Words on a Wire
Presented in collaboration with Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres , Words on a Wire is a live storytelling event scored by musicians and sound designers. Think bedtime stories, blistering spoken word and radio plays with a difference. In the spirit of a collaborative experiment, artists pair with each other to respond to historical images and creative provocations. Each collaboration runs over one month, will a live performance at the start and end of the project. Also, shout out to Adelaide Rief, Creative Producer at AGAC who was the driving force behind this project. Please note that all photos of Words of a Wire used on this event page have been taken by Adam Thomas.
Artists: August / September 2015
Emma Kelly (Happy Axe)
Find out more about our artists and this project below.
Artists: October / November 2015
Chris Finnigan (Fossil Rabbit)
August / September 2015
Hannah McCann is a PhD Candidate in sociology and gender studies at the Australian National University. Her PhD Re-Reading the Feminine Present: Affective and Queer Transformations examines how “femininity” as a style of the body is considered within feminist scholarship and queer femme communities. Hannah is the founder of blog binarythis.com, and the social media coordinator for online feminist arts journal Feminartsy. She writes on post-feminism, queer femininity, and popular culture.
Sam King is a local producer/audio engineer/musician who has the pleasure of being the owner/operator of Merloc Studios. He spends his days in his timber clad studio cave and his nights… also often in his timber clad studio cave. He plays in local band Burrows and at age 10 tested in the 95th percentile for listening in a nationwide primary school test.
Jordan Morris’s first novel, Round and Round, was highly commended and short-listed for the 2014 ACT Writing and Publishing Fiction Award, and a quarter-finalist in the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Competition. He won the 2005 A.C.T. Writers Centre Young & Emerging Writer Mentorship with Jackie French, who taught him everything he knows about writing (and everything he didn’t know about writing.) Jordan wrote the sold-out Noir Revue for the Spiegeltent in the Old Parliament House rose gardens for Canberra’s Centenary, and rewrote it for its 2013 Australian tour. In 2015, Jordan was a featured artist in Canberra’s inaugural Noted writing festival, for which he was a live literary game-show panellist, and wrote a third of a novel on Twitter. In a previous life Jordan ran a boutique hotel for writers and artists. He hopes that in at least one other past life he was a dinosaur.
Nick McCorriston is a sound designer for theatre, film and live performance. Nick has worked behind the scenes in many venues across Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra. He has completed a Bachelor of Sound Design at the Victorian College Of The Arts and is currently working his way through a Certificate IV in Sound Production.
Happy Axe, solo project of Emma Kelly (Mr Fibby, The Ellis Collective) uses violin, musical saw and vocals to create layers of sound that are beautiful, unsettling and cinematic. Organic instrumental sounds are melded with digital manipulation, looping and effecting, and all sounds are generated live.
Samuel is a graduate of the Australian National University School of Art, majoring in Photomedia. Sam is a visual arts educator and practising artist working in photomedia and performance art. He is a writer too. His recent exhibitions include I Heart Television (M16), Art of Seduction (Canberra Contemporary Art Space), and All the Young Dudes (Belconnen Arts Centre). He is a frequent contributor to BMA Magazine, has written for Hotel Hotel’s What’s On blog and has been a featured writer for Feminartsy and rip publishing.
Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centre archives, unidentified images taken at Gorman House during the 1950s.
October / November 2015
Ruth O’Brien is a singer/songwriter from Canberra, ACT. She has been singing for more than 14 years and most enjoys singing jazz, blues, soul and pop. She especially likes covering old jazz standards. More recently, Ruth has discovered the art of live vocal looping to improvise and create music on the spot. In combination with percussion sounds and simple beats, Ruth finds performing this way to be an exciting and liberating experience which adds to the ways in which she writes songs.
Luke McGrath is an award-winning writer and filmmaker from Queanbeyan. He spent his 20s playing in punk bands and writing music journalism (VICE, Popmatters, BMA), and has recently branched out into film and writing projects. He’s directed a dozen music videos, and his short films have screened at venues including the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, and experimental arts festival You Are Here. He has written (or co-written) several short, feature film, and television screenplays, including the pilot for the sitcom The Real, which was filmed and completed last year.
Lisa Divissi is an actor, writer and filmmaker who writes on themes of identity, femininity, and social commentary. She is also the editor of Plaything Magazine, a flirty publication that seeks to create discussions of sex, sexuality and gender through an intersectional lens.
Fossil Rabbit is the solo experimental project of Chris Finnigan. The sound, which is part electronica and part instrumental, is centred around the live looping of melodic guitar loops, ambient soundscapes and beats. Fossil Rabbit has played in venues from Lyneham to O’Connor. His first EP Cloudache, released in late 2013, was described by BMA Magazine as managing to appeal to the “leftfield electronic-head that loves the likes of Four Tet’s stuff just as much as the Pink Floyd-head who just wants to bliss out to some gorgeously warm guitar bends.”
Morgan is a Canberra-based emerging writer, producer and game designer, with a perverse enthusiasm for audience interaction and live performance. At present, he’s working as writer and a designer at Cardboard Keep, an independent games studio. Their first title, Warden: Melody of the Undergrowth, will release late 2015. He’s also devising a new work through the Canberra Youth Theatre Performance Lab, as part of a group of young theatremakers.
Digby Tomes, also known as Bottle Brush is an up-and-coming Canberra based, downtempo electronic producer. Drawing influence from minimal techno, hip hop, garage, psychedelic rock and downbeat. Bottle Brush has been playing out live over the last year head lining shows at La De Da bar, and filling slots at Dragon Dreaming and in support of international acts such as Teebs and Gold Panda. His beats best enjoyed having a closed eyed boogie or melting into a bean bag around sunrise.