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October 25–27 2019


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Plastic Surgery AF TER DARK–10PM

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The Trouble Makers

I Hold The Great Rack 18+ AF TER DARK–10PM

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The Somnothèque 7–10PM

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Unfolding loss

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Sonic Alchemy

Somnambulist 8:30 –9 : 30 P M

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She did it HER WAY

Time For Sleep 6 :30 –9 P M

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The Moon Is Beautiful, Isn’t It?

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Access All Areas: Justice 6– 8P M

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From The Producers

We are so excited to bring back the You Are Here Festival in 2019! Canberra has changed so much in the past two and a half years since our last festival, and we’re doing things a little differently too. Our festival will run over three days, and will give you the chance to go deeper, slow down, immerse yourself in new and wonderful experiences and nurture our special community. We have taken the pulse on our lively little city and endeavoured to bring you work by some of the best experimental artists from right here in Canberra and across the country.

Putting accessibility and inclusion at the heart of everything we do, we invite everyone to participate in this festival. We are focused on art that cares for the artists who make it and the audience who experiences it. Each event in our program has been addressed individually to identify key accessibility opportunities for all. If there is an event you want to attend and want to make sure it is for you, you are welcome to get in touch with an email, a phone call, or drop into head quarters- thanks to Phillip Keir, we’ll be occupying 23 East Row (the old Phoenix) for most of October. Canberra has a pretty special vibe these days. Not only do we have the new-ish (and fun) light rail system, but Haig Park is pumping, heaps is happening in our lovely suburbs, communities are strengthening and our city is undergoing exciting renewal and activation. Of course, we know that comes with challenges,


F RO M THE P RODU C E RS

So many Canberrans, we feel, are part of a big community of arts lovers, nature folk, progressive thinkers and changemakers. Many of our events this year encourage real human interaction, meaningful exchange and sensory delights, and our hope is always that someone will experience art where they may not have expected to find it, or discover our little festival for the first time. If that’s you, thanks for joining us!

We invite you to join us for spoken poetry, installations, hands-on workshops, a dinner party, discussions, community making, sleep training, immersive experiences, dance, music, projection and so much more! Six of the artworks in the festival are the result of the Artist Development Program run by You Are Here for the first time this year. To learn more about this program go to page 42.

We hope you enjoy the festival as much as we have enjoyed delving deep into what we care about most; supporting artists, bringing arts to our community, lowering the barriers for artists to create and audiences to experience and having a great time doing it!

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and we are hyper aware of the people who are displaced as a result of these changes. We also feel the currents of political unrest, division within our national society, and the variety of deep emotional response that many people feel towards climate change. With that in mind, we have responded by programming work that is restorative and creates connection, but doesn’t shy away from delving into vital conversations.

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Ketura, Julia and Nick


How to You Are Here What?

When?

You Are Here is an experimental arts festival. But what does that mean?

The festival takes place on over the weekend of the 25th–27th October. We have events running from 1pm into the evening each day.

Many of our events take place in unusual spaces like laneways, cafes, carparks and even a private residential home. You might not always be able to call an event ‘dance’ or ‘visual art’ because often our events are a combination of one or more types of art. You might be asked to participate in some way to make the events happen. This is usually very simple and won’t be scary at all – we promise!

Where? Our events are mainly in the CBD (or Civic Centre, as we prefer), with a few in Braddon and a couple in a secret location, which you will find out if you book in! Many of our events happen in public space, which can make them tricky to find. Start by checking our map in the front of the program or on the website.

Tickets and bookings Nearly all our events are free and most do not require bookings. Events which are ticketed are clearly marked in the program. If you would really like to attend a ticketed event but cannot afford the ticket price, please get in touch. Some events require bookings, especially those which are one-on-one or are for small audiences. These are clearly marked on the event listing.

You want to make a donation? Well, that’s nice of you! Check out website for details about making tax deductable donations to You Are Here.


Can I bring the kids?

Many of our venues are within walking distance of the Canberra CBD. We encourage you to take public transport, walk or ride to the festival whenever possible. Use Google Maps, choosing the public transport or bicycle option to find the best route. If you’re driving, check the website for a guide to parking options.

We’d love to see your kids enjoying the festival with you! (where appropriate)

Light rail and buses in Canberra are wheelchair accesible.

