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2HIGH FESTIVAL Backbone 2high Festival is Australia’s one-of-a-kind multi-arts experience for young, emerging artists and arts producers. A not-forprofit event run by Backbone Youth Arts, the Festival provides an unprecedented opportunity for up-and-coming artists from all over the nation to showcase their creative works. Originally established as a platform to provide management opportunities for young people, Backbone 2high Festival has evolved to become nationally recognised as a model for significant professional development. Each year, the Festival creates an interactive and dynamic display of visual art, music and performance that adds to the vibrancy of Brisbane’s arts and culture. Additionally, as a free, all-ages event, there is no restriction on its potential to expand.

BACKBONE YOUTH ARTS

Backbone inspires, empowers and equips young peoples’ creative futures through performance.

Backbone specialises in working with young, emerging theatre and performance artists to create performance and cultural projects that are driven by creative risk, contemporary aesthetic and artistic excellence. The company creates a dynamic platform of cultural events, mainhouse and studio performance works. Backbone provides training and mentoring aimed at developing art and creative leaders that inspire the nation. The company works with government bodies,community service organisations, arts organisations and the private sector to generate projects that place young people at the centre of creative activities and events.


...not as you know it Dive into the unknown. 2high Festival is where the curious invent and unravel. Together we bring to light buried secrets and unearth obscure treasures. We will leave no space unexplored, no question unexamined, no voice unheard. We are on the precipice of possibility - grasp a glimpse. 2high Festival is growing up. As we enter into our 19th year, we embrace the edge with renewed curiosity, seeking further and deeper, exploring the endless possibilities that abound all around.

SITE DESIGN In 2012, Backbone 2high Festival will take place at the iconic Brisbane Powerhouse on Sat 10 November. This year’s site design will transform the Powerhouse into a place of discovery. From Grandma’s forgotten dusty old attic, to enchanted forests of lush possibility, audience members will have the opportunity to lose themselves in these different worlds created. Glass bottles scattered around each artwork also encourage the audience to leave a message for the artists. Echoing the ethereal blue hour, the moment between dusk and dawn, the colour blue will also be filtered throughout the Powerhouse, bringing light within the darkness Engage with your curiosity, and you will stumble upon the unexpected.

KEY DATES

mark these out in your diary! Sat 13 October

THE BLUE HOUR 2high Festival 2012 Pre Event

Wed 17 October

Artists’ Information Night Tag & Test

Mon 29 October

Work In Progress Showing *TBC

Wed 7 - Fri 9 November

Bump-In Tech Dress Rehearsals

Sat 10 November

2HIGH FESTIVAL 2012


FESTIVAL DIRECTOR’S WELCOME Welcome! Firstly, let me say hello and congratulations on joining the 2012 Backbone 2high Festival team. In our 19th year, 2high Festival represents an opportunity for artists to exchange ideas with us, your audiences and each other. This year’s Festival seeks an exploration of the new and an exposition of what results. We want you to join us in unearthing concepts, questioning form and responding to possibility. This is your territory, run rapid over it. These year’s programs have an emphasis on engaging with the hidden nooks and crannies of the Brisbane Powerhouse, curating different atmospheres for each area and taking the audience on a journey through time and space. The Music Program takes us to the Turbine Platform, Graffiti Room and the Plaza, giving us three different worlds. Our Performance Program strips works down to the bare essentials in the VISY Theatre, provokes your imagination in the Turbine Studio and reveals a few surprises in som unexpected areas. Spanning live art, installations of scale and digital art, the Exhibitions Program engages audiences in a maze of discovery around and within Brisbane Powerhouse, using the space not as you know it. Secondly, in 2012 the Festival unleashes six additional programs. • Program X gives digital artists a chance for cross-collaboration, providing visual accompaniment to music performances in the Graffiti Room and Turbine Platform. • The Studio places four artists for three hours in makeshift studios at the Festival, creating artwork live and giving us an opportunity to witness the intricacies of the artistic processes. • The 2high Schools and 2high Schools Ambassadors programs place young people at the core of the Festival, both in and out of the spotlight. Our 2high School artists and ambassadors will be announced 26 October. • Initiated in 2011, the Backbone Program continues in 2012 with a performance by Perfect Like a Sunny Day Outside, directed by Kimberley Twiner, and the Forum curated by the BOUNCE Committee. • Finally, Mega Mix returns for a third year. This year’s artists Meagan Streader, Mike Willmett and Emily Devers have embarked on a six week process of creating a work specifically for the Festival. We are truly excited to have these three on the team.

