All I Want For Christmas Is You
- Date: Friday, 6 December 2013, 7pm-11pm
- Venue: Firstdraft Depot — 13-17 Riley Street, Woolloomooloo, NSW
- Tickets: $5
All I Want For Christmas Is You.
Curated by Marcus Whale
Firstdraft invites you to join us at the Woolloomooloo Depot as we herald the holiday season with a night of experimental sound works and musical performances that proclaim the hopes and tropes of pop music, enacted by some of the most dynamic Australian contemporary artists and musicians working today.
Celebrity fan-fiction with Catcall and Kirin J. Callinan
Thomas William (with Jonathon Watts)
O.B. De Alessi
Scott Morrison & Marco Cher-Gibard
Pop music is an arena for the spectacular intersection of the common and the divine. So as we have branded and adorned ourselves with religious devotion, these gods and goddesses that captivate and elevate us are fantastic constructions that chant ideological slogans from ineffable, mediated stages. As Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Justin Bieber, Justin Timberlake and countless others play out mythical intimacies in their music (and their twitters), we, the listener and the fan, create the atmosphere of simulacra that provides sustenance for pop stardom. In one sense, fan clubs – Rihanna Navy, Directioners, Beliebers – enslave their ghostly icons, coveting and re-constructing the minutiae of their every recorded act in globalised acts of fictionalisation. The pop identity is thereby splintered or refracted millions of times through mass dissemination, ever organically developed and respawned atop and away from its source.
So too, artists remix and appropriate the mystic syllables of pop music – Marco Cher-Gibard glitches the tiniest of a cappella R&B cut-ups into android visions, while Michael Salerno delineates Hanson’s haunted interior with technological decay. Others interrogate and embody the exceptional conditions of pop music performance. Fatti Frances’ replication of a pop live show’s widescreen production presents the methods of iconic performance removed from their grand context and miniaturised into a sensual assault. Meanwhile, the flood of correspondence between, towards, among and outward from the endless circles of fan communities breathes the very life into these enormous personal brands, these religions to which we attach our hearts.
Free sausage sizzle.
Further information for this event is available online at the event's website
- Performance/sound art by Samuel Bruce
- Performance/sound art by Thomas William
- Performance/sound art by Jon Watts
- Performance/sound art by Lee Lavurn
- Performance/sound art by Fatti Frances
- Performance/sound art by Michael Salerno
- Performance/sound art by Scott Morrison
- Performance/sound art by Marco Cher-Gibbard
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