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SOOB 2006: Program Highlights

Straight Out of Brisbane

is an event dedicated to excavating the best in Brisbane and Australia's independent cultural production. It emerged from a community of local artists in 2002.

SOOB 2006: what & where

SOOB 2006 runs August 15-20 in independent venues in and around Brisbane's Fortitude Valley ...
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Straight Out of Brisbane
Visible Ink Building
54 Berwick Street,
Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006
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This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

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Detail from Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung's Arnold Sailormoonegger: "Because Washington Is Hollywood For Ugly People!"


Thu 17 – Mon 21 Aug :: The White House, 358 George St, City
Opening night:: Friday 18th, 6 – 9pm. Gallery open daily 11am–6pm


Kenneth Hung, New York-based artist and designer, has gained massive international notoriety for his website, which has accumulated over 28 million hits since its debut. Kenneth’s cheeky, politically-charged mischief spans the media of interactive web installation, video, sound and performance. He has exhibited prolifically in his own country as well as in the United Kingdom, Italy, France, Switzerland and Germany. SOOB 2006 is his first time ever in Australia.

Kenneth Hung invades the White House to unleash his intoxicated and satirical visions on Brisbane. Kenneth’s hyperactive prints and video explode with surprising calculation to parody, mimic and pervert the visual traditions of advertising and propaganda. A psychedelic blurring of sex, politics and consumer culture - there is a sinister omen lurking behind the humorous, super-shiny veneer of Hung’s work: a vision of a world slowly eating itself. This psycho-political wonderland will spawn live performances of warped personas such as MaoDonalds and Jesus bin Laden. At once beautiful and garish, frightening and hilarious, Kenneth Hung’s Australian premiere is not to be missed, and not for the weak of mind.

SOOB LIBRARY Book Exchange words
Ongoing project :: 9am – 5pm :: Juggler’s Art Space, 103 Brunswick St, Valley
Visible Ink
, 54 Berwick St, Valley

SOOB Library is a project we hope will continue long after SOOB 2006, and will become part of the fabric of the Brisbane writing scene. We simply ask everyone to bring along an old book they have loved reading and would like to share with others, or to come and choose a book from our library. SOOB will stamp the book with our library stamp so that we know it is part of our collection. The books you contribute and the books already in our collection will be on the SOOB Library shelves at Jugglers Art Space for the duration of the SOOB visual arts exhibition. Come in, choose a book, write your name in the front and when you’ve finished reading it drop it at one of the SOOB Library branches. Keep picking up or adding new books to our library at one of the many branches - each time you read one be sure to put your name in the front, then the book will contain another story about those who have read it. If you’d like to create a book club with others who have read the book write your email address in the front too!

SOOB Ideas Program:: BRI$CRANE ideas
Wed 16 - Sun 20 Aug :: Multiple Locations including the SOOB Festival Club and Goodwill Bridge

Accountable for the talking/thinking SOOB content, SOOB Ideas is a round-up of issues, ideas and debates of interest to young creative people across all fields.

In ’06, SOOB Ideas will explore the theme of ‘urban futures’. This interest is reflected throughout the program of 13 forums and is highlighted in a special series of BRI$CRANE events, bringing ideas into action. The program will culminate in the BRI$CRANE REMIXED event atop the Goodwill Bridge at dusk on Friday 18th August.

SOOB Ideas ’06 presents the BRI$CRANE projects series: three projects designed to incite festival patrons to think twice about the streets they stand in and the spaces they inhabit:

1. SOOB Site Survey
How public is “public” space in Brisbane? The SOOB Site Survey is a mapping experiment designed to unearth the issues of ownership, power and public interest in urban space as delineated within the SOOB Site Map.
2. Crane Portraiture Competition
Just look up and snap. Great photographic equipment prize for best portraiture of Brisbane Cranes.
3. BRI$CRANE Remixed
An art event of urban mix-up, perspex portals to potential futures and indoors/outdoors subversion. As pedestrians and pushies stream across the Goodwill Bridge at the end of the working week; the curious among them will stop to participate in an urban space remix as well as to peer through perspex perspectives of the cityscape’s future.

An installation by Wagga artist Sue Harding. Sue Harding plays BEAMATHON, Thurs 18 Aug, 8pm

BEAMATHON screen, music
Fri 18 Aug :: 7:30pm – Midnight :: Jugglers Art Space, 103 Brunswick St, Valley
Presented by OtherFilm and SOOB

SOOB and Otherfilm invite you to explode your mind and surrender your senses at Beamathon. They will be duly returned to you in expanded condition after the show.

Gasp in stunned amazement at the grand inauguration of EEE (ear eye ensemble), an indeterminate audiovisual orchestra that spectacularly collapses the whole history of projected sound and image into 45 minutes of violent sensory meditation, utilising radical aural diffusion and a massive hovering blimp-screen conceived and created by art/tech visionary, Watthouse. Shake your switched-on heads in synchronised disbelief as legendary Wagga Wagga artist Sue Harding (in Brisbane for the first time since 1976) feeds specially composed text/scores into four amplified Dot Matrix printers, reanimating these arcane devices and producing an utterly unique machine music of buzzes, whirrs and beats.

Stumble about in the blissful reverie of gleeful clattering abstraction, ecstatic noisescapes, and unhinged percussive momentum generated by Sydney free/drone ensemble Castings, making their Brisbane debut at just the right moment.

Submit your sensitive self to spirited somatic stimulation, and frolic some. Beamathon curated by Otherfilm as part of SOOB

Macromantics. Macromantics plays lLadyfest @ SOOB, Wed 16 Aug, SOOB Festival Club, 610 Ann Street, Valley

Wed 16 Aug :: 8:00pm – late :: SOOB Festival Club, 610 Ann St, Valley
Presented by Ladyfest and SOOB

The Brisbane Ladyfest crew and SOOB present some of Australia’s finest female indie rock, hip-hop and noise acts in a primer for the 2006 Ladyfest event in November.

Featuring: Ninetynine (Melbourne), Macromantics (Sydney), I Heart Hiroshima, Anal Cookie, Kevin Blechdom (Berlin/USA, DJ set).

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