Sugar Mountain will take over the Melbourne CBD over multiple days in January 2012, with the main event taking place at The Forum Theatre on Saturday 14 January 2012. The Festival will also utilise Federation Square, No Vacancy Gallery and ACMI to showcase a marvelous array of local and international creative talent.
Joining Deerhoof, Tune-Yards, Shabazz Palaces, Thee Oh Sees, John Maus, Julianna Barwick, Sun Araw, Prince Rama, World’s End Press, Absolute Boys, DJ Yamantake Eye, Fox + Sui, Lost Animal, Pets with Pets, The Harpoons and This Thing Presents on the music program will be:
THE MESS+NOISE STAGE
Sugar Mountain will join forces with Mess+Noise in presenting an exciting third stage at the 2012 Sugar Mountain Festival. Taking place on the mezzanine level of the Forum Theatre, the Mess+Noise stage will feature exciting local acts STRAIGHT ARROWS, LOST ANIMAL, THE HARPOONS and FOX + SUI as well as a super eclectic DJ set from Boredoms frontman YAMANTAKA EYE (Japan). Up-and-coming Melbourne artists RHYS MITCHELL and RAPHAEL RIZZO will also contribute to the Mess+Noise stage, providing a hyper-vibrant back drop and stage set.
“When Sugar Mountain approached us to collaborate on a local stage we jumped at the chance,” says Mess+Noise Editor Darren Levin. “We were on hand to witness the festival’s debut earlier this year, and it was a really unique coming together of two complimentary mediums: music and visual arts. Australian music is an intrinsic part of what we do, and we think a venue as grand as The Forum is an appropriate setting for some truly great local bands.”
MORE VISUAL ARTISTS ANNOUNCED
Curated by artist and festival creative director Pete Keen, Sugar Mountain’s visual arts line-up showcases a selection of truly talented local and international art makers. We are pleased to announce that the following artists will join Vincent Moon (France), Maya Hayuk (USA), Kyle Ranson (USA), Ben Baretto (Perth), Kit Webster (Melbourne) and Dylan Martorell (Melbourne) on the Sugar Mountain 2012 visual artist program:
CHACO KATO (Jap/Aus) responds to the reality of our place and time in her artwork, and is currently exploring a period of over-consumerism that has created enormous debts for future societies. Most of Kato’s works are made using natural materials, which highlights her representations of natural elements such as growth and waste. Kato’s artwork explores childhood, dreams, ecology, politics and organic cycles – birth, growth, death, decay and rebirth. Kato’s art practice explores ways of separating elements from the world and restructuring them in a way that portrays the simultaneous fragility and strength of life. The childlike drawings and awkward lines in Kato’s works may be, she explains, a manifestation of her desire to evoke her own childhood. CHACO KATO will spill her brilliant, imaginative mind into the newly formed CHAPTER HOUSE GALLERY over January 2012. Opening on Thursday 19 January 2012, Kato’s new installation works will be exhibited in conjunction with the Sugar Mountain Festival.
Speakeasy Cinema presents GRACE NOTE, an oversized video work by KEITH DEVERELL on the big screen at The Forum Upstairs. Keith Deverell is a Melbourne-based artist who works with economic visual and aural languages to create ultra slow portraits of people using video, sound, photography, film, found objects and installation. Deverell focuses on the seemingly ordinary and mundane, drawing attention to the depth of the spaces in-between. At Sugar Mountain 2012, Keith Deverell will turn his lens on Australia’s most idiosyncratic musicians by creating ultra slow and huge portraits of their unique gestures and stage antics, lending a new perspective to the art of musicianship. Deverell’s work is a celebration of the unknown and a deconstruction of the overblown notion of fame. GRACE NOTE will also screen nightly in January, on the front windows of Polyester Records city store from Thursday 12 January 2012 until Sunday 29 January 2012.
LUCY BENSON is a Melbourne visual artist based in Berlin who works with live media technologies, light and performance. Her work explores notions of identity, representation and perception. In Benson’s work, sophisticated technologies are softened and tamed into intimate storytelling conduits, focused on human experience and emotion. Benson’s performances made with a collage of media and interactive tools tend towards the subliminal and sublime, and her installations and performances have featured at renowned cultural events such as Transmediale, Unsound Festival, Mapping Festival and Shift Electronic Arts. At Sugar Mountain 2012, Lucy Benson will provide visual projections specifically tailored for the performances of musicians Julianna Barwick and This Thing Presents, as well as adding a further visual element to the exciting collaborative performance between visual artist Ben Barretto
and musician Sun Araw.
MATSURI YAMANA (Jap/Aus) has created huge-scale interactive installations. Born in Tokyo but now living in Melbourne, Yamana is interested in the relationships between the artist, viewer, and work in a participatory sense. Yamana’s artwork creates a social environment in which people come together in a shared activity, and viewers can bring their own experiences into her artwork. Yamana is interested in the moment when viewers slip into their private imaginations or own memories through the physical immersion of her work. At Sugar Mountain 2012, Matsuri Yamana will contribute two of her imaginative, interactive installations, which will be hidden amongst the many upper nooks of The Forum Theatre, awaiting your exploration.
Sugar Mountain Festival
Presented by Triple R and The Thousands Melbourne
Saturday 14 January 2012
The Forum Theatre, Melbourne
MUSIC AND SOUND: DEERHOOF | TUNE-YARDS | THEE OH SEES | SHABAZZ PALACES| JULIANNA BARWICK | JOHN MAUS | SUN ARAW | PRINCE RAMA
WORLD’S END PRESS | ABSOLUTE BOYS | DJ YAMANTAKA EYE | FOX & SUI
LOST ANIMAL | PETS WITH PETS | STRAIGHT ARROWS | THE HARPOONS
THIS THING PRESENTS | and the MESS+NOISE STAGE
VISUAL AND PERFORMANCE ART: KIT WEBSTER | MAYA HAYUK | KYLE RANSON
DYLAN MARTORELL | BEN BARRETTO | VINCENT MOON
LUCY BENSON | KEITH DEVERELL | CHACO KATO
MATSURI YAMANA | RAPHAEL RIZZO | RHYS MITCHELL
and contributors Speakeasy Cinema, Body Electric Dancers and the No Lights, No Lycra Dancers
Tickets are selling fast.
Limited tickets are still available from Ticketmaster – www.ticketmaster.com.au or 136100.
Tickets are $85 + bf.
Sugar Mountain will also present a series of exciting satellite events over January 2012.
More information HERE.