MIM artist residency visit + THIS Ensemble tour Nov/Dec 2016 photos

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Here are some photos from my recent visit with Ren Walters at his Artist In Residence stay at the Museum of Innocence Mildura (MIM), and the THIS Ensemble tour through the Mallee that followed. Most of the artworks pictured are by Ren. With Juana Beltran, Carmen Chan, Michael  McNab, Candice Boyd, and various extraordinary locals, drifters and vagabonds. Life without fear.

Upcoming performances – November/December 2016

Four Things & More

Friday 4 November 2016, 8:30pm – Moreland City Band Hall, 16 Cross Street, Brunswick.

I am performing in a trio with Juana Beltran and Carmen Chan. WARNING – I may play guitar…

Also performing: Myfanwy Hunter/Juliana Espana Keller, Michael McNab, Derek McCormack.

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Soundings – A Walk Through Extemporization

Sunday 13 November 2016, 3pm – 36 Moreland Street, Footscray.

I am performing solo acoustic turntable.

Also performing: Ernie Althoff, Sister, and Butler/Kaczmarek/Hilton.

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Overhea[r]d

Friday 18 November 2016, 9pm – LongPlay, 318 St Georges Road, Fitzroy North.

I will perform a new work/experiment for acoustic turntable and live projection.

Also performing: Alice Hui-Sheng Chang [TWN] & Jessie Scott, Kota Yamauchi & Matsu [JPN].

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Museum of Innocence Mildura guest residency

26-29 November 2016, Museum of Innocence, Mildura.

I’ve been invited to participate as a guest artist in Ren Walters’ Artist-In-Residence programme.

THIS Ensemble Rural Tour 2016

29 November – 6 December 2016. Mildura – Mallee – Wimmera.

CURRENT

Friday 16 December, 6pm – Moreland City Band Hall, 16 Cross St, Brunswick.

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Upcoming performances (June-August 2016)

Saturday 18 June 2016 – Waranga Film Festival, Rushworth

Performance of “If I Am A Musical Thinker” by Carmen Chan, Llara Goodall & Clinton Green + street improvisations.

Monday 25 July 2016, 7:30pm – La Musica, La Mama, 205 Faraday St, Carlton

Solo performance for multiple turntables and remote-activated percussion. Also performing is Michiko Morita.

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Friday 29 July 2016, 8pm – Aeso Studio, 83 Brunswick St, Fitzroy

‘Friction’ – with Moe Chee (first performance for 2016, and last performance probably for a long time) + Jenny Barnes, Tim Catlin.

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Friday 5 August 2016, 8pm – Cross Street, 16-22 Cross St, Brunswick

THIS Ensemble – first public performance for 2016.

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THIS Ensemble Wimmera Tour videos

In late October/early November of 2015, THIS Ensemble toured the Wimmera region of North Western Victoria in a series of official and unofficial performances/actions.

Ren Walters has put together these videos of those times. They have the character of home movies in a way, but for me they convey something of the experience of that time, particularly our attempts to connect with the landscape, the place, and with each other.

THIS Ensemble Country Tour reflections

THIS Ensemble Country Tour, 28 October – 3 November 2015. Avoca – Minyip – Jeparit – Natimuk (Nati Frinj Festival) – Dimboola – Horsham.

The road

The horizonMinyip

Draught

The stars

The moon

The backyards

The picnics

The pubs

The railway tracks

The light

The abandoned servo

I was leaning against the building, playing it by bashing my elbows into it. I thought to myself ‘I’m probably going to hurt myself here’, but I felt fine afterwards.

The car dance/confrontation

The illnesses and the injuries

The lakes

The chips

The vegetarian option

The snoring

The smells

The coffee

The kid who said “that’s cool”

The trees

The cop

The soup

The giddy thrill of playing and hanging out with so many ridiculously talented people

The unexpected arrivals

The dancers who appeared out of nowhere

The bridges

The gong

My fingers were numb after holding the gong for a couple of hours. The feeling mostly came back the next day; but even now, over a week later, part of my index finger is still numb. Or is it calloused?

The beauty so intense I felt I had to look away…but didn’t

‘We are all going to die’

The jealousies

The fighting

The trying and failing, but trying anyway

Walking away and coming back

Compassion

Permission

The love

The rhythms

The hat

The advice

The bullshit

The wisdom

The quiet

The flies

Billy chai

The field

Liberté, égalité, fraternité

The bone

Commitments made

In the field, I pushed myself up from the ground and my elbow locked up like it was dislocated or something. Seems like I had hurt it the other day after all. Horsham Roadhouse

The fire

The motion (is its own reward)

Horsham Roadhouse, 1:30am

Space is the place

The river

The dead rabbit

The temple

The birds

The salt

My feet broke through a damp part of the salt pan. Walking back across the lake, I noticed blood in the footprints I made (left foot). Two of my toes were cut; they must have been sliced by salt crystals when I fell through the surface. I bled all the way back across the lake.

The mealPink Lake

The river dance

The mist

The table walk

The dice

The music

Chun-liang

Dur-e

Elnaz

Simon

Adrian

Reuben

Lisa

Tamsin

Tony

Jonathon

Michael

Ren