Cross-artform creations and collaborations

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Ideas in Flight: An After Hours Artist Talk with Amy T

As part of the current exhibition Wings Like Blank Pages exhibiting artist Amy Tsilemanis will host an informal After Hours Artist Talk on Tuesday January 3rd at 8pm. All welcome, but please rsvp

The evening will consist of some chat and stories, song and projected film, and maybe even something to make and take home (and cheese and wine of course!) Hope to see you there at Red Brick gallery : )

A little film to watch here

Monday, December 19, 2011

Wings Like Blank Pages

Hi all, Just wanted to send out some good cheer for the silly season and hope you have a great break (if you get one!). The Weave Length crew are busily working away on various projects- Masters and Phd's, teaching, learning, creating and hatching plans so stay tuned!
Amy's debut exhibition as part of the show Wings Like Blank Pages is showing at Red Brick Gallery until January 5th, featuring documents of Weave Length works and associated treasures : )

Friday, December 2, 2011

Upcoming Exhibition at Red Brick Gallery (Ballarat)

Red Brick are excited to announce the launch of 'Wings Like Blank Pages', a group show of artworks by three of Ballarat's up and coming artists. Working in distinct forms of visual and performing arts, Amy Tsilemanis, Louisa West and Steph Wallace have come together to celebrate the power of words. Come and see Louisa West's sculptural works built from books, installation work by Amy Tsilemanis revealing ephemera from her performance pieces and paper-cuttings by Steph Wallace inspired by the language of love.

Friday December 16th from 6pm at Red Brick Gallery, 218a Skipton St, Ballarat.

"Wings unfurl like blank pages, pages fill and take flight like wings"

Monday, November 28, 2011

SENSING SEDDON: Tamara Saulwick and her creative team create a truly living archive.

Creator/Director: Tamara Saulwick. Audio Designer: Peter Knight. Visual Artist: Susan Purdy Performance: Rachael Dyson-McGregor.This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

As a researcher and practioner in the field of audio works, I recently received an email from a friend of a friend that said: “Now you know I don't recommend just anything. But I experienced this last night and absolutley loved it for its simplicity and beauty. Stunning sound design and beautifully put together.” I promptly booked my ticket.

The SEDDON ARCHIVES, presented by Tamara Saulwick and Big West Festival, (November 16-27) bring a unique combination of audio walk, installation and performance to a quickly evolving field, currently making its stamp on festival calendars nationally and internationally.Support from local councils and arts bodies attest to the strength of the creative merging of disciplines and the wide appeal and applications audio works of this nature offer. The Seddon Archives were no exception, close to sold out and for good reason.

Seddon Archives is a contemplation of the connection between time, place, event and memory. It plays with the ways in which memories are slippery, histories are unstable, and events act like bookmarks in personal stories. Equipped with headphones and an mp3 player as your guide, you will wander Seddon’s streets immersed in a sound world that knits the present with the recent and distant past. Drawing from interviews with local residents, prerecorded sound and voices intermingle with the here-and- now. Fact blurs with fiction, memory and imagination merge, and time and place are uncannily reconfigured. Just press play and begin.

The journey that the Seddon Archives initiates cleverly interwines history and imagination, documentary and theatre, as the prerecorded soundscape interacts with the live experience of the participant, wandering the streets, sights, smells and stories of this special place. I had never been to Seddon before and commented in the visitors book after: If only we could receive such an introduction to every new place we visit! The intimacy of the audio instructions, sound design and assembled voices of actual residents creates a simultaneous sense of the personal and of community, of detached observer and fellow human.

The absolute normalcy of urban walkers bearing headphones and mp3 players in today’s world create an interesting context for the audio-led performance work. I counted atleast three in my 40 minute journey through Seddon, hence melding me into the community and streetscape, whilst internally experiencing an entirely new world as guided by the artfully arranged audio. Suzanne Kersten of Melbourne company one step at a time like this describes their audience works that utilise audio as “curated” journeys, creating “containers” for participants to experience within. In this way, the combination of the archive and the walk allow individuals to engage with the merging of fact and fiction, past and present, planned and chance encounters, led but free to imagine and make their own connections.

