FESTIVAL OF EXPERIMENTAL ART
18 - 28 OCTOBER 2018
Experience the extraordinary at Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art from the 18th to the 28th of October.
Across ten days our award-winning festival will dazzle and delight with an inspiring program of innovative new work by acclaimed Australian and Asia Pacific artists.
Leap into a program of bold and brave new work that invites you to wade through wet foundations, get lost in otherworldly landscapes, witness bodies laid bare and broken, silently embrace strangers and escape to a visionary future led by women of colour.
Liveworks is the place to discover what’s next in contemporary art and brush shoulders with some of the most brilliant artists of our time. Performances, installations, virtual reality and beyond – Liveworks is your chance to #getexperimental.
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Performance Space #pspace
DANIEL KOK & MIHO SHIMIZU
Experience a remarkable collision of dance, sculpture and live electronic music with xhe. Unfolding over the length of an evening, this immersive performance envelops the audience in a search for the elusive xhe: a figure that is not “he”, not “she”, nor “it”. Moving within a kaleidoscope of shifting patterns, moving objects, syncretic sounds, uncanny forms and enchanting moments, the artists will create a shared space of imagination and collective daydream in which to summon, receive, discover, and even become xhe.BOOK NOW
WORKING WITH CHILDREN
Imagine a woman who works with children, but has a secret she’s incredibly ashamed of. Now imagine a man who works with children, but says and does things in private he wouldn’t want made public. Created by internationally-acclaimed performance artist Nicola Gunn (Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster, Liveworks 2016), Working With Children explores the moral and ethical minefield of working with children, and the moral ambiguities it raises. This trailblazing new performance is filled with Gunn’s distinctive humour and unflinching social commentary.BOOK NOW
CIRCLES OF FIRE: THE AMPHITHEATRE
JOHN A DOUGLAS
Inspired by the artist’s experience of a life-saving kidney transplant, this visually rich four-part work explores the transformative experience of chronic illness, treatment and recovery. Combining John A Douglas’ signature science fiction-inspired imagery with stunning footage of landscapes and ancient architecture around the world Circles of Fire: The Amphitheatre brings together video installation, virtual reality, medical procedures and live performance to invite us inside Douglas’ physical experience, witnessing the wonder and terror of the medicalised human body.
Circles of Fire: The Amphitheatre unfolds over four acts each day: The Video Installation, The VR Experience, The Cannulation Performance, The Amphitheatre Performance.BOOK NOW
Extraordinary Indonesian dancer Rianto (Softmachine, Liveworks 2016) returns to Performance Space with his first full-length solo performance. Medium is a powerful contemporary take on Lengger: the traditional, cross-gender Javanese dance developed over hundreds of years and taught to Rianto by masters of the form. Combining movement with live vocals and music, Medium is Rianto’s universal call for freedom, opening the space between manhood and womanhood; customs and religious principles; conscious control and trance.BOOK NOW
UNCANNY VALLEY GIRL
The fembot—hybrid of woman and machine—embodies our deepest anxieties. Our dread of being destroyed by technology becomes more horrific when feminised, as though our ultimate fear is not only the rise of the machine, but the rising up of the female body. Uncanny Valley Girl, by trailblazing Sydney artist Angela Goh, merges live performance, text, and a razor sharp soundtrack to reclaim the fembot icon and imagine it anew.BOOK NOW
Created by pioneering Japanese sound artist Asuna, 100 Keyboards is a captivating site-specific listening experience. One hundred cheap plastic keyboards play the same key, generating an undulating sonic harmony both mesmerising and mysterious. Sound waves on the same frequency multiply and bounce off in myriad directions, creating a complex sonic field of interference and reverberation that swells and changes over time. Don’t miss the Sydney premiere of this internationally-acclaimed experimental music performance.BOOK NOW
Witness the power of a visionary future with Hannah Brontë’s WISHWITCH: a club night turned immersive installation celebrating women of colour. Drawing on First Nations cultural practices of empowerment and trance, Fempre$$: WISHWITCH will transport you to an alternate universe where societal structures are challenged and matriarchal futures manifest. Blending hip hop, video art, installation and performance, Brontë places women on the mic, the decks and the dancefloor.BOOK NOW
INFINITY MINUS ONE
Against a backdrop of pulsing music, multiplying lasers and super-precise choreography, Infinity Minus One explores our place as humans in the vast scale of cosmic time and space. Created through research at CERN, this hypnotic new work emulates the behaviour of cosmic rays and the scientific devices used to detect them. Acclaimed Taiwanese choreographer Su Wen-Chi has created Infinity Minus One with a phenomenal team of artists, unravelling some of science’s biggest questions about the nature of our universe.BOOK NOW
HIGH PERFORMANCE PACKING TAPE
In High Performance Packing Tape, celebrated Australian company Branch Nebula employ readymade materials—stationery and disposable hardware items—to place performer Lee Wilson in a series of mind-bending planes and predicaments. The tension of cheap materials pushed to breaking point, inevitable equipment failure, and imminent physical demise lead to horrific scenarios. Safety and wellbeing are de-prioritised in new and liberating ways. High Performance Packing Tape faces fear, self preservation and risk management to create enthralling new possibilities for physical performance.BOOK NOW
In the back of a stationary truck, discover an unlikely bedchamber, where you’re invited into a stranger’s embrace. In a moment of fleeting closeness, audience member and performer enact a fundamental human desire: to hold and be held in the arms of another.
