Category: Art


Shhh


Right, its been a bit quiet recently but rest assured I’ve got a few bits of spiralling hyperbole and mumbling nonsense coming your way shortly. In the mean time here’s an ambient/downtempo/experimental beat tape that I put together for my friend Joshy Bug (see the image for an example of his work) at some indeterminate point in the last year or so. As I’m admittedly rubbish at mixing these were pretty fun to put together, being as how largely beatless music doesn’t sound abysmal if you get two tunes out of sync, additionally they’ve been a good soundtrack  for some quiet reflection and for aiding deep concentration whilst working, I hope they prove equally useful to all youse lot.  If anyone wants them to download hit me up with a message and I’ll see what I can do about uploading them somewhere.

Side A: A bit like how it might sound in the future

1: Nah Teeth – Dem Hunger

2: Feathers – Asura

3: Stress Waves – Oneohtrix Point Never

4: Shimmer – The Sight Below

5: Root Hands – Hudson Mohawke

6: Marrying Maidens – Rooflight

7: When we parted my heart wanted to die – Leyland Kirby

8: Part II/IBM 1403 Printer – Johann Johannsson

9: Untitled #1 – Akira Kiteshi

10: All Hallows Eve – Demdike Stare

11: Sadly the future is no longer what it once was – Leyland Kirby

12: Stagger – The Sight Below

>> Nightbus – Burial

13: New Crossings – Shigeto

14: 12:18 – Global Communication

15: Dedal – Access to Arasaka

16: Untitled – Shankles

 

Side B: The Post Breakfast Road to Recovery

1: ? – Mark Pritchard

2: Pondlife – Bugskull

>> Ghostly Hardware – Demdike Stare

3: Schloerb – AK Kids

4: Through the cracks – The Sight Below

5: Dog Shelter – Burial

6: Embrace the Cold – Shigeto

7: Subterranean Life – Bugskull

8: Desert Fairy – Ras G

9: Shutter Light Girl – Kuedo

10: Zodiac Shit – Flying Lotus

11: Galaxy in Turiya – Alice Coltrane

12: Auntie’s Harp – Flying Lotus (Rebecca Raff’s Remix)

13: Nag Champa – Miguel Atwood Ferguson

14: Lady Nebula – Fingathing

15: Part III/IBM 1402 Card Read-Punch – Johann Johannsson

16: Communication – Bugskull

17: Happy Summer Solstice – Carlos y Gaby

18: Minjo – Kidkanevil (Blue Daisy Remix)

19: Run into the light – Brokenchord

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Dexian Racking

Evening.

Something deeply unnerving and particularly awesome surfaced on the internet recently and as such it deserves your full and undivided attention for at least the next hour or so. The supremely sinister Dexian Racking  site launched earlier this week and its patiently lying in wait for you to stumble into its arcane lair where it will devour your soul and make every effort to ensure that you have nightmares for the rest of the week. Excellently curated by Dank Morass’ Brad Swob, the first volume entitled The Swamp, contains a seething mass of submissions from a variety of artists, writers and musicians from a whole range of backgrounds and disciplines. I submitted a short story called Excerpt which I hope you enjoy, but there’s also a whole heap of high quality work on there from some very talented people. The premise is as follows, in Brad’s words….

Dexian Racking is an online multimedia project created and curated by Brad Swob.  It’s a website that publishes mixes of music, short stories and digital art in thematically linked volumes.  Each volume starts with a mix of music and an object selected by Brad Swob.  Writers are encouraged to submit short/micro (600 word limit) loosely inspired by the mix of music and the selected object.  Graphic designers, illustrators, photographers and video artists are encouraged to submit work based on the same.  All submissions are required by a deadline and the entire volume of work goes live on the Dexian Racking website shortly thereafter.  A new mix and object is posted and the process repeats.

Complimenting the periodic volumes is a section of Dexian Racking called Addendum.  This part of the website houses non-fiction articles and reviews from a team of regular writers.  Topics explored in these pages represent the vibe of the whole project – sinister, kooky, dark and weird art.  This section is perpetual with new articles posted regularly in between the main themed volumes.

It is envisioned that Dexian Racking will be an online hub for original writing, music and art in the stylistic tradition of things like The X-Files, horror films, pulp fiction, murder mysteries, ghost stories, science fiction, film noir, Edgar Allan Poe, gonzo and other, Lynch-esque moody weirdness – with varying degrees of blood and silliness.

So there you go, what are you waiting for? Click the link, download the mix from the music section, put your headphones on and immerse yourself in Dexian Racking.

Assembling Worlds

Now then, it’s high time for a well deserved plug for a couple of upcoming Brisbane artists and their imminent exhibition, Assembling Worlds.

Warren Handley and Rachael Bartram, (respectively my ex-housemate and the designer of my wedding invitations) will be displaying a whole host of their new work at Juggler’s Art Space on Brunswick Street , Fortitude Valley from this Friday onwards. Having seen some exclusive promos I can safely say that everything is looking particularly fresh. However perhaps most exciting of all is the tantalising prospect of their hitherto unseen collaborations, which, if the taster examples are anything to go by, represent a perfect cohesion of their markedly different styles.

So as not to do either of them a disservice I figured it would be best to get a summary of their work from each of them to whet your appetites:

Hoichi

Accordingly Warren’s describes his current body of work “digitalscapelands” as – “digital explorations into the tangible and intangible. “I am interested in how we perceive space and form. How from the macro scale right down to the micro, certain forms visually reoccur throughout the universe. Similar to this idea of space and materiality, I’m interested in experimenting with the visual paradox between imagery that is digital and geometric yet organic and raw.”

Lost Girls (Tiger's Eye Sunrise)

Whilst Rachael gave this little snippet – “As I’ve found with the collage process, the creation of confusing, frightening, logic defying and even emotionally stirring settings is inevitable. With my current series, the preoccupation with storybook archetypes (such as cowboys, school girls etc) clashes with non-fictional visual settings. A series of warped scenes emerges as the cut-out images tell strange layered stories in a single frame.

My collection of old children’s books and National Geographic magazines (dating as far back as the 1930s) is a valuable resource for finding dramatic background images as well as numerous ‘young heroine’ archetypes. The old children’s books often focus on the quests of young, white females who become innocently involved in murder mysteries and war battles. However, even though these heroines are consistently portrayed as law abiding and respectful, they often come undone by their own naivety and general air-headedness. In one chapter they might wonder off into a jungle alone and follow a mysterious man into a trap, then in the next they could be winning a tennis tournament. Evidently this character template is a product of its era. Nevertheless, I find this ‘hollow heroine’ completely malleable in the collage process. Because once cut out away from the pages of the story, they evolve to take on a more contrasting and serious persona. “

Check out the Facebook event page for a bunch of promo images, some explanatory spiel and more specific details about exhibition opening night – featuring delicious beer and a set from the one like Walrii (Dank Morass) no less!