Finally, I would like to introduce you the most amazing 2012 Backbone 2high Festival team, thank them for working incessantly and exceeding all expectations. I would like to especially thank Thomas Quirk for his undying support and vision. Without a Festival Manager of his capacity, this Festival would not have the same soul

Thomas Quirk

Festival Manager

Ken Francey Jake Shavikin Zoe Clarke

Production Manager Production Coordinator Production Coordinator

Caitlin Dixon Sonia Kwek

Marketing Coordinator Marketing Coordinator

Lucy Kelland Stephanie Granlund

Site Design & Resources Coordinator Site Design & Resources Coordinator

Cynthia Howard Jessica Row

Exhibitions Coordinator Exhibitions Coordinator

Patrick Balfe Will Dawson

Music Coordinator Music Coordinator

Hanna Sandgren Ray Roborg-Sondergaard

Performance Coordinator Performance Coordinator

BACKBONE Andrew Cory Amber Leigh Webb-Lord

Artistic Director Marketing & Administration Coordinator

They are your coordinators and your lifeline to the Festival for the next month. The Production, Marketing and Site Design & Resources departments have been and will continue to work behind the scenes to give you the best Festival experience possible. Please assist them by being prompt with replying to your Coordinators and supplying documentation. I would also like to thank you, the artists, for applying and coming on this journey with us. We are here to support you within this process. All the best and see you at Brisbane Powerhouse for the 2012 Backbone 2high Festival! Rebecca Smith Festival Director Backbone Creative Producer


MUSIC Welcome to 2high Festival 2012! We greatly appreciate you being a part of the action this year and we’re looking forward to a great day on the 10th of November. As this year’s music coordinators we have programmed three stages for music performances - the Turbine Platform, Graffiti Room and the Plaza out the front of the Powerhouse. • • •

The Turbine Platform will feature indie folk sounds during the afternoon, before transitioning into pop and dance artists later in the night. For the more adventurous visitors to the Festival, the Graffiti Room will showcase experimental and electronic artists. The Plaza will this year feature a teepee village and lounge where some of Brisbane’s best acoustic artists will accentuate the sunny outdoor vibes.

We will provide a constant point of contact for you in the lead up to and during the Festival. All we expect from you is to contact us as soon as you can should you have any questions, queries and concerns at any point. We’re always here to help! Please also keep a close eye on your email inbox as we will be sending you information and updates along the way. Feel free to get in touch with us at any time if you need assistance with collaborations, booking spaces or help with developing your performance at the Festival. We have a whole bunch of resources available specifically to assist you.

Your Coordinators

Bump in begins on Wed 7 November. We will be in touch with more specific times closer to the date, but we will have the Friday afternoon and evening available for sound checks should you wish to have one. On the day, we will only have time for line checks for each artist. We will be providing standard backline so please just bring instruments and be on site an hour before your set time (to be confirmed again in the coming weeks). Will Dawson is a producer, music enthusiast and self-confessed media nerd. Will’s production experience includes booking artists & event management for Bigsound, National Youth Week, QUT and The Edge. Will is currently trying his hand at advertising, recently taking up a digital position with Mediacom, where he is working with clients such as Brisbane Festival, GoMA and QPAC. Patrick Balfe is an up-and-coming entertainment booking agent. Currently, he works with Cherry Red Music, organising in-house entertainment for venues around Brisbane, as well as booking national tours for local bands. He has also contributed to local festivals, including booking entertainment with The Courier-Mail Spiegeltent for Brisbane Festival 2011 and stage management duties with Splendour in the Grass 2011 and Fete de la Musique 2011.

