What: “People doing strange things with electricity“
Where: Serial Space, 33 Wellington St, Chippendale
When: Tuesday 1st November, 7pm for a 7:30 start
This month’s Dorkbot Sydney is curated by Serial Space On-Site Resident Andrew McLellan AKA Cured Pink. We will have three “powerful” presentations by experimental artists and machine lover/haters.
Andrew McLellan – Cannibalised Machines
For the last few years Andrew McLellan has been aggregating fragmented and crude instrumentation for his noise-performance project Cured Pink. Over the last year in particular, Andrew has been building cannibalised machines from cheap powertools for scenarios that embrace spontaneity, danger and the psychic tendencies of the attending crowd. Andrew will be showing instruments and objects that he is building (and/or hopes to build) during his on-site residency with Serial Space in October/November.
Harry Mills – Situational Amplification
Electronic instrument building which explores situational amplification as well as sound content. The translation of a musical idea into analogue devices, using simplification and primitive network schemes to control feedback and signal paths. The exploration of circuits representing traditions of sonic/visual reproduction and generation.
Initially classed as a turntablist, Lucas Abela’s work has rarely resembled anything in the field, early feats saw him stabb vinyl with Kruger style stylus gloves, bound on electro acoustic trampolines, drag race the pope across the Sydney Harbour Bridge, perform deaf defying duet duels with amplified samurai swords, hospitalised by high powered turntables constructed from sewing machine motors, record chance John Peel sessions with the Flaming Lips, become Otomo Yoshihides’ favourite entry into his Ground Zero remix competition; ‘Consummation’ (even though instead of sampling the CD he destroyed it using amplified skewers!).
Today these turntable roots have became almost unrecognisable, evolving into his infamous glass instrument (broken shards being to Lucas nothing more than a giant diamond tipped stylus you can play with your mouth). He has been perfecting the instrument since it’s invention in 2003, perfroming internationally as Justice Yeldham and with his glass/ drums/ piano trio, Rice Corpse.
Lucas has principally been a live audio artist, perfroming live since 1994 after Oren Ambarchi stumbled across his radio performances, and invited him to play the What is? Music Festival. However Recently he has begun dabbling in sound installation with works like Vinyl Arcade, where remote control cars with styli attached are raced over a track made from a mass of disused vinyl records.