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Black Box Series #6 - Eleanor Zurowski, VIOLA.mpfree, & Scheme

  • 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.

Eleanor Zurowski is a Sydney-based interdisciplinary artist whose practice examines the temporality of acts of care and labour. Using the vessel of ‘bread’ and its intersecting socio-cultural histories as its departure point, she attends to the conflict between domestic and commercial practices, as well as spatial power dynamics and structures. 

A Maize in Grace, 2018
In a collaborative performance, audiences are invited to interact with bread as a form of instrument as the artist records, loops and warps the live eating sounds into a compilation of ‘noise’ and ‘dialogue’. The interactions and resulting ‘feedbacks’ explore notions of production and consumption investigating the socio-political dynamics of the dinner table space and the power behind the simple act of breaking and eating bread. 

By Nema of DarkCinema (Projections ), Iro Kitamura (Drawing), Viola Iida (Dance) and Joy Yang (Theramin), VIOLA.mpfree provides an unusual perspective into the life of one little, autonomous bot. Calibrated, initiated, well oiled and freshly updated, VIOLA pays homage to the organic roots of her forbearer, exploring the concept of 'gardening' for the first time in 2,000 years.

Machines have voices. We are the humanoids who speak with the machines. We are the mechanised cultists of the apocalypse, electrified and fearless. Controlled volttage is the new state. We make our machines and they remake us. Modular synthesis is an organism and we are its flesh.

The recently-formed ensemble, SCHEME, brings together a group of modular synthesists using controlled voltage. SCHEME musicians are committed to exploring the aesthetics of relation that are made possible when working with individually assembled instruments that don’t dictate a specific style of playing. The ensemble is experimental, and all recordings are moments of an ongoing processes. The ensemble’s current line-up includes women and men of various ages who share a passion for exploring the possibility of collaborations in this emerging electroacoustic framework.