Again, congratulations on being part of this year’s 2high Festival! We are looking forward to working with you over the coming month. Cheers, Will & Pat music2high@backbone.org.au 0403 230 725 (W) | 0448 768 159 (P)


PERFORMANCE We will stand with you on the precipice and tumble with you down the rabbit hole. Here you will find the keys to strange and noisy worlds. Be precocious, open doors and windows and invite the curious audience in. This is a dangerous whimsy and we’re with you all the way. The Performance program this year will be held in the Visy Theatre, Turbine Studio, Labyrinth and Tech Terrace. Each of these venues has been programmed with a strong individual aesthetic with the intention that audiences will be taken on a theatrical and performative journey of ideas, worlds and forms, leaving them with a sense of wonder, intrigue, curiosity and satisfaction. --Congratulations and welcome to the performance program for 2high Festival 2012. As your coordinators this year we, Hanna and Ray, are dedicated to providing you with as much support, communication and understanding as possible. We are excited to begin talking with you about your work and look forward to meeting each artist or collective individually over the next few weeks. Should you have any concerns, ideas or questions, we are your first point of call. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any queries so that we can bring these to the larger 2high Festival team as soon as possible. During the lead up to the festival we will provide: • On-going support and communication through email, phone and individual meetings. • Understanding of the integrity of your work and the aim to facilitate your artistic vision within the confines of the 2high Festival. • Technical and production related support in as large a capacity as possible during bump in, tech and on the day. • Advice and contacts in relation to rehearsal venues and technical support.

Sincerely, Hanna Sandgren and Ray Roborg-Sondergaard performance2high@backbone.org.au 0433 761 737 (H) | 0437 978 316 (R)

Ray Roborg-Sondergaard is a theatre maker, director, performer and teacher. A QUT graduate, she is also the Director / Co-Producer of Fixate Productions, an emerging producing partnership. Her latest works as a director include The Things I’d Say to You (Brisbane Festival’s Under the Radar 2012), (Anywhere Theatre Festival 2012, 2high Festival 2011), INterplay (Capillaries Festival 2011).

Your Coordinators

We look forward to the next few weeks with you and hope that this experience will lead you to many curious and delightful places.

Hanna Sandgren is a theatre designer, an artist and an eternal tinkerer. A recent NIDA graduate, her design credits include The Cunning Little Vixen, Sweet Bird andsoforth, As You Like It, Twelfth Night and Flight. She has also assisted on productions such as Edward Gant’s Amazing Feats of Loneliness, a co-production between La Boite Theatre Company and Sydney Theatre Company.


Hello and welcome to 2high Festival! Our vision for this year’s Exhibitions program is to evoke a playful, imaginative curiosity that may suspend our current assumptions on the order of things. We are very excited to have you on board this program to join us in creating this experience.

EXHIBITIONS

Two key themes for this year are: • Integration between work and space. We will be transforming the architecture of the Powerhouse into an island of curiosities, with each artwork a landmark dotted on a map. •

Integration between work and audience. The audience will navigate the Powerhouse grounds with this map, searching for each work. We want to invite active audience participation, enveloping the audience in a sensory experience.

Program X This year, we welcome the addition of a new digital art program, as a platform for artists who work in moving image. A collaboration with our Music Program, we hope this will foster more interaction between disciplines and nurture future collaboration opportunities. Important Note Complementary testing and tagging will be offered to artists using electrical equiptment. Please note, if you are using electrical equiptment, it MUST be tested and tagged whether at the Artists’ Information Night on Wed 17 October or in your own time.

Your Coordinators

The Journey to the Festival We are passionate about supporting you to present the best work possible and therefore would like to touch base regularly to see how you are progressing and offer our assistance in any way. Over the process, we will also try to organise opportunities to meet your fellow Exhibitions artists - it is very important to us that you know each other to better understand the context in which your work will be operating in.

