Exploring the legacy of 1980s subculture – Ash Wednesday & Darrin Verhagen

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Einsturzende Neubauten’s Klangbewegung Maschine by (((20Hz))). Photography: Mark Ashkanasy, RMIT Gallery.

Join us at RMIT Gallery on Tuesday 8 December 1-2 pm as sound artist and RMIT senior lecturer Darrin Verhagen and sound designer and musician Ash Wednesday discuss the legacy of 1980s subculture on their music and sound design.

Ash Wednesday is an innovative Australian synth pioneer and a member of self-styled groups, JAB (1976 – 1979) and MODELS (1979 – 1980), where he combined analog synthesizer and experimental tape textures with punk/rock rhythms. He continued working with electronics throughout the 80’s with numerous and diverse, but relatively low profile projects – most notably, perhaps, being ‘Modern Jazz’, an ingenious, impromptu assemblage of electro-based, musicians/non musicians, performing live on stage to a randomly programmed drum machine/sequencer beat.

Darrin will discuss the research behind the intriguing Einsturzende Neubauten’s Klangbewegung Maschine by (((20Hz))). This single participant installation for sound, movement, vibration and light invites participants to experience a viscerally embodied, multisensory internalization of three classic Einsturzende Neubauten tracks. The Klang is current installted in RMIT Gallery as part of the exhibition Geniale Dilletanten: Subculture in Germany in the 1980s.

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Einsturzende Neubauten’s Klangbewegung Maschine by (((20Hz))).  Vicki Jones Photography, RMIT Gallery, 2015.

What: The legacy of 1980s subculture on sound design.

Who: Darrin Verhagen and Ash Wednesday

When: Tuesday 8 December 1-2 pm

Where: RMIT Gallery, 344 Swanston Street Melbourne.

Bookings: Free. (03) 9925 1717

RMIT Gallery book talk: Berlin From The Outside In

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Please join us for a robust, indepth discussion about City of Exiles: Berlin From The Outside In at RMIT Gallery on Thursday 3 December from 5.30-6.30 pm. Copies of the book will be available for sale.

As part of the series of RMIT Gallery public program events for the current exhibition Geniale Dilletanten: Subculture in Germany in the 1980s + Australian Ingenious Amateurs, Australian writer & Berlin resident Stuart Braun will discuss his new book City of Exiles: Berlin From The Outside In with photographer Peter Milne.

In City of Exiles, Stuart evokes the restless spirits that have come and gone from Berlin across the last century, the itinerants who are the source of the Berliner Luft, the special free air that infuses this beguiling metropolis.

Listen to Stuart discuss his book on ABC Radio National. 

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

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Stuart Braun

Stuart Braun completed a doctorate in history before living across Asia, Australia and Europe and publishing widely as a journalist and writer. Moving to Berlin in 2009, he soon started working on his ode to his adopted city, City of Exiles: Berlin from the Outside In (2015), a book that explores why Berlin has long held a special allure for visionary artists, musicians and free spirits from around the world – including Iggy Pop, who graces the cover.

 

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Peter Milne and friend at the opening night of Geniale Dilletanten: Subculture in Germany in the 1980s + Australian Ingenious Amateurs, in front of his photographs in the exhibition. Credit: Vicki Jones Photography.

Peter Milne is a documentary photographer known for his documentation of Australian Independent rock band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds in the early 1990s. In 1992, Peter toured Europe with the band and his photographs reflect the everyday realities of the tour from the ‘Boredom of the Road’ in Germany and backstage glimpses, to the glamour stage shots of band members and images of adoring fans. His photos of subculture in Melbourne in the 1980s are currently on display in the RMIT Gallery exhibition + Australian Ingenious Amateurs.

Details

What: City of Exiles: Berlin from the Outside In: Book Discussion

Who: Stuart Braun and Peter Milne

When: Thursday, 3 December 2015, 5.30-6.30 pm

Where: RMIT Gallery, 344 Swanston Street Melbourne.

Bookings: Free. (03) 9925 1717

Geniale Dilletanten: Subculture in Germany in the 1980 + Australian Ingenious Amateurs, RMIT Gallery 13 November – 27 February 2016.

 Geniale Dilletanten is a Goethe-Institut international touring exhibition.

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