What’s Cool and Unusual – 25th March 2009

wed 25

once again i’ll be manning the stations at paint it black this evening so drop in and say hello, buy a cd, do a dance.


wed 25

Location:       Don’t Look Experimental New Media Gallery
Street:         419 New Canterbury Rd, Dulwich Hill (426/428/445 bus)
Start Time:Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at 6:00pm
End Time:       Saturday, April 4, 2009 at 5:00pm

The entrances and exits of the artist Andrew Newman

“I don’t know what you do with your days,” my father recently said to me.
“I go to my studio ,” I said.
“And what do you do there all day?” he asked begrudgingly.
“I make art.”
The conversation stopped there. My father didn’t really try to unravel my life any further. Art was a foreign concept to him. At every exhibition opening he would walk around the gallery exclaiming, “this is art?” I told my father I would document my days for him and start a blog so he could see that I was doing something.
I wasn’t too offended by my fathers inability to understand what I did each day. I never understood what he did each day. He was an accountant. He would go into the office, and then he would leave the office. The hours in-between were a mystery to me. Once as a child I spent a day in his office and I watched what he did. He had an inbox and an outbox. He would take pages from the inbox, look at them, change them, and then put them in his outbox. It seems to me now that an accountant isn’t too far removed from a conceptual artist.
This abstract of the daily grind that exists in most modern professions, where people are at pains to exactly explain what they do each day is the motivation for the blog titled ‘Comings and Goings’. The blog documented me at the door of my studio, entering at the beginning of the day and exiting at the end of the day. Each blog post included a photograph and a short text explanation listing what I had done before I entered and after I entered the space. Instead of clearly articulating what it was ‘I did’ the blog revealed an absurd, Beckett-like, state of existence that expressed the persistence of the passing of time.
The sociologist Manuel Castells wrote that ‘the process of work is at the core of social structure’. The idea of ‘work’, particularly during this current rise in unemployment, is a pertinent issue that needs to be addressed by artists. People’s very existence is shaped by work and their daily comings and goings. Yet artists, who have a vital social role to reveal the idiosyncrasies of the world, often overlook the nature of ‘work’.
An artist practises art. It is an experimental state, yet at the end of this practise, this dress rehearsal, the artist has an artwork. This is where the work begins.


thu 26

jura books, 440 paramatta road
7pm entry by donation, all ages

monthly acoustic nights at jura (last thursday every month)

the lurkers, stono caves, merferalz


fri 27

Occult Blood
Prehistoric Fuckin’ Morons
Wasted Truth
(and a secret guest)
all ages door opens at 8pm entry = $8

please contact spanish***@hotmail.com for details on the place if ya haven’t visited one of the where?house’s before. we have a couple of hurdles for the next gig – please read below…i will only post it once, then delete this thread soon. sign up for the mailing list at the gig or email the above. thanks.

[now, the building situation: the landlords have put in a security door at the front of the building (which is broken already!) we can only leave it open for so long, ’cause some residents actually wanted the fuckin’ thing…so: it will be open (wide open) from 7 til 9 and then closed but not locked for the rest of the night (unless someone locks it) if people can’t get in, there’s no point in buzzing the room – we won’t hear it. either message a friend or the easiest option is entering from the back – directly opposite the aurora hotel. there is a carport in the building with three yellow poles stopping it from being used (go figure). if you walk past/through the poles, into the port – directly on your right is an always open fire escape door. enter, climb the concrete, then wooden stairs to the first level and enter the first door on your right that isn’t an apartment. exit, turn right up a three stair rise and listen for the noise 100 feet down the hall/balcony. voila!]



fri 27

Serial Space, 33 Wellington Street, Chippendale
Be on time for the fashion parade!
Free entry

As part of Chippendale Fashion Week
There Goes The Neighbourhood is hosting a

There Goes The Neighbourhood is an exhibition and book about spatial politics in Redfern at Performance Space and we are fun-raising to bring some of the international artists to Sydney for the show.

We’re taking our politics, dressing ‘em up and parading them down the runway- this is a fashion show like no other!

Featuring some of Sydney’s hottest local talent looking more MODEL-LY than ever, strutting the catwalk in some of the FIERCEST fashion around- 5 limited edition tees designed by some of the artists in the exhibition- Daniel Boyd, Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro, Temporary Services, Michael Rakovitz and the There Goes The Neighbourhood logo designed by Tom Civil from Breakdown Press!

In these dire times of the Global Fashion Crisis
but you can save yourself in these dire times by buying a limited edition artist designed hand screenprinted t-shirt plus support the show and the [very] local economy!

Every purchase gets you in the draw for an amazing PRIZE! [announced on the night]

Featuring music by Toecutter
DJ Smallcock
plus a special set by everyone’s favourite husky- DODO THE WONDER DOG- and band!!!
And The fantabulously fashionably fierce Celia Curtis as our MC!

And get the sub-culture makeover you always wanted in our make-over booth!

