The third iteration of Ren Walter’s Intersection event/non-event will take place from 11pm to 1am on Friday 18 May 2018, on the corner of Swanston and La Trobe Streets, Melbourne.
Ren writes about the concept:
For those who have not participated in such an event before; there is no expectation of performance. The process for me has been one of traversing/ being present at the location without necessity to overtly perform, although certain things have happened that would perhaps contradict that statement. For me, INTERSECTION began as an investigation into the when of performance alongside the how and what of performance…No formalities are undertaken just turn up and find your own way.
Next week I’ll be participating in GAIPscape at MAP Rainbow on Saturday 28 April, in Rainbow, Western Victoria. Organised by Tony Yap, the festival kicks off at 1pm and features a variety of contemporary performances, including sound, movement and visual art. GAIPscape, convened by Ren Walters, will take place in the Town Hall between 3-6pm. The personnel assembling is looking a lot like THIS Ensemble, who haven’t performed publicly since 2016. All performances are free.
CURRENT has been a significant event in the Melbourne improvised music and performance calendar for several years now, and this year I’ve been humbled in being asked by founder Ren Walters to guest curate it along with Michael McNab.
Michael and I have spent that past few months planning a two day structure that will see a ragtag bunch of 30 performers (musicians, poets, dancers, visual artists, performance artists, and ‘in-betweeners’) divided up into new ensembles to improvise. Each performer will perform twice, once on Saturday and then again on Sunday in a completely different ensemble. We were on PBS-FM’s The Sound Barrier last night discussing it – listen here.
Juana Beltran Georgia Bettens Jennifer Callaway Mick Douglas Matt Faisander Simon Fisher Susan Frykberg Cor Fuhler
Erin K Taylor
Samuel Harnett Welk
On last night’s instalment of The Sound Barrier on PBS-FM, Ian Parsons spoke to myself, Ren Walters & Michael McNab about our new album At The Salt Museum. You can hear the whole programme, including our interview in two segments, here. It’s not your usual, run-of-the-mill interview.
During my stay at the Museum of Innocence Mildura in November 2016 (as guest of the first MIM Artist-in-Residence, Ren Walters), I completed and installed my first visual artwork, called Order. This was not planned!
Music and sound are still very much a part of Order. The concept behind the work was to record the name of everyone who had performed in THIS Ensemble MkII (from early 2014 onwards). I spent some time creating a list participants, drawing on my own records and online documentation, photos, etc. Then I wrote each name on a brown paper lunch bag.
The original idea was to string them all up and suspend them with string, but when I first laid them out to photograph each bag together for documentation purposes, I liked how they looked and decided to leave them there on the floor. The next day, I gathered jacaranda petals from outside and scattered them over the bags (Mildura was alive with jacaranda bloom at the time). The piece was developing in stages.
Then I gathered up each bag, placing the petals in some of them as I did so, to hole-punch each corner and tie together with string.
The piece was then suspended in the central corridor of MIM for the last two days. I added a sonic element as well (see video below).
I am certainly not a visual artist, but it was great to have the opportunity to explore something new. I felt like it had a lot in common with my sound/performance practice as well – the centrality of process/stages, and the significance of objects/materials (brown paper has a significance for THIS Ensemble).
Featuring works by Ren Walters, initial artist in residence at MIM, joined by members of THIS Ensemble. Also featuring works by Clinton Green and Juana Beltrán. With music, performance and actions by Carmen Chan, Michael McNab, Juana Beltrán, Clinton Green, Ren Walters, and various anonymous participants. Video by Clinton Green.