One of our events on Sunday is specifically designed to be family friendly – come along to hear some artists talk about their experience of parenting in Glebe Park, with some games and craft set up for the kids nearby. Most of our other events are kid friendly too. Feel free to ask if you’re not sure! Some of our events happen in 18+ venues. Each event listing will show if the venue is 18+.

How to read the program

Need to get in touch?

There is a table of events right at the front of this program.

youareherecanberra.com.au

You can find also find the program at: youareherecanberra.com.au

Email: festival@ Call: 0422 873 318 Send a letter: 55 Ainslie Ave, Braddon ACT 2612

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For more detail, all the events are listed by day on pages 11 through 39. We’ve listed some accessibility information beneath the description of every event, and there is more info about accessibility on pages 8 and 9.

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Our secret locations may require a little extra prepartion to find and get to, so make sure to book in early! You can contact us with any questions.

HOW TO YOU A RE HE RE

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Accessibility and Inclusion In 2019 we are continuing our commitment to accessibility because we believe everyone should be able to take part in arts and culture. We are in an ongoing process of listening to expert voices, researching the barriers to entry that commonly exist, and always open to receiving questions and feedback.

The event descriptions in this program and on our Facebook page are our earnest attempt at including all of the information that could impact your access and sense of being welcome at the event. We care about your needs as an individual so please contact us directly to talk to us about specifics and inform us of your personal requirements. We would be delighted to make extra efforts on your behalf. Yes you, we’re talking to you!


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Wheelchair Access

Program Formats

Most of our 2019 events are wheelchair accessible, and we have indicated in the event descriptions any events that have areas of uneven ground (such as the public streets in the CBD)

If you would like a large print version of the program, or any reformatting of the program in line with your needs, please contact us.

If you would like to check if an event can be AUSLAN interpreted, or if a hearing loop can be made available, please contact us.

Parking and transport Please contact us for information on accessible parking and public transport options for festival venues.

Questions? If you have ANY questions about the accessibility of the festival or want to make a booking for an event requiring registrations, please contact us.

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AUSLAN interpreting and Assistive listening

You can send us an email to festival@youareherecanberra. com.au You can call us on: 0422 873 318

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L AUN C H: 1 –2 PM

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Daniel Savage GAR EM A PL AC E AR E XPER IEN C E C O N T I N U E S SAT U R DAY 26 A N D SU N DAY 27

(AR)boreal is an augmented reality digital forest in Garema Place, created by artist Daniel Savage. Experience a shared digital environment that overlaps with the physical world and plays with unique landmarks in our city centre. Digital elements grow and respond as individuals move throughout the space. Over the festival weekend the forest will grow with the collective participation of the audience. This work explores our ‘shared digital experience’ as a reflection of our social environment. YAH 201 9

Accessibility:  Wheelchair Accessible | Outdoors | Uneven surface | 24 hours, all weather | This is a visual work Smart device and downloaded app required. Download the ‘(AR)boreal’ app to experience the work


4–10PM

Escape Tunnel Concept: Ketura Budd | Design: Imogen Keen Lighting: Nick McCorriston | Sound: Pablo Latona ALIN GA X N O RT H B O U R N E

Find it by accident and slow down on purpose. Featuring an audio installation by Pablo Latona that interrupts the live sound of the city hubbub, bathes it in lush reverb and gives it back to you in a floofier form. Close your eyes and clean your ears. Accessibility:  Wheelchair Accessible | Outdoors | Uneven surface | Partially enclosed space | This is an immersive visual work with auditory elements | The tunnel may be crowded at times


Access All Areas: Justice

F RI DAY 2 5

6–8P M

Presented in partnership with Rebus Theatre GORM AN ARTS CE N T R E , M A I N H A L L

Access All Areas: Justice is an interactive theatre experience created by people with disability about where things can go wrong for them when they interact with justice services. Using ‘Forum Theatre,’ we present a short play where poor decisions cascade into catastrophe. The play is then performed a second time, during which audience members can, if they choose, come onto the stage and struggle with the system to win a better outcome for everyone.

