Wednesday, August 31

Rod Moss

An artist from Alice Springs who's work I quite admire. He wrote a book in the last year or so which is quite a read - it's called "The hard light of day".

Saturday, August 27

Video from Sound to Light evening

Filmed by Nadine Kessler, movie made by Chris Downes, performance by Chris Downes (drawings and poetry) and Josh Santospirito (music and sound), lighting and sound mixing by Jason James as part of the Sound to Light evening on the 20th of August 2011, as curated by Chris Norman and Jason James.

Saturday, August 20

The Shipwright and the Banshee was a blast!

Chris Downes and I have just this night completed the WORLD PREMIERE of this fine production at the Second Sound To Light night at the Long Gallery (Salamanca Arts Centre in old Hobart town). Ours was by far the most "analogue" looking performance of the night - the rest entailing lots of digital works, some amazing programming by some local artists, my faves being Jordan Marson and Matt Warren's piece which was a gut-twistingly loud feeback session with a projection of a arena stadium set, and a beautiful work by Tonya Meyrick and Matthew Dewey involving lots of mirrors which twisted projected light which was in the room off to the side of the Long Gallery.

Our performance entailed Chris drawing with oil crayon things up on huge sheets of paper, the two main protagonists of our woeful tale - the young shipwright and his bane the moaning Banshee. I produced and played live the music for the piece on guitars and my gorgeous ol' electric organ, projected up on the big screen was the writing of the story, written in 4-line stanzas as written by Chris.

Had some absolutely awesome feedback from the audience ... one person said it was Shmick!! Two ladies told Chris that it was amazingly incredible (or something to that effect) ... numerous people have decided to believe that we based the story on a local ghost story ... which of COURSE is 100% true! It's just one that no one has heard before.

Chris drawings were superb, absolutely suberb! Hopefully I can get my hands on some of the photos and put them up here. Nadine Kessler was great enough to film the performance and I believe that Chris will put it up on the web sometime in the very near future for your kind perusal.

Picture by the wonderful - Chris Downes

Tuesday, August 9

The Shipwright and the Banshee

Just to add a touch more tease to what Chris Downes and I have been up to in preparation for Sound to Light on August the 20th at the Long Gallery (upstairs at the Salamanca Arts Centre) -

We've been moulding this little baby for months now - It will involve sound and music by in accompaniment to Chris drawing. It will be a ghost story based in little ol' Tasmania (anyone who knows Chris well enough knows that ghost stories are his speciality).

There's a preview pic up on the sound to light website for youse to check out.

I heard that R Crumb has pulled out of "Graphic" at the Syd Opera House due to some bad press. That ain't right at all!! Outraged comic fans - protest against the Murdoch press and boycott Sydney altogether and just come down to Hobart on that weekend!!

Thursday, August 4

Sound 2 Light

DWT will be performing along with the wonderful Christopher Downes as part of Sound 2 Light at the Long Gallery in the Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart on August 20th. We've been working on this project for a number of months now - it's been freakin' interesting, Chris will be painting in his inimitable style whilst Josh makes the sound track to this ghostly tale!

Tix - $10-12

Also performing on the night are -

King of the Morning & 313RGB
Nick Smithies & Adam Walker
PilotError & Joseph Barrows
Oceans & Matt Warren
Sam Gregory & Zeal
Matthew Dewey & Tonya Meyrick

Presented by Salamanca Arts Centre and 313RGB.
Curated by Jason James & Christopher Norman.

A night of cross media collaboration transforming Salamanca Arts Centre into a hive of performance and installation.

Sound 2 Light is an exploration in collaboration and process through the combination of sonic and temporal practice. Artists involved in the fields sound and light are matched together and given two months to create hybrid partnerships. These will transform the Long Gallery into a hive of performance and installation based work.

Presented both onsite and broadcast live via 313RGB’s show Synaesthethics on Edge Radio 99.3FM.