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COLLABORATION: “Born In Gore” (Claire Harris, Video Art, 2011)

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Video work by Wellington artist Claire Harris exploring the relationship between colonialisation and feminism. I operated the camera, Matt Whitwell did the sound recording, and Euan Robertson played the bagpipes. Originally screened as part of Typical Girls: Comedic Feminist Video from Wellington (curated by Bryce Galloway, Wellington Film Archive, 2011).

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NEW/OLD RELEASE: “Live at the Space EP” (Dick Whyte and his Golden Guitar, 2002/2012)

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Live recording of Dick Whyte and his Golden Guitar at The Space in 2002, which I finally released as an EP in 2011. For your health!

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“Britney Spears + Noise = HOT Vol. 3” (SuperComposition, 2011)

 

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Supercomposer strikes again! Volume 3 of the ongoing conceptual music project Britney Spears + Noise = HOT (mashing Britney Spears songs with experimental and avant-garde sound art) is finally here (with HOT cover art by Benedict Quilter, of Independent Woman Records). The completed 8 track album is also free to download from Bandcamp.

Previously volumes have included Britney paired with artists like The Dead C, Pierre Schaeffer, Arthur Doyle, Francis Dhomont and Yximalloo. This volume includes a number of more obscure New Zealand noise artists like Little Skull, Richard Neave, Jack Ellitt and The Human Instinct (as well as some other surprises). UPDATE: If you enjoyed this check out Volume 1 and Volume 2 as well.

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“George Bush Doesn’t Care About Black People” (SuperConcept Album, 2011)

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Concept album consisting of two minimalist compositions using a sample from Kanye West’s Runaway, inspired by Steve Reich’s experiments with ‘phasing’. In the technique of phasing a repetitive phrase (or loop) is played on two musical instruments in steady, but not identical tempo. At first the two layers appear to be in time with one another. However, because the two instruments differ ever so slightly in speed they gradually go out of “phase” with one another creating, at first, an echo effect and then a doubling of notes, before eventually phasing back in time with one another. Steve Reich explored this technique with the use of live instruments, but it can be effectively manipulated through sampling and remixing as well. Download the complete album (in FLAC or high quality MP3) on my Bandcamp Page.

Track 1: Rruunnaawwaayy: Supercomposition for Two Pianos (36 minute phase exploration of a 38 second piano sample from the hip-hop song Runaway by Kanye West). Track 2: Rrruuunnnaaawwwaaayyy: Supercomposition for Three Pianos (a second 36 minute exploration of the same 38 second piano sample).

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“D&G” (Digital Paintings, 2011)

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What if philosophers had the same kind of promotion attached to their brands and concepts as other commodities in our culture? Bourdieu on a billboard? Irigaray in an infomercial? Kant in the classifieds?

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“Stolen Land” (NZ Parliament/Thistle Hall, 2011)

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Conceptual/sculptural piece exhibited in two parts: 1) the confiscation of a patch of land from Parliament grounds, and 2) this piece of land exhibited as part of The Briefcase Project (group show, curated by Richard Bartlett, Thistle Hall, 8-14 August). 19 artists were featured in the show, including Hannah Salmon, Ben Knight, Lance Ravenswood, Tui Harrington and Turrence Turner (among others).

“My favourite pieces are the visual discourse on the concept of “stolen land” and a beautiful piece of sound design, delivered on a very old school reel machine.” (Martyn Pepperell, Word on the Street)

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“Untitled” (Photocopier ink on notepaper, c. 1999)

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Late one afternoon in 1999 Tim Wyborn and I found an old photocopier toner in the library bin at Victoria University. Seeing the potential, but having no idea what to do, we grabbed it and headed back to my house. On the way Tim decided to smash the toner on my lawn and came up with the formula: SMASHING STUFF = ART. That sounded like fun, which produced a second formula: ART = FUN.

While Tim was smashing the toner, it started to rain and black ink ran all over my front yard (much to the annoyance of my flatmates). While he was doing this I got the idea to lay numerous pieces of paper on the ground around him to capture fragments of the event in plastic form. Never exhibited.

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“Tuhoe Never Signed the Fucking Treaty” (Black and red vivid on N.Z. wall map, 2011)

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Work produced for the Concerned Citizens auction, to raise money and awareness for the 2007 ‘terror raid’ arrestees, many of whom were Tūhoe activists; “18 people in New Zealand are currently being bankrupted by the cost of fighting questionable charges following the ‘Operation 8’ raids conducted around the country on October 15th, 2007. To address these concerns, more than 50 artists from around New Zealand are exhibiting their work in the hope of raising funds (and awareness) to support the victims of the raids and their families.” (read more)

This work sold for $200, which contributed to the jaw-dropping total of $6500 raised in just 3 short days, with all funds going to the arrestees and their families. Other artists involved in the exhibition included Tao Wells, Arlo Edwards, Kerry Ann Lee, Roger Morris, Hannah Salmon, Ellen Rodda, Bryce Galloway, Campbell Kneale, Richard Meros and Robyn Kenealy (see full list here).

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“Pieces of Me, No. 1 & 2” (Photochop, Thistle Hall, 2011, curated by Markus McIntyre)

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Two A1 collages using images of Britney Spears, made for Photochop III (curated by Markus McIntyre, Thistle Hall, 2011); “A collective exhibition of collage images from print using photo chop, scissors and glue… salut[ing] the dawn of photo lithography, the 120 year old tradition of processing images for the mass print medium.” My Britney collages were laminated and displayed on various doors around the gallery, in the way that a poster might appear in a teenage bedroom. The exhibition also featured work by Claire Harris, Will Frew, Robyn Kenealy, Ruby Nekk, Sam Stephens, Don Smith, Curtis Nixon and Di Dixon (among others).

On the opening night I also performed as Supercomposer for the first time (see below) alongside The Unknown Rockstar and The Doll, reproducing a number of my Britney Spears + Noise = HOT remixes in a live setting (and some other bits and pieces, including a HOT Jay-Z vs. Kevin Drumm mashup).

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“On this week at Thistle Hall is the biennial PhotoChop exhibition, centered around the art of collage… with a selection of fine works including repurposed postcards, a scenic Urewera setting for Willie Apiata and a couple of fine posters celebrating the golden years of Britney Spears.” (Wellingtonista, read more)

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“LUX” (Video Art, 1999, restored in 2011)

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Experimental short made on VHSC in 1999, featuring the song LUX from the Birchville Cat Motel album Siberian Earth Curve on the sound-track (additional feedback added during the filming process). Part of a suite of abstract videos I made in 1999. See more of my films on Vimeo.

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