WAKE UP: At The Request of Carl Sagan

Applespiel believe that Next Wave should commit itself to achieving the goal, before the festival is out, of sending someone to the stars and returning them safely to the earth. No single space project in this festival will be more impressive to mankind, or more important for the long-range exploration of space-based theatre, and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish.

Take a journey into the known and unknown.


WAKE UP: Th¿nk³

Are you thinking? Have you ever really thought? We think. At Th¿nk³ we have reinvented thought for the 21st century human. Come join master thinkers Charlie and Tully as they think about thought. At Th¿nk³ we have your think efficiency covered. Th¿nk³ is a space for you to think and a service for you to materialize your thoughts. Inventions while-u-wait

At Th¿nk³ we think… cubed


WAKE UP: The School of Global Art: Down Under!

The School of Global Art extends its global outreach to sign up new class of international students, setting up our first Global Outreach campus in Melbourne, Australia.

Expanding this year’s topics to include close reading of teenage Tumblr Asks, discussion of the discussion of the ‘Arab Spring’ and history of painting up to CS5. This term also includes practical modules in Meditation for Artistic Inspiration and Art by Telephone/Google+ Hangouts. SGA:DU brings together artists, writers and academics from London, Berlin, LA, Tehran and Hong Kong with local Melbournite experts for a nine-day intensive programme.

How does the world look upside down? Join us to find out!


WAKE UP: Way Out


Over the course of eight succinct dance parties, Way Out examines contemporary modes of divine experience. Is the epiphanic ecstasy of dancing all night lesser than attending a church service at 9am on a Sunday morning? Can we achieve the same level of catharsis through mindlessly partying as we can emotionally purging to a ‘higher power’? Is the DJ the new deity?

Let your hair down, cry your eyes out, sweat your prayers and get down to get up in the wildest open-air nightclub ever to be conducted indoors!!

DJ Program

Saturday 19 May
DJ Try Again
Theme: New Beginnings

Sunday 20 May
DJ Love Fool
Theme: Romance/Lust

Monday 21 May
DJ No Way Back
Theme: House/Clubbin’

Tuesday 22 May
Theme: Emotional purge

Wednesday 23 May
DJ Dads with Earrings
Theme: OZ Culture

Thursday 24 May
DJ Death and the Maiden
Theme: Death/Rebirth

Friday 25 May
DJ Outta Here
Theme: Leaving/Holiday

Saturday 26 May
DJ Whoomp! dere it is!
Theme: Various


WAKE UP: Becoming Carol Brown

In Spring of 2009, Carol Brown witnessed a puzzling change within herself. The partitions of her mind fell away and she could no longer tell where she ended and the next person began. She felt connected beyond the internet’s wildest dreams and a carpet of imaginary solutions rolled out beneath her.

In Autumn of 2012, Tape Projects upholsters Carol’s mental furniture into a nine part mini-series. Step on set and cast yourself into the oblique melodrama that is the party within.

Join in on set with episodes going live from 6-10pm each evening of the festival and reruns daily from 12 -4pm.

Episode 1: Aniticipating Anticipation
Episode 2: Receiving Transmissions
Episode 3: Carol Tears It Up
Episode 4: Carol Re-bakes Old Ideas
Episode 5: The Party Within The Party Within
Episode 6: Carol Gets Some Perspective
Episode 7: A Christmas Carol
Episode 8: Cliff-hangover

Hull: Rescore Next Wave Festival 2012

Hull: Rescore

Rescore is a night of short films by the next wave of the avant garde, rescored by local musicians and performed live.

Presented by Danae Valenza and Speakeasy Cinema as part of the Hull exhibition at the Mission to Seafarers, the night features new music by Brite Fight, Bum Creek, Footy, HAGUS (Haima/Gus), Marcus Rechsteiner (UV Race) and Seth Rees (The Spheres) set to films by Ben Russell (USA/FR), Josef Dabernig (AUT), Harald Hund and Paul Horn (AUT), Marie Losier (FR/USA), Michael Robinson (USA) and Semiconductor (UK).

Opening Night House Party Next Wave Festival 2012

Opening Night House Party

Next Wave Festival 2012 won’t be opened with polite ribbon-cutting and lukewarm sem-sauv. Instead, artists and punters are invited to THE SUPER-DEF, THROW-DOWN JIZZAM OF THE YEAR, filling every nook and cranny of Footscray Community Arts Centre with house party charm.

Packed out with performances, installations and party games. Get there early for this and more…

Karaoke with the Greater Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere Ambassadors


MONSTER BODY sneak peek

Rockin out with Yeo Choong (Wheyface) and gooving to DJ sets

Creo Nova sound and light spectacle

Food Trucks, Pop-up bars, marshmallow toasting by the fire and more

Check out our Opening Night Party microsite and get your groove on