Buenos Dias! This week’s Pegboard is OUT featuring staff updates from Buenos Aires, artists doing doing fabulous things in familiar and unsuspecting places plus call-outs for new works in 2013. Get into it here.
Today we launch our search for young and emerging artists across the country who are keen to be part of the next Next Wave.
We are opening applications for Kickstart 2013, our flagship artist development program. Kickstart is money, time, space and guidance for artists to make their most extraordinary idea – a reality. You can see all the details on our (new and sparkling!) website. Serena and I are travelling throughout the country over the next two months, until applications close on November 2. So if you’re an artist – do not wait! We want to sit down and talk to you about your ideas, and we want to do that now.
And, today we launch our theme for the next two years and our 2014 Festival (1 – 11 May). As you know I’m more interested in questions than rules. This is an offer, not a guide.
New Grand Narrative
How do we come to care about things we’re not interested in?
The information we encounter is increasingly curated. And we have increased ability to filter that which doesn’t add to our worldview. There are less pages of the newspaper to turn, more apps to buy and I don’t have to follow you if you’re not relevant.
What are the grand narratives of our time? How do we come to understand them and whose voices create their meaning? The rise of China, the fall of our environment, the movement of people across borders; all shared with so many strangers. How are these stories told? Who is forgotten and who is made invisible?
How does this narrowing affect what we imagine?
Who can redesign the frame, make decisions on the composition and shine light on new players?
Next Wave’s Kickstart program is money, time and space for artists to dream larger than they ever have before.
Want the low-down on the where, when, who and why? There’s no better way than actually coming and talking to us about it. And if you’re feeling a little shy, why not use the comfort of the group to realise we’re not that scary after all?
Hear from previous Kickstart participants and our Artistic Director Emily Sexton on the next Next Wave theme; ask all the questions you like, and start concocting your application for Australia’s most provocative and challenging artist development program.
Wednesday 12 September 6:30pm at Metro Arts 11 Edward St, Brisbane
Wednesday 19 September 6:30pm at Next Wave HQ Arts House Meatmarket 5 Blackwood St, North Melbourne
Sunday 30 September 11:30am at The Crack House, Dining Room (Yes this is during This Is Not Art)
And for the rest of you – stay tuned for more details in forthcoming Pegboards!
This week Next Wave alumni Applespiel premier their brand new work Applespiel Make A Band And Take On The Recording Industry, at Carriageworks, Sydney. Developed at Performance Space in 2011, the show charts the collective’s fictional rise into rock stardom, as they make, promote and perform an album. The highs and lows of number one hits and clashing egos are on display as Applespiel go from bottom of the food chain to top of the pops, and expose the personal stories hidden beneath the shroud of the popular group. Tickets $15-$30.
25 July-4 August Carriageworks, Sydney 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh (cnr Codrington Street)
The Greater Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere (GACPS) is on a diplomatic mission to Artereal Gallery, Sydney this month, presenting artefacts from the NWF 2012 exhibition. Conceived as an embassy for a fictional pan-Asian empire, GACPS explores the duality of the artists’ cultural legacy as Australians of both Western and Asian heritage. Works from the exhibition display the complexities and challenges of identity, forming a bizarre and humorous take on the clash between traditional cultures and contemporary globalised culture.
Liesel Zink’s fifteen, developed as part of Kickstart and presented at NWF 2012, will be weaving through a new audience in Brisbane this September. Featuring as part of Under the Radar at Brisbane Festival, fifteen brings fluid choreography to an unusual stage – the space between commuters in rush hour pedestrian traffic. Immersed in a live mixed-audio soundtrack, the audience will see a performance emerge and fade among the crowd inching their way home through Brisbane’s Queen Street mall from 7-15 September.
NWF 2012 Artist Tiffany Singh storms Sydney with her new work Knock on the sky listen to the sound on now as part of the 18th Biennale of Sydney. Drawing on ceremonial materials and ritual practices, the work builds on Singh’s philosophies and practice, making the sky above Pier 2/3 a musical, sacred space. Audiences are invited to revisit the work in August and take the chimes on a personal pilgrimage home and finally to a dedicated space on Cockatoo Island.
27 June – 16 September Pier 2/3 13 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay