Thursday 28th November 2013

Carriage Works Track 8

8:30pm Tele Visions Opening

Grand opening featuring address by Doug Anderson and:

Lara Thoms‘ Wake #2

With the loss of analog television comes collateral damage – specifically, the end of static. To commemorate this loss artist Lara Thoms welcomes you to Wake #2, a broadcast and social event that eulogises the final days of analog static through installation and live performance.

Wake #2 follows on from Fresh Produce, where in 2012 Thoms’ created edible statistics to remember the lives of the 9,000 people buried at Melbourne’s iconic Queen Victoria Markets. For this sequel of sorts, Thoms collaborates with 86 year old community television icon Joy Hruby, and with you – don your dark clothing, join the bereaved and be part of this collective remembrance for TV snow.

Live AV Performance by Botborg

Botborg is an international audio-visual performance group that fuses and rewires raw electronic signals to create intensely visceral experiences of sound-colour synaesthesia. Using a complex array of custom electronics, Botborg create totally live multi-sensory assaults of interdependent colour and rhythm, pushing the limits of technology to invoke the maximum possible stimulation of their audience’s mind and body. Botborg work with a level of experimentation and improvisation that places them in a territory outside traditional musical or cinematic formats, where the boundaries between art, science, and philosophy mutate until they are rendered meaningless.



Friday 29th November 2013

Carriage Works Track 8


Live TV Neurovision by Joel Stern

Like a drawn out dream sequence from Days of Our Lives, Melbourne based sound artist Joel Stern invites you to Neurovision. Borrowing from structural film and live mass hypnosis in equal parts, this alternate reality sets itself the task of reprogramming the viewer through the mode of mass media. The drug of the nation switches paths to become the antidote for itself, tune in for the ultimate self-improvement. Do not adjust your set – you are the one in need of adjustment.

Tele Visions Screening: Time Space Destroyer

Featuring works by: Robyn Backen, Lucinda Barnett, Cristine Brache, David Hayes, Ed Leckie, Tega Brain, Holly Childs, Ed Leckie Holly Childs, Jesse Fitzmaurice, Dan Harris, Zinzi Kennedy and Jeremy Newman.



Saturday 30th November 2013

Carriage Works Track 8


Live TV Television Behaviour Experiments by Pia van Gelder

“An understanding of the natural world and what’s in it is a source of not only a great curiosity but great fulfilment.”

– David Attenborough

In Television Behaviour Studies we turn from the natural world to the world of technology – specifically, the soon to be obsolete technology behind analog TV. Sydney based electronic media artist Pia van Gelder takes the place of Attenborough, esoteric technologies become the wildlife, as we explore television as an eco system in a nature show like no other. With van Gelder as guide, get fiddly with heirlooms of television history in this series of interactive analog televisual experiments. Turn up or tune in to move through live instruments and video synthesizers as we speak the language of the small screen one last time.


Imagine a world where artists have the reins. Like a parallel universe of what the last 57 years might have been, Wrong Solo (performer Brian Fuata and conceptual artist Agatha Gothe-Snape) present a TV variety show whose closest reference point is a modern art/ futurist Hey, Hey it’s Saturday. In this world, FORWARDS FORWARDS is an accumulation of an invented tele-visual language of text, body, movement and colour. The TV studio becomes space for poetry and dance, action and reaction, inspired by Bunnings, Maccas and Target ads. Across ten short vignettes experience this reinterpretation is backward, a double take and an exercise in peace-making between the worlds of art and television, all at once.

Tele Visions Screening: Pattern Gestures

Featuring works by: Andrew Gibbs, Layla Vardo, David Perry, Tully Arnot, Amelia Johannes, Tara Cook, Scott Morrison and Emile Zile.


Retor Metro

Sunday 1st December 2013 

Sunday 1st December 2pm

Carriageworks, Track 8


Screenings of The Bicentennial Will Not Be Televised, Fig St Fiasco and Retro Metro w/ Jennifer Crone and Tom Zubrycki

Tele Visions plays upon the imbalance of access to TV broadcasting between corporate or government entities and the public. However it would be remiss to not acknowledge the remarkable and inspirational histories of community access media and production collectives in Australia. Talking Back to TV takes a looks at these histories through the screening of two historically important activist video works and a retrospective presentation by Metro Screen.

Introduced by Jennifer Crone; ‘The Bicentennial will not be Televised’ is a potent critique of Australia’s celebration of 200 years of white settlement that dissects the language and nuance of the dominant culture’s celebration propaganda and the reaction to that celebration being challenged. Fig St Fiasco was created using the newly accessible technology of portable video recording to allow for fast, collaborative, community based story telling to occur where TV wouldn’t go.

Metro Screen presents Retro Metro, a look back over the past 32 years of storytelling and rabble rousing in Sydney. From the early protests calling for Public Access TV to some of the first experiments with live video by Severed Heads in the 1980’s and early public appearances of now household names like Nicole Kidman and Bob Hawke. Metro Screen has been instrumental in representing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian, Queer, Feminist and ethnically diverse content on our public screens for more than three decades. This online archive is a multimedia resource that tracks the evolution of Metro Screen in tandem with the changes in technology and society throughout the local screen community’s history. The Retro Metro story lives on the Metro Screen website –

Produced in partnership with Metro Screen.

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Monday 2nd December 2013

Verge Gallery, Sydney University


Closing Night – Box Set Sleepover by Kate Blackmore and Frances Barrett

Sit down, switch on and switch off.

Marina Abramović once stated that in performance art the hardest thing is to do something that is close to nothing. At the other end of the cultural spectrum, we’re told the brain is more active when asleep than when watching TV  – so in a society driven by consumption and productivity, what is the role of television? This is exactly what Blackmore and Barrett (half of Sydney video and performance collaboration Brown Council) aim to find out, as they take to the couch and watch every episode of the world’s longest running sitcom, The Simpsons.

 Anchored by talker and writer Nick Keys, Box Set is an endurance performance across 8 days that will see Blackmore and Barrett attempt to attain a total state of performative nothingness.

Join Barrett and Blackmore as they stay up all night to get through the final episodes of the Simpsons, with your host Nick Keys. BYO sleeping mat, sleeping bag, and Bart print pj’s.