Weather Lore/ Speculative Culture
Sarah Neville, Matthew Thomas and family
This artistic residency with my family at Oratunga sheep station in the Flinders Ranges is our third annual pilgrimage to places that speak to us about critical changes in the weather. With ears to the ground we follow leads on emergent stories and sayings about the weather in times of climate change.
As artists we record the stories of the community, respond to the environment and reflect on weather lore as it is evolving in these times and speculate about the stories of the future.
Weather lore is based on observation of the environment and the impact that changes in the weather have on insects, animals, birds and people. At Oratunga, we seek to uncover weather lore, both ancient and futuristic, indigenous and pastoral through conversations with locals. Through shared meals, cups of tea, tours and personal observations we seek out the yarns that thread the community together.
2Beaches/What Are You Thinking (PLACElab 15: Noarlunga)
residency & exhibition
Artists: Belle Bassin and Dario Vacirca (and guests)
How can we bring the reckoning power of the Beach to an art space? How do we bring the Art Space to a shopping centre?
We sit at the eye of a storm,
Safe in our protective zone of a nation,
Beyond its perimeters our nation is a beast,
Striking incredible violence on other nations and stateless humans.
From our edges, we can gaze out. We rush to these spaces to reconcile ourselves, to meet with others and share a conciliatory space. Yet we guard these edges from those we do not know, the ones we don’t understand.
Considering Hannah Arendt’s proposition of ‘the banality of evil’, being that real evil seems to occur through following orders and repeating stock phrases as a method of avoidance of thought, we invite 2Beaches to this space as a place for conciliation and to facilitate broader thinking. We recede the waters and invite our neighbors to join us at this quiet beach within the Colonnades Shopping Centre.
“The Colonnades housed us and our beach for a month. We met with open-minded creative people who have shared their visions, thoughts and creativity – a Creation Centre for those willing to wander into something as absurdly wonderful, as an art space in a shopping mall.” Belle
Is this your life
An endurance performance for two to four identical performers this work explores a series of universal and context specific topics through questioning with an audience that can arrive, depart and return at any point.
Originally commissioned for Crack Theatre Festival, ITYL is being reworked as a touring show in the UK in 2015.
Now We Can Talk
CONTEMPORARY THEATRE EXPERIENCE
Described as “The definitive fringe experience” by the Adelaide Theatre Guide
Now We Can Talk had a sold out, award winning season at the 2014 Adelaide Fringe. Audiences were invited to go beneath the Adina Treasury Tunnels to witness an immersive theatre experience that would take you on a personalised, emotional journey through a series of explicitly human experiences. Audience members were not passive throughout the program, but drawn deep within the show’s make-up, divulging their own secrets, lies, loves, regrets and goals. Using information gleaned from the audience, the performers constructed improvised scenes in real-time involving everyone present to explore different facets of personality and emotion. Through this, it was evident that these strata of human experience are not unique to just the audience members, but universally experienced through the toil of our everyday. Now We Can Talk is the brainchild of English-born producer, theatre-maker and new media artist Lukus Robbins.
“You’ll emerge still mentally absorbed in the piece and looking at the world around you a little differently. If nothing else, isn’t that what theatre should achieve”
Rip It Up Review
Payneham Rd Social Art Controversy
Workshop, Development, Presentation
“Where are you?” “Do your thoughts lead you, or you lead your thoughts?” “What do you feel about your hair?” “Australia is not the 51st State of America: please respond”
In March we started a series of projects using documentary theatre, photographic installation, abstract portraiture and performance interviews with residents and users of the Payneham Rd, Marden corner. A busy suburban shopping and community services area, the corner has increasing numbers of people from China, Tonga, Korea, India and Kurdistan moving into the area. Workshops and sessions result in an exhibition and performance using the facilities in and around our Marden base. The first of these projects The Marriage of Kuronoz and Harmony was an intervention into the activities of Harmony Day. This intervention also forms part of a larger global art work – Kuronoz.
July 22-24 2014, Queen’s Theatre, Adelaide
In 2011 Fee Plumley sidelined her increasingly respectable career as a creative digital consultant to take up a new life as a bus-loving nomadic geek artist.
From 22-24 July, Fee, and her beautiful big red bus #homeJames, settled down to make temporary home at the Queen’s Theatre in Adelaide CBD.
Audiences joined them and their special guests in a series of days and nights with a Nomad as they provided an insight into the practical, creative and philosophical challenges of reinventing both yourself and your home in a contemporary climate.
