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Wed 1 – Fri 31 Mar | Brunswick Mechanics

What will your body be, and how will it behave in a virtual future? Cthuluscene explores the transformative nature of the digital to discover different notions of gender, physicality, and the post-human. Through animation, motion capture, and dance, new physical forms expand the idea of the human body and dance performance. This work draws on the ideas of diverse bodies, and the post-human through the image of the Cthuluscene. The Cthuluscene is a post-human body caught between times, living both in the past and the future. Just like its Sci-Fi namesake, the Cthulhu, the Chthuluscene is a mixed assemblage and cyborg conglomeration of parts drawn from a range of human, animal, and technical elements.

On display 5pm-10am daily throughout Mar
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Yagan Square, Boorloo | Perth

WA friends, this ones for you!

You’re invited to experience Kickstart artist Elham Eshraghian-Haakansson’s work Anvár. Two years in the making, this immersive film-poem, explores the spiritual literature of Baháʼu’lláh, called the Seven Valleys and Four Valleys.

Tue 28 Mar, Tue 4 Apr, Tue 11 Apr, Tue 18 Apr
7pm — 7:30pm

The creative development of Anvár is supported by Next Wave Kickstart 2022, and the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

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Fri 17 — Sun 19 Mar | Perth Cultural Centre Amphitheatre (PICA)
Sat 25 Mar, Brunswick Mechanics
Sat 11 Mar, Brunswick Mechanics
Wed 15 Feb, Brunswick Mechanics
Sat 5 Nov, Brunswick Mechanics
Fri 18 Nov, Migrant Coffee
Fri 28 — Sat 29 Oct, Trades Hall, Carlton
Fri 21 Oct, Platform Arts
Fri 15 & Sat 16 Jul, Brunswick Mechanics
Sat 11 ⏤ Sun 26 Jun, Queen Victoria Women's Centre
Wed 11 May — Sat 25 June, Brunswick Mechanics
Thu 28 Apr, Brunswick Mechanics
Sun 27 & Tues 29 Mar, Federation Wharf, Princes Walk
Thu 17 Mar, Brunswick Mechanics
Sat 26 Feb, Brunswick Mechanics
Thu 17, Fri 18 & Sat 19 Feb, Brunswick Mechanics
  1. Image: Dead Ends and Detours Bruno Booth. Photo: Duncan Wright (2022)

  2. Image credit: “Cthuluscene” (2023), Megan Beckwith. Photo courtesy of the artist.

  3. Image credit: “Cthuluscene” (2023), Megan Beckwith. Photo courtesy of the artist.

  4. Image: Courtesy of the artist (2021)

  5. Image: Saluhan x Next Wave presents: Radical Hospitality – Kain Na Tayo! Photography: MJ Flamiano. Art Direction: Catherine Ortega-Sandow

  6. Image: Saluhan x Next Wave presents: Radical Hospitality – Kain Na Tayo! Photography: MJ Flamiano. Art Direction: Catherine Ortega-Sandow

Secretos de la Raíz - Innato

Wed 11 May - Sat 25 June
Performance & Conversation: Sun 19 Jun, 1.30pm
Presented in partnership with Emerging Writers’ Festival
📍 Brunswick Mechanics, 270 Sydney Road, Brunswick

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.

Developed specifically for Countercurrents, the work is a new site-specific piece drawing on concepts developed for Secretos de la Raíz.

Originally performed as part of the 2021 YIRRAMBOI Festival, Secretos de la Raíz brought together 13 professional artists from a range of disciplines and cultural heritage to explore ancestral knowledge in the contemporary landscape.

In this new iteration, footage and multimedia from the original work made by Coya Films has been curated and crafted to create a new visual dialogue for projection across four screens at Brunswick Mechanics. Kathleen Gonzalez and Sermsah Bin Saad will connect with the installation and share their explorations - encapsulating heritage, spirit and soul as a symbol of Aboriginal cultural revival and resilience – in a performance and conversation on Sunday 19 June.

Artist Bios

Kathleen Gonzalez is a Melbourne-based Colombian contemporary artist, cultural art producer, ethno dance writer, artistic director and founder of Tunjos y Cantaros Ethnologic Dance Company & Ethnodanceology Art.

As a intercultural creative producer, Kathleen applies a curatorial framework of crossover practices to her work, encouraging resonance between art forms and utilising disciplines such as anthropology, musicology, ethnomusicology, and ethnography to facilitate community cultural exchange on ecological, political, and social conditions.

During the past two years, Kathleen’s creative work was challenged due to the social restrictions. Always striving for new original forms of movement and inclusive expression her practice now embraces new technological skills and opportunities.

Kathleen was recently granted art residencies with Regional Arts Victoria CWS, the Australia Council of Arts, Creative Victoria and Abbotsford Convent PIVOT 2021 Arts Program. As part of “BARRING YANABUL-YIRRAMBOI” STREET TO STAGE 2019-2021, Kathleen received an Arts Development Project grant, commissioned by the City of Melbourne.

Sermsah Bin Saad’s name in the Indigenous community is synonymous with theatre, television, film, festival circuits, opera, dance and choreography. He was in the top 14 on “So You Think You Can Dance Australia’ in 2008 and made history as the first ever Indigenous/Contemporary dancer on commercial television.

A Radio Broadcaster with his own show ‘Urban Dreaming’ about Bridging the Gap, Sermsah is also a facilitator on empowerment of cultural and spiritual development in education using the medium of the Arts as a tool to educate society. Above all his artistic achievements, Sermsah values his heritage. A proud Nyikina man from the Kimberley’s, he believes in “Liyan” a saying springing from his hometown of Broome/Derby WA meaning connection to country, spirit and instinctual knowledge.

Sermsah advocates through his facilitations for Aboriginal Australians on the terrible atrocities of colonialism and the displacement of his own people in his own country. He says, ‘We have been subjected to this for too long, since colonisation and it still continues systemically today. Enough is Enough. Sovereignty was never ceded.


Auslan interpretting The performance & conversation on Sun 19 June will be Auslan interpreted and will take place outdoors, in the Brunswick Mechanics courtyard.

In the event of wet weather, the performance will be moved indoors.

Wheelchair icon Brunswick Mechanics is a wheelchair accessible venue.

For further information on how Next Wave can support your access requirements, please contact our team on (03) 9387 3376 or email us at hello@nextwave.org.au

Artistic Director/Producer - Kathleen Gonzalez (Ethnodanceology Art)
Performer/Collaborator – Sermsah Bin Saad
Video Art - Brian Lee Silva (Coya Films)
Music Composer - Sebastian Barahona (Sound Epiphany)
Fashion Designer - Tamara Leacock (REMUSE)

Presented as part of Countercurrents a new public art commissioning partnership between Next Wave and Moreland City Council. Countercurrents is intended to support both site-specific and community-based public art projects.

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  1. Kathleen Gonzalez, Secretos de la Raiz (video still), 2022