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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.

Hull Next Wave Festival 2012

Hull

Visual artists Laura Delaney and Danae Valenza have collaborated with the Mission to Seafarers to create a site-specific installation within the historic building. Audiences are invited inside to share a space where merchant seafarers spend their days between voyages. Mission to Seafarers provides a temporary home to a community of 60,000 seafarers who dock in Melbourne’s ports each year.  A constant turnover of ships, crew and stories has been translated into a body of visual and sound-based works, located throughout the building. Hull explores our connection to ports, patterns of migration and trade by turning to those who experience the realities of life at sea, tracing uncharted aspects of Melbourne’s maritime history and reconsidering the contemporary significance of seafaring communities.

Hull launches on Sunday 20 May 2-6pm, rum for all seafarers and land-dwellers in the Mission to Seafarers dome (All other drinks can be purchased at the bar to help support the not-for-profit Mission to Seafarers).

Hull includes the free exhibition at Mission to Seafarers and a ticketed film and music event, RESCORE. Speakeasy Cinema and Danae Valenza will present a reimagining of silent cinema, inviting local musicians to rescore the experimental visions of seminal filmmakers.

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

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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.

Creo Nova Next Wave Festival 2012

Creo Nova

With a BANG, WHIR and a ZHIT…, Creo Nova brings the souls of your ears back to life. In a series of performances, installations and public sermons, Creo Nova will peer into the depths of sonic manipulation and open up a new world of engaging with sound. Be prepared to be shocked, amazed and even a little bemused by mega-phone whirlwinds, singing plants and deep sea gurglers.

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