the ARTS review: what’s happening in the world of arts & film – issue 004

the ARTS review

Welcome to another edition of the AU review’s ARTS review, where we present the latest news from the world of Art and Film.

In This Issue: Places & Spaces presents the music of Hitchcock, See the best of Dave Carter’s animated shorts, Seasons of Change welcomes Autumn exhibition, Amsterdam gets ready for worlds largest dance event, GOMA opens late for Matisse enthusiasts, Android Jones tours digital art masterclass, Two brand new exhibitions at Object Gallery and Comedy-hypnotists Isaac Lomman.


After a successful run in 2011, Cockatoo Calling will continue in 2012 with the support of Arts NSW. This Cockatoo Island musical arts program has already welcomed in the New Year with an array of unique musical projects, including Gai Bryant, Miles Merrill, George Lentz, the NOISE, and Daniel Holdsworth and Aidan Roberts with Tubular Bells for Two.

February will see Places & Spaces expanding to the mainland, when Phillip Johnston explores work by pioneering electronic instrument composer Bernard Herrmann and his relationship with director Alfred Hitchcock. The event entitled “The Music of the Irrational: Three Films by Alfred Hitchcock” is a Late Night Library event at the Surry Hills Library, and will be illustrated by clips from Hitchcock masterpieces Vertigo, North By Northwest and Psycho.

Also this month, Super Critical Mass led by Julian Day and Luke Jaaniste take up residency on the Island from the 6th to the 18th, presenting an immersive site-specific performance/installations involving saxophones, percussion and retro keyboards.

Cockatoo Calling is an exciting initiative which provides residencies and performances opportunities to new Australian musicians, across many different genres. The initiative also offers workshops, mentoring for artist and talks for the general public. Events are free (although donations are welcomed) and take place every month in the unlikely space of an unfinished warehouse on Cockatoo Island, with additional performance locations made use of around the Sydney area.

There is more innovation to come in March, with Cockatoo Calling joining forces with The Rocks Pop Up performance space project. This project sees a mix of exciting creative acts taking up residences in temporarily vacant buildings throughout The Rocks.

The Music of the Irrational: Three Films by Alfred Hitchcock will take place on the 16th February 2012.




On the 8th of March 2012 the LO-FI Collective will feature a selection of the best animated shorts from celebrated filmmaker Dave Carter. For one evening only, the LO-FI Collective will screen some of the best of Carters sometimes dark, but usually very funny, animations.

An independent stop-frame animator, Dave Carter has seen his careers work honored at many animation festivals and his recent short animations have received critical acclaim. Carter has also been commissioned on many occasions to contribute animations for television with his work appearing on MTV, Comedy Central and Mike Judge’s Animation Show to name a few.

Screening of Carters work will take place at the LO-FI Collective, Bourke Street, Surry Hills.



Revolver Upstairs in conjunction with GraffixCreative will present Seasons of Change Autumn exhibition. The third installment of this exhibition series will showcase the work of Sabeth & Frame, and also feature DJs Johnny Crates and Who.

Seasons of Change exhibits the work of international and local artists on the first Friday of every third month, to coincide with the change of season. The autumn show presents Sabeth, who is notable as being involved in the Melbourne train movement from 1990-1995, and has met with a positive response when he recently exhibited his first solo show. Frame has been painting since the 1990’s and is known for his distinctive letter style and use of bright, striking colours. Both artists will have their work exhibited on the night.

Utilizing Revolver’s internal and external art spaces, this show will present prints and paintings along with an original large scale mural on the outside roof top wall, which will last for three months after the event. Limited edition prints will also be on sale at the show.

The Seasons of Change Autumn exhibition will take place on Friday 2nd March 2012 at Revolver Upstairs, Chapel Street, Prahran.


Amsterdam Dance Event
Photo by Betribes


This year will be the seventeenth year for the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE), the biggest annual international conference and festival for electronic music.

From the 17th to the 21st of October 2012, the city of Amsterdam will be given over to 140,000 festival-goers and 3,000 conference delegates from 62 countries, all embarking on a five day festival of dance and electronic music.
An initiative of the Amsterdam Dance Event Foundation, the event will also serve a higher purpose, acting as an expo for artists, managers, journalists, labels, music publishers and the like to network with international music industry representatives from around the world. The ADE is regarded as one of the pinnacle events on the international electronic music calendar.

Anyone heading to Europe late in the year might not only catch the tail end of summer but can also take in some of the hundreds of DJ, dance and music events happening across the city for the Amsterdam Dance Event 2012. 

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Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) presents it’s series of unconventional late night gallery events for the new year. The Up Late program will employ a soundtrack of live music by some exciting Australian and International musical guest to accompany the galleries exhibition of drawn works by Henri Matisse.

The ‘Matisse: Drawing Life’ exhibition presents a collection of over 300 drawings, illustrated books and prints from one of the 20th century’s most significant artists. In support of this exhibition GOMA will feature weekly friday night events features contemporary artist talks, costumed living models and also live music performances.

Already this year has seen US songstress Eleanor Friedberger (of the Fiery Furnaces) and folk artist Sam Amidon performing as part of this sophisticated and enterprising initiative. Friday evenings at GOMA include artist talks, films, drawing and a background of jazz from DJ Archie Jacobson. Guest musical performances still to come for the remainder of the Matisse exhibition include Melbourne’s Brous, Palimpsest featuring Tyrone Noonan, Jason Lyttle (Grandaddy), Halfway and US singer-songwriter Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy.

The events will be held every friday night from 5.30–10.00pm, up until the 2nd March 2012 at The Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art, South Bank.



Andrew Jones, (aka Android) was brought to Australia’s attention in March 2011, when he created his bold digital art live, whilst projecting onto a canvas of the vast sails of the Sydney Opera House.

This week Android will offer the chance for fledgling digital artists to take part in an intensive digital painting workshop. Drawing on his fifteen years of experience as a professional digital artist, Android will instruct on techniques and tools for creating digital art. Qantm Colleges in Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane will host the series of ticketed events.

Workshops will take place at Qantm Colleges Melbourne the 10th of February, Sydney on 13th of February and Brisbane on the 21st of February.



Object launches into its 2012 program with two new exhibitions by fresh Australian designers.

Stories in Form is curated by Jacqueline Power and exhibits the work of five award-winning and imaginative Australian product and furniture designers. Featuring the work of Elliat Rich, bernabeifreeman, Cinnamon Lee, Ben McCarthy and Henry Wilson, the exhibition will showcase the innovative and creative design of everyday objects.

Also exhibiting at Object will be a collection from some of Australia’s newest eco-fashion creatives in EVERGREEN: Fresh Sustainable Fashion. This collection presents a new generation of designers and makers who are dedicated to ethical, sustainable, and environmentally conscious practices. Featuring the work of high fashion designer Julia Knüpfer, sustainable designer Georgia McCorkill and conscious occasion-ware designer Holly McQuillan.

The two new exhibitions will run up until the 24th March 2012 at Object Gallery & Collect, Bourke Street, Surry Hills.



Isaac Lomman is bringing his comedy hypnosis to The Gov, in a live show which showcases his uncanny ability to transfix audience volunteers, and have them unwittingly performing bizarre acts in the name of comedy.

Any skeptics out there might want to put Lomman to the test, after all anyone with enough stupidity, or curiosity to volunteer to be put into a trance in front of an audience has Lomman’s guarantee that they wont be completely humiliated.

Lomman will be presenting his comedy hypnosis show on 9th February at The Gov, Hindmarsh.



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