Monthly Archives: March 2012
Get ready, as this weekend La Lucha Glamourosa Returns! And the night is going to be insane!!! This Saturday 31st March, La Lucha Glamourosa is back to bring you another crazy night of world class Mexican Wrestling Burlesque Action -Yep, you read right. After a series of sell out shows at Red Bennies, the show returns the mayhem to the Prince Bandroom where it all began.
For only $30 you get the Burlesque moves of L‘amour, enforcer and crowd teaser Miss Shell Ma Belle, plus Abbie Cardwell and the Chicano Rockers as well as Mexicali Mammas (DJ) to keep the music flowing as much as the tequila! All complemented by some of Melbourne’s best known and loved burlesque performers like Miss Nic and Vesper White thrown in the wrestling mix; Yep, it’s going to be huge.
Check out the image below for all of the details and head on over to princebandroom.com.au to get your tickets now as they’re selling fast!
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The UDL Boyz have transmogrified through the vast expanse of the 1994 parallax to bring you the best in future primitive new music from the past. In ‘Gang‘ the boys have had themselves a mischief once again. Our two mustard-stained goofball anti-heroes have smashed out the space prison and are seeking solace and shelter from the solar winds. Yes, you guessed it cuz: another earth-shattering club hit doth reign. Good uld boise indeed.
Video: Nathan Ceddia
This Saturday the Collingwood housing estate is staging the 2012 Collingwood Harvest Festival, located adjacent the housing commission towers in Harmsworth Park, rear of 229-253 Hoddle Street. The festival is free and there are some great bands lined up, with free bbq and many activities to check out.
The festival marks the harvesting of the vegtables that are grown in the Harmsworth Gardens, by the local community. It has been running since 2001 and attracts crowds of up to 2000 people, annually. The festival offers an array of multicultural activities and foods that span all 5 continents. The festival culminates in dancing and theatrical processions, and ends with an enormous fire sculpture spectacle. Join the event on Facebook and share it around!
2012 Collingwood Harvest Festival: This Saturday, 31st March 3pm-7pm. All welcome.
The Dogme Manifesto was an avant-garde filmmaking movement created, intitially, by Lars Von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg. These 2 filmmakers were soon thereafter joined by Kristian Levring, Jean-Marc Barr, and Søren Kragh-Jacobsen; comprising the original 5 members of the group to take a vow of chastity to the manifesto (outlined below). The manifesto was drafted to produce films that adhere to the earliest and most basic conventions of filmmaking. The basic nature of the agreement (signed by the initial 5 members in 1995) is to use location sound, natural lighting and original sets –basically; no manipulation of the location, with no foreign items to be brought onto the set and no ‘special effects‘. The manifesto also bans genre movies and superficial action, and limits the temporal conventions of the film: that is to say that the action must take place in the ‘here and now’ and must avoid embellishing the turn of events: such as an actual visual portrayal of a stabbing, car accident or such. Some of the most notable Dogme films include personal favourites Festen (The Celebration), Mifune, and Open Hearts. Dogme ‘95: The Vow of Chastity (abridged):
“I swear to the following set of rules drawn up and confirmed by Dogme 95:”
• Shooting must be done on location. Props and sets must not be brought in.
• The sound must never be produced apart from the image or vice-versa.
• The camera must be handheld. Any movement or mobility attainable in the hand is permitted.
• The film must be in colour. Special lighting is not acceptable.
• Optical work and filters are forbidden.
• The film must not contain superficial action.
• Temporal and geographical alienation are forbidden.
• Genre movies are not acceptable.
• The film format must be Academy 35mm.
• The director must not be credited.
The Dogme was annulled in 2005 -however, many filmmakers (such as Susanne Bier) continue to inform their work with the manifesto.
Narcoze is a European street artist from Holland. His techniques ranges from illustrative to aersol-based endeavours. Much of his work references escapism and “works inspired by the way people try to escape their own reality“. We recently hit Narcoze up on the FruitJam production he formulated and participated in; alongside fellow Euro street artists and graffers including Edo Rath, Simian Switch, Klik, Ominous, 524, Amik, CES53, Bust, and Sivanksi among others.
INFX: What got the FruitJam project started?
Narcoze: Mutual friends just got together to paint at this place called LerenDoen which literally means learning, doing. So it‘s a place where teenagers learn skills, when otherwise they might not have a chance to learn these things. Keeps ‘em off the streets and not turn into thugs and graffiti writers [ ]
INFX: How did the artists relate to each other?
Narcoze: Most of us know each other from the graffiti or street art scene, even though they are very different from each other there‘s still a bond which will bring us together to paint at spots like these.
INFX: Do you have any future collabs on the horizon?
Narcoze: Not anything big planned at the moment but we try to get together in the weekends and just paint as often as we can. Good to get the juices flowing.
INFX: What‘s special about the graff scene in Europe?
Narcoze: I think the most important thing that stands out in European graff is that people from all over europe can easily meet up with each other and learn from each other‘s style.