A much-loved signature work originally performed by Norman, Rest Area enters its second decade re-scored for a cast of bodies. Simple and profound, Rest Area is a one-to-one meditation on longing, comfort, and the melancholy eroticism of loneliness.BOOK NOW
RETURN TO ESCAPE FROM WOOMERA
Fifteen years ago, a group of Australians made Escape From Woomera: a politically explosive video game that put players in the shoes of a refugee held in immigration detention. Applespiel invite you to play Escape from Woomera in this specially-commissioned live gaming and performance experience. Each night, the artists create a live commentary to accompany the gameplay alongside human rights advocates, refugees and the creators of the original game, exploring the contemporary significance of this cultural intervention.BOOK NOW
SWEATING THE FOUNDATIONS
Drawing on Carriageworks’ industrial history, 110% rezone the precinct’s public space as a site of active art vocation in this large-scale sculpture. Unfolding throughout Liveworks, this parasitic installation creates porous and leaky architectural forms that receive ongoing support and attention from highly disciplined workers through durational performance activations. Come and wander the wetness as 110% sweat the foundations of minimal sculpture and reimagine the practice of collaborative labour.FIND OUT MORE
REALTIME IN REAL TIME
Celebrate the legacy and vision of Australia’s much-loved arts publication in this extraordinary discussion and performance event. Unfolding over 5 hours, this continuous, informally-facilitated open conversation will evolve via chat, micro-performances and improvisations. RealTime in real time charts the remarkable transformation of the art experience over the last quarter of a century and how we’ve responded to it as practitioners, audiences and writers. Join in this all-too-rare opportunity to slow down and reflect on where we’ve been and where we might be heading.BOOK NOW
KEYNOTE LECTURE: CURATING CONTEXTS
ONG KENG SEN
Performance Space is thrilled to welcome the visionary artist, curator and festival director Ong Keng Sen to deliver the 2018 Liveworks Keynote Lecture. Known for his transformative Artistic Directorships of TheatreWorks (Singapore) and the Singapore International Festival of Arts, as well as his groundbreaking work as a performance maker and theatre director, Ong’s approach to interdisciplinary and cross-cultural performance has been a leading influence shaping how Asia-Pacific practice is received internationally. Join us for an evening of insight into the rich and ever-changing performance landscape through the eyes of this landmark artist.BOOK NOW
DAY FOR NIGHT
Bringing the best of the club together with Australia’s finest queer artists, Day for Night returns to close out Liveworks with a bang. This edition of Sydney’s hottest and most diverse queer art party brings some of our most trailblazing senior artists together with a new generation of performers, DJs and troublemakers. From stories of Sydney’s secret history of queer underground parties to probing the intersection of race, culture and sexuality, Day for Night will make you think and sweat in equal measure!BOOK NOW
Each weekend of Liveworks join us for coffee and chat with the festival artists and a range of special guests. Liveworks Conversations will offer insights into the ideas and processes behind the works of the festival. Join our artists for an exchange of idea and stories, as they reflect on their works and discuss the theories, inspirations and influences that inform them.FIND OUT MORE
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 theories 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
Get hands on with the artists, educators and collaborators of Liveworks in this series of intimate and interactive… Read More
DAY FOR NIGHT
SAT 27 OCT, 12PM – LATE Bringing the best of the club together with Australia’s finest… Read More
ART/SCIENCE WORKSHOP: EXPERIMENTS BETWEEN DISCIPLINES
10AM – 4PM, MON 15 OCT OFFSITE AT CRITICAL PATH Following a residency at the Large… Read More
WORKING WITH CHILDREN
THURS 18 OCT, 8PM FRI 19 OCT, 7PM SAT 20 OCT, 3PM & 7PM Imagine a woman who… Read More
FRI 19 OCT, 8PM – 1AM SUN 21 OCT, 2 – 7PM Experience a remarkable collision of dance,… Read More
CIRCLES OF FIRE: THE AMPHITHEATRE
WED 24 – SUN 28 OCT Inspired by the artist’s experience of a life-saving kidney transplant,… Read More
FRI 19 OCT, 8.30PM SAT 20 OCT, 2PM & 8.30PM SUN 21 OCT, 7PM Extraordinary Indonesian dancer… Read More
UNCANNY VALLEY GIRL
THURS 18 OCT, 8PM FRI 19 OCT, 7PM SAT 20 OCT, 7PM SUN 21 OCT, 5PM The fembot—hybrid… Read More
THURS 18 OCT, 8PM FRI 19 OCT, 8.30PM SAT 20 OCT, 8.30PM Created by pioneering Japanese sound… Read More
SAT 20 OCT, 9PM – LATE Witness the power of a visionary future with Hannah Brontë’s WISHWITCH:… Read More
INFINITY MINUS ONE
WED 24 OCT, 8.30PM THURS 25 OCT, 8.30PM FRI 26 OCT, 8.30PM Against a backdrop of pulsing… Read More