This Is Not Art 2009

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 .

FRIDAY

2PM – 4PM / PANEL
TPI AUDITORIUM
CREATIVE COMMUNITIES
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
LOOP SPACE
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
CAMBRIDGE HOTEL
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

SATURDAY

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
TPI AUDITORIUM
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
TENT CITY
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
ROYAL EXCHANGE
ACT ONE
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
CAMBRIDGE HOTEL
GIGS SHOWCASE
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.

SUNDAY

11:30 -12:30PM / SPECIAL EVENT
GHETTO – TOWN: KING STREET CAR PARK
FITNESS WORST
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
TPI AUDITORIUM
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

www.thisisnotart.org

New Weird Australia Live At Sound Summit

Lucia Draft - Appearing at Sound Summit 2009

Lucia Draft - Appearing at Sound Summit 2009

On Sunday 4th October, New Weird Australia presents a one-day free, live showcase – in celebration of the tenth anniversary of Newcastle’s Sound Summit Festival. In borrowed terminology, NWA shrinks the notion of distance between genre, taste, Australia’s own vastness and the world. Neither popular nor alternative, one genre nor another, NWA represents a new breed that find refuge in the space between us, played out in realtime around a renewed Newcastle. Across three spaces and nine hours, eleven bands play live, representing a cross section of New Weird Australian music from New South Wales, Northern Territory, Victoria and Queensland.

FEATURING: Go Genre Everything, Polyfox And The Union Of The Most Ghosts, Brutal Hate Mosh, Lucia Draft, Alps, kyü, Moonmilk, Castings, Blastcorp, Gugg, Holy Balm, and DJ sets from Faux Pas & Stuart Buchanan

From 15:00 at ArtHive, Level 1/111 Hunter St
LUCIA DRAFT
POLYFOX AND THE UNION OF THE MOST GHOSTS
BRUTAL HATE MOSH
GO GENRE EVERYTHING

From 17:00 in the Renew Newcastle Church
ALPS
KYU
MOONMILK

From 19:00 at the Festival Club (Masons)
CASTINGS
BLASTCORP
GUGG
HOLY BALM

Plus DJs
FAUX PAS
STU BUCHANAN (NEW WEIRD AUSTRALIA)

Download a free Sound Summit mixtape, featuring NWA showcase bands Castings, Kyu, Holy Balm and Lucia Draft, plus music from other artists playing at the Festival – Ducktails, Vivian Girls, Tiny Vipers, Cleptoclectics, Crab Smasher and more at soundsummit.com.au.

Sound Summit 2009

Held annually as an integral part of This Is Not Art (TINA), Sound Summit will celebrate it’s 10th birthday in 2009 over the October longer weekend – October 1 – 5, in Newcastle, NSW. Traditionally an electronic and hip hop conference and festival, in 2009 Sound Summit will drop it’s genres and broaden it’s scope, inviting independent artists from around Australia and internationally to idea-share, skill-up and brain dump.

MusicNSW is thrilled to announce the first batch of artists performing at Sound Summit 2009. At this year’s festival see the raw pop collages of Ducktails (US), the loveable scuzzy surf punk of the Vivian Girls (US), beautifully rambunctuous lo-fi rock of Pumice (NZ) and Ripley – a Cali based dj/ academic who’s just come back from Jamaica. Think smart reggaeton party.

Locally we’ll be showcasing the finest independent and innovative artists throughout the festival, including a showcase event where Sound Summit teams up with New Weird Australia, exploring the spaces of Renew Newcastle and the sounds of a new breed of Australian musicians. Over the weekend hear Qua, Moonmilk, Free Choice Duo, Holy Balm, Aoi, The Abyss, Crab Smasher, Toecutter, kyü and many many many more.

And that’s just in the evening. Prepare for your mind to be blown as we explore every crevice of independent and innovative music in Australia and internationally with a series of panels designed to interrogate ideas, techniques and trends, facilitating the exchange of these over the ultimate arts weekender.

 Join us on the first weekend in October as we partner with Crack Theatre Festival, Critical Animals, Electrofringe and the National Young Writers Festival to bring you the most exciting emerging and innovative, multi-arts festival in Australia, TINA.

Modern Muzak

There’s a great article over at Shaun Prescott’s new blog Under The Rostrum where he discusses modern artists such as Ducktails and our own Polyfox and The Union Of The Most Ghosts and places them within a Muzak context.

Polyfox and the Union of the Most Ghosts’ music is built around threadbare demo-button beats, simple guitar movements and, occasionally, field recordings. The melodic tropes are so familiar that the music feels like an equation of sorts. You’ve heard this all a hundred times before – in the car, on the television, in the elevator – but previously these tiny inconsequential note progressions and textural tics were embedded within a bigger, more substantial whole. Now, the repetitive circular motion is all that’s left. There are no crests to climb and no lyrics to guide: this is the bare, treacherous scaffold of pop music.

Check it out.
http://under-the-rostrum.blogspot.com/2009/06/modern-muzak.html