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Bringing West End its first live theatre in 25 years, Metro Arts is a coveted addition to West Village.

Newly relocated to West End, the 40-year-old multi-arts organisation kicks off with a bang with premiere performances, provocative productions, installations and exhibitions featured in the September – December 2020 program.

The new purpose-built precinct features an underground theatre, two galleries, two rehearsal rooms and the Factory Lane outdoor precinct which encompasses the foyer, box office, café and bar. Specialising in the development of new work, Metro Arts champions artists taking risks, creating, developing, experimenting, and presenting ambitious contemporary work.

This new hub in West End’s diverse community will be THE place in Brisbane to experience the work of contemporary artists with a year-round program of innovative theatre, cabaret, comedy, music and visual art.

Upcoming events @ Metro Arts
New for Old
Dates
Dec 2020 – Jan 2021
Where

Gallery One & Two, Metro Arts,
97 Boundary St, West End

Price
Free
Key
Creatives
New for Old
An exhibition curated by Kyle Weise
Featuring work by Jeron Braxton, Stanton Cornish-Ward and Trent Crawford, Susan Hawkins, Danny Jarratt, Daniel McKewen, Penelope Umbrico

Screens are part of our daily habits, yet their perpetual place in our consciousness is physically provisional, requiring constant updates, maintenance and replacement.  Bringing together work by Australian and international artists, New for Old uses the figure of an obsolete screen technology, the Cathode-ray tube (CRT)  television, to reflect on cycles of technological obsolescence, exhibition design, and the relationship between technology and memory.

The screen is at threshold of two worlds. We share space with its physical form, while being transported by its fleeting images. Across the exhibition is a recognition that screens, and their ongoing cycles of obsolescence and aesthetic transformation, are both a cultural and a material force, continuing to haunt successive media, their users and the planet.

Dark Entries
Dates
23 Nov – 6 Dec
Where

Gallery One, Metro Arts,
111 Boundary Street , West End

Price
Free
Key
Creatives
Dark Entries
An exhibition by Rebecca Ross

Dark Entries extends on Ross’ July 2020 residency and exhibition Dark Matters at Metro Arts @Hope Street. Presented as a multi-channel video installation, Dark Entries brings together a series of ‘entries’ that can be viewed as a collection of audiovisual diary excerpts and a remix of past and current artworks.

Flat Out Like A Lizard
Dates
2 – 12 Dec, 7:30pm
Where

New Benner Theatre Metro Arts @ West Village,
97 Boundary St, West End

Price
General $35 + booking fee / Concession $28 + booking fee
Key
Creatives
Flat Out Like A Lizard
By Robert the Cat

Robert the Cat presents Norman Price’s Flat Out Like A Lizard.

Wicked, strange and disturbingly funny, Flat Out Like A Lizard asks some timely questions: what is the value of storytelling? What is the value of the Arts? And what lies at the heart of the Australian psyche?

Lazarus White tells Australian stories that span a century, gothic tales of predators and prey, of seduction and isolation. Characters emerge: mysterious, dangerous, and iconic.

But does anyone want to listen? Is there a market for these stories? The Committee of experts in unconvinced. What’s a writer to do?

APOCALIPSTICK
Dates
6 – 28 Nov, 8pm Friday & Saturday

 

Where

New Benner Theatre Metro Arts @ West Village,
97 Boundary St, West End

Price
General $35 + booking fee / Concession $28 + booking fee
Key
Creatives
APOCALIPSTICK
By Polytoxic and friends

Sashaying out of the rubble and into the limelight is an all-star rag-tag team of Brisbane’s finest theatre hybrids in a jaw-dropping, eye-popping, ring-stinging feast for the senses.

Revel in brand-new and fan-favourite acts from a killer rotating lineup hand-picked by Polytoxic.

Arm yourself for the brave new world in this after-dark playground of ridiculousness, hectic wigs, extreme g-strings, sassy whip-cracking and golden electro hip-thrusting. This is raucous cutting-edge cabaret that’s sure to leave you with a spring in your step and a fresh new coat of APOCALIPSTICK!

Night Dancers
Dates
Oct – Dec
Where

Window Gallery, Metro Arts,
97 Boundary St, West End

Price
Free
Key
Creatives
Night Dancers
An exhibition by Elisa Jane Carmichael

As day turns to night the sunset sky lights up with pastel tones and golden rays, twinkles of light come to life and dance through the landscape. These twinkles once filled this environment which was full of swamps and rainforests, home to fireflies. The fireflies would hover over the waterways sometimes in swarms. The fireflies are gone now and the city is built over many of these waterways. The fireflies and fires were the first lights of the land.

