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See what what’s happening at our home at Brunswick Mechanics, and right around the continent ↓

Wed 11 May –– Sat 25 Jun | Brunswick Mechanics

Secretos de la Raíz - Innato is a multi-dimensional video installation that investigates ancestral knowledge, and the spiritual and physical connections shared across generations, cultures and continents.

Visit the Sydney Road side of Brunswick Mechanics to view this work and join us for a free performance and conversation with Kathleen Gonzalez on Jun 19.

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Sat 4 Jun | Brunswick Mechanics

What does your gut feeling look like? Can you illustrate your instincts?

In a session of art play, using acrylics and canvas, artist facilitator Aida Azin invites participants to explore their gut health while collectively painting together. No experience needed. All materials provided.

This event is part of Making it in Moreland by Arts Moreland, a free series of workshops, gatherings and talks presented by Next Wave in partnership with Moreland City Council

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Wed 8 Jun | Brunswick Mechanics

Next Wave welcomes back friends and experimental music collective, New North for their fifth concert, Veils. This concert features musicians Reuben Lewis, Jenny Barnes & Cat Hope.

Experience the pulsating delays of Reuben Lewis’s solo electroacoustic, the visceral depths of Jenny Barnes’s extended vocality, and two responses to Cat Hope’s unique graphic scores that communicate with an abstract visual language.

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Sat 11 –– Sun 26 Jun | SiteWorks, TwoSixty & Melbourne

Hyperlocal Headlines takes place as a series of artist-facilitated creative conversations and collective storytelling and writing sessions that imagine the future of news. Participants will become citizen journalists for a day, learning to collaborate with AI technologies, understand media bias and language, and explore how the ways we tell stories can impact collective futures.

Discover Hyperlocal Headlines on display across SiteWorks, TwoSixty and a Melbourne location and participate in public Work Sessions.

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Thu 16 Jun | Glenroy Community Hub

Join our host Shantel Wetherall and artists Roberta Joy Rich, Ngokia Bunda-Health and Mira Oosterweghel as they consider and discuss self-care and community within collaborative and creative practices.

This event is part of Making it in Moreland by Arts Moreland, a free series of workshops, gatherings and talks presented by Next Wave in partnership with Moreland City Council

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Sat 18 Jun | Mood Studios

You’re invited to a free 2-hour workshop with Melbourne based artist Kay Abude at Mood Studios, where we’ll gather for an afternoon of food and conversation to discuss sustainability in art practice.

This event is part of Making it in Moreland by Arts Moreland, a free series of workshops, gatherings and talks presented by Next Wave in partnership with Moreland City Council

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Sat 25 Jun | Brunswick Mechanics

Farewell the festival for another year with a night of interactive readings. As some of our favourite writers share stories, you are invited to guess who is speaking the truth, and who is spinning a web of pure fiction. Will you uncover what is real, or will it all remain a mystery? Who’s to say? Afterwards, join us on the dancefloor as we celebrate the final festival night with a live DJ and our best moves.

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Thu 30 Jun | Schoolhouse Studios, Coburg

Join us for a facilitated panel discussion with artists Luke Duncan King, Larissa MacFarlane and Gemma Mahadeo who share their learnings and experiences about creating work with access at its core.

This event is part of Making it in Moreland by Arts Moreland, a free series of workshops, gatherings and talks presented by Next Wave in partnership with Moreland City Council

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Thu 14 –– Sat 16 Jul | Brunswick Mechanics

Desire is a form of possession, commanding the body from within. Do we resist its embrace, or allow it to compel us wherever it must? Drawing on film tropes of the monster queer, this electronic opera for one is a magical summoning – a longing for communion with the invisible, where the performer’s body moves, and is moved by sound.

Possession celebrates the high drama and craft of opera via a solo performer inhabited by forces beyond human control.

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Feb 2022 | TAS, NSW, VIC
Thu Feb 24 2022 | Brunswick Mechanics VIC
Sat Feb 26 | Brunswick Mechanics, VIC
Fri 4 Feb - Sun 6 Mar | Brunswick Mechanics
Sat 5 Mar | Brunswick Mechanics
Sun 6 Mar | Brunswick Mechanics, VIC
Fri 4 Feb - Sun 6 Mar | Brunswick Mechanics
Wed 9 Mar | Brunswick Mechanics, VIC
Thu 10 Mar | Brunswick Mechanics, VIC
Thu 17 Mar | Brunswick Mechanics
Sun 27 & Tues 29 Mar | Berth 4, Federation Wharf (VIC)
Wed 27 Apr, 7:30PM | Brunswick Mechanics
Thu 28th Apr, 5:30PM | Brunswick Mechanics
  1. Credit: Belinda Locke, ‘Everyday Acts of Disobedience’. Photo: Jack Dixon-Gunn

  2. Credit: Studio Portrait of Aida Azin. Photo: Thomas McCammon

  3. Image: Jenny Barnes. Courtesy of the artist.

  4. Image: Lily Nie at Paperlily Studio. Courtesy of Emerging Writers’ Festival

  5. Credit: The Purple Shall Govern (2022). Photo: Jody Haines.

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  7. Credit: Silk screen printed textiles in the studio (2021). Photo: Kay Abude.

