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Goodbye, CSIRAC

Goodbye, CSIRAC invites you to experience a retro sci-fi audio tour, leading you into the guts of the Melbourne Museum to uncover the true story of CSIRAC, “Australia’s first computer”. But watch out! As lights blink and paper tape whirrs, the forgotten history of female computer operators just might summon the mysterious Ghost of Computers Past…

A love letter to 1960s computing and sci-fi, Goodbye, CSIRAC commemorates the things – and people – we forget when technologies become obsolete.

Hiatus Next Wave Festival 2012

Hiatus

Hiatus is a live performance work propelled by recent and ongoing natural disasters. Assertions that we are now experiencing “the beginnings of a new kind of future in which mega-disasters are going to be more frequent” are both subject and inspiration of artists’ Fiona Bryant and Lucy Farmer’s performance – a guided bus tour to the edge of the earth. This is a bus tour with a difference. Its destination is purposely imprecise. One performer is sensibly riding the bus; the other is fervently running…all the way. Hiatus is a bold and refulgent offering for a broken world and uncertain future.

Talon Salon Next Wave Festival 2012

Talon Salon

Choose your own colour. Listen to it speak!

Talon Salon is a site-specific audio theatre work about Vietnamese-run nail salons in Australia, presented within a salon. Immerse your mind in one of four fictional audio pieces while you receive the nail treatment of your choice. Glimpse into the nail salon universe – workers, owners, customers, daughters, husbands and passers by.

Listen. Watch. Chat.

FLYWAY Next Wave Festival 2012

FLYWAY

Strange strangers! Go onwards. Look upwards. FLYWAY invites you to join the flock.

Trust your instincts and the golden wings. Channel your vision and take a migratory walk through the city, to quiet bird spaces and spectacular scenes. Cousins! Follow Elizabeth Dunn, with sound artist Lawrence English, as they investigate the enchanting nature of migratory birds and the epic annual journeys they make across a shifting globe in search of rest, food and a nest. In the midst of the human and bird networks that are devoted to this epic act of traveling on, there are signs of hope. We will welcome tomorrow.

Fifteen Next Wave Festival 2012

fifteen

Woven through Melbourne’s peak hour pedestrian traffic, fifteen is a site-responsive work that critically dissects body language and proxemic theories to investigate human behaviour in the city. With the inevitable intrusion of strangers into our intimate zone, humans react by limiting body movement, avoiding eye contact, stripping emotion from the face and avoiding direct contact with strangers. Created, produced and performed in public space, fifteen invites audiences to immerse themselves in a live mixed-audio soundtrack, watching the performance emerge and disappear in the environment around them.

How much are we willing to engage with the unfamiliar. What are you doing? We are working.

Chrysalis Next Wave Festival 2012

Chrysalis

Percussionist Matthias Schack-Arnott collaborates with Buro Architects to create a dark and immersive work for one person at a time. Enclosed in a small custom-built space, a visceral sonic world is experienced through shifting walls.

Chrysalis is a reflection on structures which enclose, restrict and envelope, and how they can be both nurturing and torturous. Matthias has developed a new approach to his percussive practice, in which complex webs of sound are formed from elemental materials – sand, grains, stone and pressurised air – harnessed in fierce and fragile textural intersections. Chrysalis leads you into a solitary world of confinement, vulnerability and metamorphosis.

Co-presented with Speak Percussion

The Stream The Boat The Shore The Bridge Next Wave Festival 2012

The Stream / The Boat / The Shore / The Bridge

In a world where we all want something, but don’t always know how to get it you’ll have the chance to see the world from four perspectives - The Stream / The Boat / The Shore / The Bridge - and add your thoughts, your voice and your hands to the action. Sometimes connected, sometimes divided, you’ll have some questions to answer and decisions to make.

Water flows through the city. Where did it come from? Where will it go? Will you go with the flow?