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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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Archive

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
Above:
  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


Nomads Like Us + Magic Steven

Nomads Like Us + Magic Steven
Wed 9 Mar
8pm
Brunswick Mechanics
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Award winning composer/pianist duo Nomads Like Us present an evocative night of live music.

With support from artist and poet Magic Steven, Nomads Like Us craft a genre bending live set on pianos. Part planned, part improvised, this music is intricate, deep, soulful, sweet, nostalgic, exciting, sometimes eerie and utterly mesmerising. Reminiscent of times past, present and future, Christina Higham and Victoria Cotta create an immersive, cinematic and sublime music and visual experience.

Presented as part of Brunswick Music Festival.

Christina Higham is a post classical composer, pianist and performer based in Brunswick, Naarm. Guided by intuitive improvisation her poignant and expansive piano pieces have captured the imagination of listeners worldwide.

She has released music with NYC label Sonder House, 1631 Recordings and Germany’s Silent Beat Records, and has contributed to compilations and composition projects worldwide. Formed in 2019, Christina also composes and performs as part of award winning collaborative audio visual duo Nomads Like Us.

Victoria Cotta is a multi-instrumentalist whose compositions and performances have taken place across the world. Classically trained, she studied jazz and popular music at university, cultivating a love for music that spans multiple genres.

Her debut album of solo piano compositions spanning 15 years of work was released in 2019. Deeply fascinated by time, space and the metaphysical, she combines the unusual, the beautiful and the intellectual to captivate listeners through her original compositions. Nomads Like Us brings two like minds together, who through the use of collaborative composition and film, create a third mind for audiences to peer into.

Magic Steven is an artist based in Naarm/Melbourne who makes ink drawings and animated videos, as well as doing live performances from time to time. His performances have been described as autobiographical storytelling, deadpan comedy, guided meditation, group therapy and long-form beat poetry.

Above:
  1. Nomads like Us. Courtesy of the artists

  2. Magic Steven. Courtesy of the artist