Scene News: A Curators’ Guide to RISING 2022.

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Time to bite the bullet folks. RISING 2022 tickets are moving quick.

To help you navigate the program, we’ve got hot tips straight from the curators of RISING 2022. To round out their suggestions, The Wilds, MONOCHORD and Golden Square are essential RISING experiences designed to top and tail your night.

Make sure you read to the bottom—we’ve got details on how to claim a $125 rebate on RISING tickets and merch; and your chance to join the festival team.

CURATOR PICKS

GIDEON OBARZANEK

CO-ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

MULTITUD

“I have been looking forward to presenting this work in Australia for three years! Directed by Uruguayan choreographer, Tamara Cubas, Multitud is an incredible performance of collective action by 70 participants from all different backgrounds from around Melbourne. Only two nights at the Melbourne Town Hall.”

HANNAH FOX

CO-ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

MIDORI TAKADA

Through the Looking Glass is one of the greatest minimalist albums of all time (if you’ve never heard it, turn off the lights and listen loud) and Midori’s performances are highly physical percussive sonic worlds. She is brilliant to watch—precise, graceful, and mesmeric.”

Kimberley Moulton

Artistic Associate

WURUKUR DJUANDUK BALAG—ANCESTORS ARE CALLING

“This work is part of an iterative project I developed called MOVING OBJECTS. It looks at the meeting point of museum collections and First Peoples contemporary expression—and the transformative potential of artists responding to these spaces and histories.

“Working with Dr Lou Bennett AM on responding to the collection at Melbourne Museum from her Dja Dja Wurrung Ancestors has been a really special project to connect to. Not only has Lou engaged and restored the spirit of these objects, but she has also created an incredible musical performance to communicate this experience.

“It shows the strength and love and the continuation of cultural bonds. And also a deep reflection on the importance of community-led connections to Ancestral belongings and the colonial institutions that hold them.

“It is an honour to have worked with her, and this performance both at Melbourne Museum and back on her Country in Bendigo, are going to be significant moments.”

Woody McDonald

Artistic Associate—Music

Ana roxanne

“The Ana Roxanne album, Because of a Flower, was my most played in 2020. It was a grim time and this record was the soothing soundtrack I needed. It’s almost like a singer-songwriter record but using electronic/ambient aesthetics. YL Hooi and Wilson Tanner give the bill a ‘Monsters of Ambient’ vibe.”

Grace Herbert

Artistic Associate

GOLDEN SQUARE

“I’m going to sort of cheat and pick the entirety of Golden Square. But I’m picking this because it’s such an unusual venue with a sort of absurd and beautiful menagerie of visual art and performance works. We have Su Hui Yu’s The White Waters here, which is an incredibly striking and dynamic performance work from Taiwan, originally commissioned for Performa in New York—essentially the queering of an old Chinese folk tale.

Golden Square is also home to Paul Yore’s giant architectural faux megachurch and a somewhat absurd, loud, and poppy video work from Berlin-based video artist Guan Xiao—plus many visual art works and performances. And another work we are lucky to have, Jenny Holzer’s I CONJURE, just across the road at QVWC.”

A CURATORS’ GUIDE TO RISING 2022

For more program picks from our curators, including a bunch of free events, check out their other selections.

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IMAGE CREDITS

MULTITUD BY TAMARA CUBAS, 2011. VIDEO AND PHOTO: RAFAEL ARENAS

MIDORI TAKADA. PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE ARTIST

WURUKUR DJUANDUK BALAG—ANCESTORS ARE CALLING BY DR LOU BENNETT AM (YORTA YORTA DJA DJA WURRUNG), 2021. RISING 2021. PHOTO: EUGENE HYLAND

ANA ROXANNE, 2022. PHOTO: RICH LOMIBAO

IT’S ALL WRONG BUT IT’S ALRIGHT BY PAUL YORE, 2018. PHOTO: RÉMI CHAUVIN

STILL LIVES: MELBOURNE BY LUKE GEORGE (MELBOURNE) AND DANIEL KOK (SINGAPORE). PHOTO: GREGORY LORENZUTTI

PARADE FOR THE MOON BY JASON PHU, NABILAH NORDIN, JAMES NGUYEN AND VEISINIA TONGA, 2021. RISING 2021. PHOTO: NICK BUCKLEY


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About Mary Boukouvalas 1363 Articles
Mary is a photographer and a writer, specialising in music. She runs Rocklust.com where she endeavours to capture the passion of music in her photos whether it's live music photography, promotional band photos or portraits. She has photographed The Rolling Stones, KISS, Iggy Pop, AC/DC, Patti Smith, Joe Strummer, PULP, The Cult, The Damned, The Cure, Ian Brown, Interpol, MUDHONEY, The MELVINS, The Living End, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine, The Stone Roses –just to name a few - in Australia, USA, Europe and the Middle East. Her work has been published in Beat magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, Triple J magazine, The Age Newspaper, The Herald Sun, The Australian, Neos Kosmos, blistering.com, theaureview.com, noise11.com, music-news.com. She has a permanent photographic exhibition at The Corner Hotel in Richmond, Victoria Australia.

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