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The Longest Hum

Tina Stefanou

The hum is a musically and sonic democratic moment. Attempting to create the longest and largest humming event in a regional location. It invites everyone to participate from locals to visitors. The hum is a resonating rebel that crosses to out of bounds palaces and infinitely rings out into the cosmos. It works with radio waves, (hum)ans, animal companions and place. For 10 minutes the hum of Kandos marks history. What is the hum of Kandos?


Bring yourself and a friend/animal or human and stand next to someone on agues avenue. Stand 1.5 meters apart in a line and listen to the person to next to you to begin humming at any note and any pace. There is no chit chatting allowed until after the humming event. The humming will last for 10 mins and be broadcasted on the local radio station. For people who can not attend the live event they are welcome to play it on the radio and place it on their front yard to also activate the buzz of the hum.

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Whinangarra (Listen, Hear Think) Gamarra (Awaken)

Whinangarra is a ground-breaking cultural arts activation, connecting Aboriginal artists and the community to a significant Aboriginal Place in Kandos. Through acts of communal ceremony, Whinangarra is an invitation to re-think and re-awaken the site’s ancient Songlines, who’s connections to surrounding Aboriginal Nations have been disrupted by colonisation. The activation concept arose from a Cementa funded First Nations Artists Residency involving six Aboriginal artists of Wiradjuri, Barkindji and Gomeroi women of NSW.

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Carnivale Catastrophe

A knock on the door. You have to leave now.  We need to go. We’ve got 20 minutes. Need to pack now. Can't breathe/can’t get across the river/ can’t see for the red dust/ can’t see though the smoke and flames. This is the reality, the new normal.

In this exhibition, Carnivale Catastrophe, produced by Modern Art Projects Blue Mountains, eight artists engage with key local community organisations and individuals to respond to an example of one of the recent, increasingly destructive environmental cycles; fire followed almost immediately by Covid 19.

The multi-media installations of the exhibition are shown in a safer place. This is a place that could have a designated status, a place of last resort. However, there is ongoing uncertainty about just how safe it is. 


Here the artworks become a catalyst for conversation, a way to examine the construction of social capital in a time of distress, trauma and disaster.  They form a platform for the exchange of stories, narratives and personal histories, not only a physical space but also a space of interactions, reflections and connection. Alongside the artworks the exhibition space will host members of key local community organisations and individuals interweaving shared experiences, resources and information.

The MAPBM artists are Anne Graham, Beata Geyer, Fiona Davies, Tom Isaacs, Ebony Secombe, Rhonda Dee, Ken Lambert and Sean O’Keefe. The exhibition manager is Lizzy Marshall, and the exhibition is curated by Fiona Davies.

 The phone pings 'It’s too late to leave. Take shelter'

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