Brian Fuata is a Samoan writer and performance maker born in Wellington, New Zealand and works and lives in Sydney. Alongside his solo practice, he is part of the duo Wrong Solo with Agatha Gothe-Snape.
Fuata has performed internationally and nationally at Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne (2017), Performa, New York (2015); Carriageworks, Sydney (2015); The Poetry Project, New York (2015); UnionDocs, New York (2015); Chisenhale Gallery, London (2015); Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2014); Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2013); and Artspace, Sydney (2011).
Italian-born Elena Colombi will be making her hotly anticipated Australian debut at SOFT CENTRE. Elena has gained notoriety for her excellent NTS show, which traverses industrial rhythms, pulsing techno, ambient atmospheres, synthesised sounds, freaky disco, balearic love affairs, proto-house, and more. Throughout the course of 2018 Elena has moved from strength to strength, playing at De School, Dekmantel Sao Paolo and CTM’s Caustic/Cohesion show in Berghain.
The installations of Ella Barclay serve as technological tableaus, directing us to the physicality of hardware, the ethereal nature of data and the alchemical transformation of ideas into matter. She employs a range of media to explore some of the less tested contentions of our time – the power of text as technology, the erraticism of network architectures, myth making and the internet – as well as offering a reflection on 20th century techno-utopianism. Ella is developing “A Giddiness Best Left Unsaid”, a new large-scale installation for CPAC’s Switch Gallery.
Sydney underground mainstay Fabricsmelds propulsive electronics with expansive and affected spectral textures. The higher emotions achieved on his debut AfterHour EP InnerTerror will be dragged kicking and screaming into the real world in a full on assault of pulsating rhythms and noise.
Melbourne’s friendships are an A/V duo who play chaotic future sounds, storming drum'n'bass, post-warp slammers and searing, ear-shearing techno. Their live show projects large scale, dark and brooding visual imagery that explores primal elements of life; animals, the human body, paint, pattern and faces. Their paintings feature drooling, gnashing dogs; an obese man on an invisible crucifix blurting “God Bless America,”; a couple embracing, mouths wide open; blue and brown smeared figures, meshed with each other cathartically. They’re friendships. When they feel like killing, they murder.
Gas is the sometimes solo project of Sydney based artist and musician Del Lumanta. With a restrained urgency, their music forces meditation on modern restlessness. Their other music projects include Call Compatible, Video Ezy (Paradise Daily), Skyline (Nice Music) and Basic Human (Meatspin).
House of Vnholy (pronounced un-holy) is the moniker for experimental multi-
disciplinary artist, Matthew Adey. Based in Melbourne, HØV is known for their dark
and macabre performance art style driven by the neo-gothic. HØV is designing a brand new installation for the Hopper Gallery called CS22.214.171.124 (celestial sphere parts 1, 2, 3 and 4). CS126.96.36.199 explores the abstract qualities of spherical astronomy and the illusion of the 3rd.
After closing out the Turbine Hall in 2017, Steeplejack label boss and Club D’erange resident Harold is once again returning to deliver his singular brand of hypnotic and hyper-emotional dance music. His ability to fluidly adapt to crowd and environment is paired with a deep trust in the unknown and unexpected. The feeling is agitation, verging on trolling.
Born in the heart of Western Sydney, Youssef’s practice explores the stifling white heat of global xenophobia with deeply personal and universal ruminations that layer the smell, sights and textures of her ancestral homeland, Lebanon.
Kusum Normoyle is a musician and artist working with voice for performance and installation. She takes screaming, feedback, resonance and intervention and puts them to work in gallery, experimental and dance music contexts. Her work investigates aesthetic and literal expressions of the voice and body, through sound materials, noise making and their relationship to location and environment.
Her work has been included in numerous national and international galleries and events including TarraWarra Biennial 2018: From Will to Form, MAAS/The Wellcome Collection, The Substation, Bergen Kunsthall, Dark MOFO, Red Bull Music Academy, Artspace Sydney, Bergen Kunsthall, Primavera: Young Australian Artists, MCA Sydney, Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize, ISSUE Project Room NYC, Artspace Sydney, Superdeluxe at Artspace for the 17th Biennale of Sydney, Liquid Architecture, N.K Berlin, UrBANGUILD JPN, Biennial of Graphic Art, Slovenia, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, City Gallery Wellington.
Unwilling to compromise. Serwah Attafuah (DISPOSSESSED, NASHO), Hannah Lockwood (Phile and solo) and Heli Newton (NASHO) are hellish marauders bringing visceral sounds towards those who stand still. MANA will perform live and collaborate with Melbourne based visual artist Tristan Jalleh to produce a multi-screen AV experience for the Marsden Gallery.