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Presented by award-winning Canberra company Rebus Theatre, Access All Areas: Justice has been developed with funding from the National Disability Insurance Agency, and is being performed for lawyers, police, public servants and others who work in the justice system. You Are Here is excited to partner with Rebus to share the only public performance, where anyone can get involved and wrestle with real dilemmas faced every day in our city. B OO KIN GS R EQ UI R E D. V ISIT YO UAR EHE R ECA N B E R R A .CO M . AU/ B OOKIN GS

Accessibility:  Wheelchair Accessible | Indoors | Uneven surface | Auslan interpreted | Closed caption on request | This is an interactive theatre work

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6–8P M

Ceramic Salon Aeon Arts – Teffany Thiedman and Isabelle Mackay Sim OU TS IDE S M IT H’S A LT E R N AT I VE

Play with clay in a welcoming, accessible environment – outside Smith’s lovely, friendly, casual cafe. Slow down, get your hands dirty, squeeze some earth and feel grounded with a bit of ceramic therapy. Drop into one or more sessions, start making something and then continue it over the weekend, or just play for a little while – with your friends, kids, or solo! Completely inclusive and suitable for all ages. Clay is a very human friendly material! You will be able to take your clay home with you in an eco-friendly bag, or pay a small fee to have it fired and then displayed at Smiths. Accessibility:  Wheelchair Accessible | Outdoors | Uneven surface | This is an interactive work | Suitable for all ages and abilities


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6–9P M

Pricks and Bones 15

Georgia Kartas / Saint Jorge ALIN GA X N O RT H B O U R N E INSTAL L AT ION RU N S CO N T I N U O U S LY SAIN T J O RGE PERFO R M S L I VE AT 7 P M A N D 8 P M

Here is a poem, here are your hands. Pricks and Bones is an interactive audio-installation which asks its recipient to listen to the words of us: the silenced, the belittled, the deceived, the self-deceiving, the self-shaming, the gaslit. As we regain our voice and unlearn false narratives, we invite you – we invite us – to physically disentangle knotted wire, wool, thread and chain, to undo knots, blockages, build-ups, breakdowns, and discover what remains.

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Accessibility:  Wheelchair Accessible | Outdoors | Uneven surface | This is an auditory work with visual and sensory interactive elements | Written text available on request


6–9P M

The Smallest Gallery an unintended exhibition Pablo Latona ALIN GA X N O RT H B O U R N E RUNS C O N T IN UOU S LY

Sit down and take a one-on-one guided tour of this curious little gallery of unseen worlds. Created for you by performance artist and funsmith Pablo Latona, and featuring fellow tour guide Cathy Petocz. Find out if it takes longer to develop trust or a photo of a blurry dog. SIGN UP FOR YO U R 15 M I N TO U R O N T H E DAY OR BOOK AT YOUAR EHE R ECAN B E R R A .CO M . AU/ B O O K I NGS

Accessibility:  Wheelchair Accessible | Outdoors | Uneven surface | This work requires you to interact with the performer | Bring your smart phone


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6–9P M

Time For Sleep Claire Granata and Benjamin Drury LOCAT ION DIS C LO S E D U P O N B O O K I N G

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We understand the negative impacts that modern technologies have had on our lives. Stress and sleep deprivation are by-products of a fast paced lifestyle fettered with bright screens and disruptions to the body’s natural rhythms. Through extensive research we’ve formulated an innovative therapeutic approach proven to reverse unhealthy physical and mental conditions caused by this phenomena. Tucked into bed and lulled into a gentle sleep by our qualified staff, our patented bedtime simulation will reconfigure the brain with vital skills needed for a fulfilling and balanced lifestyle. PL AC E S AR E L IM I T E D, B O O K I N G S R EQ U I R ED. V ISIT YO UAR EHE R ECA N B E R R A .CO M . AU/ B OOKIN GS

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Accessibility:  Wheelchair Accessible | Indoors | Uneven surface | This is an interactive work, designed to be enjoyed one person at a time. You will spend time alone in a room with the performers | Attendees must leave their phones with our reception team | The experience lasts about 30 minutes


6 :30–9 PM

Somnambulist Sebastian Field ALIN GA X N O RT H B O U R N E

Ambient, evolving, loop-based compositions in the Civic Centre of Canberra, interrupting the path we unthinkingly walk every day. Sebastian Field’s music is ‘so intimate, perhaps as a result of its proximity to the raw sound of the human voice reaching into the unreachable depths and heights, yet so allencompassing and voluminous’ – BMA Magazine. Accessibility:  Wheelchair Accessible | Outdoors | Uneven surface | This is an auditory music work


F RI DAY 2 5

8:30 –9 : 30PM

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Nicci Haynes, Debora di Centa and Shags 23 E AST ROW

A dancer moves through space, sound swells and ebbs, lines and pictures appear on the wall, thrown by light. Who is calling and who is responding? Exploring a new collaborative approach to creating, visual artist Nicci Haynes, dancer Debora di Centa and sound maker Shags perform a completely improvised set that is responsive to the moment and the artists within it. Live drawing is projected onto the walls of the performance space as the artists take their cues from each other to create movement, music and imagery, fully immersed in real time performance creation.

