Blak Box: Precarities

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2-3 Sep 2022

The Cutaway, Barangaroo Reserve

$35

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Blak Box: Precarities is a deep listening experience, curated by Daniel Browning, featuring razor sharp spoken word and resonant music from leading First Nations artists, Steven Oliver, Eric Avery, Lorna Munro and Rhyan Clapman (DOBBY) and Ancestress. It embraces the First Peoples concept of ‘deep listening’ which is based on stories, silences and the spaces that lie between.

Since its inception in 2018, with humechochorus, Blak Box has taken participants on sonic journeys that collapse time and place, touring across Naarm, Gadigal and Darug land. In 2022, Blak Box heads back to The Cutaway, Barangaroo from 2 – 3 September.

This year, PRECARITIES steps outside the Box creating a fully immersive listening experience throughout the cavernous Cutaway via your headphones. Interactive lighting design from Karen Norris facilitating a meditative state, forging a deeper connection between the listener and their immediate environment.

CREATIVE TEAM

Curator: Daniel Browning

Daniel is host of RN’s The Art Show. Since majoring in painting at university, Daniel has worked as a journalist, broadcaster and sound artist. He has been with the ABC since 1994, having worked across news and current affairs, including a stint as triple j’s news director. The Bundjaling and Kullilli man presented RN’s Awaye! for many years and leads the ABC’s Indigenous Radio Unit.

Lighting Designer: Karen Norris

Karen Norris has worked extensively as a lighting designer in Australia, the United Kingdom and Europe. In Australia she has worked for numerous theatre and dance companies including Bangarra Dance Theatre, Belvoir Street Theatre, Red Shed Theatre Company, State Theatre of South Australia, Griffin Theatre Company and One Extra. In 2008 Karen returned to Australia from living in France and her work has since included designs for the opera Ingkarta Project (Adelaide Festival 2008), Noel Jordon’s In the Shape of a Girl (Sydney Opera House), Love Me Tender (Director Matt Lutton for Company B, PICA and Griffin Theatre Company), Hansel and Gretel (Pacific Opera), and Christine Douglas.

Artist: Lorna Munro

Lorna Munro, or ‘Yilinhi’, is a Wiradjuri and Gamilaroi woman, multidisciplinary artist and regular radio and podcast host at Sydney’s Radio Skid Row. A long-time active member of her Redfern/Waterloo community, her work is informed by her passion and well-studied insight in areas such as culture, history, politics and popular culture. Lorna has travelled the world showcasing her skills and distinctive style of poetry and political commentary.

Artist: Steven Oliver

Steven Oliver is a descendant of the Kuku-Yalanji, Waanyi, Gangalidda, Woppaburra, Bundjalung and Birpi peoples. He was born in Cloncurry in North West Queensland and grew up in Townsville before moving to Perth to study. He has worked with numerous theatre companies, festivals and arts organisations across Australia but became notorious with ABC’s Logie nominated sketch show, Black Comedy, as a writer/actor/associate producer.

Artist: DOBBY

Rhyan Clapham (DOBBY) is a Hip Hop artist and drummer. Aged 24, he has a Bachelor of Music at the University of NSW, and an Indigenous Studies Honours (focusing on Aboriginal Hip Hop music) in 2015. He proudly identifies as a Filipino and Aboriginal musician, and a member of the Murrawarri Republic in Brewarrina, NSW.

DOBBY is a skilled composer and is the 2017 recipient of the bi-annual Peter Sculthorpe Fellowship. He has performed as a rapper and drummer for a variety of events such as BIG SOUND Festival, The Plot Festival, Yabun Festival, 4Elements Hip Hop Festival, UNSW corporate and academic functions, Koori Radio events, and at numerous NAIDOC celebrations across Australia. DOBBY is also a rapper and drummer for Sydney band Jackie Brown Jr in various events and festivals such as Wollombi Music Festival, Rabbits Eat Lettuce and Psyfari Festival.

Artist: Ancestress

Teila Watson is a Birri Gubba and Kungalu/Gangalu Murri woman born and raised in Brisbane. An established performing artist – singer, poet and lyricist (known as ‘Ancestress’), 25-year-old Teila is also a writer, actor and youth arts professional. Her respect and understanding of Murri knowledges, First Nations self-determination, and the preservation of culture, informs her artistic endeavours and fuels her many passions.

Teila’s art practices revolve around: climate change; decolonising to create sustainable futures; the impact that First Nations knowledge and practice has on country and people; and consequently the importance of Land Rights and First Nations sovereignty when considering environmental and social issues.

Artist: Eric Avery

Eric Avery is a Ngiyampaa, Yuin, Bandjalang and Gumbangirr artist. As part of his practice Eric plays the violin, dances and composes music. Working with his family’s custodial songs he seeks to revive and continue on an age-old legacy – continuing the tradition of singing in his tribe – utilizing his talents to combine and create an experience of his peoples culture.

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