CURRENT as a live performance event cannot take place under the current COVID-19 situation, but rather than see this as a restriction, CURRENT 2020 will be an opportunity to break those barriers previously imposed by being present at a particularly venue on a particular date.
The 2020 theme is ‘Householders’: how can we relate, create, collaborate in new ways whilst largely confined to our homes.
As in the past new ensembles will be formed to create a new work, but instead of a live performance, the new work will be conveyed via a video on a dedicated YouTube channel.
Ensembles are encouraged to imagine beyond the usual ‘live stream’ performance concept, but at the same time they are not expected to create a slick piece video art (of course, they are welcome to!). The use of video is only a convenient vehicle to convey the work, it does not have to directly influence the content.
Saturday 10 & Sunday 11 November 2018
The Burrow, 83 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy (entry via laneway at rear off Palmer St).
CURRENT is a communal inter-disciplinary performance event, this year curated by Candice Boyd and Michael McNab.
Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 February 2018
2-10:30pm each day
Aeso Studio, 83 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy (entry via laneway at rear off Palmer St).
CURRENT is a communal inter-disciplinary performance event, where new trios of artists, diverse in practice, gender, age and experience, are played out and reshuffled across a 2-day program. Experimental, improvised and musical forms of performance are to be expected as well as forms that consider language, the visual plane, space, movement and parallel action, grey areas between disciplines, the intersection of different senses and other associated forms.
More artists TBA – dancers, poets and fierce inbetweeners!
CURRENT’s aim is to provide a space for artists to present their ideas and test new ones in the moment, cross-pollinate with new audiences and collaborators, take risks, learn.
Each artist will perform in two different trios of 20-30 minutes length; one on Saturday and one on Sunday. Each day will begin at roughly 2pm, and conclude at approximately 10:30pm. Come for as little or as long as you like and contribute to the vibe!
Delicious drinks available for purchase at the bar.
Specific set times will be posted here soon.
Door charge = $10 for one day or $15 for both.
Current 2016 was held at the Moreland City Band Hall in Brunswick East during December.
Rama Parwata drums/ Zeke Ruckman drums/ Maddison Carter drums/ Hannes Lackmann drums/ Oliver Iacono percussion/ Scott McConnachie horns/ Min Hunter viola, bass guitar/ Tom Stewart-Toner guitar/ Carmen Chan percussion, cello/ Rob Vincs saxophones/ Stephen Magnusson guitar/ Adam Simmons wind instruments/ Clinton Green turntables, percussion/ Tony Hicks wind instruments/ Ren Walters guitar/
Extraordinary voice artist Jenny Ruth Barnes is guest curator for the first Current event of 2015. Coming to Conduit Art Space on Saturday 21st of March. We’re all excited to experience how her directions will unfold.
In a letter to the participants, Jenny spoke of her interest in introducing domestic tasks as part of the day’s events;
“My consideration to employ these activities into the Current event comes from acknowledging interest in the social outskirts of performances, the art that lays within the activities, pleasure, and to serve as respite from a long duration of personal interactions and concentration on generation and creativity.”
Jenny Ruth Barnes http://jajablacksheep.tumblr.com
Monday September 22, 2014. Another rich development in the weave and interconnections of artists in Melbourne occurred on Saturday. The unanticipated contribution from ‘The Man From The Street’ seemed a suitable finale. Thanks to all performers and audience and particularly Leo and Marie for once again hosting such shenanigans! Click here for a video of Tim Crafti performing with Scott McConnachie and Tristram Williams. More videos on C5 media 
Current: Sound Body Sight 2014 will be a single day event again at Conduit Art Space on Saturday September 20 beginning at 3:00 pm. through until 11:30 pm. The event will again feature combinations of musicians and dancers in trio format, however this time a visual artist will ‘modulate’ the trios interactions by offering stimulation in the form of prop, lighting, object, mask, body paint etc.