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Accessibility:  Wheelchair Accessible | Indoors | Low light | Uneven surface | This is a visual and auditory performance work | Relaxed performance – come and go as you please 


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Verity Lane Painting byrd V ER IT Y L AN E

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Verity Lane has traditionally been a space for bins and cars, but the lane is transforming into a space for people. In partnership with Phillip Keir, You Are Here is excited to help this transformation along, making this little alley in the middle of the city a place of unexpected beauty by commissioning Canberra treasure byrd to work his magic. And the best part is, you can drop by and see the magic happen as byrd works throughout the day. Since the early 2000’s, byrd has been transforming blank urban spaces into sites for his accumulated library of painterly patterns and icons. His work can be seen all over Canberra, and he has work held in the collections of The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Museum and Gallery, the ACT Legislative Assembly Art Collection, the ARTBANK collection, Craft ACT.

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Accessibility:  Wheelchair Accessible | Outdoors | Uneven surface | No seating | This is a visual artwork being painted over the duration of the festival


1 –4P M

Memento Mori Fran Romano V ER IT Y L AN E

A large scale ceramic installation piece, investigating recurrent themes of loss, longing and nostalgia intersecting with ritual, memory and remembrance. Reminiscent of an ancient burial chamber, ceramic shards and printed fragments combine with found materials, as though recently discovered in an archaeological dig. Memory, history and nostalgia are investigated through layering and experimentation with surface texture and photographic imagery. Accessibility:  Wheelchair Accessible | Outdoors | Uneven surface | This is a visual work


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1 –1 0PM

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V ER IT Y L AN E

Working with natural materials, Loose Leaf Studio, aka artists Wona Bae and Charlie Lawler, bring the natural world into our urban space. The ‘Hover Wreath’ invites you to participate and interact with a two-metre wide natural structure. The piece acts as an intervention to urban spaces and provides a moment of respite with nature, while also representing the fragility of the natural world. Bae and Lawler specialise in experiential and concept-driven installations. They use a language of texture and reduction in their immersive artworks that explore the connections between people and nature. The ‘Hover Wreath’ series began in 2017. In addition to the You Are Here installation, wreaths have been installed in South Korea, Japan, the UK and across Australia. YAH 201 9

Accessibility:  Wheelchair Accessible | Outdoors | Uneven surface | This is a visual work


1 :30–2 : 30PM AN D A F T E R DA R K–10 P M

Projected Drawing Nicci Haynes 1 :30PM AT 23 E AST ROW AF TER DAR K IN VE R I T Y L A N E

Quirky little animations and gestural drawings by loveable local legend Nicci Haynes, for anyone who loves to get a bit whimsical! Projecting in the old Phoenix pub during the day, and on a much bigger scale in Verity Lane after dark. Accessibility: Wheelchair Accessible | Indoors/Outdoors | Low light | Uneven surface | This is a visual and auditory performance work | Relaxed performance – come and go as you please.


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2–4PM

Ceramic Salon Aeon Arts – Teffany Thiedman and Isabelle Mackay Sim 25

OU TS IDE S M IT H’S A LT E R N AT I VE

Play with clay in a welcoming, accessible environment – outside Smith’s lovely, friendly, casual cafe. Slow down, get your hands dirty, squeeze some earth and feel grounded with a bit of ceramic therapy. Drop into one or more sessions, start making something and then continue it over the weekend, or just play for a little while- with your friends, kids, or solo! Completely inclusive and suitable for all ages. Clay is a very human friendly material! You will be able to take your clay home with you in an ecofriendly bag, or pay a small fee to have it fired and then displayed at Smiths. YAH 201 9

Accessibility: Wheelchair Accessible | Outdoors | Uneven surface | This is an interactive work | Suitable for all ages and abilities


2:30– 3 P M AN D 3 : 30 – 4 P M

She did it HER WAY Somebody’s Aunt V ER IT Y L AN E T WO P E R FO R M AN CE S

The women of Somebody’s Aunt expand their public personas in playful performance guises, as women on the move, incongruously unleashing private women’s worlds into the public domain. She did it HER WAY is a series of performance interventions for public spaces. Devised by choreographer Julie-Anne Long in collaboration with Somebody’s Aunt, the group questions notions of ageing in the popular media that suggests one should “quieten down, stay at home and be less visible”. Accessibility:  Wheelchair Accessible | Outdoors | Uneven surface | Limited seating | This is dance a performance which will move through the laneway


Sonic Alchemy

SATU RDAY 26

3–3: 30PM

V ER IT Y L AN E

The worlds of music, painting and arthouse scent composition morph to create perfumes that are literal interpretations of songs, artworks and topics such as climate change and the environment. In this performance, Sonic Alchemy transports you through three scent and sound themes, exploring the concepts of coldness, the ocean and primal scent.

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Accessibility:  Wheelchair Accessible | Outdoors | Uneven surface | Limited seating | This is a music and sensory performance

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4–8P M

Blankets Benjamin Drury C OU RT YAR D T HE AT R E

This immersive sound installation challenges the preconceptions of what a music performance can be. By removing the expected structures that are common in the presentation and experience of live music, constructing a different environment, Benjamin Drury moves us away from crowded rooms, busy, sweaty atmospheres towards quiet contemplation and restoration. This is an intimate setting to be yourself and experience sound in a space where you can choose to be seen or secluded. Accessibility: Wheelchair Accessible | Indoors | Low light | Uneven surface | This is a visual and auditory interactive work | Relaxed performance- come and go as you please | You may choose to inhabit small spaces to interact with the work


The Somnothèque Steph Van Berkel and Tom Woodward

SATU RDAY 26

6–1 0PM

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A four-hour ambient drone and experimental piano performance, this is an experiment in deep listening and dream sculpture, designed to usher the audience into a state of deep listening, trance, and sleep. The artists act as shamans and dream guides, improvising ethereal soundscapes accompanied by a subtle dream palette of video art. Steph Van Berkel uses prepared guitar, bass and synth to craft textured, melodic drone-scapes. Tom Woodward brings his bittersweet musical sensibilities in this, his debut piano performance. Bring your sleeping bag, blanket, cushions, or whatever you need to get comfy during the performance. This is an immersive performance that is best experienced in the quiet of one’s own mind, so…shhhh. Accessibility: Wheelchair Accessible | Indoors | Low light | Uneven surface | This is a visual and auditory work | Immersive, durational performance | You are encouraged to lie down or otherwise make yourself comfortable

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7–10PM

I Hold The Great Rack Emily Bennett, Reuben Lewis and Jack Lewis Presented in partnership with Reload Bar and Games V ER IT Y L AN E

Charting the territory between EDM & stand-up comedy, multi-instrumentalists Emily Bennett (Great Rack), Reuben Lewis (I Hold the Lion’s Paw) & Jack Lewis (Nimble Jack) collide in their unclassifiable project, I Hold the Great Rack. Lewis keeps busy on trumpet through an intricate set up of pedals, synths & drum machines whilst Bennett speaks her mind via a cascade of samples & shape shifting vocal effects. Sparks fly & chemicals dissolve the banal, domestic bliss. It’s kind of like a New York comedy club in a weird parallel universe… Or something… In a very good way… V ENUE IS 1 8 +

Accessibility:  Wheelchair Accessible | Companions encouraged | Outdoors | Low light | Uneven surface | This is a visual and auditory performance work | The area may be loud and crowded | Relaxed performance – come and go as you please


SATU RDAY 26

AF TER DAR K–1 0P M

Plastic Surgery Natsuko Yonezawa V ER IT Y L AN E

This video projection inspired by surrealist aesthetics to explore the idea that human life could become vulnerable and threatened by plastic. The film features characters interacting with plastic and drowning in a sea of plastic objects. 31

Accessibility:  Wheelchair Accessible | Companions encouraged | Outdoors | Low light | Uneven surface | This is a visual projection work | The area may be loud and crowded | Relaxed viewing – come and go as you please

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Time For Sleep

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1 –4P M

Claire Granata and Benjamin Drury LOCAT ION DIS C LO S E D U P O N B O O K I N G

Feel rested. Feel reconnected. Feel, at The Ponzi Institute.

