WIRED OPEN DAY 2014
WIRED OPEN DAY
Saturday 3 May 2pm – 9pm
Landscape, Art, Community
Every 2 years contemporary arts initiative The Wired Lab opens the gate for a small group of ticket holders to access their site on a working farm in the beautiful hills in rural South West NSW for a unique event – WIRED OPEN DAY.
Featuring artists from the annual residency program WIRED OPEN DAY will be held Saturday 3 May, an open-air event held from late afternoon into the evening on The Wired Lab site in rural township of Muttama, near Cootamundra.
This years WIRED OPEN DAY event will feature the ‘(G)Local Frequencies Project’ a landscape scale project exploring frequencies and communications in natural and artificial realms. Many of the works in ‘(G)Local Frequencies Project’ will include collaborations with local community members and groups, with two of these projects oriented around radio technologies and the ancient tradition(s) of harmonic overtone singing.
Invited Artists Cat Jones & Co., David Burraston, Garry Bradbury, Sarah Last, Dean Frenkel, Jackson Castiglione, Dario Vacirca, Zoe Scoglio, Alice Dixon and Bukhu Ganburged will each present collaborative and solo performances and installations.
Audiences will experience a range of live interactive, performance and installation works exploring:
- Plant sentience and communications between homo sapiens and flora.
- The resonance and meditative tones generated within the agricultural infrastructure of a grain silo
- Universal themes of loss, yearning and familial separation via the annual ‘weaning’, the separation of calves from their mothers
- The luck, skill and persistence of ‘beverage antennae’ communications
- The sonic atmospherics of our ionosphere and magnetosphere via ‘natural VLF radio’
- The computational beauty of nature
- The Intercultural, contemporary and ancient traditions of harmonic overtone singing
Getting to Cootamundra is easy with 3 direct train services a day from Sydney and 2 from Melbourne. From Cootamundra transport is provided with each WIRED OPEN DAY ticket. Pre-Bookings are absolutely essential, Adults $20, Concession $15, Children $10 (under 6’s free).
TICKETING & EVENT DETAILS
- Adult $20 + booking fee
- Concession $15 + booking fee
- Children $10 (under 6′s free) + booking fee
Ticket price includes entry to WIRED OPEN DAY and bus travel to and from Cootamundra to The Wired Lab. The WIRED OPEN DAY bus departs from Cootamundra Arts Centre/Visitors Information Centre, Wallendoon Street at 2.00pm and returns at 9.00pm.
WIRED OPEN DAY is an open air event on a working farm tickets are strictly limited and MUST be prebooked by Thursday 1May 2014.
Available on site at an additional cost, with meals below $10 per head.
Supper will be available courtesy of The Wired Lab auxiliary, all proceeds will be contributed to our artist residency and workshop programs
Drinks, tea and coffee will also be available on site
Please bring cash to pay for meals and drinks on the night.
We ask that no food, drink or animals to be bought on premises. This is to minimise waste disposal and to help raise funds for our future initiatives.
WIRED OPEN DAY is an outdoor event, covered shoes must be worn.
The grass can be long and damp if you suffer from allergies we suggest you wear long trousers and come prepared with your regular antihistamine medications. Autumn can be a cool time of year, especially in the evenings, so bring warm clothes and a waterproof jacket in case we get a sprinkle of rain.
As WIRED OPEN DAY is presented in the landscape and on a working farm, access to all the works could be challenging for those in a wheelchair. Some works will require audiences to traverse the landscape, others such as the works after nightfall require you to be seated. We have endeavoured to make as many works as accessible as possible via an onsite minibus that will suit people who require cane or cannot walk more than 500 metres across a paddock.
When you book your ticket please indicate if you will require the onsite minibus.
Anyone who can walk will easily access all the works.
If you have other access needs please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
ACCOMMODATION IN COOTAMUNDRA
Credit card details will be required to secure the booking.
The Heritage Motel: 1300 22 1000. 94 Hurley Street, Cootamundra
Southern Comfort Motor Inn: (02) 6942 3366 or 1 800 028 279. 24-28 Parker Street (Olympic Way) – Cootamundra
Cootamundra Gardens Motor Inn: (02) 6942 1833, 96 Sutton Street,
an economical alternative
Central Hotel: (02) 6942 1346
The Globe: (02) 6942 1446
The Family Hotel: (02) 6942 1338.