Cynthia Howard is a multidisciplinary creative, expressing the experienced and imagined oddities of human experience through varied artforms. A QUT (Bachelor of Fine Arts) graduate, Cynthia was most recently a Fashion Coordinator in the 2012 Brisbane Emerging Art Festival. Cynthia was also a part of 2high Festival’s first Megamix program in 2009. Jessica Row is an emerging artist & arts worker passionate about furthering the engagement between people & art. She is in her final year of the Bachelor of Fine Art at Queensland College of Art while working as a collections assistant/gallery attendant for Griffith Artworks. Her work has been included in numerous shows & festivals including the Australian Stencil Art Prize. She was recently awarded the Ian Turnbull Memorial Award for emerging printmakers.

We anticipate some negotiation may be needed for artworks programmed into unique spaces, to make sure all artworks adhere to Brisbane Powerhouse’s Health and Safety standards. As coordinators, we are here to assist you. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us. Having both been 2high Festival artists previously, we can attest that the Festival is a fantastic opportunity to learn, grow and be inspired. Once again we welcome you and look forward to sharing this exciting Festival journey with you. Regards, Cynthia & Jess exhibitions2high@backbone.org.au 0431 375 955 (C) | 0424 280 448 (J)


THE STUDIO

The Studio invites audiences to view creative processes through live performance. The artist is the work, their process is the exhibition. •

You will be provided with a shaded and powered makeshift studio space on the DOSA outside Brisbane Powerhouse for four hours at the Festival. Information about yourself and examples of your work will be displayed.

Audience members (forecast of 3000-5000) will be invited to watch you as you create your work live - feel free to speak to them!

No final product is required; your creative process is more important.

A video camera will capture your progress throughout the afternoon with the intent of documenting your work in the form of a time lapse video.

Should you complete your work post-Festival, the final piece will be promoted on the 2high Festival website.

Audiences will be invited to offer comments and feedback and these will be delivered to you post-Festival.

The Studio is cordinated by Jessica Row and Hanna Sandgren

MEGA MIX

Mega Mix will be a playground for artists who dare to investigate their curiosity, explore the undefined and push artistic boundaries. Through collaboration with another discipline unlike their own, artists will challenge their pre-conceptions and in turn, evoke an interrogation of their own craft. We aim to foster unexpected interactions between different art forms, creating bold, daring and intriguing work. This year, we are seeking to create immersive and sensorial experiences for our audience, actively involving our audiences and engaging them beyond the visual. There are no right or wrong answers; here you are free to play. Move and be moved. The Artists Emily Devers - Multidisciplinary Visual Artist (painting, illustration, printmaking, signwriting, tattooing, audiovisual installation) Meagan Streader - Contemporary Artist (sculpture, photgraphy, video, sound art) Mike Willmett - Sound Artist / Designer (audiovisual electronic/ambient/glitch) The Process Over six week, artists will meet to brainstorm, collaborate and create a new work specifically for this year’s Festival. You will have weekly check-ins with your coordinators, who will endeavour to provide you with as much support as possible. Mega Mix is cordinated by Stephanie Granlund and Sonia Kwek


VENUE PROTOCOL General Conduct • Follow instructions given by the 2high Production Coordinators and Brisbane Powerhouse Staff (i.e. Venue Supervisors) at all times • All artists/members of your team are to sign at Stage Door upon arrival • Enclosed footwear must be worn at all times in the venue (except whilst in performance) • When entering a venue for the first time, please declare yourself to the venue supervisor • Emergency Exits, passages and fire fighting equipment must not be obstructed at any time. • If you accidentally knock a manual call point or sprinkler, please inform venue staff immediately • Please ensure backstage and dressing room areas are kept tidy and all rubbish is placed in the bins provided • Please ensure all external doors remain closed • Only artists/members of your team and persons who have completed a venue safety induction are permitted backstage and in dressing rooms. Please make arrangements for family and friends to meet you in open access areas (i.e. the foyer or outside stage door) • Do not wilfully interfere or misuse equipment • Do not act in a manner that endangers your health and safety or the health and safety of another person • Avoid using the lifts where possible, particularly within an hour of scheduled performance • Do not place any items, including technical equipment such as cables, in passages and notify the Venue Supervisor of any trip hazards • All electrical equipment MUST have a current electrical safety test tag before use in the venue