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We understand the negative impacts that modern technologies have had on our lives. Stress and sleep deprivation are by-products of a fast paced lifestyle fettered with bright screens and disruptions to the body’s natural rhythms. Through extensive research we’ve formulated an innovative therapeutic approach proven to reverse unhealthy physical and mental conditions caused by this phenomena. Tucked into bed and lulled into a gentle sleep by our qualified staff, our patented bedtime simulation will reconfigure the brain with vital skills needed for a fulfilling and balanced lifestyle. PL AC E S AR E L IM I T E D, B O O K I N G S R EQ U I R ED. V ISIT YO UAR EHE R ECA N B E R R A .CO M . AU/ B OOKIN GS

Accessibility:  Wheelchair Accessible | Indoors | Uneven surface | This is an interactive work, designed to be enjoyed one person at a time. You will spend time alone in a room with the performers | Attendees must leave their phones with our reception team | The experience lasts about 30 minutes

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1 –4 :30PM

The Moon Is Beautiful, Isn’t It? Zhi Yi Cham LOCAT ION DIS C LO S E D U P O N B O O K I N G

Enter isolation. Perch on the edge of the artist’s. In their solitude, approximate towards peace through preparation of a meal as a form of self-care, nourishment and, ultimately, healing. Receive and eat a meal while sharing in this process. PL AC E S AR E L IM I T E D, B O O K I N G S R EQ U I R ED. V ISIT YO UAR EHE R ECA N B E R R A .CO M . AU/ B OOKIN GS TH E E XP E R IE N C E L ASTS A B O U T 20 M I N U T E S

Accessibility: Not wheelchair accessible | Indoors | Uneven surface | This is an interactive work with visual and auditory elements, designed to be enjoyed one person at a time | The experience lasts about 30 minutes | You will be served a meal, have contact with food and food preparation smells | Further details provided when booking


SU N DAY 27

2–4PM

Ceramic Salon Aeon Arts – Teffany Thiedman and Isabelle Mackay Sim OU TS IDE S M IT H’S A LT E R N AT I VE 35

Play with clay in a welcoming, accessible environmentoutside Smith’s lovely, friendly, casual cafe. Slow down, get your hands dirty, squeeze some earth and feel grounded with a bit of ceramic therapy. Drop into one or more sessions, start making something and then continue it over the weekend, or just play for a little while- with your friends, kids, or solo! Completely inclusive and suitable for all ages. Clay is a very human friendly material! You will be able to take your clay home with you in an ecofriendly bag, or pay a small fee to have it fired and then displayed at Smiths.

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Accessibility:  Wheelchair Accessible | Outdoors | Uneven surface | This is an interactive work | Suitable for all ages and abilities


3–4P M

Panel Discussion: Artist / Parent GLEBE PAR K

Led by producer/parent Rochelle Whyte, artists/parents Sia Ahmad and Ali Clinch explore the joys and challenges that lie at the intersection of parenting and creative practice. All welcome. Bring your kids- there will be games and craft set up, Everyone is encouraged to join in the conversation! Accessibility:  Wheelchair accessible | Outdoors | Uneven surface | This is a panel discussion, the audience is encouraged to participate | Children welcome | Relaxed event, come and go as you please | This discussion will be recorded and available online, check our website for more details


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3:30– 4 : 30P M

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Ellie Malbon and Zoe Anderson GLEBE PAR K

As inaction on climate change reaches critical points, and extinction rates at an all-time high, ecological grief is increasingly felt. Join local poets Ellie Malbon and Zoe Anderson for a relaxed discussion on the healing potential of poetry and stories for coping with pain related to ecological crisis. Sit back and let the poetry wash over you, listen to the speakers, or participate more fully in the conversation. We hope to open a soft, safe space for conversation on the way that art helps engage with feelings of grief, loss and powerlessness.

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Accessibility:  Wheelchair accessible | Outdoors | Uneven surface | This is an interactive auditory performance with visual and sensory elements


4 :30– 5: 30P M

Draifa Hannah De Feyter LOCAT ION DIS C LO S E D U P O N B O O K I N G

A filmmaker/sound artist tests elements for a future work about the fibrous, webbed, nagging nature of memory and forgetting. A work which wants to do better with the way that film is presented in and interacts with the space that it’s shown in. PL AC E S AR E L IM I T E D, B O O K I N G S R EQ U I R ED. V ISIT YO UAR EHE R ECA N B E R R A .CO M . AU/ B OOKIN GS

Accessibility: Not wheelchair accessible | Indoors | Uneven surface | This is a visual work with auditory music elements