Further information about accommodation options such as B&B’s and more hotels can be found here: http://www.cootamundra.nsw.gov.au/tourism/accommodation.aspx
TRAVELLING TO COOTAMUNDRA
You can travel to Cootamundra by road, rail or air.
Cootamundra is located on the Olympic Highway, from Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne you get to Cootamundra by primarily driving along the Hume highway.
* From Sydney it’s 385 km, approximately 4 – 4 ½ hours.
* From Melbourne its 563km’s, approximately 6-7 hours drive.
* From Canberra it is 185km’s, approximately 2 ½ hours drive.
* From Wagga Wagga it is 96km, approximately 1 hour drive.
CountryLink has XPT services daily from Melbourne and Sydney to Cootamundra.
* From Sydney the train has 3 services per day leaving Central at 6.57am, 07:33am and 20:34pm arriving in Cootamundra at 12.17pm, 12:46pm and 01:42am respectively.
* From Southern Cross station Melbourne the train has 2 services per day leaving at 8:30am and 19:50pm arriving in Cootamundra 14:38pm and 1:35am respectively.
* The closest airport is Wagga Wagga 1 hour drive away. Qantas and REX service this airport with flights from Sydney and Melbourne.
* Canberra is 2 ½ hours drive away. Qantas and Virgin Blue service this airport with flights from all capital cities.
Both Wagga and Canberra airports are serviced by car hire companies
The Wired Lab and WIRED OPEN DAY are supported by:
The NSW Government through Arts NSW
The Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body
Regional Arts NSW & the Country Arts Support Program
Eastern Riverina Arts
Wombat Trax audio
Electronic music pioneer who has been active in the Sydney experimental music scene since 1979, where he was an early member of the seminal post punk / industrial band Severed Heads. Since then he has had numerous music releases, collaborations, installations and live performances. Throughout the 90′s & 00′s he curated the E.A.R stage at Big Day Out. Garry has also completed mastering work for other artists, along with sound design for Performance Space and Sydney Theatre Company productions, notably his soudtrack for ‘Macbeth’ (2002). In the past decade he has released two solo albums ‘Ruffini Corpuscle’ (2003) and ‘Instant Obvillian’ (2005) on the Dual Plover label. He is currently working on a forthcoming retrospective compilation for release later this year.
One of the founding members of The Wired Lab, Burraston is an artist/scientist who has been involved in AV technology, music and electronic arts since the 70s. In 2006 he was awarded a PhD in generative music and internationally he is recognised as a leading practitioner/theorist in this area. Dave has released several albums under the moniker of ‘Dave Noyze’ and runs his own independent research studio
Jackson Castiglione seeks to perform and create provocative live art and comedy projects that engage/respond to audiences in innovative ways. He has been a key partner of ‘pvi collective’ (2001 – 2010) creating and performing in controversial performances such as ‘terrorist training school’, ‘reform’ and ‘resist’ presented during the ‘Rolling Stock’ Festival Junee (2010). Jackson has also created and performed in ‘PrisonPals’ a black comedy web series developed with the assistance of the ABC, Film Victoria and Courthouse Arts. ‘PrisonPals’ was nominated for two Streamy Awards along side internet heavy weights, ‘Smosh’, Ben Stiller’s ‘Burning Love’ and Google’s ‘My Music’. He is also an associate member of ‘one step at a time like this’ and has toured to Chicago, London, Seoul and Adelaide. Most recently he has assisted with the development of the company’s new work ‘Since I Suppose’ due to premier at the Melbourne International Arts festival in 2014.
Alice Dixon, a graduate of The Victorian College of Arts (Postgrad Dip in Performance Creation 2013), The National Theatre Ballet School (2004) and The University of Melbourne (Bachelor of Science 2009), is a Melbourne based dance artist who has performed in works by Nat Cursio (Blizzard, Live Clips and With a Bullet: Remastered), Stephanie Lake (Live Clips), Balletlab (Above, Mona Foma), Opera Australia (The PearlFishers, La Traviata, A Masked Ball), Rob McCredie (Who Knows What, Next Wave), Gabrielle de Vetri (Where’s My Community, ACCA), and Liquid Skin (Clickety Clack and Aoroi) amongst others. As a choreographer Alice has collaborated on: Exhibit A and Seamstress (for Melbourne Fringe) Dressing, Undressing and Contained – (performed at Short Sweet + Dance and Dancehouse’s Open Studio).
