator: Andrew Tuttle
Featuring: blink, Kris Keogh, Nadia Mizner, Nick Senger, Will Stroud
6PM – 8PM / OPENING
THE GARDEN OF FORKING PATHS OPENING
An exhibition drawing together notable historic and contemporary examples of videogames created by artists that push the bounds of the genre, and break the orthodox rules.
Curated by Neil Jenkins and co-presented by dLux Media Arts.
Artists: Laurie Anderson and Hsin-Chien Huang, Tale of Tales, Jaron Lanier, Michael Nyman, Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie, Anita Fontaine and Mike Pelletier, Andy Deck.
8PM – 3AM / GIG
GIGS SHOWCASE (FRIDAY)
Premier local and international acts from Sound Summit and Electrofringe programs are showcased over two nights.
Featuring: Ducktails, Pumice, Rosy Parlane, Qua, Stalker, Aoi, Guarde Compartmente, Jim Cuomo
11AM – 12:30PM / ROUNDTABLE
TOTORO’S TEA HOUSE
SPACE INVADERS: DIY AND ARTIST-RUN FESTIVALS AND SPACES
No budget is the way of the future. DIY spaces bring people together, creating an explosion of ideas and action: real social networking, people. Hear true stories and get valuable advice on setting up spaces and running whole festivals with just enough money to buy a shoestring.
Featuring: Ianto Ware, Natalie Aylward, Maddy Phelan, Susy Pow, Danielle Bentley, Guy Sterling.
4PM – 6PM / PANEL
ARTIST RUN INITIATIVES AND DIY SPACES – FOCUS ON MARRICKVILLE
Nestled between the factories of Marrickville, Sydney, you’ll find a range of independently run warehouse spaces offering a vibrant alternative to the doldrums of Sydney’s ‘official’ creative pastimes. We discuss the challenges in starting and sustaining an independent warehouse space in Marrickville factory land.
Facilitator: Eliza Sarlos
Featuring: Dirty Shirlows, Louie’s, Maggotville, Red Rattler
4:00PM – 5PM / PRESENTATION
INTENSITY IN TENT CITY
Pure Being demonstrate their performance technique by staging a performance in This Is Not Art’s ‘Tent City’. An individual fort will be constructed for the performance with in-fort projection enhancements.
Featuring: Pure Being
6PM – 7:30PM / PERFORMANCE
Act One is a showcase of four short plays by the participants of Tantrum Theatre’s inaugural Emerging Writers Program. Mentored by four of the country’s finest playwrights, these young writers bring to you four bold and gutsy plays. This show includes Bivouac by Brad McDonald and Three Days by Sarah Gaul .
8PM – 3AM / GIG
Premier local and international acts from Sound Summit and Electrofringe programs showcased over two nights.
Featuring: DJ Ripley, Vivian Girls, ILIOS, Bum Creek, Free Choice Duo, Toecutter, Ivan Lisyak, Crab Smasher, 10k Freemen.
11:30 -12:30PM / SPECIAL EVENT
GHETTO – TOWN: KING STREET CAR PARK
Fitness Worst promises to be the hair of the dog of physical exertion. A little bit wrong, but you’ll feel all the better for it! Encompassing everything from DDR Dance Mats to Gabberobix, you’d better be ready!
Featuring: Brutal Hate Mosh, Dot.AY, Gabberobix, Spatula City
2PM – 3:30PM / PANEL
THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILISATION
The music market is under threat and against it the DIY movement presents a beacon of light for those with passion,musical purpose and a pile of CDRs. In the age of myspace, facebook and twitter how are new networks and new worlds forming to take over the musical magnates of old? Is this DIY or die, MK II?
Facilitator: Eliza Sarlos
Featuring: Anna John, Guy Blackman, Kell Derrig Hall, Matt Mondanile, Stuart Buchanan