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WIRED OPEN DAY FESTIVAL + the ‘agri(culture)’ project
September 26, 2017


Wired Open Day_3THE WIRED OPEN DAY FESTIVAL is our signature all ages event featuring some of Australia’s most notable visual and performing artists. Explore the land and discover specially commissioned projects as we premiere the ‘agri(culture)’ project, a collaborative series exploring the rural vernacular, emerging and ancient agricultural systems.

An all ages open-air event held from late afternoon into the evening, the 2017 WIRED OPEN DAY FESTIVAL’ is a celebration of place incorporating landscape, community, art, theatre, an evening concert, fantastic food and beverages.

Local produce will also a feature of this year’s festival with food and drinks provided by outstanding local producers such as Grove Estate WinesThe Apple Thief Cider, and Tumut River Brewing Company. 

‘the ‘agri(culture)’ project’

‘agri(culture)’ is a participatory landscape-scale and omni-sensorial exploration of rural and agricultural phenomena with regional and metropolitan audiences.  The inaugural 2017 ‘agri(culture)’ project has commissioned twelve noteworthy interdisciplinary Australian and International artists and collectives to present creative outcomes at the 2017 Wired Open Day Festival (Saturday 21st October).
From edible insects, to experiencing the infrasonic rumble of a herd of elephants, to lying down on a fungal super highway, and being a part of a podcast series with rural kids reviewing art, this project is wide ranging yet incisive in its exploration of the agrarian theme from past, present and future perspectives. ‘agri(culture)’ promises to be unlike anything you have ever experienced. World premieres and festival highlights include:


Chris Watson (UK) : Beyond Ol Tokai - Watson’s ONLY performance in Australia 

BAFTA award winning artist and David Attenborough’s sound recordist of choice, Watson’s ‘Beyond Ol Tokai’ is a multi-channel sound diffusion which follows a herd of African elephants across an equatorial sunset after a day in the Olodare marshes of the Amboseli National Park, Kenya. Mixed live on a high-end quad sound systemaudiences will physically and aurally experience infrasonic rumbles as the matriarch guides the animals from the open grasslands south towards the snow-capped peaks of Mt Kilimanjaro.

Cat Jones : Insecta Delecta

Working with Soon Lee Low, an internationally trained molecular chef, Jones has created a human scaleterrarium of edible ‘exotic’ delights.  Immersive, experiential, edible and visually striking this work interrogates an insectivorous farming future to meet the protein needs of our increasing populations.

Julie Vulcan : DARKbody

This site based installation and audio work investigates the reality of darkness being integral to all forms of life, with humans sandwiched between literal darkness above and beneath us. This intricate ecology, also known as ‘Scotobiology’ (the biology of dark), is explored via the rich terrain of fungi and mycelium, its essential data network.

Field Theory : Kids vs Art: Wired Open Day

The brutal honesty of children is refreshing and unaffected. Hear what happens when kids from a small rural school (pop. 19) meet urban counterparts to survey rural living and review contemporary art.  A series of 6 podcasts released before and after Wired Open Day this series is hilariously touching and disrupts assumptions between artist and audience, expert and critic.

Other highlights include:
Bron Batten : On Farm Dating
The Ronalds : Beggan Beggan
David Burraston : Silo
Harriet Goodall, Melanie Evans, and Members of the Wiradjuri & Natural Resource Management Communities
Tamara Dean and Participants of ‘The Edge‘ project - Young people from Cootamundra and Tumut.
Jackson Castiglione & Students of Jugiong Public School

Early bird tickets available until Saturday 30 September, 2017 
Early Bird Adult (18+ years) $50 per ticket (GST inc)
Early Bird Junior (4-17 years) $30 per ticket (GST inc)

Standard Pricing
Adults (18+ years) $60 per ticket (GST inc)
Junior (4-17 years) $40 per ticket (GST inc)


To book your tickets and for more information about the event, travel and accommodation click to:


Please Note:

  • Children 0-3 free entry.
  • Ticket price includes entry to The Wired Open Day Festival, your selected meal and bus travel to and from Cootamundra to The Wired Lab.
  • The Wired Open Day Festival bus departs from Cootamundra Post Office at 2.30pm and returns at 10.00pm.
  • Meals are included in the the price of your ticket will be available on site from 7.30pm.
  • A selection of local Champagne, Beer, Cider and Wines will be available on site, along with hot beverages and soft drinks.
    Please bring cash to pay for your drinks on the night.
  • We ask that no food, drink or animals to be bought on premises. This is to minimise waste disposal, comply with licensing laws and to help raise funds for our future initiatives.

