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251013115427_monafomadeetMONA FOMA, Tasmania’s annual Festival of Music and Art, is back. We’re fucking excited. You should be too. After having our minds fisted by the gnarly arm of Dark Mofo late last year, we are now slaves to the island beast and its yearly offerings. And the time has come to headily succumb to what, on an embargoed email, reads to be another ball tearing journey to the thumping heart of Hobart. Since its inception in 2009, the five-day, multi-disciplined orgy of art has helped cement Tasmania’s place within Australia’s cultural fabric. Forget apples and biker speed, thanks to David Walsh’s fortress of fantastic, MONA, and the collective mind power of Tasmania’s creative community, Tassie is now all about throwing rad festivals and parties. We actually couldn’t sum the lineup better than the presser itself, so in a nutshell, among this year’s MONA FOMA madness there’ll be “…a dancing robot, a free-styling philosopher, prog-punk space opera, morning meditation, black metal with violins, gender liberationists, ambient electronica, string quartet protest music, a Krautrock pioneer, bluegrass Bach, improvised pipe organ, and the usual Bacchanalian nightclub mayhem of Faux Mo. Oh, and lasers.” Yep. The organised chaos has been orchestrated by Brian Ritchie of Violent Femmes fame, along with MONA senior curators Nicole Durling and Olivier Varenne. It’s all about championing the festival’s “…egalitarian philosophy”, which is basically fancy speak for everyone gets to party as hard as everyone else. The venue for this year’s event will centralise at Macquarie Wharf (MAC1 and MAC2) for the first time and will feature two stages, three orchestra’s, over 200 artists and fuck all sleep. Perfecto. Enough yabbering.

Here’s the lineup. MONA FOMA – JANUARY 15-19

NSGAR WALLENHORST

ASTRONAUTALIS

AUSTRALIAN ART ORCHESTRA with NGAIIRE AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA QUARTET

CHRIS THILE

CLIENT LIAISON

COLIN STETSON

CONRAD SHAWCROSS: ADA

FAUX MO

JOHN GRANT

KIM MYHR & KJELL BJØRGEENGEN

MATMOS

MICK HARVEY DOES SERGE GAINSBOURG

MORNING MEDITATIONS

ORQUESTA TÍPICA FERNÁNDEZ FIERRO

PERCH CREEK FAMILY JUG BAND

PIXAR IN CONCERT WITH TASMANIAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

PSYCROPTIC

ROBIN FOX

ROLAND TINGS SLAVE PIANOS & PUNKASILA with MICHAEL KIERAN HARVEY & RACHEL SARAWATI

STRIBORG

SUN RA ARKESTRA

THE BOMBAY ROYALE

THE JULIE RUIN

THE ORB

TYONDAI BRAXTON: HIVE

& MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED MOFO 2014

launch video from MONA on Vimeo.

Tickets go on sale Monday 28 October and will be available from http://www.mofo.net.au

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‘I am like the crawfish and advance sideways’

(Michel Foucault, 31st January 1979)

 

I read this quote on the front page of a really informative site around heterotopia.  Heterotopian Studies is a great site delving into depth the concept of Heterotopia.  This is an ongoing influence on the sites that i visit and engage with.  The site is written and updated by Peter Johnson.  Click here.

I go through phases of reading, I have never been a big reader of books, information yes but never whole books.  Whilst the last four years I have had to read books as part of my studies I am still no better.  Now being on an art residency where it is neither work or study I have a different desire again maybe not for whole books but I do feel an air of calm, less rush to do and time to enjoy doing.  The residency has a wee couple of bookshelves which on closer inspection have some really good books. Either someone has similar interests or the books define a time where artists like myself are engaging with similar issues.

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This book by Marc Augé is one that I read parts and back to front for my dissertation.  Now its another read altogether and great to re-read parts that I have and to learn more about an area that has been informing my practice for some time.  Elements of this will allow me to bounce ideas with forthcoming sites that I consider and interact with for new sound works.  I may also try and find a book shop here in Athens where I can find some texts by Georges Perec.  I feel they would be good to read now free from writing and making work within a university setting.

I also did bring one book with me that I picked up whilst on exchange in New York whilst studying a sound art and interactive installation elective run by Liz Philips.  This was a big influence on where my thoughts have been in the last year and I hope now on this residency that I can pursue some of those ideas to a more finalised outcome.  The book has excellent texts by many different purveyors of sound music and art – Audio Culture

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I will see what new books I end up reading whilst here in Athens.

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I recently read a post about Chinese Nail Houses.  Nail houses are homes where the owner has refused to sell to property developers and thus has stayed in their house whilst construction of modern buildings and highways have continued around their four walls.  The examples of nail houses are incredible and highlight the last stand and unique position these houses have.  Memorials to a certain idealism and statement about the need for progress.  Here is the link to the whole article: click here

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The Possibility of an Island

16 MAY – 26 JULY 2013

Import Projects
Keithstrasse 10
10787 Berlin
www.import-projects.org

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The Possibility of an Island surveys the strange connectivity between islands and mainlands, green-zones and battlefields, tax-havens and street corners, private fantasy and collective unconscious. Since Plato, through Defoe and Swift, via Gauguin, and in the work of numerous contemporary artists the island figure has been employed to negotiate relationships between the real and the imaginary, utopia and dystopia, selfhood and otherness, centre and periphery. The Possibility of an Island charts the topography of this intellectual archipelago – interrogating the possibility of isolation in the 21st Century.

This exhibition is accompanied by a screening program at the 55th Biennale di Venezia. The screening takes place at the Maldives Exodus Caravan Pavilion – hosted by the Museum of Everything, Serra del Giardini – An Official Collateral Project of the Biennale. Contributions by Bik Van der Pol, Klea Charitou, Joe Hamilton, Daniel Keller and Emily Segal, Mariyam Omar, Alexander Ponomarev, Jon Rafman, Hayley Silverman, and SUPERFLEX.

ARTISTS
Julieta Aranda
Mohamed Azzam Axza
Goldin+Senneby
Daniel Keller
Antti Laitinen
Mariyam Omar
Bik Van der Pol
Alexander Ponomarev
Andrew Ranville
Antoine Renard
Nicholas Roberts

CURATORS
Elena Gilbert
Nadim Samman

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