Equipment The below equipment MUST be operated by a licensed technician • Forklift EWP Pit Lift Rigging Equipment • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Earplugs, goggles, gloves and masks are available for use on request. Please contact the Production Coordinators if you require these items. Smoke Free Policy In accordance with Queensland law, from 1 July 2006, smoking is banned in all enclosed areas and in the majority of licensed external (outdoor) areas of Brisbane Powerhouse. Marked Designated Smoking Areas are located opposite the Turbine Building Main Entry Door and outside the River Foyer adjacent to SPLAT. Drugs or Alcohol The bringing of prohibited drugs onto company premises, consuming drugs on the premises and commencing work under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a breach of contract and may result in the notification of police and removal from the premises. Accident and Incident Reporting Please inform the Production Coordinators if an accident occurs to yourself or a member of your team while on site. First Aid kits are located around the venue and can be made available to you through a Production Coordinator or Venue Supervisor. All injuries and dangerous occurrences must be recorded on an incident report sheet, which needs to be completed by the person suffering the accident or, if not possible, by another witness to the accident. These forms can be obtained from the Venue Supervisor.


VENUE + TRANSPORT INFO The Brisbane Powerhouse is situated at 119 Lamington Street, New Farm (next to New Farm Park). Free parking is available, but limited. (Open from 8.30am Mon-Fri and 6.30am Sat-Sun). Bicycle racks and a convenient taxi drop-off area are also available at the Powerhouse. If you’re travelling by public transport, the best way to get there is by Citycat or Bus. Below is some information to help you find your way to the Powerhouse as easily as possible: Transport

No

Location

Details

Cost

Bus

199

From City: Adelaide St Stop 20

The 199 runs approx. every 15 minutes. The best stop to alight at is on Merthyr Rd.

Adult (1-2 Zones Saturday) Go Card: $2.65 Paper Ticket: $4.60

196

From South Bank: Cultural Centre Bus Stop (inbound platform) The 196 runs every half hour. The best From Valley: stop to alight at is Brunswick St (207 or 5) Oxlade Dr. (Approx. 30 mins travel time)

CityCat

South Bank 1 Pontoon North Quay Pontoon Gardens Point Pontoon (Approx. 30 mins)

This Citycat leaves approximately every 30 minutes on the quarter hour.

Concession (1-2 Zones Saturday) Go Card: $1.33 Paper Ticket: $2.30

It stops at New Farm Park (after Mowbray Park). Turn right and walk 100m until you reach the Powerhouse.

Need more information to plan your trip? Visit http://jp.translink.com.au/ or call TransLink 131230. You can also visit www.whereis.com.au if you’re travelling straight from home.


ARTIST RESOURCES APRA guidelines http://www.apra-amcos.com.au/MusicCreators/FormsandGuidelines.aspx Australia Council http://www.australiacouncil.gov.au/ Young People and the Arts Australia http://ypaa.net/ Arts Queensland http://www.arts.qld.gov.au/ Youth Arts Queensland http://www.yaq.org.au/ Brisbane City Council Creative Sparks Program http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/community/grants-and-awards/arts-andhistory/creative-sparks-program/index.htm ArtStart Grant http://artstartgrant.com.au/ Jump Mentorship http://jump.australiacouncil.gov.au/ Ian Potter Foundation http://foundation.ianpotter.org.au/arts Visible Ink http://visibleink.org/


