Tag Archives: Tasmania

SOUND KLUB 16

24 Apr

SK16 WEB

Sound Klub is a series of small events and concerts held in Hobart curated by Matt Warren and Joshua Santospirito focusing on audiovisual / improv and experimental sound / performances. It has been ongoing since 2009 … so next year it will be 10 years old.

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Sound Klub 15

30 Mar

 

Saturday April 14 at 6pm with sounds from 6:15, $5 donation 

SK15 - web version poster

Set-times subject to change 

6:15pm – Joshua Santospirito & Sara Wright

Experimental dance/sound collaboration two Hobart based artists. This should prove very very interesting. 

Listen to Josh’s at http://drivewesttoday.bandcamp.com 

 

7pm  – Trommel Inc. 

Trommel Inc. is a troupe of Hobart-based drummers dedicated to performing percussive experiments, planned, improvised or somewhere in between. This will be their debut.

 

7:45pm – Maria Moles and Adam Haliwell (Melbourne) 

Extraordinary Noise & Drums duo invoking incredible sound & music Improvisations. We were lucky enough to have Maria and Adam at a previous Sound Club episode. Maria also performed a solo percussion show at the Odeon during MOFO 2018. 

https://mariaandadam.bandcamp.com/album/if-the-times-were-right-i-wouldnt-be-writing-this-after-all

 

SK is curated by Matt Warren and Joshua Santospirito. 

It was started in 2009 by Matt Warren and Scot Cotterell and is a shifting collective of artists and musicians interested in live sound, experimental music and audio-visual performance. Based in Hobart, Tasmania SK produces small-scale, sometimes themed events presenting the work of local, national and international artists.

Poster art – by Matt Warren, Lettering by Joshua Santospirito. 

Follow Your Shadow

10 Oct

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13th Oct – 5th Nov

An exhibition of comic, cast and cartoon art at the Rosny Barn.
With artists – Scott Baxter, Alyssa Bernudez, Grace Garton, Paula Hatton, Joshua Santospirito, Paul Peart-Smith, Vivien Mason and Sarah-Jane Moore.

Opening – Thursday the 12th Oct, 5:30pm.
FREE, All welcome.

Artist talks – Saturday the 14th Oct, 2pm.
FREE, all welcome.

Student drawing competition – 13th Oct – 5th Nov.
FREE, students 18 and under.

Follow Your Shadow moves between surface and source. Curated by Dr Sarah Jane Moore, Tasmanian artists Scott Baxter, Alyssa Bermudez, Grace Garton, Paula Hatton, Joshua Santospirito, Paul Peart-Smith, Vivien Mason and Sarah Jane Moore collaborate to create a magical place of mystery, animation, exaggeration and intuition. The shadows we cast are explored through object, sound and space where cartoon meets comic, graphics meet sculpture and holograms meet playful projections. From Marvel to Minions, comic and cartoon art is all around us and is increasingly being recognised as an art form with both high artistic value and the power to communicate diverse stories. Join us and follow your shadow.

Hobart Small Press Zine Fair

3 Mar

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Poster art by Tom OHern and printed by Joshua Santospirito on a Risograph.

Josh’ll be selling his comics and zines at this. It’ll be fun. Come!

The Comic Art Workshop

14 Dec

For the first two weeks of November I was taking part in the inaugural Comic Art Workshop. It was held on MARIA ISLAND off the East coast of Tasmania. Technically I was the only Tasmanian at the workshop, but Leigh Rigozzi used the workshop as an excuse to return from Sydney after a decade. So we now have another comic maker in our midst YAY! … and to make things more interesting, I met Eleri Mai Harris at the workshop – turns out she’s an ex-Tasmanian who now lives in Canberra after having lived in the States for a bit – so there was tonnes of Tassie action going on. Leigh’s Dad also works for Parks and Heritage. He came over to Maria and gave us a bit of a talk about the island and the nature and whatnot. Tony Thorne from Hobart also came over on the middle weekend and talked about the history of Indigenous peoples in Tassie and also gave a watercolour Plein Air workshop.

