profiler dec 14, 2016
Oh what a year! As the rise of dictatorial state capitalism and the conservative push for a one-size-fits-all culture suggest, we can expect hard times ahead. Our editorial image is from Dmitry Krymov's Opus No. 7, a powerful imagistic account of the fate of Russia's Jews and the compromised composer Shostakovitch under Stalin; it's featured in the 2017 Perth International Arts Festival. We look back over a year in which our coverage ranged across the country, from OzAsia and Liveworks to small regional festivals and hundreds of individual works. Take the holiday season to revive your spirits. We look forward to keeping you in touch with the art that sustains us in 2017. Keith & Virginia
PIAF 2017: A VERY SPECIAL PLACE
Perth International Arts Festival Artistic Director Wendy Martin and Keith Gallasch discuss works and events in her program that evince a potent sense of place—personal, cultural, ecological and political—newly experienced through art.
SYDNEY FESTIVAL: SHIFTING THE GOALPOSTS
Nikki Heywood quizzes director-coach Martin del Amo about moves, tactics and injuries prior to the opening of FORM Dance Projects' all-female football-dance performance, Champions, which will be staged with live commentary from Seven Network's Mel McLaughlin.
SYDNEY FESTIVAL: MAKING SCENTS OF SYDNEY
Gail Priest interviews olfactory artist Cat Jones about the origins of Scent of Sydney, a new work that portrays the city in terms of the aromatic associations its citizens have when thinking Competition, Extravagance, Resistance, Democracy and Landscape.
IN LIGHT OF DARKNESS
In Light Geist at Fremantle Arts Centre, curator Erin Coates draws gallery-goers into "a series of ghostly, spiritual and cognitive encounters with light," writes Laetitia Wilson.
Liz Bradshaw reports from the Artlands regional arts gathering in Dubbo that ideas practical and radical were in abundance alongside blindspots, including a telling gap between conference and festival.
LOVE, MATERIALISM & METAPHYSICS
In a surprising new film by John Gillies, Witkacy & Malinowski: A Cinematic Séance In 23 Scenes, the writer and the anthropologist quarrel on a train trip in Queensland in 1914. Meanwhile the driver and fireman converse absurdly about relativity while pushing their machine to the limit.
THE JOY OF PULSING COMPLEXITY
Greg Hooper revels in performances by Brisbane ensemble Kupka's Piano of works by Chris Dench in which "any underlying complexity is in complete service to a musical purpose deep with feeling."
At Melbourne's Substation, Gail Priest is entranced by Motorgenic, an exhibition of ever-evolving robotic music makers created by composer, instrument builder and installation artist Robbie Avenaim.
AUDIOVISION 25: ON AUTHORED SYNAESTHESIA
Has Speak Percussion "dislodged the maximising centrality of sonic eventfulness" in their Fluorophone concerts? asks Philip Brophy in his critique of the increasing dominance of theatricality over sound.
GIVEAWAY: WEINER, DVD
Much more than an entertainment about a compulsive sexter, Weiner examines the 2013 New York City mayoral campaign of disgraced congressman Anthony Weiner, "captured in the fullness of his ambition, passion, intelligence, serial contrition and bizarre self-delusion."
GIVEAWAY: SPEAR DVD
Bangarra Artistic Director Stephen Page's striking debut feature film centres on tensions felt by a young man caught between an ancient, still vibrant Indigenous culture and a competing, feverish modernity played out across Sydney streets and landscapes.
realtime 136 dec-jan 2017
gideon obarzanek: after glow
keith gallasch, chunky move’s gideon obarzanek, rt81
garry stewart: dance evolution in the age of robotics
erin brannigan, adt's devolution, rt71
lucy guerin: between temperature & temperament
jonathan marshall, rt52
rosalind crisp: a european future
erin brannigan, rt48
helen herbertson: the place where things slip
philipa rothfield, delirium, rt36
tess de quincey & stuart lynch: dancing the city
keith gallasch, compression 100, de quincey lynch, rt11
Cover image (detail): Opus No. 7, Dmitry Krymov Laboratory, photo Natalia Cheban