Cinémathèque Live will electrify GOMA in June


GOMA’s Australian Cinémathèque, the only Australian art gallery with purpose-built facilities dedicated to film and the moving image, will be electrified across three evenings by intimate performances combining projection, lighting and spatialised sound from some of the world’s most compelling experimental electronic and electroacoustic musicians.

Alessandro Cortini (Italy/United States), Grouper (United States), Lawrence English (Australia) and Xiu Xiu (United States) perform as part of the inaugural Cinémathèque Live program from Friday 23 to Sunday 25 June 2017. This is a unique opportunity to see the most exciting developments in contemporary electronic music.

It’s important to recognise that our body is also an ear; it just listens differently to acoustic stimulus.

Lawrence English

At 7.00pm on Friday 23 June Portland-based artist and musician Liz Harris (Grouper) performs with acoustic guitar and piano layered with ethereal vocals and cassette tape loops. Then at 8.00pm, Italian musician Alessandro Cortini, who records and tours with Nine Inch Nails as well as his own projects, will deliver aa expansive and hypnotic set.

Xiu Xiu, the American trio of Jamie Stewart, Angela Seo and Shayna Dunkelman, have added a second performance at GOMA at 5.00pm on Saturday 24 June, after their 8.00pm session sold out. Xiu Xiu’s Twin Peaks set was originally commissioned by QAGOMA to coincide with the 2015 exhibition ‘David Lynch: Between Two Worlds’. This captivating mix of post-punk and synth-pop, classical and experimental styles will now be performed for the last time in Australia, at the venue where it debuted.

Lawrence English

Cinémathèque Live concludes with two programs on Sunday 25 June. The first at 5.00pm features Klara Lewis (Sweden) and Sarah Davachi (Canada). The second program at 7.00pm features Lawrence English (Australia) and Elysia Crampton (United States) from 5.00pm onwards.

Cinémathèque Live is an exciting new initiative for the Australian Cinémathèque, building on its decade-long commitment to showcasing the work of influential filmmakers, international cinema, and contemporary artists working with the moving image.

Feature image: Alessandro Cortini