We had Leela Corman and Tom Hart from Florida come to be our master-comic-artists. Go to the Comic Art Workshop link for the full line-up of the amazing attendees.

Here’s some random pics!

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Shnork shnork

30 Dec

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2014 – my year.

22 Dec

 Personally, it’s been a pretty average year for me,

But artistically – It’s been an awesome year

… I’m not sure if that means I’ve come out on top or not … who knows.

 

Awards

I won some awards for The Long Weekend in Alice Springs … now I can refer to myself as a “multi-award-winning-graphic-novelist” … isn’t that rad.

  • ComicOz Award for Best Australian Original Comic Book for 2013
  • But even more important to me was this one – 2014 Chief Minister’s NT Read Non Fiction Book Award. It’s rad to have won this award in the NT, where the story of The Long Weekend belongs. In fact – there was tonnes of Central Australian stories up in Darwin nominated at the book awards – which is awesome for the Centralian region.

 

Exhibitions

I had 2 exhibitions which is pretty alright I reckon!

  • Sleuth: The Delegation – at Sawtooth ARI in Launceston in April
  • The Long Weekend in Alice Springs at the Top Gallery at the Salamanca Arts Centre in Hobart.

 

Publications

I managed to get 2 different Sleuth pieces into literary magazines this year which is exciting, as well as some other stuff.

  • Sleuth: OMG – published in Island #137 in June
  • Sleuth: The Transcontinental Distress was published in Meanjin in September.
  • Oi Oi Oi! First 9 pages of The Long Weekend was reprinted in this.
  • Fluid Prejudice – some other pages from The Long Weekend was contained in this wonderful Aussie History Comics anthology

I’ve also been working on a series of 20 kids books in the3 Yankunytjatjara language from South Australia – these will be released in early 2015 (if all goes according to plan).

ALSO – I continued organising and publishing the Down There comics series through San Kessto Publications – Tom OHern and Tricky Walsh both had releases of really awesome Tasmanian comics through that series – one of the most exciting projects I’ve ever been involved in!

 

Writing

Something I’ve not done for a while.

  • Wrote for the Meanjin website in January
  • Wrote for the Island Website in May – review of Fluid Prejudice
  • Wrote for Island Magazine in June – Island #137 – on the making of The Long Weekend in Alice Springs.

 

Festivals

Managed to be at a number of Festivals during the year for writing, comics and music … here’s a list!

  • MONA FOMA, Hobart – played manic guitar as part of the Hobart Improv Collective
  • NT Writers Festival – Word Storm – Darwin: spoke on panels, presented my graphic novel, hung out and stuff (won an award)
  • Emerging Writers Festival, Melbourne – spoke on a panel
  • Her Majesty’s Favourite Really Great Graphical Festival – I was the Festivale Directeur Flamboyante of the first Comics/Illustrators/Zines festival in Tasmania in June.
  • Helsinki Comics Festival, Finland – international comics festival that I had a table at – and met lots of fine folks.

 

Music

Concert-wise it’s been a quiet year by my normal standards with only about 7 or so performances … but I did manage to fit in a few gigs here and there, played in Helsinki twice as well which is rad.

 

Recordings – I did have two recordings released through two channels.

  • Feels” was commissioned and played on Ears Have Ears show on FBi radio in Sydney in September, it can be listened on their Soundcloud site for free.
  • The Waterhole” was a track that was released on the Hobart Experimental Noise compilation Convergence, curated by Matt Warren and Julian Teakle, which can be bought/downloaded from Rough Skies Records.

 

So all up – It’s been a pretty good year!!

2015 is already shaping up quite well –

  • 2 more exhibitions lining up – One in Hobart! One in Canberra!
  • A longer comic piece being finished for August or thereabouts
  • Some more festivals
  • Knuckling down on some more graphic novels
  • Some weeklong workshops
  • Chris Downes and I performing The Shipwright and the Banshee in Melbourne
  • Her Majesty’s 2nd Favourite Really Great Graphical Festival, in June
  • More Down There comics – I have soooooo many Taswegians lined up making comics it’s just not funny … not funny at all!!!
  • Who knows what else!!!