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Late Night Programming

Three late night events

1st May 2014 – 31st May 2014 · West Space ·

During May 2014, West Space in partnership with the City of Melbourne has initiated a series of three late night events that span live music, film, World Cup screenings and West Space Journal events.

9pm-12am Thursday 29 May 2014

Titus Plautus said, ‘When I was a boy, my belly was my sundial — one more sure and more exact than any other’. Guided by our bellies and in celebration of our third issue of the West Space Journal, we will be screening a program of videos about contemporary time—as Peter Osborne describes it, a ‘coming together of disjunctive temporalities’. Time is the flat, shadowless workday geography in front of you as you push a cursor ‘ round a screen (Babette Mangolte); it’s the woozy, kairological tumble of being hit in the head with a cricket ball; or the idea of the future as living together with hundreds of oxen (as in Neil Beloufa’s Kempinski); and of the human as geomorphic agent, transforming the earth or being cremated into diamonds. Come watch some videos about all this together.

Supported by City of Melbourne’s Up Late Melbourne program.

9pm-4am Saturday 17 May 2014

Programmed in the West Space Reading Room during the 2014 FIFA World Cup (13 June – 14 July), Tully Moore’s World Cup Breakfast Bar (TMWCBB) will be at hand to guide you through the highs and lows of this famous sporting event. West Space’s Reading Room will be transformed into a live site, streaming early morning World Cup games live from Brazil. (Breakfast provided) This will be complemented by specially commissioned artworks that will turn the reading room an art-sports breakfast bar.

The launch of the TMWCBB will be held as a precursor to a live screening of the FA Cup final between Arsenal and Hull City live from Wembley Stadium. To get in the mood, from 9pm we will be screening retro footballing documentaries, and enjoying a selection of international cuisine. We will be releasing the fixture list of live games to be shown at West Space and have a special announcement of an upcoming event.

Supported by City of Melbourne’s Up Late Melbourne program.

9pm-12am Wednesday 7 May, 2014

West Space is thrilled to present three new collaborations between Indonesian and Australian improvisors and performers, collapsing multiple tongues, tastes and timezones into a universal stew of noise and joy.

Rully Sharbara (Yogyakarta) + Sophia Brous (Melbourne)
Wukir Suryadi (Yogyakarta) + Tarquin Manek (Melbourne)
Angus Tarnawsky (New York) + Nathan Liow (Melbourne)

Curated by Joel Stern for West Space.

Rully and Wukir will be well known to devotees of non-western noise for their unique band Senyawa, who combine punk and avant-garde nous with skewed takes on Javanese classical traditions. Senyawa’s introduction to Australian audiences was back in 2011 as part of the Overground extravaganza at the Melbourne Town Hall. They were showstoppers that night and have been in high demand in Oz ever since. Sophia Brous, the curator of Overground, helped start the Senyawa craze – so here’s a little chance to complete the circle.

Sophia’s a brilliant improvising vocalist and performer and at this concert she’ll be duetting with Senyawa honey throated crooner Rully Shabara in a one-off sing-off. Duo number two comprises two men with indescribable instruments who know how to use them. Wukir Suryadi, virtuoso of heavy-bamboo, student of great Indonesian poet-national hero W. S. Rendra, and instrument-building icon, meets Tarquin Manek, the Melbourne via Canberra avant-savant from Bum Creek with a suitcase full of curated junk.

Plus to kick off the night we will be presenting Artifacts, a sonic work by Nathan Liow and Angus Tarnawsky that is part of Rosemary Willink’ s exhibition Can we please play the internet? in Gallery 1. Nathan and Angus expose sonic phenomena associated with the vast physical network that enables the internet. Artifacts is a slowly evolving feedback conversation created by a live acoustic piano performance in the gallery, broadcast immediately to NYC then returned and amplified through speakers and mixed with the existing performance. Within this process, inaudible sounds become apparent and distortion begins to erode and decay what is heard. The internet itself leaves a unique signature and becomes an organic third party working alongside the artists.

Supported by City of Melbourne’s Up Late Melbourne program.