What makes the Seddon Archives so special is the tenderness with which place and memory unfold, feeling privledged as the listening participant to be standing in the very spot of distant happenings, as fluid and slippery as memory and history may be. Midway through the walk, you are instructed to sit on a bench and place your head back on the brick wall as hearing past stories of inhabitants inside: dances that used to be held there, the sound of a piano rolled down the street. The subtle lyricism of the narrative floats to us. A house is described as “a weatherboard time capsule.”

The presence of the theatremaker/interviewer/curator also haunts the journey as steps are counted as we walk, highlighting our following in theirs as well as multiple footsteps, chalk arrows on the ground woven with the chance placement of a plastic chair or child’s cricket bat, leading us past the shops of the main street and to the beautiful surprise of a live actor. Performer Rachael Dyson-McGregor sits in the corner cafĂ©, playing out one of the gathered stories of a dating agency, a foreign woman writing letters, drawing us in through the glass window. “This story won’t leave me” the narrator says and it stays with us too.

We are also treated to a visual artwork by Susan Purdy linking into site-specific stories of Sedonia, formerly the milk bar, using an xray-like technique of recording the image of objects. This work is woven into the piece’s overall meditation on memory and the traces of events and experiences. The rich, multi-cultural and multi-vocal history and present character of Seddon is bought to life for us in a “simple and beautiful” way, providing a unique experience both of the place and of an experiential performance work, leading to the sense of connection and new understanding. Congratulations to the team for a thoughtful and well-executed work that fruitfully crosses the boundaries of performance and historical archive, communal and individual experience and memory.

An accompanying thought on the current freshness and vitality of audio works being produced, draws on Virginia Madsen and John Potts discussion of podcasts as dormant seeds awaiting reactivation on re-listening (see Voice: Vocal Aesthetics 2010: 50). This idea might also be applied to audio works such as these conceptually, and also practically considering they have a continued life after the ‘season.’ The logisitics of this for the theatremaker are perhaps yet to be resolved, ie. if live performers feature, hosting sites for audio, payment, safety responsibility, site-specificity and upkeep of changes and so on but the possibility is there. The recorded nature of audio works - despite their obvious appeal of engaging participants with live envionments, sites as sets– mean they exist as lasting documents. And not only documents, but as dormant seeds that await the engagement of new listeners, and new ‘performances’ in each unique engagement.

These works are also vital archives, and currently researching archives for another project, issues of access seem at times to prohibit the wider enjoyment the material would surely offer. So, however we as researchers and practioners decide to work it out, lets do our best to keep these kinds of works open and available for people to access and experience!

-Amy Tsilemanis

*This review draws on ideas and interviews of current Masters thesis in process, Sensing Spaces: Assembling and Experiencing Site-Related Performance 2008-2011

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Art Sparks Creative Gatherings

Tinderbox Radio will curate and host events for artists from Ballarat and surrounds to meet and showcase work across various art-forms and venues. The first one is next Tuesday, November 15th at Portico on Sturt- check out the details here and get in touch if you'd like to come along or be on the list for future events!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Space Walk

The La Trobe University 'Theatre Think Tank' experience Amy's research into audio-led performance through an audio journey : ) Listen here

the illustrious Geoffrey Milne!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Australian Theatre Forum 2011!

