Resistance Transmission

Performance

Resistance Transmission

RESISTANCE TRANSMISSION weaves together a series of deep listening experiences that explore our changing relationship to water.

For all ten nights across the Festival, the Maribyrnong River will become a geographical and temporal junction where a number of cultural and historical streams will meet, inviting us to reflect on our shared relationship to the river. Exploring Indigenous and settler histories, contemporary migration and our ongoing social and economic interactions with the bodies of water that sustain us, RESISTANCE TRANSMISSION invites audiences to listen deeply, so we can better prepare for the ongoing challenges of our water future together.

RESISTANCE TRANSMISSION is a collaboration between Jack Mitchell of Black White and Bluespace, Alec Reade of New Wayfinders, and Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey, with consulting artists, The Orbweavers and Afsaneh Torabi. Combining design thinking, community engagement, sound design and installation on the lands of the Kulin Nation, RESISTANCE TRANSMISSION asks the question, what can we draw on from 100,000 years of deep listening to address climate change and care for Country?

Friday 15th – Opening Night

Resistance Transmission launches its Due West season with a special performance by the PASEFIKA VITORIA CHOIR (PVC). The performance will respond to the Opening Night’s sound sonata, while introducing the four pillars that will guided the projects deep listening program: Ceremony, Connection, Knowledge and Action.

Saturday 16th – Musical Performance

Resistance Transmission invites you to gather at the banks of the Maribyrnong and listen deeply to the sounds of DRMNGNOW – taking you through sonic reflections of place. DRMNGNOW will be performing a special set consisting of reconstructed, alternate versions of his repertoire, reworking his decolonial anthems, integrated with doses of his skills as a spoken word artist and sound designer. With a gravitation to analog synth textures, cultural ceremony and theatre, this is set to be a haunting and unique experience.

DRMNGNOW is independent Artist and Yorta Yorta yiyirr based in Naarm/Birraranga. His sound and approach, grounded in strong cultural and values, fuses a striking interdisciplinary approach to his art as an MC, instrumentalist and poet with a searing decolonial and culturally-engrossing message.

Sunday 17th – Riverside Yarns

As the sun sets over the river, hear tales of how the waterways of Australia and the West have guided the lives of its inhabitants, and the survival stories of those who have already felt the wrath of climate change. Share your own stories over a cup of tea through a Talanoa*, guided by The Orbweavers with special guests.

Monday 18th – Deep River Stories Act 1

The first night of a series of stories of the river that maps the history of our relationship to water, and its relationship to us. A sonic traversal that explores the river’s mythology, geography and agency, from deep time dreaming stories to contemporary interactions. Tea provided in collaboration with Katie West and Vicki Couzens.  

Facilitated by lead artists, Alec Reade and Jack Mitchell.

Tuesday 19th – Deep River Stories Act 2

The second night of a series of stories of the river that maps the history of our relationship to water, and its relationship to us. A sonic traversal that explores the river’s mythology, geography and agency, from deep time dreaming stories to contemporary interactions.

Facilitated by lead artists, Alec Reade and Jack Mitchell.

Wednesday 20th – Deep River Stories Act 3

The final night of a series of stories of the river that maps the history of our relationship to water, and its relationship to us. A sonic traversal that explores the river’s mythology, geography and agency, from deep time dreaming stories to contemporary interactions.

Facilitated by lead artists, Alec Reade and Jack Mitchell.

Thursday 21st – Musical Performance

The Orbweavers bring their full ensemble to the Maribyrnong for a unique interpretation of the hidden and murky histories of Melbourne’s waterways. Hailing from Melbourne’s West, The Orbweavers combine their own personal histories and research, through an original method of sound mapping and song, weaving a glittering, aquatic aural tapestry.

Friday 22nd – Musical Performance

Join VOLTA and Lay the Mystic as they take you on an atmospheric and ethereal adventure through spoken word and music, discussing the deeply complex surrounding landscapes of the Maribyrnong, drawing from their own experiences of land, water, bodies and the interchangeability between these facets.

VOLTA generates a captivating experimental-electronic aural experience. Embodying fluidity, tumbling plains and low hills in her songwriting style and sonic qualities, VOLTA’s music journeys through the complexities of blackness, womanhood and growing-pains with simultaneous tenderness and grit.

Lay the Mystic’s work blends music, poetry and varying other artistic mediums to create a performance space that is magnetic and utterly unique.

Saturday 23rd – Talanoa 1

At Roslyn Smorgon Gallery, Footscray Community Arts Centre

Resistance Transmission finishes its series with two back-to-back Talanoas*. Participants will be served tea as part of Katie West and Vicki Couzen’s exhibition, Djawannacuppatea, and invited to participate in a weaving activity through the discussion process.

This conversation will be livestreamed and recorded.

Sunday 24th – Talanoa 2

At Roslyn Smorgon Gallery, Footscray Community Arts Centre

Day 2 of the Talanoa* will invite a new group of speakers to continue the conversation.

Further information to be announced.

This conversation will be livestreamed and recorded.

*Talanoa practice is a circular form of discussion wherein every person is considered equal. Directed by the knowledge holders/elders, Talanoa is a storytelling practice used across the Pacific region that leads to consensus-building and decision-making. For Resistance Transmission, the Talanoa will be adjusted to fit with the projects format and context, while respecting the tradition as much as possible. The process is designed to allow for participants to share their stories in an open and inclusive environment, devoid of blame, in the hopes that others can learn and benefit from their ideas and experiences.

Image by Jack Mitchell.

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