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The Spirit of ‘21 is the ghost of what we have lost and the spirit of what remains. It is gone, still here, past away and alive, it is anxious and undaunted, it is dematerialised and undiminished.

It is our sorrow and resilience, the exuberance of fear, our ability to laugh and to play, to love and to hope, to dream and create all of which is to risk ourselves, to lose because loss marks the value of what we have. It is the spirit that spans the distances and differences that separate us.

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SO21 Program

(some events require registration & start times may vary when LIVE streaming)

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Peter Swain

Welcome to Country
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Fri 15 | 11:50
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Wendy Murray

A little action can create big change!
TIME
Fri 15 | 14:00
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Open Mike

Multiple Sessions | Fri 15 & Sat 16
TIME
Fri 15 | 15:00
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Tina Stefanou

The Longest Hum
TIME
Sat 16 | 16:45
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Jo Clancy

Matriarchs Rising
TIME
Sat 16 | 17:00
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Ivey Wawn

In Perpetuity
TIME
Sat 16 | 17:00
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Tom Buckland

Fantastic Voyage
TIME
Sat 16 | 18:00
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Juundaal Strang-Yettica

Holy Spirit Sunday School with Sister GlitterNullius: Love You Miss You!
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Trevor Brown

Dronescape<>WAYOUT
TIME
Sat 16 | 20:00

Live Stream
15 & 16 October 2021

Also streaming on these channels

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Asialink | Regional // Regional

Aligned to Cementa’s commitment to promoting arts and cultural programs and development in Kandos and the Mid-Western region of NSW on Friday, October 15, Asialink Arts will present two events for The Spirit of ‘21. Foreground // Foresight reviews the impacts and changes that have been catalysed and sustained as a result of Japan’s pioneering locally situated and internationally focused arts festivals and art platforms.

Fram Kitagawa, founder of Art Front, and the world-renowned Setouchi Triennale and Echigo-Tsumari Triennial will open with a keynote presentation followed by a panel discussion with three esteemed speakers from Japan and Australia, Teiko Hinuma, Norikazu Sato and Andrew Burns discussing community led activation and regeneration in regional locations leading to an actionable future agenda in Australia. This program is presented under Asialink Arts’ new strategic initiative Regional // Regional.

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Shammgods | Shammwear Edition Limitée Autumn Range Launch

Shammgods invite you to the launch of their new certified line of Shammwear clothing and apparel. The Shammwear Edition Limitée Autumn Range is the debut fashion line from the choreographic business venture Shammgods. All items will be available for sale following the launch via the online Shammshop, which will be going LIVE as part of the launch. Each item of Shammwear is 100% certified for shamming, and comes with a serial number and certificate of authenticity.

As well as unveiling the Autumn Range, the launch will include entertainment, a guide to the certification process and a special appearance by a surprise celebrity guest (TBC). Due to Covid restrictions, guests are advised to BYO light refreshments.

Shammgods are Matt Prest, Nitin Vengurlekar and Malcolm Whittaker.

Shamming: part phenomenological enquiry, part existential reckoning, part rhetorical smokescreen.

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Diego Bonetto | Eat Your Yard

Come for a wild food hunt in your backyard! Join wild food enthusiast and edible weeds promoter, Diego Bonetto for a fun, un-expected and tasty adventure, without leaving your front gate.

You will learn about edible wonders in your immediate surroundings, hunt for delicious treasure at the back of the shed, explore the length of the fence, discover what grows under the tap, beneath the tree and behind the washing line.

Edible and medicinal plants everywhere!

You will learn how to recognize them, how to harvest and how to prepare some noteworthy dishes that will amaze the whole family come the holidays.

Your yard is where it is at. Get the instructions, join the hunt, and show off your skill.

What is a Wild Food Hunt? WFH is an edible adventure, a science curricula activity for home-schoolers and a game where everybody wins!

How will it work?

  • Register below and you’ll receive a list of instructions to set you off on a treasure hunt for 5 edible plants! In advance.
  • Each household searches for the plants and takes a photo of the 5 delicious treasures they find in the yard.
  • Join Diego on Sat16th for a ‘species reveal’ online as he demonstrates where the plants can be found and their uses.
  • Show Diego the plants you found and compare the results.

Everybody wins as we all have free veggies at home for ever

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Kath Fries | Walkdown in Lockdown

For many of us in lockdown, walking has become the highlight of the day and one of the few excuses to go outside. Going for a walk has become a privilege and our appreciation of this simple freedom has grown accordingly. Walking is an act of touching the Earth, a series of rhythmic repeated acts connecting your body to the ground. Each breath brings the world, and the present moment, into your body, and then it releases the body back into the world in a continuous cycle of exchange. To walk mindfully rather than rushing from one place to another, is to walk meditatively, opening your awareness to the metabolism that exists between yourself and your surroundings.

You are invited to join artist Kath Fries on a collective act of meditative walking practice. Kath will guide you through an experience of mindful walking, coaching you to focus your thoughts and embodied attention. Along with a cohort of fellow travellers – each in their own world, breath, footfalls and body’s momentum – you will be moving across the ground in front of you and through the air around you. This movement is not just the mind slowing down to meet the body, but the body also moving to meet the mind. The process of being attentive to your breathing and walking allows each step to connect you to the Earth.

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Motel Sisters | Off Da Hook: Natural Household Highs w Paris & Tacky

Join the Motel Sisters for a wild household party, where all you need to Gatecrash is the zoom link. As party hosts, Paris and Tacky will guide participants on a PG13 rollercoaster ride of ridiculousness and homemade highs using everyday objects from around the house.

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Tom Buckland | Fantastic Voyage

You are an avid explorer. You journey to places no one has ever been and face untold terrors and dangers no one has ever known. You have been tasked to journey inside a scientist’s brain and unlock the mysteries of the human mind and find the mysterious missing macguffin. An adventure on the frontier of science!

Fantastic Voyage is an interactive choose your own adventure experience. Work together and forge a path with your fellow adventurers while exploring a strange and surreal inner-world. Will you perish or triumph?

TIME
Sat 16 | 18:00
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Juundaal Strang-Yettica | Holy Spirit Sunday School with Sister GlitterNullius: Love You Miss You!

Welcome children to Holy Spirit Sunday School… Come my children, come! You are my chosen ones! You are chosen by our four Lord’s, Colonisation, Christianity, Capitalism and Consumerism to be the Holy Spirit Sunday School ambassadors, soldiers if you will, against an invisible evil, the Eighth Deadly Sin - covid-fatigue. After all these months of worry, uncertainty, social restrictions and lockdowns, our citizens are fatigued.They long for their families, their friends and their freedoms… Disconnect, lethargy and depression are creeping in… you must come with me, our citizens are in need. You must come with me to answer the call… you must come with me…for I am Sister GlitterNullius! And err…ah…can I catch a lift from one of you…? Now… where’s my compass and map…?

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Trevor Brown | Dronescape<>WAYOUT

Dronescape <>WAYOUT is a microtonal, surround sound performance, that engages with the WAYOUT artSpace in Kandos - a beautiful old-style community hall with solid wooden floors and its specific resonances. For SPiRiT of ’21 Dronescape <WAYOUT> will be presented as a final offering as the festival comes to a close. An aural experience that connects us all as we step away from our screens and turn up the volume.

Dronescape responsively places tones from live instruments 18° apart as ten individually placed speakers or in a stereo field. WAYOUT became a giant speaker box, while Brown made the whole space to sing, hum, vibrate and resonate.

In this performance, the tones are generated in real-time by woodwind instruments and then frozen.

Flute Alto Flute Soprano Sax Alto Sax Baritone Sax Clarinet Bass Clarinet

The performer acts like a giant analogue synthesiser. Each instrument has a character, the clarinets are sine waves, the saxophones and flutes are square waves while the breath is various types of white, brown or pink noise. The harmonics and flexibilities are available organically through these instruments, engaging the performer’s lungs, lips, and physicality allowing deep micro tuning and sonic colouration.

The microtones positioned in the space, create pockets of harmonics, interferences, beats and resonances, as Brown engages with the space, and spaces within the spaces: the performer’s lung cavity, the column of air manipulated inside the instrument and the space itself.

For those in the artSpace during the recording, the work acted, not just as an aural experience, but also as a physical, vibrational experience.

It was recorded with a pair of Rode TS-5 in stereo ORTF configuration from the opposite end of the hall from speakers. Recorded at 96kHz 32Bit

Further information on DRONESCAPE is here

Photo by Shane Rozario, EDGE Art Camp on the Greenway 2021

TIME
Sat 16 | 20:00
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Open Mike | Multiple Sessions | Fri 15 & Sat 16

Wrong Bedroom aka Justin Cooper, Naomi Star, Camille Serisier, Dale Collier, Lauren McCartney, On The Stoop, Rhiannon Hopley, Vivienne Dadour, Jake Starr, Robert Sherwood Duffield, Sean O’Keeffe, Robyn Backen, Ian Hobbs & Oskar Backent, Leanne Pope, Fiona Davies, Sarah Halawani, Katya Petetskaya & Patrick Colozzi, Kim V Goldsmith, Naomi Oliver, Paperman, Robyn Backen, Gordon Smith Jnr, Lisa Kotoulas, Brent Barlow, Victoria Hempstead, Oscar Davis, Slavia Musica, Suburban Bukowskis, The King Hits & Sidevalve Studios, Gab Bates & DJ Semper Fi, Benjamin O’Reilly, Jack Randell, Sian Watson, Johannes Muljana & Pamela Lee Brenner, Eddie Abd & Ludwig El Haddad, Alex Wisser, Her Riot, Shani Nottingham, Justin Harvey, Gordon Smith & Oriana Panozzo

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Fri 15 | 15:00
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Jo Clancy | Matriarchs Rising

From the waters that flow through Wiradjuri Ngurambang to the waters flowing through Dharug and Gundungurra Ngurra we are connected. Matriarchs Rising pays homage to the First Nations women gathered together on Dabee Country by Cementa in April, to the poetry of Kirli Saunders, the beauty and power of Wiradjuri language and to the resilience of our Mothers, our Grandmothers and all of the Matriarchs that have come before us.

TIME
Sat 16 | 17:00
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Oskar | 1

TIME
Wed 29 | 12:15
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Tina Stefanou | The Longest Hum

The Longest Hum is a participatory vocal work, conceived by Tina Stefanou, to create the world’s longest collective hum.

The hum is a gentle, musically democratic and direct way to interact with both human and the more-than-human. Hums are utterances found in the voice of humans, machines, and non-human species, as well as sonic artefacts found within the botanical world, and planetary rotation. It is an utterance that challenges the logical isolation of the English language – it is pre-speech, subterranean, pre-linguistic, pre-enunciative and within it exists pure potential. It acts as a conduit between sound relationships that connect the human experience to sounds found outside of it. Creating a living, resonating web, this work will communicate a sonic experience of location and connectedness for participants.

We love your hums; all you need to do is record it on your phone and uploaded to our soon-to-be web platform. The hum can be from your voice, or the voice of your fridge, dog or thunderstorm. This will then enter a collective hum which will run and stretch for 21 years. Why 21 years you might ask? Honouring The Spirit of ‘21 and an affirmative hope for the future, we are creating a real time - time capsule full of curiosity and thick relational webs, as we head further into all sorts of changes. What will we sound like in 21 years? How will technology develop? How will we re-tell stories of hum’s past? Can’t wait to hum to with you! Love, Tina

ADD YOUR HUM HERE

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Sat 16 | 16:45
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oscar | 2

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Wed 29 | 20:05
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oskar | 3

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Wed 29 | 19:04
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oscar | 4

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Wed 29 | 19:53
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oskar | 6

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Wed 29 | 18:55
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OSKAR | 7

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Wed 29 | 14:33
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Oskar | 8

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Wed 29 | 14:13
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oscar | 9

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Wed 29 | 20:32
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oscar | DRONE

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Wed 06 | 14:21
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Wendy Murray | A little action can create big change!

Do you have an opinion you want to share with the world? Want to make change but don’t know how? Ever thought of making a poster but don’t know where to start?

If you’ve said yes to any of the above, this workshop is for you. We’re going to make some tiny posters that will have a big impact!

Watch this empowering workshop which was pre-recorded with participation from the So21 audience on Saturday 9th October 2021.

TIME
Fri 15 | 14:00
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Ivey Wawn | In Perpetuity

SPiRiT of ‘21 is pleased to present the first of Ivey Wawn’s two channel video of In Perpetuity. The second channel video will be presented the weekend after at Carriagework’s online festival. This cross-organisational online offering is very much within the Spirit of ‘21, as artists negotiate and adapt to the ever-shifting digital art world.

In Perpetuity is about the connections between sensation, memory and desire. Capitalist labour processes enforce on us a violent rhythmic structure that cuts us off from our spontaneous and embodied connections to the world and to ourselves. In Perpetuity proposes some approaches for attuning to sensation, through touch, action and memory, suggesting that the act of dancing might just be a source of magic for a people condemned to a life of work.

Lead artist: Ivey Wawn, Performance: Zachary Lopez, Niki Verrall and Ivey Wawn, Director/Editor: Hyun Lee, Cinematography: Dimitri Zaunders, First Assistant: Trudi Gultom, Costume: Verity Mackey with Runner: Mark Mailler.

TIME
Sat 16 | 17:00
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Kath Fries | Walkdown in Lockdown

For many of us in lockdown, walking has become the highlight of the day and one of the few excuses to go outside. Going for a walk has become a privilege and our appreciation of this simple freedom has grown accordingly. Walking is an act of touching the Earth, a series of rhythmic repeated acts connecting your body to the ground. Each breath brings the world, and the present moment, into your body, and then it releases the body back into the world in a continuous cycle of exchange. To walk mindfully rather than rushing from one place to another is to walk meditatively, opening your awareness to the metabolism that exists between yourself and your surroundings.

You are invited to join artist Kath Fries on a collective act of meditative walking practice. Kath will guide you through an experience of mindful walking, coaching you to focus your thoughts and embodied attention. Along with a cohort of fellow travellers – each in their own world, breath, footfalls and body’s momentum – you will be moving across the ground in front of you and through the air around you. This movement is not just the mind slowing down to meet the body, but the body also moving to meet the mind. The process of being attentive to your breathing and walking allows each step to connect you to the Earth.

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Peter Swain | Welcome to Country

Peter Swain is a descendant of the Dabee clan of the Wiradjuri Nation. His Welcome To Country is an invitation to (physically or digitally ) contribute to and connect with “ the magic” that is always present in the land of his people.

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Fri 15 | 11:50
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