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
Thank you for Keg de Souza, Rory McKay, Helen Rose and Jim Gench for your help and support.

Thanks also to Helen Rose - Schaursberger Laboratorium for supporting this project.

This project was supported by the Australia Council for the Arts

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REPEAT/PATTERNS
CONOR O'SHEA

30 APRIL - 5 MAY

Opening Night: 6pm Wednesday 30 April
Repeat/Patterns consists of an instillation of paintings, silkscreen prints, photographic prints projection and a single wall graphic. The installation of works juxtaposes near-monochromatic images of planets, lights and ‘universal’ forms alongside a wall of hounds-tooth pattern, and paintings featuring hyper-color patterns, optical illusions, stripes and grids. Using image- based media and the depth of space to construct pictures. This co-ordination of forms, Allows process to be highly apparent so a progression of ideas can take place. Allowing Photographic imagery and the pure abstraction of form to share a
space together.

Conor O’Shea was born in Stuttgart, Germany in 1991. He is a recent graduate of the National Art School Sydney awarded with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Honors (painting). O’Shea has contributed to a variety of group shows including, Graceland A Group Exhibition with Martin Sharp, Damien Gallery Sydney, Sketches of bacon former paramount pictures building Sydney, and most recently, The intergalactic Image Factory Liverpool Street Gallery Sydney. Repeat/Patterns will be O’Shea’s first solo exhibition. After which he is travelling to New York/Germany to undertake a residency and continue his studies. His work is currently held in private collections in Sydney/Melbourne/Hong Kong and Germany.

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Image: Conor O'Shea, 2014.

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MISS YOU MORE WHEN IT RAINS
DOG PARK PROJECT SPACE - CHRISTCHURCH (NEW ZEALAND)
TULLY ARNOT | CATHERINE CLAYTON-SMITH | BRIDIE CONNELL | CLAIRE FLANNERY | MIKE HEWSON | ALEX KIERS | SAMUEL HODGE | NATALYA HUGHES | NELL | PHILJAMES |
KATE SCARDIFIELD | MARILYN SCHNEIDER | LLEAH SMITH

5 - 18 MAY

Opening Night: 6pm Friday 2 May
An ALASKA Projects touring exhibition of new Australasian art from Sydney, Australia.

I MISS YOU MORE WHEN IT RAINS is the second exhibition in ALASKA Projects' international exchange history following on from 2012's AS ABOVE SO BELOW held at New Orleans artist run space Good Children. This exhibition picks up on themes explored in As Above So Below looking at geography, memory, space, love and loss. Both exhibitions take place in cities recently impacted by natural disaster and are designed as presentations of new art from Sydney, Australia but also as expressions of artistic solidarity and love. The artists involved represent a cross section of the work presented at ALASKA Projects and are defined by difference as opposed to similarity. ALASKA Projects has also chosen to show the work of three New Zealand born artists currently residing in Sydney. In late June 2014 Dog Park will complete the exchange with an exhibition at ALASKA Projects in Sydney.

Nell appears courtesy of Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
Natalya Hughes appears courtesy of Milani Gallery, Brisbane

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MUSICAL ALASKA #16 / WORLD'S ONLY ZINE ISSUE IV LAUNCH
FREDA'S (CHIPPENDALE)
UNITY FLOORS | MOON HOLIDAY | HZ | ADAM GUZOWSKI VS CARL MORGAN |
LOVLEY HEAD | IVAN VIZINTIN

4PM SUNDAY 27 APRIL

Musical Alaska returns to Chippendale establishment Freda's for the launch of World's Only Zine Issue IV with a healthy Sunday dose of classical-experimental-other music. Testing and tweaking the usual confines of concerts and genres for an invigorating play between new-old and old-new music, World's Only Zine Issue IV will come to light with a selection of live debuts, new projects, old vets of Sydney, and some choice favourites from our latest issue – featuring a cover illustration of Tyondai Braxton by local hero Total Bore.

Pre-order now – Limited edition 500 print run edition featuring Ivan Vizintin, Aisha Orazbayeva, Brian Reitzell, Moon Holiday, Circular Keys, Tyondai Braxton, Noveller and Lina Lapelyte.

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Image: Total Bore. Tyondai Braxton, 2014.

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Supported by Australia Council For the Arts