Thanks to Narcoze for allowing time to give us the word-up on the FruitJam project. Check the video:
Polish 6-piece Karbido has for the past week presented an interesting array of sounds as part of their season at The Spiegeltent. The Table is a live performance piece that takes an everyday object, literally the kitchen table, and turns it into a musical instrument. The sounds range from the indigenous to the mainstream; something of a journey through 24 hours of music, experienced simultaneously around the planet. The men that comprise the performance part of the group trounce their fists through the sublime and bombastic; using various sound manipulation devices: effects pedals, strings, microphones, a couple of wine glasses and a coin. Another 2 poles are behind the scenes, orchestrating this aural curiosity from behind the expanse of a 96-channel mixer.
The show is one of the best of the Spiegel season, culminating in a final performance tonightat 9pm -don‘t miss it!
Byron Dean is at once a contradiction of the personal and the emotive: he presents himself as an endearing, thoughtful and attentive fellow. However, the sounds you will absorb at his behest are something far more brazen. Although this Fine Arts (Sound) student can in fact cushion you with lovingly crafted (and soothing) rhythms; more often than not you‘re in for a demolition of the dulcet. You may have been wise enough to check out Circle Jerk late last year; wherein Byron joined his Wrong Room cohorts in melding the soundform to profound extremities of manipulation.
In Audible Deterrence Byron exhibits a ‘subjective experience‘ that promises to confront the somewhat subliminal and often insidious use of sound and music in the commercial environment. Deterrence presents you with “sounds that repel, invite, mask and discomfort” -making you at once aware of the intent; but all the while leaving you, the spectator, to absorb and decipher -cypher- at your leisure!
Audible Deterrence: Until 31st March at Bus Projects (Wed-Sat), Basement 673 Bourke St. City.
Hurry -there is but 3 days left to check out Discipline at the RMIT School of Art Gallery.
Video and Mixed Media artist Diego Ramirez (Mexico) presents a titillating account of the physical and emotional construct pertaining to the female form in contemporary society. This ultra-stylish and mesmerising video also invites the discerning viewer into the realm of fantasy. It offers a reflection on what you might agree is a stiletto tableau of appearance, love, and dependence in a world where the superficial reigns over that of the intellectual. The video is an almost pornographic exploit; displayed on 2 channel projections almost 10 feet high. Recommended for over-18s only.
The Discipline of Loving You until 16th March: Building 2, Level 2 RMIT, Bowen St. City.
Here we have the third video in the Metro Graff series that documents Melbourne graffiti.
This instalment features an introduction by Victor Lancaster -you will know Victor as the seemingly soiled and dishevelled ‘bum‘ busking on the city streets with his home-made drum kit. However, Victor is also on the arts scene and is one talented musician. He has recently released an album, and he composed an electronic music track to accompany an Anthony Lister project in Hosier Lane. The video, proper, features live graff painting on the city streets -by the likes of Bailer, Sofles, Caper, Facter and a bunch more. Shot principly on Union Lane, and Finlay Lane; the video is accompanied by The Nextmen track ‘Spin It Round‘. Enjoy.
As part of a recent Public Art class, I was required to assume the identity of a Botanist. This was in order to conduct a site assessment relating to Public Art, from a botanical perspective. Initially, I interviewed half a dozen wait staff, a chef, and an owner at the restauarants in the precinct. Some claimed Fed Square lacked foliage and plant life; while others insisted that the trees should be shorn down. And believe it or not -these types thought the trees should be lopped off so that their patrons could view the Jumbo Screen playing sports and such in the centre of the square.
Fortunately, though, I scored a coup in noticing a hanging garden installation in the square and approached those milling about it. I met Paul Hyland (from Glasshaus Nursery in Richmond), and he was happy to provide an overview of the project -with an inadvertant summary of the site itself; pertaining to a botanical Public Art piece. Thanks again Paul!
British Psychedelica owes itself to formative collaborations between Roger Waters, David Gilmour, and Roger Barrett (AKA Syd). Taking an experimental departure from the U.S. rhythm and blues scene, the 3 formed the band Pink Floyd: delving into expansive jam sessions whilst playing to underground audiences in London. This modus operandi was enhanced as the band‘s popularity increased -scoring them a record deal with EMI. Syd wrote and composed much of the early Pink Floyd psychedelica and is responsible for the epitome of the genre: their album The Piper At The Gates of Dawn. However, Syd‘s experimental nature of spontaneous “one take only, never repeat” brought him to a head with both the label and his fellow musicians. Concurrently, he‘d hit the LSD pretty hard and became increasingly manic and delusional. Such was the frustration of the band; one evening before their show at Southhampton, they simply didn‘t pick him up en route to the gig. And that was that.
EMI subsequently kept Barrett signed for 2 solo releases; the first of which received acclaim and was produced by Gilmour. He also featured on John Peel‘s BBC Radio One sessions; belting out unreleased tracks over the airwaves. However, following a spate of failed musical endeavours Syd retreated to his studio in Cambridgeshire and rounded out his days painting abstract works. He was maligned from his former bandmates and only ever met them again once; when he arrived unannounced at Abbey Road while the Roger Waters-Pink Floyd group was recording Wish You Were Here. Featured below is an incredible, unreleased recording of Interstellar Overdrive; from San Francisco‘s “Turn on, Tune in, Drop out” series: