Artists | Ilan Abrahams, Caz Guiney, Ceri Hann, Rayna Fahey, Anthony Magen, Men in Suits, Projector Obscura, Roarawar-feartata-collective, Neil Thomas and Cye Wood.

Curator | Lynda Roberts (Public Assembly)


Ilan Abrahams

Ilan Abrahams has a passion for creating transformative theatre and workshop experiences that integrate people, approaches to sustainability, and the local landscape. He is the founder and artistic director of Sense of Place Projects He has walked the full length of the Yarra in one continuous journey, lectured in Ecology and Art at the Victorian College of the Arts, and worked as a town planner and permaculture designer. His creative approach is influenced by studies and training in ecology, Buddhism, permaculture, dance, theatre, music and somatic movement. He won the Warrandyte Film Festival with ‘The Minstrel’(2006), a musical about the local six seasons calender.

In 2008 Ilan created and co-ordinated of the permaculture garden and gardening program at The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, and engaged in three weeks of training and teaching at the S.E.E.D.S. Festival (Somatic Experiments in Earth, Dance and Science) in the United States.

Currently Ilan is building a permaculture garden and running outdoor movement workshops for children based on the phases of growth in the garden at ARTPLAY, The Centre for Children’s Art, adjacent to Federation Square, funded by the City of Melbourne. He is also working as an artist in schools for The Festival For Healthy Living, a Royal Childrens Hospital initiative to promote mental health in schools through the performing Arts. Ilan has just released a CD of songs for sustainable living for families called WELL.


Caz Guiney | Jewellery within the urban realm

“Jeweller Caz Guiney has a unique way of engaging within public space, utilising it’s spatial environments in her work as a resource, a collaborator and a muse.

Her approach to her practice as a jeweller is experimental, the outcomes of her processes are tempered by working within the unpredictability of social space, but her commitment to making objects is still firmly located within the skill based field of craft”

From the Precious Nothing Catalogue. Written by Roseanne Bartley.


Ceri Hann | Light-jacking

Ceri Hann is a Melbourne based sound and arts practitioner. His practice tends to avoid categorisation – the outcomes of his creative process are more often defused in the wonder of everyday life rather than squandered in the recognition of authorship.

Recent directions have seen a move toward establishing systems that enhance the conditions for creative group thinking. The use of low tech devices such as overhead projectors and line marking tools are used as the medium for mutually inspired activities for people that may not consider themselves artists.


Rayna Fahey | Radical Cross Stitch

Rayna Fahey aka Kakariki is the Co-founder of Melbourne Craft Cartel and Co-founder of the Melbourne Revolutionary Craft Circle. Rayna is part of the great kiwi conspiracy to colonise Australia. She is an activist, mother, lover + gardener and is best known for reclaiming ugly chain link fences with conscious crafty love.

“My work is very much focussed around challenging notions of space, particularly around issues of ownership, construction and access. I’ll be sharing the skills for three types of craft based intervention and am pleased to say none of it involves yarn bombing..”


Anthony Magen | Sound Walks

Anthony lives in Melbourne. He is a full time landscape architect, part-time educator, sonic inquisitor, audiovisual performer (The ambitious Vessel Project and as half of the infamous HELMETHEAD), is active member of Australian Forum for Acoustic Ecology and currently editor of Soundscape: Journal for the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology.

He has performed abroad and in Australian multidisciplinary events that include producing Instant Places workshops I + II at *This Is Not Art (*Newcastle), performing at The nowNOW (Sydney), Other Film Festival (Brisbane), Golden Plains (Meredith, Vic.), Sounds Unusual (Alice Springs) and curating events for Digital Fringe, such as the Mobile Projection Unit.

His interests include but are not limited to the creative responses to the environment in multifarious forms, in scientific research, field recordings, anecdotes, musical improvisation, physical activity and especially active listening as a life enriching experience.


Men in Suits | Choir

Men in Suits are without peer as Australia’s leading musical performing group in the genre “other Melbourne-based non-religious well-dressed male parody choir”.

Buried deep within the nation’s economic stimulus package, Men in Suits have accepted a mission to lift the spirits of musically deprived Australians with a fiscally challenging mixture of wisdom, Georgian lullabies and nonsensical fun.

Under the direction of the wonderfully endowed Suitmeister, Stephen Taberner, they even think they can go places. Men in Suits – blokes who sing like blokes who can sing, together.


Projector Obscura | Guerilla Projection

Projector Obscura is a time based art collective formed by a group of visual and new media artists that studied at RMIT University. Since 2007, Projector Obscura has penetrated the urban subculture of Melbourne with digital motion and sensory art, collaborating with other groups of artists and generating noises in the unwilling minds of sleepwalkers.


ROARAWAR FEARTATA COLLECTIVE | Performance to effect public discourse

Founded by Craig Darryl Peade and Benjamin Cittadini, ROARAWAR FEARTATA as a loosely connected collective, converged to experiment improvisationally with text.

As performance artists, they interrogate notions of: who is Public?

“The social world is a world in becoming, not a world in being (except insofar as ‘being’ is a description of the ‘static’ atemporal models men have in their heads) . . . there is no such thing as “static action.” Victor Turner – “Social Dramas and Ritual Metaphors. Words such as “society” and “community” are irrelevant in relation to the actual flux of social engagement.


Neil Thomas | The Transistor Show

Neil Thomas has an international reputation for innovative, exciting and highly successful public performance works. He has created street theatre and theatre for over 20 years and for the past ten years has specialized in the creation of performance window installations and site-specific public art in Australia and Europe.

Neil created and performed the Urban Dream Capsule for the 1996 Melbourne Festival and has internationally toured his solo piece Blue Boys. In 1998 he co-created the installation Museum of Modern Oddities (MoMO) with Katy Bowman.

Recently, Neil co-wrote and performed The Transistor Show for the 2007 Natimuk Frinj Festival and for the last two years he has solidly been working on his new project, wooden postcards, an amalgamation of his various skills and expressive of a world attitude and philosophy.


CYE WOOD | Improvised violin

Cye began studying classical violin at the age of three. He joined his first band when he was eleven and has been involved in numerous bands and recording projects since then. Over the years he has contributed solo violin and string arrangements to various documentaries and feature films and has had the pleasure of working with a diverse range of artists including Jesse Younan, Yeshe, The Bird, Lisa Gerrard, and Eartha Kitt.

Some of his most inspired moments have been improvising in acoustic spaces that create ambient overtones, in effect providing rich soundscapes to play within. These locations have ranged from empty underground tunnels or walkways graced by the occasional passer by, or under a bridge playing to a curious turtle, to inside a lighthouse with butterflies circling outside.

When composing and recording Cye works with a wide variety of instruments and basically anything that the work requires including field recordings, prepared piano and various subtle experimental techniques. He has recently completed and released an EP of his own compositions titled Araya.


Lynda Roberts | Curator: Interventionist Guide

Lynda Roberts is a design and arts manager interested in the instigation, curation and facilitation of temporal ‘bottom-up’ cultural spaces and events. Drawing on a background of architecture, public art and education, Lynda’s current practice strives to empower and engage a range of stakeholders by developing creative frameworks or armatures.

Lynda’s work is underpinned by an active artistic practice called ‘Public Assembly’ – a socially engaged practice that explores new modes of engagement within public spaces via the creation temporary interventions as platforms for prompting conversation and establishing an empathetic awareness of one’s environment.


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