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7:30–9 PM

The Trouble Makers Noemie Huttner-Koros 23 E AST ROW

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You’re invited to the dinner party for the end of time; a dinner party for the rabble-rousers and closeted revolutionaries, for the late-night-singing-into-your-hairbrush-folks and all of us planetary inter-species limbo trying to hold each other while the planet burns and politicians twiddle their thumbs. ‘The Trouble Makers’ is a participatory performance meet dinner party meet stand-up comedy investigating community and hope-building amidst the rubble of the climate crisis. There’s plenty of seats around this table as we plot a bold new way of kicking the Anthropocene in the butt. ‘The Trouble Makers’ was developed during a residency at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts from July-September 2019. TH IS IS A T IC KE TE D E VE N T, W I T H A S M A L L F EE C HA RGED TO C OVE R T HE C OST O F YO U R M E A L . P L ACE S A RE LIMITED. P L E ASE V ISIT YO UAR EHE R ECA N B E R R A .CO M . AU/ B OOKIN GS FOR DE TA ILS

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Accessibility:  Wheelchair Accessible | Indoors | Uneven surface | This is an interactive theatre work with auditory and visual elements | Food will be served | Auslan interpreter available on request- please mention when booking


2019 Artist Development Program In 2018, reflecting on You Are Here’s place in the Canberra arts scene, our producer team (led by festival co-founder Yolande Norris) realised that the true value of You Are Here is not just presenting art, but the opportunities the organisation creates for artists and producers to develop their practice, their community, and the giving and receiving of critical feedback.


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While the year has certainly presented us with some challenges, every one of them has been an incredible learning opportunity, and we can already see the program paying off for the artists who were brave enough to come along for the ride while we tested this new model.

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So in 2019, You Are Here ran our first Artist Development Program, under the direction of experienced producer Nick Delatovic and emerging producers Ketura Budd and Julia Boyd. We selected artists from an open callout and have worked with them as a group across six months of intensive workshops. Our artists have created artworks, found new collaborations, moved into new artforms, examined the deepest assumptions that underpin their practice and in some cases exploded their sense of their practice altogether.

We are very grateful to have been supported and encouraged by artsACT through this process.

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Artist Reflections


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Claire Granata Being admitted into You Here Here’s Artist Development Program has allowed me to come to terms with my unhealthy obsession for making participatory art. With the fervour of a seven year old receiving a new set of Lego at Christmas time, my drive to make art which connects human beings through collective experiences is both admirable and bewildering.

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Having embraced these weaknesses, I am excited to present a new work which I have collaborated on with fellow YAH artist Benjamin Drury. It’s all about sleeping, physical attachment and the human fascination with sources of light. It is immersive, gentle, characteristically satirical and most importantly, participants get to take home a toothbrush key ring, because who doesn’t love free merch?

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I have spent a good part of this year reading about, thinking about and creating this project with a very supportive team of producers and artists. As always, You Are Here has been amazing to work with. Their prioritising of creative processes over consumer focused outcomes allows artists full freedom to explore and realise their vision. I am very excited about all of it and can’t wait to show you the fruits of our labour. See you at the festival!


Emma McManus I am an interdisciplinary artist who works across contemporary performance, theatre and music. Most of my practice has involved creating work through devised and collaborative making processes. As a part of the You Are Here Development Program I have been exploring a new strand to my practice, working solo as a playwright creating a queer coming of age sci-fi about vigilante youth fighting for climate justice. Working solo has been a strange new challenge for me, so it has been wonderful to have the opportunity to bounce off and check in with other amazing Canberran artists. I have also been working with Melbourne based dramaturg Jennifer Medway which has been a great way to help me find my voice as a writer. It’s been wonderful to build this community of artists and share our skills, references and ideas with each other.


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Nicci Haynes You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate YOU. Keep the channel open... No artist is pleased... There is no satisfaction whatever at anytime There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction

and makes “us” MORE alive than the others. (Part of a letter to dancer Agnes De Mille from Martha Graham)

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I think being uncertain is a condition of being an artist and while it may be true that ‘You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work’, it is important that somebody does. Being selected and offered support by the You Are Here program has been affirming and has helped me to put together some diverse elements of my art practice in a direction that feels right. It is also very good to have someone else working on the logistics, leaving me free to focus on the art.

