Anuencia: If This Building Could Speak
Event Title: Anuencia: If This Building Could Speak
Artists: Sooji Kim & Bryan Phillips
Starting Point: Kit and Ace, 161 Gertrude Street – meet on Gertrude St
Friday 15 July 2016, 6:30pm (1 show only)
Saturday 16 July 2016, 6pm & 6:30pm (2 shows)
Friday 22July 2016, 6pm & 6:30pm (2 shows)
Saturday 23 July 2016,6pm & 6:30pm (2 shows)
Cost: $5. Click here to book.
Ticket sales will be donated to MAYSAR (Melbourne Aboriginal Youth Sport and Recreation Co-Operative).
Max 15 people per performance.
No wheelchair access.
Anuencia is an audio-visual and sound project that engages deeply with a research and investigation element as part of the artistic process. “Anuencia” is a procedure taken from the concept described by Margot Loyola; the idea of learning something from a place and then reciprocating back to the community through performance.
Anuencia will embark on an investigative art process, delving into the layers of history of Fitzroy, exploring the site at 161 Gertrude street (Kit & Ace) through its changes and remains, using the building as a site for performance of the discoveries made in the process.
Gertrude Street and the surrounding Fitzroy area have experienced radical changes throughout its colonial history. In the 1950s the area reflected a microcosm of experiments in intensely overcrowded slum living and cross-cultural integration. This project is interested in the intimate stories expressing the vivid life of those bygone days. Sly-grog and gambling dens, families squeezing in by the numbers to crumbling tiny houses, jukeboxes split half Greek music and half rock n roll. Driven by a desire to connect with the heart of Fitzroy’s community landscape through the past to arrive at a deeper level of connection with its history today.
Bryan Phillips A.K.A. Galambo is a Chilean/Australian artist working in community arts, music and performance. Bryan is inspired by the relationship between communities and art making, using music as a means to facilitate creative expression and a sense of empowerment in people. His practice has mainly been developed in Chile, but after completing his Masters in Community Cultural Development (VCA-2013) he has become involved in projects in Australia and Timor-Leste.
In Chile Bryan became involved with the “Bailes Chinos”, an indigenous form of sonic ritual where loud dissonant flutes engage in a heavy, moving sound. This experience encouraged him to produce and perform “XINO” in 2009, mixing the elements of the ancestral sound with electronic processing and projections. Nowadays these explorations continue in Australia collaborating with artist Sooji Kim in Anuencia, an experimental audiovisual duo that performs live soundscapes. Through the Animatism Project, Bryan has collaborated with multidisciplinary artists from Timor-Leste, Indonesia and Australia. He has developed works with Animatism for Mapping Melbourne (2015), Gertrude Street Projection Festival (2014-2015), FCACheartsJogja (2015), Flight Project (2013, Dili, Timor-Leste), Animatism Exhibition (2013, Dili, Timor-Leste) and Timor-Leste’s first public art festival, Arte Publiku (2014).
Rachael Sooji Kim is a Melbourne-based violinist, bassist, and cross-discipline artist. Since graduating from the VCA in 2000 she has performed and recorded in numerous ensembles across divergent styles in Australia and Europe. Her recent projects explore new ways to connect with community, with a focus on female and multicultural arts communities. In 2013 Rachael developed an interest in Indonesian music and dance, spending 6 months studying at ISI University in Yogyakarta. The following year Empat Lima emerged, a female pop/rock trio inspired by the explosion of western-influenced popular music of bands from Indonesia in the mid-1960s. In conjunction with this group, a parallel initiative WANITA (Women’s Arts Network Indonesia To Australia) was formed. She continues to co-produce Asia/Pacific arts projects with organisations such as FCAC(Footscray Community Arts Centre) and Ruangrupa (Jakarta).