Meuko! Meuko! (TW)
Meuko! Meuko! is one of the many exciting young artists coming out of Taiwan’s experimental club community. Components of local experimental beats and a wide gamut of electronic music draws from Taipei’s irregular architecture, muggy, emissions-filled air, and hectic streetscapes, while Mandarin Chinese and Japanese influences marry intricate beats and whispering lyrics. All these tiny elements serve as pondering points on the darkness that underpins the most intense emotions of the city’s aggregations.
Mikaela Stafford’s interdisciplinary practice is predominantly centred around light-based works spanning across installation, performance and video art. Typically responsive to place and architecture, her investigations into concepts of the moving image and temporality will be mediated on the lawns of the Casula Powerhouse. Playing on histories gone and yet to come, Mikaela’s characteristically luminous and large scale work will be positioned and designed to engage the audience’s corporeality and consciousness.
mpegafauna is the debut performance of A/V edutainment duo Thick Owens and Keanu Hoi. Their performance of ‘Risk Terrain’ uses sourced bodycam footage, missing-data sets and Google Earth’s photogrammetry techniques to dissect our present surveillance state and postulate a solarpunk future. Rhythmic Noise and high-velocity Glitch will soundtrack their investigation. This is dancing with a didactic edge.
A celebration of vulnerability between melding identities and contexts. Using themes of hardship, desire and uncertainty as a path to intricacy, fragility and beauty. Examining the idea of being dissolved into predetermined culture with exploration and reaction to exoticistaion and otherness. Existing somewhere between the fine line of being visible and invisible; a kaleidoscope of individuality within cultures.
With pole dancing as his medium and mythology as his muse, Onyx creates stories told by the movements of the body. His high-energy performances are simultaneously jaw-dropping and affective.
Australia’s leading AV artist Robin Fox is presenting Single Origin; the third in his series of works for laser and sound that explore the possibilities of mechanically induced synaesthesia. Beginning with Monochroma (2004) for a single green laser and developing into the stunning RGB Laser Show (2013) this new work sees significant development in the connection between the voltages that make sound and the voltages that cause the laser projector to describe the geometry of that sound. In previous works it was this relationship between sound and light that provided the basis for every moment of the show. This new work allows space for separation. Renowned for making unique, expansive and intense sound worlds (see releases on Editions Mego among other labels) Fox blends his split A/V personality in Single Origin composing what is essentially a concerto for a laser beam.
Slim Set are Western Sydney rap duo MC Dev and DJ Atro. Not content with regurgitating boom bap (like their predecessors) or trap (like their peers), Slim Set’s hybrid, high-octane sound is an anomaly within the Australian hip hop landscape, drawing from grime, club music and MC culture as their references. As a live act, Slim Set’s energy and hype is unrivalled.
Sonya is a classically-trained improviser and experimental vocalist known for her striking performances of major vocal works and transfigurative improvisations.
She uses vast techniques and gestures to highlight the fullest capabilities of the voice as a material of artistic expression; shaping colour, texture and line into pattern and form. Surpassing genre and expressionism, she is guided by a process of deep listening and reverence for ‘the moment’.
Cult circuit bending band Toy Death modify children's electronic toys and wear human-sized cartoonish costumes to create a show like no other. Toydeath produce live music from their tortured treasure-trove of modified children toys including guitars, talking dolls and alphabet apples resulting in a surreal deluge of colour and craziness. Toydeath is part performance, part music and features hilarious toyworld pranksters: Dr Bitey, Agent Orange and Super Dad. Get ready for some hyperactive hootenanny as they unleash the contents of a toy box six-year-olds would kill for!
In Jalleh’s work false worlds act as composites of multiple times and new fictional realities to reimagine the everyday and explore attitudes towards the digital. Through a process of combining photographs with hundreds of Google images, Jalleh constructs virtual installations that merge architectural, cinematic and video game aesthetics into immersive hyper-realities. Tristan is collaborating with MANA to produce a multi-screen AV experience for the Marsden Gallery.
Planet Mu label boss, Warp alumni and Aphex Twin collaborator µ-Ziq is making his exclusive Australian appearance at SOFT CENTRE 2018. Considered one of the founding fathers of Britain’s late 90’s braindance/IDM scene, Mike Paradinas has since released over 350 records on Planet Mu, including seminal albums by Luke Vibert, Jlin, Venetian Snares and Ital Tek. Mike’s live A/V show will be a genre-hopping sonic storm of past experiments and new material.