Culture Guide January 3 – 7: Warm Ties, AquaSonic + 52 Artists 52 Actions

January 3rd 2018
Wednesday 3rd January

Spoken Vibes: Spoken Word / Poetry Slam at The Louis Hotel 03/01

Happening every Wednesday at The Louis Hotel, soak up acoustic vibes, open mic poetry and an art showcase featuring works for Gallery 448 which are for sale.

WHAT: Poetry/Music Performance
WHEN: 7-11pm
WHERE: The Louis Hotel, Lewisham
HOW MUCH: Free, more info

Thursday 4th January

Life Off Grid - A Film About Disconnecting

Life Off Grid is a film about people who have chosen to build their lives around renewable energy, with beautiful, inspiring and often challenging results.

From 2011 to 2013 Jonathan Taggart (Director) and Phillip Vannini (Producer) spent two years travelling across Canada to find 200 off-gridders and visit them in their homes. They met off-gridders in every single province and territory and through their film they narrated our travels and chronicled in depth the experiences, challenges, inventions, aspirations, and ways of life of people who have chosen to radically re-invent daily life in a dramatically innovative but also quite traditional way. 

WHAT: Film Screening, live music & Govinda’s dinner
WHEN: 9-11pm
WHERE: Govinda’s Cinema & Restaurant, 112 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst
HOW MUCH: SOLD OUT 🙁 more info

Friday 5th January

Warm Ties

Warm Ties will see the first public solo exhibition of Australian artist Helen Johnson, in collaboration with ICA, London. Johnson weaves and overlays historical and contemporary signifiers creating points of tension and reflection through the medium of painting. In this exhibition, the complex colonial relationship between Australia and Britain is dealt with on the level of the body, using large-scale paintings that have become purposefully disassembled installations throughout the space.

WHAT: Art Exhibition Opening
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: Artspace, Woolloomooloo
HOW MUCH: Free, more info

Saturday 6th January


An ethereal underwater concert performed by five musicians submerged in aquariums. Playing custom-made instruments and singing in an invented style reminiscent of Cocteau Twins’ Elizabeth Fraser, the result is a musical performance that both looks and sounds haunting and otherworldly. Avant-garde ensemble Between Music spent years researching the possibilities of performing music underwater, conducting experiments with scientists, deep sea divers and craftspeople to develop entirely new instruments that can be played in water. The result is a concert experience of improbable feats of melody you won’t see or hear anywhere else on dry land.

WHAT: Music/Art Performance
WHEN: 7:30-8:30pm
WHERE: Carriageworks, Eveleigh
HOW MUCH: $53-70, more info

52 Artists 52 Actions

Every week for one year from January 2018 — January 2019, Artspace will invite a new artist to respond to a current political or social issue in the form of an action in their local community. The 52 participating artists will have total freedom in what issues they choose to address and what they decide to create for their action. The artists will stage their actions in unique, physical locations throughout Asia and also share them with a global audience online. In this way, 52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS will generate a continuously unfolding archive of creative responses to everything from the refugee crisis and mass migration to the impacts of climate change around the world.

WHAT: Art Project
WHEN: Until January 2019
WHERE: Artspace, Woolloomooloo
HOW MUCH: Free, more info

Sunday 7th January

The Town Hall Affair

Based on the film Town Bloody Hall by Chris Hegedus & D.A. Pennebaker. An artful reimagining of the classic 1971 documentary Town Bloody Hall, which captured a raucous debate between author Norman Mailer and leading feminists like Jill Johnston and Germaine Greer (played by Maura Tierney). The debate may have taken place more than 45 years ago, but its themes remain relevant. Directed by Elizabeth LeCompte, co-founder of acclaimed experimental theatre troupe The Wooster Group, the play combines live performance of real-life dialogue from the debate with video footage from documentary, both inhabiting the original film and derailing it.

WHAT: Theatre Production
WHEN: 8pm
WHERE: Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point
HOW MUCH: $77-96, more info

Tree Of Codes

Bringing together choreographer Wayne McGregor, installation artist Olafur Eliasson and electronic composer Jamie xx, Tree Of Codes reinterprets Jonathan Safran Foer’s haunting experimental novella. Performed by Company Wayne McGregor as part of Sydney Festival 2018.

WHAT: Contemporary Ballet
WHEN: 5pm
WHERE: International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour
HOW MUCH: $77-96, more info

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