#VEHICLE – Currently in Creative Development
Currently in Creative Development, #Vehicle vision is to “develop a large scale performance and media work, both on site and in studio, based on the found #VEHICLE, its relationship to people and landscape”.
The #Vehicle is located next to Highway 81 on Cape York, near the Palmer River Roadhouse. The project will involve a creative development process in-situ, and then a further creative development in Cairns after transporting the #Vehicle.
The #VEHICLE, as a visual object and metaphor, reflects the people of Cape York’s need to travel and barriers to travel; #VEHICLE has also become part of the landscape; a weathered ‘rock like’ feature of the landscape, not alien.
#Vehicle is being led by Nicholas Mills, with key co-collaborators indigenous performance and visual artist Zane Saunders and inter-media/performance artist Rebecca Youdell (Bonemap).
Our new dig is really breaking rocks…….5Five
5Five is busy busy: we’ve just recorded some traditional songs by Markham Galut (PNG), while indigenous choreographer Tamara Pearson is working with the studio in recording and producing a soundtrack for a new community dance for this years 2017 Laura Dance Festival.
Meanwhile, The Don Johnson Butlers have been busy pre-producing their debut EP, and the dynamic Tegan Koster Project is tinkering away at her debut recording.
Also, art-blues songman Slim Deal is also recording his debut EP, “The red in blue…”
Stay tuned peoples, lot’s going on at the 5Five.
Our band The Don Johnson/Butlers are busy rehearsing and producing for our first recording foray. A quick snippet from last years Dead Roots Festival. Keep an ear to the ground for some fresh new work.
Sense/Place – Apr 21st – May 2nd
Canopy Art Centre – 124 Grafton St, Cairns. Opening: Tues 21st Apr, from 6.00pm >> live performance by Zane Saunders, Rebecca Youdell, and Darren Blackman with Nicholas Mills.
Kicked out of art school (Victoria College, Prahran) in the mid-80’s, Nicholas Mills has continued to express himself through a ‘painters lens’: applying this framework to a broad diversity of solo and collaborative outputs.
Sense/Place explores a series of personal threads that form a continuum in the maker’s life. Paired back from a larger body of work made over some 6 years, the video, sound works and paintings will present a very particular dichotomy: a sense of being embedded in the landscape, and yet distant.
Arthouse recently coordinated and curated the Leydin’s Discovery exhibition at Canopy Art Centre in Cairns. Attached is a Time-lapse of the opening by Mr M. Riller.
As you may or may not know, the independent artspace I have been running, Arthouse, is having to close its doors after some 4+ years of critical cultural development.
Art spaces such as Arthouse are inevitably, rare and temporary, and they usually occupy older buildings at the end of their life. While I acknowledge this fact when taking on a building such as this, its always a curious and unsettling time when given the heave-ho.
Currently in Brisbane for Brisbane Fringe Festival, with 2 shows: the verbatim theatre work Cherry Tree Creek playing at the Judith Wright Centre over 2 nights on Wed 20th & Thu 21st Aug, and the bogan funk band The Don Johnson/Butlers, playing The New Globe Theatre on Fri 22nd Aug. Brisvegas will never be the same. Big word up to great friend Sam Tupou for his hospitality at Poly Gone Cowboy.