I'm back enthused and invigorated from the 2011 Australian Theatre Forum in Brisbane! What a feast of 'connections and convictions', I feel so lucky to have been able to attend (and get some sun in the process!). Huge thanks to the Victorian Theatre Network, the ATF team and all the fabulous theatre makers and arts workers I got to chat, dream, play and plan with.
I'll be putting my head down now to complete my Masters Research 'Sensing Spaces' but have lots of ideas up my sleeve for works in Ballarat and beyond so watch this space (and tune in Thursday nights for my arts and music radio show The Tinderbox!)
Here is Brisbane's amazing arts space The Powerhouse (hosts of the forum above) and me cosying up to TNV's Anna Kelsey Sugg : )
And in the spirit of generosity of knowledge, support and ideas, big thanks to Anna Yen and Jeff Turpin who opened their home to me, complete with goat skin musical instruments and Macedonian dancing! 
Big love,

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Artist Update

Abbie is exhibiting her Archibald entry in the Ballarat Arts Foundation exhibition coming up at Red Brick Gallery

Amy has a projection work in the upcoming Gertrude St Projection Festival in Melbourne

Smiljana is overseas doing research for her phd but will be home shortly and we'll catch up with her then!

Alister is making awesome sounds across town. Check out this cool installation work

Caitlin is busy in her role of Community Producer at Melbourne's La Mama Theatre and various other exciting projects.

Watch this space!

Monday, May 9, 2011

All Aboard

Thanks to all that came along to experience our theatrical audio tours, even in the cold and rain on Sunday! Here are a few pictures (and see more here), including an artwork made out of all your beautiful and amusing postcard messages, and a short radio doco too... Stay tuned and stay warm! x

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Feast of creativity on Railway Station tours- May 7th and 8th!

This year's Ballarat Heritage Weekend program offers the specially crafted experience of the Ballarat Railway Station Theatrical Audio Tours, created by Weave Length artists and presented by Amy Tsilemanis for the La Trobe University Theatre & Drama program.

Old buildings, like the human mind, contain overlayed maplines of memories, dreams, thoughts and journeys. This auditory ipod tour leads individuals on a journey through time and the many lives of the historic precinct.
A woven soundscape of instruction, site history, song, story, and contemplation guides participants throughout the station, meeting some colourful characters along the way.

When: May 7th & 8th, between 11am and 5pm
Where: Be welcomed and collect ipod at The Coach House (a valid credit card or license will be required in exchange for ipod)
202 Lydiard St Nth, Ballarat
How long: Approximately 40 minutes
Who with: Individually or in groups of up to 3

Devised by Amy Tsilemanis
with Caitlin Dullard & Hedley Thompson
Sound by Alister Mew

& Also featuring original work from local visual artists, performers and musicians!

Any queries contact:

Jump on board and come on a unique journey : )

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Friday, February 25, 2011

Tinderbox Radio- to excite, ignite & delight!

Alongside other creative projects, Weave-Lengther's Amy and Lauren present a weekly community radio show on Thursday nights between 6 and 8pm- 99.9 FM on the Ballarat dial, or online at The Tinderbox helped to host a live balcony broadcast last Thursday and hope to do more things of this nature in the future. Stay tuned!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Artist Call-Out

Preparations for the latest show are rolling along and it's now our pleasure to invite local visual artists to submit designs for inclusion in the show. See details below, and spread the word!

As part of the 2011 Heritage Weekend taking place on May 7th & 8th, the Weave Length team are creating a theatrical audio tour of the historic train station. The tours will invite audience members to participate in tasks along their way, including writing and sending a postcard.

Ballarat has long been a major tourist destination, served by its hugely important railway system, and as a result produced promotional material and postcards to advertise the city and its infrastructure, architecture and natural delights.

Weave Length are inviting local artists to submit designs for the postcards to be used in the station tours. Taking these old designs as inspiration, they are asked to create an image reflecting their Ballarat today, using for example- the station buildings and inhabitants, rail or the nearby vicinity of Lydiard St.

5-10 designs will then be chosen for inclusion in the show, also helping to promote the artists and their work. DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FRIDAY APRIL 15TH. Please send submissions digitally in 4 by 6 proportions to, or feel free to get in touch with any questions.