Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Flamenco a go go

I'm curating the next Algae Rhythm event with Alex Papasavvas, and at the moment we're on the hunt for flamenco dancers for a light show installation. The brief is below- if you live in Sydney and this sounds like the kind of crazy stage you want to be stomping all over, let me know on the deets at the bottom of the brief.

Algae Rhythm 0.02 (May 4, 2009)- Dancer’s Brief

Punk Monk Propaganda’s second intermedia gallery night Algae Rhythm 0.02 will focus on lost organics and found vibrations, and aims to reconnect the humans in the room with the biology that drives their innate need for creation.

A central feature of this evening will be a liquid light installation. In the heady days of psychedelia, liquid light shows were an integral part of the experience of the music. In the early experiments at the shows of psychedelic musicians such as the Grateful Dead and Big Brother and the Holding Company, the liquid in the projector (coloured oils) was impacted on directly by the vibrations of the music. We’re hoping to achieve a similar effect with the vibrations created not primarily through the music, but rather through the dancers.

We will have a small, low stage set up for amplification so that the dancer’s steps will be creating the vibrations that impact the light show.

We are particularly interested in these dancers being familiar with the flamenco style, as it is given to the kind of loud stomping that we need to make our projector work. We are very open to co-curating with the dancers involved, and feel that the dancers should be as much a part of the creative process as the projectionists.

When considering this invitation to participate, feel free to start thinking about the following aspects of the installation:

MOVEMENT: you’re welcome to make the dance as free form, traditional, unrehearsed, or experimental as you wish. You are the expert in this form of expression. Draw on your craft’s heritage and use it to express your creativity.

MUSIC: while you’ll be dancing in a flamenco style, feel free to experiment with the music that you’re dancing to. It doesn’t have to be traditional.

COSTUME: performance through costume design has always been an integral part of the Punk Monk story. Feel free to be as traditional, creative, non traditional or bizarre as you see fit. We create new meanings by fusing the confused- you’re encouraged to play.

Algae Rhythm nights are by their nature small, organic gatherings of creatively supportive participants (max 30 people). So whilst you will be performing, so will everyone else in the room. Our approach is that all participants walk in as artists.

If you do choose to play with us, you’ll be required on the evening of Monday May 4, as well as for a couple of hours for some testing before the actual event.

For any questions, clarifications, explanations or distillations, please feel free to contact Punk Monk curators Alex Papasavvas and Kate Taylor directly through the details below:

m: 0466 452 919
a: The Warehouse, 84b Henderson Road, Alexandria

Monday, March 30, 2009

Mojo and the Earth


Mojo Juju and the Snake Oil Merchants are my new favourite thing to do in a dark room with strangers.

Unfortunately before I saw them at the Vanguard on Saturday night I had a massive steak at the Rose and had a little meat-drunk nap during Earth Hour. The nap itself was really lovely. It's only unfortunate because we left the light on while we snoozed. Sorry, Barry.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Algae Rhythm 0.01

I blow for fun::

we film things we think are pretty::

crowd saucing::

the zine 0.01::

we like to watch::

bless your bliss::

Photography by Dave, Stevie, Alex, and maybe Victoria. (ed- just stevie and dave.)

For more info on Punk Monk Propaganda's first intermedia happening Algae Rhythm:: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=60169142594#/event.php?eid=68873469592

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

wedding belles

I want to time-share marry both of them.

zoom crash

What is wrong with walking? Surely with all this networking technology going around there's no need for anyone to get anywhere that fast. It only takes 20 minutes to get to the other side of the CBD, ffsake.

Electric Scooters for Everyone

Monday, March 16, 2009

Algae Rhythm

Punk Monk is launching a brand new night of inspiration and intrigue called Algae Rhythm. Do let us know if you want to come and play with us under the blue green moon.

The official speil, penned heartrendinlyohso beautifully by Victoria and Clare:

Punk Monk Propaganda's new interactive monthly one night only gallery is on the launch pad, ready for take-off.

An organic evolution partially influenced by progressive experimental thinkers including Alan Turing, Ada Lovelace and Andy Warhol. ALGAE RHYTHM is a juxtaposition of the ever-changing & dynamic world of colliding interfaces and the pulsing fabric of visually undefinable zeros and ones which mesh it all together.

Building from the traditional idea of the "film screening" night where like minded film & art lovers congregate feeding their passion for the screen, ALGAE RHYTHM, seeks new meaning and method. An informal exhibition of any form of art/expression/discussion, we aim to experiment with new or forgotten ways of discovering, sharing and creating.

Each event will feature a curated film screening in symbiosis with other activities. Each curator should consider an idea behind their event, which could be a platform for a pseudo exhibition using many art forms (photography, music, video art, short film, podcast, science experiment, group project...) or could focus on a particular theme or director or a topic of interest. It should not be limited to any traditional ideas of a generic film screening and in the same way not limiting to what individuals can bring to/take from the night. However, the main idea is to create an involved and stimulating night and to explore new terrain.

Unfortunately there is limited space in The Warehouse, and the only fair way to select people is the 'ole 'First in Best Dressed' method. So RSVP ASAP and be one of the two dozen!

Please bring a delicious edible dish and grog (if you are so inclined) to share.

If anyone wants to contribute/curate a future event the world is your oyster. No idea is too big or too small. The connections don't necessarily have to make sense. Somewhere there's a possible world that they do.

"I never am really satisfied that I understand anything; because, understand it well as I may, my comprehension can only be an infinitesimal fraction of all I want to understand about the many connections and relations which occur to me, how the matter in question was first thought of or arrived at, etc., etc."Ada Lovelace

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

birdless tresses

When we were small and my brothers didn't want to wash their seriously manky hair, my mother would read us Judy Zavos' Murgatroyd's Garden, which was illustrated gorgeously by Drahos Zak. It is still one of my very favourite books of all time, and sadly appears to be out of print these days.

This moleskine design is pretty reminiscent of old Murgatroyd's mane. When I came across this in the Frankie blog, I had a tingling feeling all across my scalp and a terrible craving for children's shampoo. Or at least a pet bird for my hair.