Lucas Abela performance
Part of ‘The National 2019: New Australian Art’ opening weekend
free, no booking required
30 March 2019
4:20 – 4:50pm
Free, no booking required
Access for everyone
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Lecture theatre: Level 2
Plan your visit
Don’t miss this infamous performance by one of Australia’s most unique noise artists, Lucas Abela.
By vibrating shards of broken glass with his mouth, Abela turns the material into a crude musical instrument that produces a wild array of cacophonous noise teetering on the edge of music. Re-defining the expression 'don't try this at home', this performance has bemused audiences in over 45 countries.
Recommended for ages 15+.
The most exciting performer I have seen in the last three years.
Bruce Russell, WIRE magazine
About the artist
Lucas Abela’s practice evolved from within the experimental music underground where he’s best known for his ecstatic performances with shards of amplified glass. After a long performance career, Abela turned his attention to participatory sound installation, or to put it more accurately, large-scale stochastic instruments devised to switch roles between audience and performer in line with his philosophy that experimental music is more rewarding to play than observe. These participatory installations are devised with musical play in mind, providing users with tangible experiences filled with fun and purposeful goals requiring focused engagement.