One of the world’s leaing harmonic singers and facilitators, Dean is also an anthropology graduate from Latrobe University, clinical hypnotherapist and author. He appears on a number of albums and film soundtracks including three solo music releases on Move records and facilitates singing, didgeridoo and wellness breathing workshops for conventions, retreats and festivals. Dean firmly believes that breath and voice can be trained to improve health and skills. “It’s about practising strategic exercises to develop the full potential of the breath and voice”. Dean was appointed Visiting Fellow for WAAPA and recognised by Guinness World Records – in 2005 he smashed the world record for singing a continuous note on ABC TV show ‘Enough Rope Andrew Denton’. He regularly performs at festivals around Australia and is a regular guest on ABC radio. Dean is a master of voice and an enthusiastic teacher.
BUKHCHULUUN GANBURGED (BUKHU)
Bukhu is a virtuosic Throat Singing (Koomii or Khoomei) and Horse Head Fiddle (Morin Khuur) Performer. Formerly a master student at Music and Dance Conservatory of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Bukhu has performed around the world. Now based in Sydney Bukhu is a regular performer at major festivals around Australia and Asia. Whilst Bukhu considers himself a cultural ambassador for his county and its music traditions, he is also an accomplished contemporary composer whose work crosses a range of genres. Bukhu has enjoyed numerous collaborations and solo releases such as his EP of live performances on ABC Radio National ‘Music Deli’ program.
Cat Jones is a writer, performer, photographer, media artist, director, producer and all round creatrix. With a performance practice spanning over 20 years, Cat specialises in text, vocals and live interactives. She is especially interested in audience psychology for immersive, interactive and participatory works. Cat is a 2012 Creative Australia Fellow supported by The Australia Council.
Founder of The Wired Lab Sarah is an artist and freelance curator who has been producing site specific cross-media projects in rural NSW for the past 13 years. She was a core member of the Wagga Space Program (2000-2006), where she curated the ‘unsound’ experimental arts festivals (2003, 2004, 2006) and their associated ‘Mutable Landscapes’ (2004) and ‘Loco-Motivus’ (2006) residency projects, which were presented in challenging environments such as industrial sites and a historic train moving through the landscape. More recently she was commissioned to curate ‘Southern Encounter’ for the artistic program of the National Regional Arts Australia Conference in Goolwa, South Australia. The project went on to win two national APRA/AMC Art Music Awards for ‘Excellence in Experimental Music’ and ‘Excellence in a Regional Area’.
Zoe Scoglio is an artist from Melbourne who uses performance, video, sound and installation to create interdisciplinary, site-specific and participatory work. Zoe creates solo, commissioned and collaborative projects that bring equal parts mysticism, formal inventiveness and eccentric humour. She also works as a collaborator and curator with the artist collective, Tape Projects (2007-).
I create and facilitate solo and collaborative art projects and programs – working across borders, art forms and models of creation. I have a particular interest in transnational social artworks that transcend language and nationhood yet address and encourage cultural difference. As an artist and director/curator/producer, I seek to achieve multi-platform projects – bringing together many artists and non-artists in the creation of aesthetically rich and politically charged interdisciplinary artworks. I have created and directed works in all continents around the world except Africa (but getting close!) and have an interdisciplinary practice, crossing performance art, video, socially engaged practice, installation, and live street cinema. My aim is to facilitate open spaces for people to dream and create within. I am a proponent of Aesthlethics – an equal tremor of aesthetics, ethics and athletics.
WAGGA WAGGA AMATUER RADIO CLUB
Wagga Amateur Radio Club inc The Wagga Amateur Radio Club provides a focal point for the Amateur Radio Community in Wagga Wagga and surrounding areas. First formed in 1968 it has run continuously since that time. Since 2001 we have continued to renovate our clubrooms which are situated in a small park at the end of Small St on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River. Visitors are always welcome.