Night Dancers is a visual arts exhibition that pays respect to the First Peoples of the land and the Country Metro Arts Building is located on. Quandamooka woman Elisa Jane Carmichael honours her salt-water heritage by incorporating materials collected from Country, embracing traditional techniques, and expressing contemporary adaptations through painting, weaving, and textiles.

Dirty Laundry
Dates
21 October – 1 November 2020
Where

New Benner Theatre Metro Arts @ West Village,
97 Boundary St, West End

Price
Free
Key
Creatives
Dirty Laundry
An installation by The Good Room

Dirty Laundry is a large-scale cotton-based installation of anonymous sexual confessions, fantasies and desires hoisted and hung for public witness. Inspired by enforced social distancing (on the streets and in the sheets), this cheeky work is a record of the way 2020 has altered our romantic relationships and changed the way we quench desire in a positive celebration of sex, intimacy and holding out for love in lockdown.

Dirty Laundry is drawn from a slate of submissions submitted to a bespoke website over a specially-created digital event called the Dirty Weekend. The installation will be studded with readings from the full hamper basket and is designed to be enjoyed across a 20 minute visit.

Assembly Now
Dates
3 – 27 September 2020
10am – 4pm Monday,
10am – 7pm Tuesday – Sunday

10am – 11pm, 18 September 2020

Where

Gallery One, Metro Arts,
111 Boundary Street , West End

Price
Free Event
Key
Creatives
Sally Golding – Artist
Spatial – Collaborating Artist

Image courtesy of the artist.

Assembly Now
Assembly Now is a newly commissioned participatory installation, set to inaugurate Metro Arts’ Main Gallery at West Village, and transform it into a light and sound reactive environment.

Developed as a collaboration between Sally Golding and electronic musician and creative technologist Spatial, Assembly Now uses the interface of the mirror to elaborate the psychology and technology of emergent algorithmic software, which functions  as a contemporary screen filtering our emotions.

Visitors will be immersed in a work that plays with perception, interactivity, and unexpected encounters, including the viewer’s own reflection captured and integrated within the artwork.

We live in an age of ubiquitous photography– selfie culture, and surveillance capitalism– facial recognition and eye tracking. Emotion analytics software used in neuro-marketing and image recognition is a blend of psychology and technology– capturing data on expression, to assume correlations in mood determined by machine learning.

Cultural references, including folklore and science fiction, provide a lens through which to view the impact of technical ingenuity such as dispersed screens and interactivity, which were first developed in early cinematic prototypes and are now manifested in networked culture. Emergent algorithmic software is the screen through which we filter our emotions and the narrative this creates is a mirror to understanding ourselves.

A Connective Reveal – Community
Dates
3 – 27 September 2020
10am – 4pm Monday,
10am – 7pm Tuesday – Sunday
Where

Metro Arts,
111 Boundary Street, West End

Price
Free
Key
Creatives
Robert Andrew – Artist

Image courtesy of the artist.

A Connective Reveal – Community

BY ROBERT ANDREW

Presented by Brisbane Festival, Brisbane City Council & Metro Arts

Delivered as part of Brisbane City Council’s Temporary Art Program 2020.

A Connective Reveal – Community, is a new work by local artist Robert Andrew. In the work, Andrew explores the interconnections, links and the layering within local communities. This kinetic work comprises an intricate mass of liquid filled conduits that weave through Factory Lane above the heads of viewers. Pumping water, ochre, soil and minerals through at different intervals, the work will continuously change and evolve over the duration of the festival as the water moves back and forth, staining and settling at different points along its journey. A Connective Reveal – Community is a poetic representation of the exquisite complexities and details inherent in the building of community, knowledge and culture.

A descendant of the Yawuru people, Andrew’s work investigates the personal and family histories that have been denied or forgotten. Known for combining programmable machinery with earth pigments, ochres, rocks and soil, Andrew’s practice mines historical, cultural and personal events that have been buried and distanced by the dominant paradigms of western culture. Speaking to the past and yet articulating a contemporary relationship to his Country, Andrew uses technology to make visible the interconnective spiritual, cultural, physical and historical relationships with the land, waters, sky and all living things.
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