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words Gabrielle Sullivan, Lily Yeang, Carol Flavell Neist, Kate Roff
PICA curator Leigh Robb gives her
picks of the exhibitions and shows
for the upcoming arts season.
THE REFUSAL OF TIME &
RICHARD BELL: EMBASSY
The Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts curates
a double-header of heavy hitters, presenting
uncompromising and fearless artists from South
Africa and Australia: William Kentridge and Richard
Bell. Kentridge’s The Refusal of Time totally
takes over the central gallery with the Australian
premiere of his epic installation of kinetic sculpture,
megaphones and moving images. Richard Bell
has recreated the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in the
West End gallery, along with charged paintings and
slogans and videos, his show is a site of protest like
no other. PICA, until April 27, pica.org.au.
CHICKS ON SPEED: SCREAM
Chicks on Speed is the dynamic, all-singing,
all-dancing duo made up of Melissa Logan (USA)
and Alex Murray-Leslie (Australia) who wildly
merge together art, music, fashion, installation and
performance. Having collaborated with luminaries
such as Karl Lagerfeld and Douglas Gordon, Chicks
on Speed has been commissioned to create a giant
sculptural structure onto which a collage of images
are projected to a constantly changing soundtrack,
mixed by the audience themselves in real time.
There’s also a concert and album launch – these
are ladies who lead! Fremantle Arts Centre,
April 5-May 25, fac.org.au.
HOW TO BE SEEN
Inspired by meditation and a recent shift into
performance art, Perth artist Janet Carter’s solo
show will be one to watch, listen to and zone out in.
Janet has used meditation as a means of generating
new drawings and sculptures. In a way, it’s an epic
self-portrait project of mind and matter. But it’s not
an indulgent self-reflective one – it’s also an inclusive
experiment in collective consciousness. The best part
is the chance to be part of a large group meditation
in the gallery, run by Janet herself! PAPER
Mountain, April 12-27, papermountain.org.au.
Japanese artist group
Paramodel creates playful,
strikingly graphic environments
using mass-produced toys and
blue plastic train tracks. The
exhibition runs at the John Curtin
Gallery space until April 17.
words Gabrielle Sullivan
A cutting-edge collaboration between electronic
music duo The Presets, and the Australian Chamber
Orchestra promises to treat concert-goers to a “highly
provocative” musical journey through history.
Timeline will trace the evolution of music across
42,000 years to a backdrop of visual effects compiled
by acclaimed events director Ignatius Jones.
“The whole idea is it’s musical time travelling,”
says ACO artistic director Richard Tognetti. The
adventure will start with Aboriginal song and lead
through European classics by the likes of Monteverdi,
Vivaldi and Mozart, before introducing audiences
to the more ‘challenging’ works of the 20th century
– arrangements by Bartók, Schoenberg, Reich,
Stravinsky and Ligeti.
“It will be shocking but also highly revealing,”
says Tognetti. “A lot of people are scared of
modernism but once the 20th century gets into its
stride, it’s one of the most strident, interesting times
of musical accomplishment.”
The Presets’ Julian Hamilton and Kim Moyes will
collaborate with Tognetti on the curation of the 20th
and 21st century components, sampling and mashing
together fragments of songs – think Pink Floyd, Miles
Davies, Mariah Carey and more.
Describing it as “life flashing before your ears”,
Tognetti hopes to enlighten audiences through the
juxtaposition of the various forms of music that will be
presented. “Contextualisation is a good thing, and
to me it’s just playing something that’s little known
against something that’s better known,” he says.
The Presets will perform with the ACO at Perth
Concert Hall on June 4. Visit aco.com.au.
for all ages
The Presets (photography
Elvis Di Fazio).
William Kentridge’s The Refusal
of Time (photography Toni Wilkinson)
Chicks on Speed (photography
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