the space

yes please. this is my newest discovery: art videos and clips and film archives. excellent.

http://thespace.org/

some recent joy:

tracey emin  – watched whilst waiting for the conversation between her and stephen fry to become available. my brain almost stopped working at the fantasy of the offspring of such amazingness.

richard long’s long walk

marcus coates’ ritual for elephant & castle

i think it will be ace if it grows to include archives from all kinds of art and performance video works – from the big names and the little ones.

that reminds me, i have to go back to the centre pompidou and check out their art on video collection.

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craft cubed and whitebox

AriadnesTangledMess

if you had’ve told me 3 years ago that i would continue to create work that actively includes craft practices in spatial and media arts practice, i would probably have vomited on you. or at least told you that you had the wrong lauren brown.

but, it’s true. my short time spent at craft victoria influenced me profoundly and i find myself creating works that relate to fashion, thread, wearability, patterns, measurement and insertion.

craft victoria have reinvented their winter festival program from a single textile-based festival, to one that encompasses a range of craft/making practice and aims to remind everyone that there’s more to craft than bloody knitting scarves.

one of the interesting projects is called whitebox – a selection of video works that interact with the ideas, materials or gestures of craft practices. this year they also relate to the festival theme of childhood. and i’m privileged to have a video work in there: ariadne’s tangled mess.

it also includes some spanky works by some of my fave peeps: dell stewart, cory archangel and holly mcnaught.

the festival opens tonight at craft victoria and there are a stack of exhibitions, commissioned works, satellite events and online programs to participate in. check out the site for all the deets.

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tangles at plug’n’play

AriadnesTangledMess

this week is pretty crazy with Next Wave Festival opening: lots of shows, performances, launches and gigs to go to.

One that you should all come to is the Plug’n’Play night at Horse Bazaar. After you’ve been to the Next Wave opening at the Meat Market and then the Festival Club at £1000 Bend, wander up the hill a little and have a chill/dance/looksy at the DJ/VJ stuff going on there. I have a video work there – an extension of the work at Seventh Gallery.

Here’s the official blurb:

Anyone who owns a technogadget knows that process of having to disentangle the mess of cords. On a daily basis we unravel our headphone cables, untwist the laptop power cord, separate the printer from the scanner from the ethernet cable from the toaster. It is the modern condition of having to sort out our bloody technology.

Ariadne’s tangled bloody mess reflects this frustrating process, and sets it up as a metaphor for other kinds of disentanglement. It is a slow tracking projection, the unravelling and undoing a knot of red cable. In greek mythology Ariadne gave Theseus a length of red thread to find his way back from the Minotaur’s labyrinth. The term has become a way to describe the methodical process by which we solve problems – a way to talk about logic and order, integral to technology design

And the deets

where: Horse Bazaar
379 Little Lonsdale St
Melbourne

when: Thursday 13th May, from 8:30pm

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you rock!!

this blog isn’t really one of those ‘here’s a cool viral/fashion/trend/design link’ kinds of blogs. but sometimes you gotta break tradition.

this guitar hero viral from the awesome kids at Droga 5 simply fucking rocks. no, really, it’s the fucking awesomest thing on the interweb i’ve seen in ages. brilliant. makes me wanna play it right now.*

via stan.

*for the record, guitar hero, tetris, tekken and bobble puzzle are the only computer games in which i rock.

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Landa, Landa, Landa… and other frat stories

The frat house that the nerds from Revenge of the Nerds ended up belonging to was Lambda Lambda Lambda and i have this vague memory of someone saying it in that movie, wearing a pink chearleaders outfit and kind of making it sound like Marcia, Marcia, Marcia! And when i went to the opening of the Anne Landa Award, it was all i could think of!

But that’s not meant to reflect on the exhibition at all.

The opening was also the trustees’ Christmas do and the last hurrah for chair David Gonsky, who is an all-time, super-top, mega-fantastic, supporter of the arts, and moving onto Chancellory duties for a large University in New South Wales (why i bother with subtlety sometimes, i don’t know). David’s speech was amusing and not too long and although others ‘poo-poo’-ed his description of new media as ‘new and fresh’ in relation to it being lauded at Agnes, it was actually a pretty good speech. God knows i wish Edmund had just left us with it, rather than getting a word in.

Philip Brophy The Body Malleable 2002-04 – All so sexual!
thanks to www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au

Anyway, the show, the show! In a nutshell, here are my pics: Daniel Crooks, Daniel Von Sturmer (swoon!), Philip Brophy and Monika Tickachek. The others were, well, meh. Tony Schwensen‘s work possibly suffered from being put in a veritable thoroughfare, but i just didn’t dig it. And although James Lynch‘s backyard party-looking work, could possibly better from a different kind of venue, didn’t really float my boat either. Grant Steven‘s text/sunset work just blatantly bored me. But sometimes i’m hard to please and i did actually giggle at the slow unveiling of the text across the screen, like a scene from Jumping Jack Flash when there’s some serious secret online ‘chatting’ going on, although perhaps that wasn’t the intention of the piece.

Basically, the work that i like, especially in this exhibition, but i think more broadly as well, is work with strength of character. And while naive, bitsy, and disparate work seems to be getting a lot of starring roles lately, i’m just not that into it. This possibly reveals my own naivete, ignorance or dagginess, but hey – i am the one that made the Revenge of the Nerds crack earlier!

And if there was any doubt about diversity between art schools, you just have to head to the grad shows this week. Being a NAS alumni, I have always felt a little out of my depth hanging out at COFA and heading to their grad show Annual 06 on Wednesday night, it was really obviously that that’s where the cool kids are. I felt like a nerd walking into the Alpha Beta frat house. But at the same time, it was just like being at an ARI opening – cheap cans of beer and classy plastic cups of wine and loads of denim. General fashion for the crowd was skinny jeans, off the shoulder shirts and ballet slipper shoes for the girls, popped collars, fringes and more skinny jeans for the boys. And i don’t usually notice fashion at these kinds of things, but it was scarily obvious!

images: Jirat James Patradoon, 2006, thanks to www.cofa.unsw.edu.au

Thankfully, some of the work i did manage to see amongst the throng of people seemed pretty sincere, or i might have vomited with boredom. There were a lot of good sculptural/installation gestures – some great kinetic work and a whole bunch of video work. The basement section was so industrial and gritty, it was great! I especially liked the fallen-down staircase underneath all those overpass walkways and the swinging door room in said basement. [Sorry, slack with taking down names…]

And if the COFA opening was an ARI opening, the NAS opening was like going to a commercial gallery opening. Lots of slightly older kids hanging around, a lot of flowy skirts, black natural fibres, the beer was imported and there was even food (although we all acted like seagulls when it arrived!). And the spaces for the show have been renovated and become very professional. Thankfully some of the work coming out of there has become playful and almost edgy, otherwise i think i might have suffocated with boredom. Louise Spent’s photographs of her posing with cut-out bits from blow-up dolls was fantastic and getting to jump on Asha Zappa’s fried egg ceramic works was easily the highlight of my night. [This may or may not have been for self-centered reasons as ‘she’ has also done works with broken eggs/walking on eggshells]

And so, with the SCA show happening this week, that’s it for me for grad shows for another year. Thank god for that! great as they are, it’s all a little, well, grad show.

Unfortunately it also heralds the death of the art scene for the year. Looking throught the Art Almanac the other day, i realised that there is going to be sweet fuck all on over the christmas break in Sydney or in Melbourne! (I’ll go into the serious lack of the visual arts program for the Sydney Festival another day)..Lucky I’m heading up to Brisbane for the APT!!

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