OPENING: Wednesday 17 January, 6pm
EXHIBITION: Thursday 18 January –Sunday 25 February 2018
A FREE EVENT
Sean Lowry and Ilmar Taimre are the Ghosts of Nothing. An artistic collaboration that has spanned several years and is based around the fictional world of an imaginary rock-band. This made-up world is presented to the public as an exuberant array of objects and events - some real, some unreal - and fuses together an invented rock-star figure (Johnny B. Goode - from the Chuck Berry hit song of the same name) with the tragic historical clown known as Pierrot. Each scene in the World Tour is based on a rondel from Pierrot Lunaire (1884), a collection of fifty poems by the Belgian poet Albert Giraud (1860 – 1929).These are presented, in the original French and “mistranslated” English versions, as spoken word recitations with music re-mixed from the rock opera version.
For this iteration the Ghosts of Nothing have collaborated with leading Tasmanian performer Laura Purcell to create three scenes from their World Tour sequence, performed and videoed in the Tarkine Wilderness and The Hobart Convict Penitentiary in 2016 and 2017. These scenes are now presented here, in the Contemporary Art Tasmania gallery.
To date, this work has been remixed and refashioned across various media formats, including a rock opera CD, a radio play, published writings, exhibitions, conference papers and this multi-year world tour of performances. From stories of debauchery to promotional merchandise, the conceptual complex of a band is capable of accommodating an entire universe of non-musical objects, events and places. Within this project, a barely existing pseudo-rock band becomes a conceptual vehicle through which the artists present a rich universe of diverse events and artefacts.
Laura joins The Ghosts of Nothing again to share the journey and memory of Johnny B. Goode. (See previous collaboration)
The Ghosts of Nothing
In Memory of Johnny B. Goode – World Tour of Abandoned Gaol-Houses 2016/2017
Featuring Laura Purcell at The Tench, Penitentiary Chapel Historic Site (Hobart, Tasmania, Australia).
Saturday 18 November 2017 6pm
The Tench, as it was known by its inhabitants, was the convict prisoners' barracks for Hobart Town. It originally spanned over two acres, and some 50,000 male convicts passed through the complex. Following the cessation of convict transportation, the site became Hobart Gaol for more than 100 years. Sections of the chapel were converted into two Supreme Courts connected by tunnels to the gaol. An execution yard and gallows were added.
About The Ghosts of Nothing
(aka Sean Lowry and Ilmar Taimre) seek to illustrate that the omnivorous voraciousness inherent in the world of a work of art is also evident in the world of a rock band. From trashed motel rooms to legendary music venues and fictional mythologies, the conceptual complex of a rock band is capable of accommodating an entire universe of non-musical objects, events and places.
Within this project, a pseudo-rock band becomes a conceptual vehicle through which activities performed by a diverse range of perceptual objects (including embodied events) enable the work to be experienced and conceived of as coterminous with its own constantly evolving world—a world of material/immaterial relationships, intermedial translations, deliberate mistranslations, and accidents of circumstance.
Salamanca Arts Centre presents
Proof of Life
Proof of Life will present diverse works developed during the Studio Sessions as part of Ten Days On The Island 2017. Tasmanian and interstate artists have been invited to present works with ideas of personal comfort and security, finding their ‘home’, community and connections in a new place and the richness of multicultural society. Many works are based on participatory community partnerships, and include a selection of new and existing works taking the form of video, photographic and 3D works.
Featuring artists Lisa Garland, Paul Gazzola, Laura Purcell, Elizabeth Woods, Kevin Leong, Abdul Hakim Hashemi Hamidi, Dalibor Martinis, Daphne Keramidas, James Newitt, Nick Leitch, Peta Cook, Leigh Hobba, and Hussen Ibraheem and Ameen Nayfeh.
Saturday 23 September – Sunday 15 October 2017
10:00am – 5:00pm daily
An artistic collaboration between Sean Lowry and Ilmar Taimre, The Ghosts of Nothing have embarked on a series of imagined and mime-based performances within the conceptual architecture of a 'world tour' of a 'rock opera' titled In Memory of Johnny B Goode remedialised as a 'play' in three acts:
1. World Tour of Abandoned Music Venues 2014 - 2015
2. World Tour of Remote Wilderness 2015 - 2016
3. World Tour of Abandoned Goal-Houses 2016 - 2017
Contemporary Art Tasmania will host the Tasmanian mime-based performance as part of the Ghosts of Nothing: World Tour of Remote Wilderness 2015 - 2016. For this performance the Ghosts of Nothing will collaborate with Laura Purcell.
A FREE EVENT