2HIGH FESTIVAL 2012 FULL ARTIST LINE UP PERFORMANCE

The Gremlins| Circa Zoo | Lingua Franca (NSW) Ron Seeto and Liesel Zink | The Leftovers | Dale Thorburn Swings and Roundabouts | Matt Kirby and Bede Maloney Cradle Productions | Guy Brunel | Samuel Boyd| Joshua McCann FLOUro Yoga | Perfect Like A Sunny Day Outside

MUSIC

The Belligerents | Argentina | Fairchild Republic | arundel Bec Laughton | Astrid & the Asteroids | Mouldy Lovers | The Otchkies Little Casino | Kurt Sines | Vincent Kemp & the Dead Lovers | Babushka Brother Fox | Arab Israeli Crisis (DJ set) | Mi_kE | Box Knife Jeremy Hunter | Elka | Newellio | O’Little Sister | Luke Horsfield Pat Tierney | Hannah Rosa | Tiannosauras Decks

EXHIBITIONS

Alithea Josaphine | Angela Hughes BASH (Chris Hoopmann, Matt Horton, Ben Hardgrave, Grayson Huddart) | Dale Collier | Dale Hardiman (VIC) | Damien Kamholtz David Chatfield | Erin Evanochko | Erin Groenenboom | Grace Dewar Marion Welsh | Meagan Streader | Rachel Chow | Robert John Millett Sophie Dique & Braxton Neate | Thomas Hancock Fish in Flight (Tina Torabi and Lily Fish) Trof Dugweed, Tom Ward, Alex Allen & Liana Beukes

2HIGH
FESTIVAL
PERSONAL
RELEASE
FORM
 (Photography,
Filming,
Audio)



 I
hereby
irrevocably
authorise
and
grant
to
Backbone
2high
Festival
(“the
Producer”,
which
includes
 its
successors
and
assigns)
the
right
to:
 1. Record
my
(picture
and/or
voice)
on
photographs,
film
and/or
video
tape,
for
audio
only,
 audio
and
visual
and/or
visual
only
reproduction
(“the
Recording”);
 2. Edit
the
Recording
into
a
film/television
program/multimedia
presentation
(which
may
 include
other
recordings
and
material);
 3. Use
my
name
and
likeness,
voice,
biographic
or
other
information
concerning
me;
 4. Screen
and
broadcast
the
Recording;
and
 5. Use
and
license
others
to
use
the
Recording
in
all
media
throughout
the
world
for
the
full
 period
of
copyright,
including
for
the
purposes
of
publicity,
advertising,
sales
and
promotion
of
 the
Festival.
 
 Other
material:
I
also
grant
the
producer
a
non‐exclusive
license
to
use
the
following
material
in
the
 Festival’s
print/publicity
materials
and
website:
(eg.
personal
papers,
manuscripts,
photographs,
 memorabilia,
footage,
musical
works)
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hereby
release
the
Producer
from
any
infringement
or
violation
of
personal
and/or
property
rights
of
 any
sort
whatsoever
based
upon
the
use
of
the
recording,
photograph,
film,
video
or
tape.
 
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acknowledge
that
the
Producer
owns
and
shall
own
all
rights,
titles
and
interests
(including
 copyright)
in
the
Recording.
 
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further
acknowledge
that
the
Producer
is
not
obliged
to
use
the
Recording.
 
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warrant
that
I
have
full
power
to
enter
into
this
Release
and
that
the
terms
of
this
Release
do
not
in
 any
way
conflict
with
any
existing
commitment
on
my
part.
Reference
to
“the
Recording”
in
this
 Release
includes
any
and
all
edited
versions
made
by
the
Producer
and
also
includes
any
previously
 recorded
material
of
me
made
by
the
Producer.
 
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For more information or any enquiries, please contact info@backbone.org.au or call (07) 3210 2666 Backbone Youth Arts Lvl 3 Metro Arts, 109 Edward St Brisbane Q 4000 www.backbone.org.au/2highFestival


Backbone 2high Festival 2012 Artists Pack