LUCAS ABELA | PAKU PAKU
OPENING NIGHT: WED 23 APRIL 2014 6-8PM
CONTINUES: SAT 26 - SUN 27 APRIL.
Paku-Paku is a musical instrument disguised as a real world Pac-Man game. When played it creates random audio collage from music and spoken word plucked from local radio broadcasts. This stream of audio reflecting the attitudes of the surrounding area are converted into light feeding 67 separate LED light strips framing a 8x8 meter recreation of Pac-Man’s maze. Audience controlled hover Pac-Man, Ms Pac-Man and his enemies the hover ghosts Blinky and Inky will turn these lights back into audio using photocells attached to their chassis’. So as the characters explore the maze gobbling up pellets they act as cross faders, their movements determining the final composition.
The work continues Lucas Abela’s interest in appropriating arcade forms to create interactive installations for musical play. Works like his pinball/musical hybrids Pinball Pianola (2012) and Balls for Cthulhu (2013) & Vinyl Rally (2010) a video racing installation that has toured extensively throughout across Europe including a show at Paris’ prestigious Palais de Tokyo and is about to make it’s North American debut at the Detroit Electronic Music Festival this fourth of July. Lucas views the arcade format as an engaging way to enact meaningful interaction from audiences, who have an innate understanding for the language of the work. Once at the controls they instinctively know what’s expected from them, a palpability giving the work instant immediacy.
Devised and Built by Lucas Abela
Programming by Severin Sieben
Electrical Engineering by Danial Stocks
Thankyou for Keg de Souza, Rory McKay, Helen Rose and Jim Gench
for your help and support
SAL RUDOPLH: LIBRARY OF ART
April 9th 6-8PM
Sal Randolph lives in New York and makes art involving gift economies,
social interactions, public spaces and publishing, including Opsound,
an open exchange of copyleft music, the Free Biennial and Free
Manifesta, a pair of open "biennials," Free Words, a book infiltrated
into bookstores and libraries, and Money Actions, an ongoing series of
interventions in which she has given away several thousand dollars to
members of the public. She is currently investigating games, recipes,
algorithms, codes, and texts. http://salrandolph.com
PRESENTED IN ASSOCIATION WITH RAYGUN PROJECTS TOOWOOMBA
Support by Australia Council For the Arts
ALASKA is proud to be a venue partner for SafARI 2014
SafARI Artists showing at ALASKA:
SafARI Live Artists:
14 March - 4 April
Opening day @ ALASKA SAT 15th MARCH
SafARI is a biennial exhibition that celebrates some of Australia's brightest emerging artists. Featuring 14 artist and collectives, and 7 sydney based performance artists 6 venues across inner city Sydney. For more information and the full program visit safari.org.au
On Saturday 15 March SafARI LIVE artist Frances Barrett will undertake a performance of sedation at Alaska Projects. Titled
Occupation, Barrett will impose her performance on the exhibition
space, rupturing the curatorial vision through positing her sedated body amongst the other works of art. Occupation is a performance that explores the notion of occupying, transforming and disrupting space - both physically and psychologically.
SafARI Public Programs at ALASKA
Artist Talks - Paul Williams and Christopher Dolman
Join Paul Williams and Chris Dolman as they discuss their ambitious ceramic installation titled OTHER DAY ORNAMENTAL at Alaska Projects. This work physically and metaphorically reframes objects that are often overlooked in everyday life. Presenting these objects as part of an extensive three-dimensional still life, we are encouraged to examine the inanimate, unassuming objects that populate the studios of the artists.
SafARI LIVE Performance
3 - 6pm
Linda Brescia is a Sydney multidisciplinary artist, whose practice moves fluidly across performance, installation and printmaking. She creates work that draws upon her own experience as a mother, daughter and wife living in the Western suburbs of Sydney. Brescia will use SafARI 2014 as a platform to develop highly experimental performance work at Alaska projects and other venues, performing as sacred domestic icons and potentially interfering with her (and our) daily routine.
MUSICAL ALASKA #14
feat. GUERRE (LAVURN LEE) | JOHNATHAN BAKER AND THOMAS WILLIAM SMITH |
ELIA BOSSHARD AND YVONNE LAM
5PM SUNDAY 23 FEBRUARY
World’s Only and ALASKA Projects present MUSICAL ALASKA #14 featuring prodigal singer-producer Lavurn Lee (Cassius Select / Black Vanilla) returning under his long-running Guerre moniker to perform an intimate set of disembodied R'n'B ahead of his debut album, Ex Nihilo. Joining Lavurn are two sets of duos: Alaska Orchestra members Johnathan Baker and Thomas William Smith performing their hypnotic improvisations for trumpet and no-input mixer and Elia Bosshard and Yvonne Lam performing new works for flute and percussion.
Image: Lavurn Lee, 2014.