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a blessed unrest that keeps us marching


Ben Drury I am a composer and sound artist interested in the presentation and framing of music and sound. This year with You Are Here I have been examining the presentation of music events and exploring alternative models of music presentation. The focus of this exploration has been to create presentation models which are more inclusive and accessible than traditional venues. I have had a lot of wonderful experiences as a result of the development program and am very grateful to our producers for facilitating such a caring and passionate environment.


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Zhi Yi Cham I am a Malaysian poet living in Gungahlin. I aspire to mediocrity, through which deep joy and true tenderness is possible by way of balance and non-expectation. My practice involves the process of food preparation, eating; meditation on nourishment, blood, femininity and dreams -- in short, existing and carrying on with life with care and attention.

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You Are Here has connected me with a community of creatives that are gentle and genuine, and for whom I will be eternally grateful. I often struggle greatly with levels of comfort in revealing the kind of artist I am / aspire to be – I was given the space to do so here. Through this program, I was able to create and realise art in an environment that is forgiving and freeing. This is valuable to me as an aspiring multidisciplinary artist and as an individual that finds it suffocating to exist in a capitalist driven world.


Sia Ahmad As one of the participants in this first year of You Are Here’s development program, I wasn’t sure what to expect though I seemingly thought there would be a lot of homework. However, the future thinkings I took away from the program each fortnight were exactly what I needed to help me ruminate on where I am currently placed as a “creative artist”.

My practice had revolved around my personal journey with identity and finding the middle ground between self-reflection as therapeutic release and sharing stories as broadstrokes for empathy with others on similar journeys. My initial intention for the program was to further explore my interest in multi-art form works as a starting conceit rather than using other forms to colour a base of sound oriented creation. I soon found out that actually while this was an interest, I wasn’t actually motivated to create any work at all and was really battling a superficial pressure of creating work to maintain a presence as an ‘artist’ versus allowing time to create with natural instincts. At present, I’m not sure what I’m creating next but I know that my future path for now revolves around creating work purely for myself first and trying to be clear with my intentions, thoughts and explorations, as true as possible to my creative core, even if this might be at the expense of an “audience experience”.


I’m a musician and filmmaker. The YAH artist development program has been brilliant for giving me a space in which to expand my practice by stepping into multidisciplinary work -- in particular, work that

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has felt scary and difficult to do, work that I’ve been continually uncertain if I can do, or continually uncertain if I should do. I came to the program with a huge, unwieldy idea that I had no idea how to execute, and underneath the idea, a giant pile of questions, concerns and ideas about what it means to publicly make art, or whether I’m an artist at all. To work with a team of producers who value experimentation, who value process/practice more than deliverables, and who create a space for rawness, vulnerability and questioning has been a deep relief. I won’t lie -- the workshops have once or twice felt like an awkward Bible study / support group -- but that too is a reminder that collaboration and creativity (especially within a diverse group or artists) often involves discomfort and uncertainty -- and that it’s richer for it.

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Hannah De Feyter


Daniel Savage I am a visual artist working primarily in photography, video and performance. My practice is concerned broadly with perception investigating the way our perceptions influence and affect our interactions with art, each other and the physical world. Recently I have been exploring people’s relationship with digital technology and how it overlaps with the physical world through augmented reality (AR). Moving my practice into AR has required developing a new set of skills in design and development, an understanding of the capabilities of the technology, and learning how audiences respond to a more interactive medium.


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The You Are Here artists development program has provided me with both the time and support to expand my practice into this new field. Being able to show my work as its developed and receive critical feedback has been invaluable. It’s also been great to be part of such a diverse cohort of artists who have been so committed to supporting one another in such and open and honest environment.


Acknowledgements

The Team Producers: Ketura Budd, Julia Boyd and Nick Delatovic Production manager: Sam Barrett Operations manager: Karmin Cooper Technical manager: Nick McCorriston Marketing manager: Claire Holland Designed by New Best Friend

You Are Here is supported by the City Renewal Authority, artsACT, Sidney Myer Fund, Nelson Meers Foundation, W & A Johnson Family Foundation, and Keir Foundation. Thank you to: New Best Friend, Dirty Deeds Event Sound, Phillip Keir, Rami and Jim from Reload Bar and Games, the team at Belconnen Arts Centre, Joseph, Adelaide, Rochelle and the team at Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres, Dickie Upshall, Chenoeh Miller, Gillian and the team at Canberra Theatre Centre.


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