Tag Archives: MONA

Long Weekend short film

7 Jul

This 16 minutes short-film was made from the performance that was commissioned by Brian Ritchie for MONA FOMA 2016 in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. The live version, just like this film version, was narrated by Craig San Roque with music by Joshua Santospirito, with visuals projected onto the big screen at the Odeon Theatre and then repeated again at Cinemona in the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in January, 2016.

The art and story in this film is extracted from the award-winning graphic novel of the same name, which can be purchased from sankessto.com/product/the-long-weekend-in-alice-springs The Long Weekend is the cult favourite graphic novel, adapted from an original 2004 essay that explores the Jungian concept of the cultural complex; an idea about group behaviour that was left largely unexplored until very recently in the academic world.

Neil Gaiman – “this Australian graphic novel is the best thing I’ve been handed to read in ages”

The Australian Review – “… one of the oddest and most rewarding Australian comics that has yet appeared”

Joshua’s website is at – joshuasantospiritoart.com

Sound recording for the film are by Matt Warren

BIG NEWS – And a launch in Melbourne!

16 Oct
I have news … lots of news!
HEADLINES for busy people who don’t want to read all of this POST 
– Josh has a new graphic novel called Swallows Part One
– Swallows launches in Melbourne THURSDAY next week: October 22 – event link
– this book is also available in shops!
– Carlton Footy Club article about Swallows
ALSO
– My older graphic novel The Long Weekend in Alice Springs is being majorly featured at the amazing MOFO festival at MONA in January – AND it’s going to it’s 3rd print-run.
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DETAILS for leisurely types with time to read more
I would like to formally invite you all to come to the Melbourne launch of Swallows Part One
 – my new graphic novella which I have published through San Kessto Publications
When? Thursday October 22, 6pm, FREE
Where? Museo Italiano Co.As.It. – 199 Faraday Street, Carlton, just off Lygon Street
* It will be launched by Bernard Caleo – he gives amusing, elegant and considered speeches
 …….. what kind of speech will this one be? Who knows? I don’t.
* I will be doing an audiovisual comic reading with music as part of the event. There will also be an exhibition opening of some of the art from the book which will be up for two weeks in the Museo.
* I hope Stephen Silvagni comes to the book launch, I invited him.
Swallows Part One is available from Readings on Lygon Street, Minotaur, Brunswick Street Books.
It’ll make a really really good Xmas pressie
 
MOFO 2016
I am VERY excited to tell you all that my 2013 award-winning graphic novel The Long Weekend in Alice Springs is going into it’s THIRD print run (holy smokes)
…. and I will be performing it … yes, you read right … me and Craig San Roque will be doing a performance of excerpts from the graphic novel in January as part of MOFO, Hobart’s amazing music and art festival. Three small performances at Cinemona, and one absolutely HUGE one at the Odeon Theatre to a humungous crowd. Hopefully that crowd buys some copies of the third print-run so I can cover the costs of printing it (yikes!)
It has been announced today on the MOFO website.
Thanks to you all for your ongoing support of all my projects, none of which would be possible without you (seriously)
Josh
xoxo

MOFO 2014

13 Jan

MOFO 2014

Heya – I’m taking part in the MONA FOMA again here in Hobart in 2014
– this time as part of the great and wonderful HOBART IMPROV COLLECTIVE on Sunday the 19th at 7pm at MAC2 – you should totally come down and watch and jeer! (and cheer)
(pic below mashed up by the wonderful Sally Rees)

HIC MOFO

Emerging Writers Festival!

29 Oct

This Thursday – I’ll be doing a reading of The Long Weekend in Alice Springs at this event – at MONA in Hobart
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Graphic Content: An Evening of Visual Storytelling

6:00 PM, Thursday 31 October 2013
Eros & Thanatos Rooms, MONA (Museum of Old and New Art)
651-655 Main Rd (Gmaps)

Graphic novels are rapidly rising as the new storytelling form. And what better way to spend Halloween than by exploring the weird world of visual storytelling? These writers and comic artists will be projecting their new work and narrating strange stories for a night of horror and fun. Including a ghoulish Halloween-inspired DJ soundtrack.

With Gary Chaloner, Bronte Coates, Andrea Hoff, Briony Kidd, Leigh Rigozzi, Chad Parkhill, Josh Santospirito, Chris Somerville and Rachel Tribout.

Entry is free with a Digital Writers’ Conference Pass or individual tickets are available below.

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Admission is $15 full/ $10 concession.
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web 2013 Nov-Oct Book tour

Acousmatic Ecology series of videos

4 Mar

Later this year (2012) I shall be travelling to Europe and hopefully playing a few shows within this series of music. Recently played on the roof of Mona (see last blog) and the response appears to have been very positive which is nice: that was an outdoors gig, very chilled out and as, a consequence, less intense than this particular video. Highlight was playing with Brian Ritchie at the end – he chose the Beatles song – Within you, without you, which was a fave of mine in my adolescent years and it totally took me back.

This particular video was filmed at our house in Tasmania in front of the amazing wallpaper in our bedroom, Nadine helped me choose clothing that camouflaged me in with the surroundings, as Acousmatic sound is sound one hears without seeing an originating cause. Without any furniture in the room – the acoustics were phenomenal with the old Tassie Oak floorboards that we uncovered throughout the house.

Details of any concerts in Europe to be announced here.