We’re excited. We are now calling for Proposals for our festival in 2015. We even made a little video (which may go some way in explaining our header image here…)!
This year Critical Animals festival will be presented in Newcastle, NSW from 2nd-4th October 2015.
Critical Animals is about exploring curious and uncharted niches in contemporary art and critical thought – we are very open to various experimental and creative avenues. Unsure if your idea fits? Get in touch – we’d love to hear from you.
Adam Donovan started as a sculptor and uses the principles of sculpture in his sound art work. But an interest in applying the techniques of sculpture to the field of sound led him to develop work in robotics. His installation Psychophysics Machines, presented in November at the 20th International Symposium on Electronic Art in Dubai, featured five five robotic sound-generating sculptures. Inspired by the tautophone, a type of ‘audible ink test’, the work combines psychology and physics to challenge normal human audio perception.
The Museum of Modern Art presents a retrospective of the multifaceted work of composer, musician, and singer Björk. The exhibition draws from more than 20 years of the artist’s daring and innovative projects and her eight full-length albums to chronicle her career through sound, film, visuals, instruments, objects, and costumes. In the Museum lobby, instruments used on Biophilia (2011)—a gameleste, pipe organ, gravity harp, and Tesla coil—play songs from the album at different points throughout the day. On the second floor, in the Marron Atrium, two spaces have been constructed: one is dedicated to a new sound and video installation, commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art, for “Black Lake,” a song from Björk’s new album Vulnicura (2015); and the second is a cinema room that screens a retrospective in music videos, from Debut (1993) to Biophilia. On the third floor, Songlines presents an interactive, location-based audio experience through Björk’s albums, with a biographical narrative that is both personal and poetic, written by the acclaimed Icelandic writer Sjón, along with many visuals, objects, and costumes, including the robots designed by Chris Cunningham for the “All Is Full of Love” music video, Marjan Pejowski’s Swan Dress (2001), and Iris van Herpen’s Biophilia tour dress (2013), among many others.