what lies beneath

lucas ihlein is a great artist, super nice man, excellent teacher and one of them go-getters you just want to be. well, i do anyway.

he’s part of this great tiny stadiums festival and has made a cool work about sound and sleeping and alarms, in conjunction with some of the media arts staff/students at UOW. in my old ‘hood: wollongong.

i’ve signed up to receive a customised alarm each day and will be doing a daily sleeping work at CIA during the festival.

partly as a fun way to interact with the festival from afar. and partly as a chance to do an extension of a work i did in berlin (kunsthaus quartier), where i slept for six hours through an alarm that played jim white’s song it’s a perfect day to chase tornadoes on repeat.

i know some of you love a bit of sound. and a bit of download fun. and cute things you get to keep every day. go and sign up for the daily track here. and go see some other stuff during the festival if you can.

UPDATE: I’ll just post a little report in the comments section each day. i’ll upload documentation to flickr and post a link in the comments too.

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blatant self-promotion #241


tomorrow night (wed. 3 november), i’m in a group show in berlin, within the studio i’ve been at for the last 2 months.

if you’re in berlin (or you can send a proxy), come along, it will be ace to see you.

i only have a couple of works in the show, but i realised during the selection process that i’ve made a STACK of work about sound and specifically listening in public, even in the last 6 weeks. maybe i should find a space for a more comprehensive show.

anyways, here are the deets:

Wednesday 3 November
19:00 – 23:00
one night only

Rooftop Studios

5th Floor
Chodowieckistraße 35
10405 Berlin

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the sound i love most is silence

i love john cage. i derive a lot of my practice from what he speaks of and this video just made me fall in love with him all over again. AND he’s a cute boy with a cat.

the listening to the city project that i did last year looked at a whole bunch of these ideas: the act of listening without judgement to the city, the actual sound of traffic (although i think cage’s experience of traffic as silence is from behind the filter of 6 floors up and behind glass), and an engagement with the desire of silence and the means to obtain it.

his definition of sound acting is exactly what propels me to respond to sound through performance, action, occupation and installation-based works. my relationship with sound is a verb, not a noun.

just as a heads up, i’m giving a lecture on sound, listening and silence in the built environment next month, so don’t be surprised if there’s a few cage quotes in there.

thanks to nella for this one.

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art in the public space lectures

after lunch today, andrew reeves, historian and chief of staff to senator kim carr came and spoke to us about the history of public art in melbourne. he has a specific interest in the art associated with the trade union movements, which is interesting seeing as i mentioned the 888 monument here, and that it’s labour day on monday. but he spoke to us about a wide range of topics related to public art and history.

other aspects of his discussion:

• 8-hour day march banners – beautifully painted with allegorical history painting of inspiration and virtue on one side, and social realism of the breadth of the union’s trade on the other. initially in silk, but the south-easterly up collins street quickly took care of that. painted canvas: painted by union members. up in smoke.

• exhibition buildings as evidence of early public art forms in melbourne – dating from 1889. debate about the worth of the building ensued – more a puffed-out chest showing of intellect from student than relevant discussion [imho].

• liebskind’s holocaust museum extension to berlin museum: best use of building as public art ever. leads the visitor from old berlin museum (german mansion) into dark tunnel, up a significant number of steps, to the exhibits. education through an experience relative to those suffered by the jewish in concentration camps. and that’s not just because it’s a holocaust museum, as there are many holocaust museums around the world and only liebskind’s does that.

• other historical public art to check out, following the old march route from trades hall, down swanston, up collins to parliament then spring to exhibition buildings:

newspaper house, collins st – frescoes
mural paintings of geoff hogg on lygon st, north of the cemetary
t&g buliding russell and collins (old foyer)
melbourne club. kind of.
windsor hotel
pediment ofathenaeum theatre
town hall, stained glass: best example of non-religious glass in australia (as well as leonard french’s ceiling at the NGV)
drummond st: greek and roman gods, plus the portrait of zeus where you wouldn’t expect it.
parliament house
villa alba in kew – being restored in order to re-present private-ish collection to the public. a little like the wallace collection, methinks.

• museums and galleries are the prime institutions to commission and engage public art, but are lost opportunities: case in point, windswept wasteland between melbourne museum and exhibition buildings.

• public art can provide a sense of humanity to large areas dwarved or vacated by buildings “abominations”. it’s imperative in the age of intervention/extension/cover-up of architectural mistakes.

“public art survives in the most random of ways.”

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feel free to browse

Following on from Interesting South, I’ve decided to go to more stuff like it more often:

pecha kucha flick thanks to paisdelasmaravillas from flickr

Pecha Kucha
Started by a couple of architects, Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham, it began as a place to network and also to check out their eventspace. It has since gone on to be a global thang, a place to hear interesting people talk about interesting things.

I almost got to one at the ICA when i was in London, but missed the last one. Bugger. But, filed it under EXCITEMENT PLUS, the last Pecha Kucha Melbourne for the year is on Tuesday night! Yay!

At the Blue Diamond Bar on Queen St from 6-ish, I’m looking forward to checking out a variety of creative/brainy type presenations. 20 slides, then get the fuck off the stage. Love it.

coffee morning flick thanks to russell davies from flickr

Coffee Morning Melbourne

Regular readers will know that when in London, I did as Londoners do and went to Coffee Morning at the Breakfast Club in Soho. I met some amazing people there, including many who I call dear friends now. There are a few Coffee Mornings around the world. Sydney has one, Melbourne tried it a while ago and so I’ve decided to try and resurrect it. Mainly for the selfish reason of wanting good coffee and conversation.

The only thing is, I don’t really know what works for the Melbourne bloggery types out there, so I’m putting forth a bit of an option type thing and if people can put their suggestions in the comments section, that would be ace. [I should probably put up a spiffy poll, but I honestly couldn’t be fucked]. And if you know others who might be into it, get them to tell me too.

Now, I’ve stuck to the CBD, in the interest of being central and I’m sticking to Friday, in the interest of continuity (not to mention it being a lazy-ish kind of day and perfect to have coffee on).

Option 1
Journal Cafe on Flinders Lane

Option 2
Section 8 Container Bar/Cafe in Tattersalls Lane

Option 3
Nick’s on Queen St


Option A
Friday, 8am

Option B
Friday, 9:30am

Option C
Friday, 11am


*Sorry to those for whom that was an interminable bore. Now, back on topic.

dorkbot tee flick thanks to chesh from flickr


I saw Pia, fabulous Dorkbot Overlord speak at Interesting and have decided to go to one of the Melbourne Dork-bot meetings. Now, the last one for the year was last Sunday (while I was wandering lost around Wollongong, great.) but I thought I should just give it a bit of a shout-out anyway. Go to the Melbourne Dork-bot wiki for more info.

* It also reminded me of the fantastic Chris Northcote’s Forkbot, reconstructed EggsBaconChipsBeans at Interesting in London.

And what’s the point of all that garbage for? Well, the thing is, it’s the Real Life 2.0 version of a browsing, or going through your blog reader. Hearing about a range of stuff from strangers is fantastic for expanding your experience of stuff: great for empathy, brilliant for jiggling an idea around and, dare I say it, good for the soul. I like the way I feel when I hear new stuff and I feel like a more informed member of the human race. Surely that’s a good thing, right?

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