Arts SOUND ART:
SWEET TRIBOLOGY TRIBOLOGY IS THE SCIENCE OF ‘FRICTION OF INTERACTING SURFACES IN RELATIVE MOTION’. SWEET TRIBOLOGY GENERATES FRICTION BETWEEN: WAX & CHOCOLATE, FRICTION BETWEEN ARCHIVE & ART, FRICTION BETWEEN PAST & PRESENT, FRICTION BETWEEN AUDIO & VISUAL, FRICTION BETWEEN ORIGINAL & COPY, Friction between inside & outside, friction between perception & creation, friction between radiophonic dead air & sweet live music to eat. Sweet Tribology is 40 women artists from 10 countries making chocolate records for radiophonic picnics in Europe and Australia. Sweet Tribology is an ode to women in sound art, teasing the fading beauty out of forgotten wax cylinders and cooking some sweet chocolate records out of these antique sounds to play during radiophonic picnics. You read that correctly: records, that you can play, made of chocolate. Julia Drouhin makes records out of ice, snow and chocolate. The chocolate ones work best; the ice records start to deteriorate as some as they get above zero degrees. The chocolate ones can be played more easily. As the diamond stylus reaches the surface, the sound sculpted into the chocolate is erased. The more you play the soft recording, the less you hear the original and instead, hear the other sounds all around. Julia was inspired by 100-year-old Edison wax cylinder recordings. Wax is like chocolate: it gets a bit worse every time you play it. You can find some of these fragile and amazing things at Sound Preservation Association of Tasmania (SPAT), at Bellerive, Hobart. Julia was able to make recordings of popular music from some of the precious cylinders and cut that sound into small snippets, giving forty different segments to the forty women who are the participants in the project. Each of these people will make sound kind of sound work in response, and chocolate records of each of those new works will be made, played and eaten at special radiophonic garden parties. A radiophonic garden party is one where a tiny, temporary radio signal will be broadcast and people will be invited to bring radios along to listen with. The first one is about to happen in Spain on August 15th; Sweet Tribology is a truly international event. In order to fund this amazing and amusing project, Julia has taken part in Arts Tasmania’s Crowbar project. Crowbar helps an individual or organisation set up a crowdfunding campaign and offers to match funds raised. Making chocolate records is not all that cheap, so funds are required to fully realise Sweet Tribology. There’s all kinds of truly wonderful rewards up for grabs so just google the hell out of sweet tribology, or if you can really bear copying this, there’s a website and all kinds of stuff: Sweet Tribology, https:// sweet-sweet-tribology.hotglue.me/home/. There’s also a crowdfunding campaign use Pozible, where you could donate some funds to support or even snaffle up some very crazy art or perhaps even grab hold off one of the fabled chocolate records for yourself: www.pozi.be/sweettribology. There’ll be events with chocolate records and radios in Tasmania later this year to check out. ANDREW HARPER
FRACTANGULAR GATHERING ART TRAIL A SOMEWHAT UNCONVENTIONAL ART EXHIBITION IS HAPPENING DEEP IN THE WOODS OF BUCKLAND THIS FEBRUARY. AS PART OF THE ARTS AND MUSIC FESTIVAL FRACTANGULAR GATHERING, THE EVENT WILL HOST AGAIN AN ART TRAIL, GIVING OPPORTUNITY TO INSTALLATION AND SCULPTURE ARTISTS TO PRODUCE WORKS FOR PUBLIC CONSUMPTION.
This year a selection process will be used to choose artists from the applicants to go on to install their work in the art trail. The Selection criteria are: 1. Suitability and durability in all outdoor (Tasmanian) weather types. 2. Quality of the work. 3. How it will enhance the Fractangular experience and vision. All successful applicants will receive free entry to the event and go into the running for the People’s Choice Award of $500 cash plus other prizes. The People’s Choice will be determined by ballot poll from among the festival attendees during the event. This is a great opportunity for anybody interested in having their art displayed in a unique context and particularly artists who have never had the opportunity to exhibit before. NIC ORME Applications to the art trail close November 30. Details can be obtained from www. fractangular.com.au/fractangular-art-trail-2016 and online application at www.fractangular.com.au/artists-application.