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From Winter to Window
From Winter to Window is a performance for public private spaces using new and old technologies to create an uncanny experience for multiple individuals simultaneously. Exploring intergenerational trauma through war time slavery.
Created for the Asian and Australian touring circuit, this is a collaboration of Open Space with USD and Ludi (Korea), and Well (Vic).
An event of new works in exploration by SA’s leading performance and experimental artists.
Under provocation or direction of Dario Vacirca and in response to Theatre Entropia from Greece’s PIGS-Sotiria , A’kneehowling saw strange new works and politically biting short pieces from Paulo Castro, Steve Noonan, Boris Baggatini, Cheri Fang, Matt Plummer, Fergus Regan, Mark Timberlake plus audience intervention by Sarah Neville, Nikky Rydon and Josh Hoare.
Paul Gazzola’s Spin Solo/ Spin Double
INSTALLATION / PERFORMANCE
Spin Solo/ Spin Double: an outdoor performance installation + video projection presented 7 times across 4 different locations in the Adelaide CBD.
Initially conceived and performed as scenography for a larger work, Spin Solo/Spin Double seamlessly transposed from an indoor context. The work was seen in the myriad of onlookers who actively spent time watching or attempted to spin themselves.
As some audience said:
“I have never seen public art like this before” & “If this is public art then give me more”!
Created by Paul Gazzola
Performed by Brad Williams and Paul Gazzola
Commissioned for Adelaide City Council’s Unexpected City Program.
Water Project – Collaboration with RYT
In partnership with Riverland Youth Theatre, artists Mark Timberlake, Paula Gallagher and Kathryn Sproul hosted intergenerational workshops in large-scale lantern making and puppetry and spectacle through in-school and a broader community program.
The work culminated in a processional parade, taking place in 4 locations across the Riverland region and culminating in a live performance on the Renmark river, pre-ceeding spectacular fireworks.
Riverland Region, SA
Photos by Italo Vardaro
In 2013 Open Space artists Daniele Poidomani and Matthew Plummer created The Monsters Project in partnership with the one of Australia’s largest and most iconic events – Woodford Folk Festival.
The artists led a team of many in creating Three Giant Monster Puppets which were developed from drawings by children who were asked to describe their MONSTER! A public exhibition of the drawings was held to select the three drawings that the team best thought would make amazing puppet monsters.
These puppets were transformed over an intensive three weeks and were performed by a team of volunteers and the child who originally conjured their monster!
The three monster puppets were featured in Moolaba as well as the Woodford Opening Ceremony the daily festival program and the Fire Event.
Original Concept: Joey Ruigrok
Artistic Director: Daniele Poidomani
Artist: Matt Plummer
Produced: Open Space and Woodford Folk Festival
The Human Voice
Creative Development 1
THE HUMAN VOICE (working title) A contemporary re-working of The Human Voice, a play by J Cocteau. A solo exploration on resilience and survival. An intimate gaze at how gender defines our perception of self.
Sarah Neville & Nadia Cusimano
inSPACE Development program
Adelaide Festival Centre
Supported by Open Space through it’s Associate Artist Program
Hovering above the Future Gardens Exhibition at the Adelaide Festival Centre during Come Out Festival 2013, Inflatable Dreams was a floating world of inflatable sculptures for children and families to explore.
These sculptures were designed by students from ten South Australian schools based on their dreams for the future.
Students also had a hand in creating smaller inflatable sculptures that surrounded their Big Dream image.
Open Space artists conducted workshops in the schools to assist the students to design and build their inflatable dreams. Open Space then designed and installed the exhibition of inflatable sculptures on the Northern Plaza at the Adelaide Festival Centre, complementing the Future Gardens Exhibition in the Terraces underneath.
Participating schools: Burra Community School, Felixstow Community School, Glenunga International High School, Greenwith primary School, Jervois Primary School, Marree Aboriginal School, Morphett Vale Primary School, Pooraka Primary School, St Dominic’s Priory College and St Peter’s Girls School.
Nikki Rydon – Project Director
Mark Timberlake – Lead Designer
Matt Plummer, Paula Gallagher, Tis Milner Nichols, Tony Hannan – Project facilitators, makers and installers
Pre 2012 – Work by Kneehigh Puppeteers
Kneehigh Puppeteers established a firm reputation for innovative giant puppets and technical theatre design and installation. Touring internationally and realising large commissions from Festivals around Australia.
From the very popular Android Sisters to interactive installations such as the Eco Tower to indoor theatre productions like Don’t Push that Button, Kneehigh always provided their audience or client with a bent, playful, cheeky and magical experience.