Tyra Banks eat your heart out- this show is gonna riot!
a WALK-OFF—Zoolander style!

we will also be launching our website:

T-shirt order form and samples here:


sun 29

repressed records
456 king st, newtown
2pm, free, all ages

the holy soul, bowerbirds


sun 29

Black Rose regular film screening will be Matewan on Sunday the 29th of March at 6:30 PM. Matewan is a documentary film about a labor union organiser that comes to an embattled mining community brutally and violently dominated and harassed by the mining company for which they work.

Black Rose Anarchist Library & Bookshop
22 Enmore Rd (100m from Newtown Station)
w: www.blackrosebooks.org
P: 042***

thursday & friday 11-7
saturday & sunday 11-5

accessibility: there are three steps at the entrance. the toilet is not easily accessible


sun 29

Don’t Look Experimental New Media Gallery
419 New Canterbury Rd, Dulwich Hill (426/428/445 bus)
040*** dontlookgallery@gmail.com
6:00pm – 7:00pm

For the past 40 years Mike Cooper has been an international musical explorer, performing and recording, solo and in a number of inspired groupings and a variety of genres.
Initially a folk-blues guitarist and singer songwriter his work has diversified to include improvised jazz and electronic music, live music for silent films, radio art and sound installations. He is also a music journalist, writing features for magazines, particularly on Pacific music and musicians, a visual artist, film and video maker, collector of Hawaiian shirts and appears on more than 60 records to date. [The Wire] The Trystero System features improvisation over drum ‘n’ bass style beats.


tue 31

Sedition, 275 Victoria St Darlinghurst

*Mike Cooper*

*from 7pm by donation*

This last in the current series of shows at Sedition features tropical tinged
experimental slide guitar via Rome by Mike Cooper, cosmic multicoloured synth
madness by IAC HZ CHE33ZBGR and breathy gesticulations from Lungalung.


++  i’ll either be at these events or wishing i was there  ++

What’s Cool and Unusual – 4th March 2009

some call outs first up:


Calling all zinesters, writers who self-publish, artists who work with words, and general lovers of the independent press and the arts!

Sell/trade your zines or browse the wares of others at the MCA & Sydney Writer’s Festival Zine Fair. Huge day planned, featuring live music, great panel sessions and free guided tours of exhibitions.

FREE event
Sunday 24 May, 11.00am – 5.00pm
Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
140 George Street, The Rocks

Stall bookings: 02 9245***
Stall fees: $15 per table


Date: Sunday, March 15, 2009
Time: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Location: Dirty Shirlows
City/Town: Marrickville, Australia
Phone: 955***
Email: dirtyshirlows@gmail.com

Monthly Dirty Shirlows markets kick off soon (and continue) on the second Sunday of every month.
Sell your music, clothes,zines, gadgets and other stuff!  email to book space
Djs etc


wed 4

come hang out with me at paint it black (86 enmore rd) every wednesday night (6 til 11ish) as i’ll be keeping the store open.  mogwai are playing at the enmore tonight so maybe i should go buy some earplugs to sell 😉  there’s a stack of new stock in the store including things from tenzenmen distro, accident prone distro and short fuse records.  i’d like to get people to just come and hang out, maybe get some quieter acts/bands to play too.


fri 6

Dirty Shirlows, 32 Shirlow St, Marrickville
8pm $8 all ages



fri 6

Serial Space, 33 Wellington Street, Chippendale. 8pm.
8pm $12 all ages

Grouper, Pimmon & Seaworthy

In what should turn out to be one of the best live music nights of 2009, Preservation will present a show from US artist Grouper in Sydney on March 6.

The project for Portland, Oregon’s Liz Harris, Grouper has steadily built incredible international acclaim for her mesmerising music, culminating in reaching both Pitchfork and The Wire’s Top 50 albums for 2008 with her most recent full-length, “Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill”.

Often compared to classic 4AD dream-pop acts – especially the Cocteau Twins – the trance-like melodies and narcotic voice in a Grouper song swirl both prettily and mysteriously in their pastoral, psychedelic way. Otherworldly and blissful, this one-off, intimate show will be special.

Making that more so will be a rare performance from Sydney’s sublime electronic composer Pimmon, set to release his new, long-awaited album Smudge Another Yesterday in April, with Seaworthy also adding their own delicate beauty to the evening.

The night takes place Friday March 6 at Serial Space, 33 Wellington Street, Chippendale from 8pm. Entry is 12 dollars.

Hear Grouper – http://www.myspace.com/grouperrepuorg


fri 6

Where (?) house

Heil Spirits, Prehistoric Fuckin’ Moron & Onani

No door fee. Just bring yourselves and whoever & possibly a mobile phone cause we’re not sure how we can arrange for people to get in through the new door downstairs… call whoever you know will be there to let you in!
contact me if you need details


sat 7

58 railway rd, sydenham

hira hira, question, green green green


++  i’ll either be at these events or wishing i was there  ++