FESTIVAL OF EXPERIMENTAL ART
27 OCTOBER - 6 NOVEMBER 2016
SECOND AND FINAL TICKET RELEASE NOW ON SALE!
The Liveworks program – which runs 27 October to 6 November at Carriageworks – is brimming with free and ticketed performances, workshops, conversations and interventions. And we’re super excited to share the full and final program with you.
This year, we’ve brought together artists from across Australia and the Asia Pacific to deliver our most ambitious Liveworks Festival yet. Over two jam-packed weeks, join us – and join in – with experimental choreography, kinetic installations, sonic sculptures, captivating Indigenous stories and sexy encounters.
From intimate one-on-one experiences to large-scale video installation and performances that explore politics, gender and spectacle, this festival presents an invitation to dive in deep and experience some of the most urgent and intriguing perspectives on our current moment.
This year, the Liveworks Workshops program has expanded. Get hands-on with the artists, educators and collaborators of the festival in this specially-curated series of practice-focused sessions. You’ll learn theoretical and practical skills to apply to your own work, and meet a host of other like-minded artists.
Second and final release tickets are now on sale. Don’t miss out! Come on in, take a seat, check out the program – and secure your tickets now.
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LIVEWORKS PERFORMANCES & EXHIBITIONS: 1 – 6 NOVEMBER
The Talk is a terribly undomesticated evening. It’s one account of what happens when you start talking about sex with your family: what ‘the talk’ is, and what it shouldn’t be.FIND OUT MORE
Ecosexual Bathhouse is an immersive experience inviting you to leave the urban wasteland behind and open yourself up to an intimate encounter with the biosphere.
Perth-based artist collective Pony Express offer up a cave of wonder with a variety of eco-erotic experiences. Experiment with pollination, unwind in the sauna or be guided by a bathhouse regular toward your own organic awakening. Catering to all—from the mildly bio-curious to the environmentally experienced—we encourage you to embrace the earth and give in to your budding naturist.FIND OUT MORE
NICOLA GUNN AND JO LLOYD
Using unpredictable humour and trance-like movement, Mermermer blends the absurd and the banal into a phantasmagoria of memory, augmented realities and melodrama. Created by performance maker Nicola Gunn and choreographer Jo Lloyd – and originally titled Reverie, re-named Queens a Rug, replaced by Queens Talking Shit on A Rug, then In On It, and penultimately Education Yes! – the work revolves around ideas of extinction, documentation and myth-making.FIND OUT MORE
TINA HAVELOCK STEVENS
Thunderhead was created through the artist’s chance encounter with an enormous storm system while driving through South-West Texas. This imposing and hypnotic video installation creates an extended moment, inviting us to reflect on the power and precarity of nature. As the installation loops and whirls, it takes us on on a transcendent journey propelled by its oscillating and pounding soundtrack.FIND OUT MORE
The Stance is a monumental live performance that places a mass of bodies in protest at the centre of a large-scale intervention in the Carriageworks public space.FIND OUT MORE
LIVEWORKS PERFORMANCES & EXHIBITIONS: 27 OCTOBER – 6 NOVEMBER
A major commission by Performance Space and Carriageworks, Melody Lines is a mesmerising kinetic installation by leading Brisbane-based artist Ross Manning. Utilising an intricate overhead conveyor system, Melody Lines weaves through Carriageworks’ public space like a multi-dimensional drawing, carrying a stream of pendants that split and refract light into many-hued colours and spectra.FIND OUT MORE
THE MUSEUM GOES LIVE
Tracing the interplay between music and humanity through the triumphs and disasters of the last century, The Museum Goes Live is an exhibition and live performance series celebrating the distinctive, groundbreaking vision of audio pioneer Jon Rose.FIND OUT MORE
The Liveworks Conversations are a forum for the culturally curious which explore the ideas and processes behind the works of the festival.
Join our artists for an exchange of ideas and stories, as they expand on their works and unravel the themes, inspirations and influences that inform their experimental projects.FIND OUT MORE
SECURE YOUR PLACE IN OUR WORKSHOPS (NUMBERS ARE LIMITED)
Get hands-on with the artists, educators and collaborators of Liveworks in this series of intimate and interactive classes designed by-artists-for-artists. You’ll learn theoretical and practical skills to apply to your own work, and meet a host of other like-minded makers. Expand your mind, stretch your muscles and try something new!FIND OUT MORE
LIVEWORKS ACCESSIBILITY PERFORMANCES
We are committed to making our Liveworks Festival as accessible and inclusive as possible, and 2016 will be our most accessible yet with Auslan Interpreted Performances, Tactile Tours and Audio Described Performances.FIND OUT MORE
LIVEWORKS NIGHTLY PASSES
Day Pass: The Talk + Mermermer
Immerse yourself in the Liveworks Festival with a matinee pass, which enable you to see two performances in one day. Your day pass will also give you access to all of the free performances and exhibitions happening that day: a day at the edge of experimental practice!
Nightly Pass: The Talk + Mermermer
Immerse yourself in the Liveworks Festival with these nightly passes, which enable you to see two performances in one evening. Your nightly pass will also give you access to all of the free performances and exhibitions happening that evening: a night at the edge of experimental practice!FIND OUT MORE
LIVEWORKS PERFORMANCES & EXHIBITIONS: 27 – 31 OCTOBER
SPIRIT OF THINGS: THE SOUND OF OBJECTS
A moving sonic response to Indigenous objects and artefacts held in museum collections globally, Spirit of Things is a new music-based performance work by Nardi Simpson and Kaleena Briggs, members of the award-winning musical duo, the Stiff Gins, in collaboration with renowned British director Felix Cross.FIND OUT MORE
SOFTMACHINE: XIOAKE X ZIHAN
CHOY KA FAI
Chinese artists XiaoKe x ZiHan make collaborative works that explore the extremes of bodily movement to reflect on the social and political context of China. Their SoftMachine performance draws on their experience of constant cultural surveillance to investigate the boundaries of artistic freedom.FIND OUT MORE
CHOY KA FAI
A performer of remarkable precision and intelligence, Rianto is an Indonesian-born dancer living in Tokyo. His mastery of both traditional and contemporary styles includes extensive training in Lengger: an erotic dance that crosses the boundaries of gender.FIND OUT MORE
A FAINT EXISTENCE
KRISTINA CHAN AND FORCE MAJEURE
The stunning full-length solo debut from acclaimed Australian dancer-choreographer Kristina Chan, A Faint Existence is a powerful physical meditation on impermanence, fragility and mortality in the age of climate change.FIND OUT MORE
Wash away your regrets, your fears and your imperfections in this intimate one-on-one encounter with Taiwanese performance artist River Lin.FIND OUT MORE
CHOI KA FAI
The SoftMachine: Exhibition presents the incredible trove of research collected by Choy Ka Fai during his expedition across the choreographic landscape of Asia.FIND OUT MORE
WE THE PEOPLE
DEBORAH KELLY, ANNA MCMAHON, BENJAMIN FORSTER, DAVID CAPRA AND EMMA SAUNDERS
We the People is a collaborative project situated within the small community groups that populate the inner-city neighbourhood of Darlington. These unique organisations are spaces of leisure—of song, language, food or ideas—and give us an insight into the cultural capital and small histories that tie this suburb together. We The People examines the social fabric that creates a neighborhood and the many different ways culture brings us together.FIND OUT MORE
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MERMERMER + THE TALK
Immerse yourself in the Liveworks Festival with a matinee pass, which enable you to see two performances in one… Read More
THE TALK & MERMERMER
Immerse yourself in the Liveworks Festival with these nightly passes, which enable you to see two performances in… Read More