Take part in a free sound-based creative workshop from 11am Sunday 20 March with APT8 artists Super Critical Mass, whose practice merges sound, space and social relations. You will use the Federation Handbells to explore the unique acoustics of the Gallery and contribute toward the creative development of a final massed performance on the closing weekend of APT8. You don’t need any prior musical training so everyone is welcome.
Super Critical Mass is a collaborative group comprising Julian Day and Luke Jaaniste that formed in 2007. Describing themselves as ‘an ongoing sonic arts project’ interested in the creation of ‘evolving sound fields’, the group creates compelling participatory experiences utilising public spaces and temporary communities brought together for the performances. The works are site-specific and ephemeral, deliberately crossing boundaries between performance, music and art.
They are also highly participatory, their multifaceted project for APT8 is spread through the galleries as filmed intervention, with workshops culminating in a large critical mass event on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 April. The activation of an architectural space, the creation of an immersive relationship between the participants and space and between the sound and audience, are ongoing concerns.
The Federation Handbells were created in 2001 to celebrate Australia’s Centenary of Federation. The tuned handbells, the world’s first true harmonic bells which produce a single clear musical tone were designed and constructed by physicist and instrument maker, Dr Neil McLachlan and sculptor, Anton Hasell, co-directors of Australian Bell. The Federation Handbells are managed by Museum Victoria on behalf of Creative Victoria.
APT8 Live continues to animate QAG and GOMA for the duration of the exhibition, and visitors are invited to engage with the program through our monthly events exploring performance and the body in APT8. These incorporate artist performances, drop-in workshops, curators’ tours and a discussion forum in which performance art specialists, academics and artists consider the breadth of contemporary performance art from the Asia Pacific, and how it contends with the regions wide-ranging issues and contexts.
Sunday 20 March 2016
Closing Weekend: Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 April 2016
The Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT)
is the Gallery’s flagship exhibition focused on the work of Asia, the Pacific and Australia.
21 November 2015 – 10 April 2016
Exhibition Founding Sponsor: Queensland Government
Exhibition Principal Sponsor: Audi Australia
APT8 Live: Supported by the Commonwealth through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade