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Black Box Series #5 - Chun Yin Rainbow Chan, group mrrmmmmrrr & Mr. Plebatron

  • Black Box Theatre UNSW Art & Design Cnr Greens Rd & Oxford St Paddington, NSW, 2021 Australia (map)

STARTS @ 6PM SHARP // FREE ENTRY // REFRESHMENTS PROVIDED - Black Box/Block D/UNSW Paddington Campus (see directions in comments)

Join us for the fifth in a series of bi-monthly events showcasing a diverse range of artists working with and around sound. Curated by members of UNSW’s Sound, Energies and Environments group, the series of early evening performance-focused events present exciting new and experimental works from both emerging, established, local and visiting artists engaged in the expanded domain of contemporary sound practice.


Chun Yin Rainbow Chan works across music, performance and installation. Born in Hong Kong and raised in Sydney, Rainbow is interested in mistranslations, diaspora and the effects of globalisation on modern Chinese society.

Rainbows performance draws on ideas from Wendy Chun’s essay “The Enduring Ephemeral, or The Future is a Memory”. Digital electronic memory has rendered fleeting IRL moments into permanent fixtures of our imaginations. Memory and storage are conflated, thus defying the natural process of forgetting. Chun argues that the defining feature of new media (e.g. social networking, Youtube, emails) is its non-simultaneity: "What is surprising is not that digital media fades, but rather that it stays at all." As the old is constantly being rediscovered as new, we find ourselves “tied to an inhumanly precious and unrelenting clock.” We grapple daily with deep-likes and a memory from “X years ago”; our thumbs are slaves to a claustrophobically addictive electronic archive. How does the enduring ephemeral warp our understandings of time and place, of others and of the self?

group mrrmmmmrrr is revolving group of people that perform text-scores written by MP Hopkins. The group use objects, instruments, voice, and writing instruments to realise the scores, through live sound/writing performances that are electro-acoustic in nature.

group mrrmmmmrrr will present part 2 of an ongoing, evolving score titled ‘Wake-Whake-Trace’

Mr Plebatron is the solo sci-fi lo-fi improvised electronic sounds of Mr Tim O'Driscoll for peoples listening pleasure. Using the finest of cheap analog synths, an interest in Minimalism and a love of English sci-fi to create improvised sound pieces that often take time to develop and travel somewhere (He isn't sure where though).


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