The Wired Lab has a wonderful crew of Volunteers and we are seeking additional Volunteers to assist with event logistics such as checking tickets, guiding people around the site, serving food and drinks. We are particularly interested in people who hold a current RSA (Responsible Service of Alcohol) Certificate.

In exchange for your efforts you will be provided with FREE event entry, travel to/from site and a meal/drink ticket. And fear not, we will ensure you have free time to enjoy the festival.

If you are a people person who likes to support cultural events please email us at: info@wiredlab.org Read the full story »

September 25, 2017

Wednesday 25th – Sunday 29th October, 2017

Image Credit: M Vanderveer/OEH
The Wired Lab presents leading field recordists and sound artists Chris Watson (UK) and David Burraston as part of …

An Evening on the Art of Taxidermy
July 18, 2017
An Evening on the Art of Taxidermy

An Evening on the Art of Taxidermy
Join The Wired Lab for a talk that educates attendees on the gothic and exotic art of taxidermy, it’s history, and some of the practicalities on how it’s …

WIRED OPEN LABS 2017 Workshop Series
February 24, 2017

Offering a range of creative workshops for all ages throughout communities in the Eastern Riverina and South West Slopes, ‘WIRED OPEN LABS’ will be sure to inspire while developing new skills and social networks.

The Edge
November 18, 2016
The Edge

The Edge
The Edge, Cootamundra, Tumut & Temora, 2016 & 2017
Tamara Dean documents the informal rites of passage that young people create for themselves in nature.  Recently this was realised in ‘The Edge’ an acclaimed photographic …

‘2017 Wired Open Day Festival’ & the ‘agri(culture)’ project – SAVE THE DATE
November 17, 2016
‘2017 Wired Open Day Festival’ & the ‘agri(culture)’ project – SAVE THE DATE

SAVE THE DATE, Saturday 21st October 2017, because the 2017 Wired Open Day Festival is going to be a big as these thar hills! Featuring the ‘agri(culture)’ project, this years festival will feature collaborations with the …

Box Gum Grassy Woodlands, Listening Post
November 17, 2016
Box Gum Grassy Woodlands, Listening Post

A commission for the ARTLANDS Dubbo festival, these audio field recordings of Box Gum Grassy Woodlands – an endangered habitat endemic throughout much of South Eastern Australia, invites you to close your eyes and listen …

Radio Roulette
November 17, 2016
Radio Roulette

ARTLANDS, 27th-30th of October 2016
Commissioned for the ARTLANDS Dubbo festival and projected to tour nationally in 2017/18. Radio Roulette is a wild, live non-stop event that attempts to understand the entire world through amateur radio. It …

David Burraston Awarded 2017 Regional Artist Fellowship
November 13, 2016
David Burraston Awarded 2017 Regional Artist Fellowship

The Wired Lab’s, David Burraston has been awarded a prestigious NSW Regional Arts Fellowship by Arts NSW : read more

David will embark on an intensive mentorship on location and in the studio with internationally renowned …

‘The Edge’ Cootamundra, Tumut & Temora, 2016-2017
October 11, 2016
‘The Edge’ Cootamundra, Tumut & Temora, 2016-2017

‘The Edge’ – Phase 1 in Tumut NSW has commenced
‘The Edge’ is a twelve month skills development project for young people (aged 13 -17 & 18-25) living in the small rural communities of Tumut, Temora …

Tim Shaw (UK) Performance & Artist Talks in Wagga Wagga
June 29, 2016
Tim Shaw (UK) Performance & Artist Talks in Wagga Wagga

Our 1st artist-in-residence for 2016 is Tim Shaw, an internationally acclaimed UK based artist, musician and sound designer. During his residency Tim will present a performance at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery and an artist talk …