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thursday 16 august 2012

Salamat Siang from Jogja,

My curatorial residency at Cemeti Art House is just about over and what a ride it's been. The art scene here is thriving and I've met some amazing artists - each with a strong and clear commitment to the wider arts community. This sense of generosity was the subject of a talk I gave recently at ICAN. The work of a lot of the artists in Jogja exhibits a degree of selflessness and concern for the experience of the wider public - artists band together to share knowledge and resources, they turn their homes into exhibition spaces to exhibit the work of younger artists, they directly collaborate with local communities to create work that reflects the experience of those around them. It's inspiring.

Closer to home, 2012 NWF artists Lucky PDF have teamed up with Soda Jerk for TV Dinners, a new project opening at Bus Projects on the 28th and if you're in Brisbane be sure to check out Elizabeth Willing's solo show Gut Feeling at Metro Art - you'll never look at a casserole the same way again.

Speaking of food, I've got time for one last plate of tempeh before I'm out of here, but not before I leave you with this week's highlight of the internetz - ever encountered Indonesian black metal karaoke before? If you like what you see, Cangkang Serigala will be playing a couple of gigs in Melbourne in September - so watch out!

Selamat tinggal,


Serena Bentley
Artistic Program Manager, Next Wave

Image: Elizabeth Willing and Stephen Russell’s work at Fresh Produce - NWF 2012. See Elizabeth’s work now at Metro Arts.

Next Wave News

Warm fuzzies from our friends at Fierce Festival

Speaking of generosity, Fierce Festival co-director and NWF 2012 Resident Harun Morrison has written some beautiful words on our festival in this is tomorrow...


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Gut Feeling at Metro Arts


NW alumnus Elizabeth Willing knows the way to our hearts here at NW HQ is through our stomachs, and her latest exhibition looks set to woo us yet again. Gut Feeling sees Willing continue her gastronomical exploration, this time delving into the anxieties and beliefs surrounding feeding and food in a society becoming increasingly aware of what they eat...

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Image: Elizabeth Willing

TV Dinners at BUS Projects


Head out for a night in at BUS Projects’ as they transform their gallery space into a familiar lounge room for their latest exhibition TV Dinners. Presenting recent works by young British and Australian artists and art collectives, including Next Wave alumni LuckyPDF and Soda_Jerk, TV Dinners explores the flourishing relationship between television and the internet...

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Image: BUS Projects

Next Wave Is Reading


via Nicole Smith

Hands off- my first feminist action, by Miranda july

via Emily Sexton

Eaves dropping in an airport, Michael Kaiser on dancing dads

via Emily Sexton

Bruce springsteen's sxsw keynote address

via Emily Sexton

Annabel Stafford discusses the point of pointlessness

via Lucy McNamara
Next Wave News

Giveaway: Theatre Works

This week Barking Spider Visual Theatre present the premier season of The Memorandium. Born from an unwavering fascination in objects and our relationship to them, The Memorandium is a theatrical exploration of memory that uncovers stories, feelings and impressions residing within us all; asking the question “Is memory more imagination or fact?”. Blending interactive, improvised storytelling with objects, puppetry, and an installation-set, audience members are encouraged to feel ownership of, and inclusion in, the performance throughout. We have four double passes up for grabs for the 18 August performance; email to get your mitts on them.

16 August – 1 September 2012
Theatre Works
14 Acland St, St Kilda

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Giveaway: Malthouse Theatre

In 1977, the Voyager spacecraft sent a time capsule into outer space. Carefully composed golden phonograph records containing images, sounds, music and diagrams were launched into the atmosphere - a shiny ‘message in a bottle’ from our planet, the pale blue dot. Produced by Next Wave’s own Marketing and Development Manager, Nicole Smith and performed by OpticNerve Performance Group, Pale Blue Dot interweaves the stories of several figures connected by brief moments in time and subtle links in space. We’ve got three double passes to give away to the 31 Aug preview to some lucky Pegboard readers, email for your chance to win.

1- 15 September
Malthouse Theatre
113 Sturt Street, Southbank

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Victorian Emerging Playwrights Fellowship

This year the National Young Playwrights Award is reborn as Victorian Emerging Playwrights Fellowship. The program supports Victoria’s brightest new writing talent to take an early script to the next level. If you are aged between 13 – 30 and a current resident in Victoria then you are eligible to apply. You can read more about the fellowship and how to apply here.

Applications close this Friday August 17

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Work at Falls Marion Bay

The Falls Music & Arts Festival is looking for fun, fabulous and hard working folks to volunteer at this year’s 10th anniversary event in Marion Bay, Tasmania. They need enthusiastic people to help with all areas of operations from December 28 – January 1 inclusive. You must be 18 years or over, have a passion for music and festivals, and be willing to work as part of a team in an outdoor environment. You will gain valuable experience at a leading Australian festival, a free ticket to the event, free camping, free meals while on shift and lots more. You will also meet awesome people and have a lot of fun in a truly gorgeous part of the world. For more info and to apply, visit the Work At Falls page of their website or email

Applications close 26 August

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