Melbourne Fringe – West of What?
Join Footscray Community Arts Centre for one big day of artistic cremations, enraptured performances, creative activities and installations. A world of words, dance and sound bring together all that’s unique about FCAC and the artists taking part in this year’s curated Fringe Festival program.
From 1pm, artists and performers including Yeshi, Supina Bytol, Mito Elias, Kate Hood, The Chaotic Order, the indirect Object, Guntur’s Dance Company, I Wayan and the team behind Marionette will take to the FCAC Happy River Lawn, with market stalls offering local handmade products, a sausage sizzle and Happy River Café keeping the drinks and food flowing. At 5.30pm a procession of artists will lead us to the FCAC Rose Garden for a ceremonial cremation of JOLT’s exhibition Creative + Cremated.
From 7pm join New Wayfinders in the Performance Space for MEMORY//DISPERSE, a visual and auditory performance of dance, music and poetry exploring the collisions and connections between language, space and memory.
West of What? We’re now and at the centre of it all, and this is what we have to say.
WHEN Saturday 23 September, 1pm – 9pm
Free Day Program, 1pm – 6pm;
Evening Ticketed Program, 7pm – 9pm
COST Day Program, Free;
Evening Program, $13 (suggested ticket price*)
*No one turned away for lack of funds
Guntur Dance Company
Indonesian dance troupe from Kediri Jawa Timur perform traditional dances with expressive, beautiful movements.
WHEN: 10am – 10.20am and 4.30pm – 4.50pm
The Chaotic Order
Enza’s Magical Nook
Improvisation is an expression of who we are in the present, it shows us our boundaries and gives us insight into who we might want to become. The Chaotic Order invite audiences to Enza’s Magical Nook – a performative experiential piece exploring power, community and connection. Enza’s Magical Nook represents a place of safety and refuge.
WHEN: 1pm – 5pm (20 minute durations). Bookings required.
Fresh Mountain Breeze
Inspired by the sights, smells, and sounds of Taipei, Fresh Mountain Breeze is a reimagining of our Taipei Artist Village artist-in-residency project Echo Chamber/Breath developed with the support of the Australia Council for the Arts.
WHEN: 1pm – 3pm (20 minute durations). Bookings required.
Marionette is a poetic-biography of the silent film actress Marion Davies, whose identity was shaped by her powerful lover, William Randolph Hearst. A collaboration between poet Jessica Wilkinson and composer Simon Charles, Marionette combines instrumental performance, spoken word and electro-acoustic sound. Performed with associate artists Jenny Barnes, Michael McNab, Phoebe Green and Andy Butler, Marionette explores Davies’ cinematic presence, the manipulation of her public image, and the strings that pull behind the scenes.
Kate Hood is the Artistic Director of disability-led theatre company, Raspberry Ripple Productions – a company in residence at FCAC. Kate had a career as an able-bodied actor for theatre, TV and film. A decade ago, she became a wheelchair user and reinvented herself as a disabled actor and theatre-maker, finding herself part of a new group of talented writers and performers with disability. In this conversation, Kate will discuss Raspberry Ripple’s upcoming event Raspberry Ripple Reads.
WHEN: 2.30pm – 2.50pm
qp is an exercise in poetry where the artist explores the sound and visual component of poetic happening. qp evokes the creole memories extending the phonetic aspects of the language as a musical composition.
WHEN: 3pm – 3.45pm
Supina Bytol and Mishka Beckman
Batu Belah – Performance
Multi-skilled artists Supina Bytol and Mishka Beckman will collaborate on a triptych performance, using costume and soundscape to explore themes of migration integration, mysticism and the ethereal feminine form.
WHEN: 3pm – 3.20pm
There is a Tibetan saying that “Anyone with a mouth can sing, and with legs can dance.” Tibetans sing anytime or anywhere; whether they are working in the fields, grazing their animals on the grasslands or celebrating special occasions. Their music is woven by history, land and spiritual beliefs. Yeshi was born in exile, and it is music, first and foremost, that connects him to his Tibetan roots.
WHEN: 4pm – 4.20pm
Created + Cremated
JOLT – Cremation Ceremony
James Hullick, director of JOLT, constructs sculptural forms from hard rubbish donated by members of the local community and devises kinetic sound machines that will respond to these sculptures. A procession of artists will lead audiences to a ceremonial cremation of the artwork at the FCAC Rose Garden. The work will then be reimagined and remounted back into the gallery.
MEMORIES // DISPERSE
New Wayfinders – Spoken word performance
A visual and auditory performance of dance, music and poetry exploring the collisions and connections between language, space and memory by artists in the diaspora. Artists will create space, share their stories and reach out to those who know this struggle.
WHEN: 7pm – 9pm
Inner West Wanderings (2017)
Artist: Robyn Cairns
Robyn’s poetry is often inspired by emotional connection she feels with her local landscape. In her piece ‘Inner West Wanderings’, Robyn reads her Modern English haiku and tanka poems and interprets them with her clarinet music she has written. Robyn’s photos are taken in the West Footscray and Altona landscapes and have inspired many of her poems.
BRETON BURNING (2017)
Artist: Saidin Salkic
In any documentary about any single artist in the history of the art of the popular world, the artist featured in it, is by his close circle of friends featured in it, and some ignorant enough favourable critics, always made to be like the only artist in the world, the one who has invented and done it all by himself and that all other artists are in some way copying his great work.
Breton Burning is a video of rebellion, a voice of all the great artists of history, especially the tribal artists, great African artists, the great artists of the Amazon forest and great human artists, individual people, workers, housewives and children who by simply living their lives and without sensationalism have created amazing art, amazing installations in passing, in their kitchens, workplaces and playgrounds, never to be registered by any victim of their own ignorance of the past-the art critics. This video is their voice and for them and for all the more than surreal human legends of the past. Do you really think that Surrealism started existing only after a few historical farts got together in the 1920s and said that it now exists?
Pilgrimage to the Site of Waste Windows – A Memorial Service (2015)
Artist: Brydee Rood
Installation Sound Performance 2014 in collaboration with the Schöppingen Firemen’s Band | Video 2015
Site: daldrup Kunststoffverabeitung Schöppingen during the KWW residency with Stiftung Künstlerdorf Schöppingen
Materials: Various recycled matter from old PVC windows and rubber insulation lips
During the Arts Science Economy Residency with Stiftung Künstlerdorf Schöppingen in Germany 2014 I held a memorial service, involving a pilgrimage to the local factory site of waste PVC windows and a collaboration with the town’s Firemen’s Band. My sound installation and performance art was situated directly within the factory both indoors and outside amongst the mountainous piles of waste windows; broken, smashed and discarded PVC frames, heaped and strewn, peppered with glass, metal bits, foam oddities formed a new landscape within the existing semi industrial semi-rural surrounds. Like a pilgrimage to a sacred land or temple, the act of bringing an audience to this site of collected waste became an integral part of the work. The performance was an experimental funeral composition, hinting at life cycles and reincarnation, a serenade to the windows which frame our existence; in architecture, such common things – we look out of them every day, separating us from the outdoors – yet here the windows accumulated, forming a bizarre material landscape.
Presented by Footscray Community Arts Centre as part of Melbourne Fringe Festival
1 – Women of the World Festival 2017. Image by Rachel Main.
1 – Tenzing Yeshi. Image courtesy of Multicultural Arts Victoria