The People's Republic
is incredibly PROUD and THRILLED to present work
from two icons of Sydney experimental arts
in an unique evening of film and performance...
THE LOOP ORCHESTRA
Witkacy & Malinowski:
a cinematic séance in 23 scenes
INTRODUCED BY FILMMAKER
SUNDAY 21st October
COMMENCING AT 7.30 P.M. [doors at 7 p.m.]
THE LOOP ORCHESTRA
"The hyper-mundane as a trope was developed to a fine art by the artist known as ‘Orchid Spangiafora’ sometime in the mid to late ‘70s. Here were the jibber jabberings of the commercial media (and other extraneous utterances) pushed to their (il)logical limits. The results were truly bizarre (familiar yet exotically recondite), repetition & fast cutting creating a landscape of almost Beckettian verbiage with Firesign Theatre undertones. These were the recordings that inspired the creation of a philosophy of the hyper-mundane, activated first via The Nobodies and Severed Heads and soon The Loop Orchestra itself.
With a little repetition, the mundane (sublimely bland and blandly sublime) is transformed into a deranged, compulsive, queasily lucid depiction of the recording industry’s chillingly middle-of-the-road aesthetic world view. This then is the meat of the hyper-mundane; the aesthetic debasement of solid middle-class conformity... unhinged, shredding it’s entrails & slowly cascading into a grotesque yet enthralling miasma known as The Loop Orchestra; a voyeur project first developed by John Blades, Richard Fielding & Anthony Maher in 1982. It’s early fascination a certain kind of orchestral repertoire much beloved of symphony & studio orchestras the world over; overindulged pablum aimed squarely at the middle-brow listenership of Western society. Later (with the inclusion of Peter Doyle), a more nuanced & broad ranging excursion into the history of recorded sound began to come to fruition until the mid 1990s when Anthony Maher & Peter Doyle departed for greener pastures, threatening it’s continued viability. However John Blades, through unflinching dedication & genuine affection, reconstituted the remnants.
Engaging the services of Patrick Gibson (ex-Systematics), Hamish Mackenzie and Emmanuel Gasparinatos a new creative era began. Patrick Gibson was to be replaced by Juke Wyat in 2006 and the project blossomed until the untimely death of John Blades in November 2011,
[only re-emerging on rare and very special occasions...]"
– Richard Fielding
Formed in 1982, The Loop Orchestra
are one of Australia’s longest running experimental music misfits.
It’s been 2 years since their last outing at 107 Projects and nearly 7 years since one of their founding members and driving force, John Blades, was cruelly taken from us.
Having agreed to continue without John - in perpetual tribute to his tireless advocacy of all things outsider, improvised and experimental - the analogue renegades return for their first performance at The People’s Republic of Australasia with a Pacific idyll.
The Loop Orchestra "Hypnotique"
All aboard a roller coaster 1914 death train ride speeding into the future! John Gillies’ Witkacy & Malinowski: a cinematic séance in 23 scenes, with lookalike actors and heightened realism, evokes the spirit of the great avant-garde Polish artist and playwright Witkacy and his argument in Australia with Bronisław Malinowski - ‘father’ of contemporary anthropology. Witkacy writes, ‘Totems are true no matter what you scientists write about them.’ With scenes from Witkacy’s metaphysical disaster drama The Crazy Locomotive, the film features Tom Pelik, Matej Busic, Pollyanna Nowicki, Richard Hilliar and Craig Meneuad. Previewed at the Grotowski Institute, Wrocław and the Reijs Cinema, Słupsk, this is a Sydney premiere.
Visual artist, filmmaker and musician, John Gillies is particularly known for his collaborations with performers and actors and for striking editing, image and sound relationships. Gillies’ work has been shown at Tate Modern (2009), MCA (2008), National Museum Seoul (1994), MoMA (1994), ACMI (2006), Kasseler Kunstverein (2013) and the London, Melbourne and Sydney Film Festivals. His work is on permanent display at the Qld Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane.
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