  8. Image: Marcus Whale - Possession. Photo: Rena Zheng.

  9. Image: Kathleen Gonzalez, Secretos de la Raiz (video still), 2022

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  11. Image: New North Foreign, Intimate Concert 4. Courtesy of New North

  12. Image: Radical Hospitality at Next Wave. Photo: Mae Hatrick (2022)

  13. Image: Here We Have It by Amrita Hepi, 2021, VCA Dance, Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, University of Melbourne. Image by Gregory Lorenzutti.

  14. Image: James McLean (photo credit James McLean)

  15. Image: Jacqui Shelton ‘Department of Lost Notes’ Anne Moffat (2022)

  16. Coil, Image: Lucy Parakhina (2022)

  17. Image: Coil. Photo: Rosie Hasties (2022)

  18. Image: install of Jacqui Shelton at Brunswick Mechanics. Courtesy of the artist.

  19. Image: Chik Chika Photo: Nick Mckinlay

  20. Image: Jacqui Shelton ‘Department of Lost Notes’ video- still 2022

  21. Image: Leisuretime I. Photo: Aaron Claringbold and Rebecca Mccauley (2022)

  22. Image: Magic Steven. Courtesy of the artists and Brunswick Music Festival.

  23. Image: Maria Moles. Photo: Nick Mckinlay

  24. Image: Brunswick Mechanics Institute. Photo: Anne Moffatt (2020)

  25. Image: Coil. Photo:Diana Domonkos

Leisuretime I

Leisuretime I
Aaron Claringbold & Rebecca Mccauley
Sun 27 & Tues 29 Mar
📍 Berth 2, Federation Wharf, Princes Walk (in front of Riverland)
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Leisuretime I is a photographic intervention inside an operating tourist ferry on the Birrarung/Yarra River, led by your friendly guide Catherine Ryan. Jump on board and join us in reflecting on the ways that photography has shaped contemporary understandings and uses of ‘natural’ spaces within the floodplains now known as Melbourne.

Float along the river seated within a camera obscura, disembodied from the outside world, and experience your surroundings reversed and upside-down, projected onto the vessel walls. Cruise with our guide as we take in some of the sights this city has to offer; floating riverside bars, outdoor BBQs, million-dollar properties, yoga in the park, and the oldest and largest surviving single dock in the world; asking, why did we get here, and how?

Content Warnings and credits
This production takes place on a boat that will travel down a river. Audience members will be in a dark space on a boat for the entirety of the show and will not be able to leave the boat for the duration of the performance. There will be low visibility during the performance, and audience members who experience claustrophobia and/or motion sickness are encouraged to contact Next Wave with any questions.

Commissioned by Next Wave for Next Wave Festival 2020. ‘Leisuretime I’ is supported by the City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program 2020, Creative Victoria and Regional Arts Victoria through the Sustaining Creative Workers Initiative, the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and RMIT through its Photo Futures Lab.

Lead artists — Aaron Claringbold & Rebecca McCauley
Performer— Catherine Ryan
Scripting and devising — Aaron Claringbold, Rebecca McCauley & Catherine Ryan
Mentors— Willoh S. Weiland, Steven Rhall & Kate Golding

Thanks to Jamie Lewis and all at Next Wave for their trust, Con and Yarra River Cruises, Julieanne Axford and Gail Smith at the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Corporation, Roslyn Helper, Melanie Mackenzie at Museums Victoria, Eliki Reade, Bron Belcher, Tristen Harwood, Grace Connors, Christine McFetridge, Kelly Hussey-Smith, APHIDS, Marcello Rotar and Paul Murphy.

Aaron Claringbold and Rebecca McCauley are artists currently based in Naarm/Melbourne. Starting from a place of photographic practice, the pair bring together shared interests to explore land, land use, ecology and human presence within modern day ‘Australia’. Reflecting on their shared positionality as settler-descendant white Australians, they are interested in how we form ideas (and who benefits from these ideas) of nature and wildness. They have a particular interest in practices that centre place-based bonding and responsibility, and that complicate the myriad of essentialisms underpinning the Australian Colonial Project.

Aaron Claringbold artist website
Rebecca Mccauley artist website

  1. Image: Aaron Claringbold and Rebecca Mccauley (2022)