Salamanca Arts Centre’s offering for this year’s Dark Mofo festival includes a mini ‘sonic festival’. Those in the know have already diarised Outposts and The Last Bastion as unmissable.

Described by the projects’ curator, local audio innovator Brendan Walls, as “a big fat space with electro-detritus hissing, seething and muttering in the Dark”, Outposts is presented by the Salamanca Arts Centre within its Long Gallery and Sidespace venues.

“I wanted to invite four of the best sonic investigators working today to bring fresh fever from the skies. Dead voice radio, lost signals, and voices of the electromagnetosphere will be captured and channelled for your listening pleasure,” said Mr Walls.

Artists Peter Blamey (NSW), Sally McIntyre (NZ), Pip Stafford (TAS) and Eden Meure (TAS) will fill SAC’s Long Gallery with audio indulgences. Meanwhile in the Sidespace, Walls himself will install an homage to sonic genius, the late Robert Ashley (USA | 28th March 1930 – 3rd March 2014).

Dr Bill Hart, Lecturer and Coordinator of Electronic Media at the Tasmanian College of the Arts, will officially open Outposts in the Long Gallery at 6pm on Friday 9th June.

The Last Bastion takes over the Long Gallery on five evenings with a lineup of artists from across the audio spectrum. In addition to the Outposts artists, ring-ins from near and far: Julius Schwing, Alf Jackson, Michael Fortescue, Julia Drouhin and Matt Warren, will mix it up with Jonathan Heilbron, Axe Giant, Lake Myer, Evil Goat, Dani Kirby and Mat Ward, PRT (Primal Regression Therapy), Dangerous Game, and Smash Hits….

Need we say more? Definitely from the sublime to the brutal, with some surprises in between.

“ This year, as part of SAC’s 40th anniversary, and as part of SAC’s renewed determination to support local artists, and to do all that we can to facilitate an environment in which all artists can take risks and engage in new collaborations, I am thrilled to be able to support Brendan Walls, who is such an innovator, and his projects are a fitting launch to one of SAC’s new programs, SONIC.”

Joe Bugden
Salamanca Arts Centre

Long Gallery & Sidespace
Salamanca Arts Centre
77 Salamanca Place, Hobart

Outposts Exhibition Dates:
10 – 25 June 2017
10am – 4pm daily
Free entry
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Long Gallery
Salamanca Arts Centre
77 Salamanca Place, Hobart

The Last Bastion Performances:
10 & 11, then 16-18 June 2017
$10 online or at the door (limited capacity)
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Natasha Newman