Current performers list:
eki veltheim/ dur-é dara/ tristram williams/ stephen magnusson/ clementine isaacson/ rob vincs/ clinton green/ carmen gar man chan/ tony hicks/ leo kavanagh/ ren walters/ scott mcconnachie/ maud léger/ ashley mclellan/ alice cummins/ gabriela green/ al wunder/ geoffrey watson/ niharika senapati/ nikki michelle soo/ lilian steiner/ tim crafti/ chun-liang liu/ juana beltran/ james clayden/ elnaz sheshgelani/ angie seah/ andrew treloar/ domenico de clario/ sabina maselli lisa theiler nina gilbert from AFW (artist film workshop)
General Assembly of Interested Parties, co-presenter of Current, now has a website located at; http://www.gaipsite.com There you will find upcoming events, archival media and information.
WOW ! what an astonishing meeting of artists all prepared to challenge, inspire, find out about themselves and each other . . . . . . . . images and sounds soon . . . . . THANKS goes to NIHARIKA and ASHLEY McLELLAN for organising the dancers and again to LEO and MARIE for the CONDUIT experience.
Current 2014 Sound Body video links:
The General Assembly of Interested Parties Current 2014 is being held for one day only Saturday MAY 17 at CONDUIT Art Space. This event will focus on the space between sound and movement and will be curated on behalf of The General Assembly of Interested Parties by Niharika Senapati and Ren Walters. Each performance group will consist of either two dancers and one musician, or two musicians and one dancer. The event begins at 3 pm. sharp with each group performing for approximately half an hour. Performances will begin at 3, 4, 5, and 6 pm. Evening performances will be at 8, 9, 10 and 11 pm. We encourage participants and audience to attend as much of the event as possible. There will be food and beverages available brought along by the performers and augmented by hosts Leo and Marie. Please feel free to bring along a simple contribution. As much as a public presentation of artists’s improvising, Current is also an opportunity for interested parties to socialise. The dinner break at 6:30 – 8 pm. is clearly an opportunity to do this whilst enjoying some food together. PARTICIPATING ARTISTS: Alice Cummins/ Alice Hui-Sheng Chang/ Brett Thompson/ Caroline Meaden/ Chimene Steele-Prior/ Clinton Green/ Deanne Butterworth/ Dur-é Dara/ Fina Po/ Freya Schack-Arnott/ Gabriela Green/ James Macaulay/ Janette Hoe/ Maud Léger/ Michael McNab/ Niharika Senapati/ Nikki Michelle Soo/ Ren Walters/ Reuben Lewis/ Sam Hall/ Scott McConnachie/ Tim Crafti/ Tony Yap There will be an A3 poster available for distribution, but the primary means of advertising the event will be our WORD OF MOUTH. Of course social media will pay a role but this is all really up to each of us to communicate our enthusiasm to our friends and anyone willing to listen !! And, like many improvisational performance events this year will be dedicated to the legacy of David Tolley.
The CURRENT #2 2013 event is on the 14th and 15th of September at Conduit Art Space 83 Brunswick St., Fitzroy Performers + Times The list of performers is as follows;
- ALISTER SPENCE
- ANITA HUSTAS
- ANTHONY STANISLAVSKI
- BRETT THOMPSON
- DALE GORFINKEL
- DAVE BROWN
- DAVID TOLLEY
- DUR-E DARA
- IAN DIXON
- JON SMEATHERS
- JOE TALIA
- PHIL BYWATER
- MATTHIAS SCHACK-ARNOTT
- MICHAEL McNABB
- RAYMOND McDONALD
- RICHARD BRADBEER
- REN WALTERS
- RONNY FERELLA
- SAM HALL
- SAM McAULIFFE
- SCOTT McCONNACHIE
- STEPHANIE BELL
- STEPHEN MAGNUSSON
- TOM FRYER
- TOM STEWART-TONER
- TONY HICKS
Saturday performances begin at 3:00 pm. for a half hour on the hour with final set at 11:00 pm. Sunday performances begin at 2:00 pm. for a half hour on the hour with final set at 10:00 pm. There is a break at 7:00 pm. both days. ENTRY is by DONATION. Please leave us your email address so we can keep you informed of upcoming related events. Some drinks and food will be available.
The CURRENT 2013 event is on the 26th and 27th of January at Conduit Art Space 83 Brunswick St., Fitzroy. Performances begin at 3:00 pm. for a half hour on the hour through to 10:00 pm. There is a break at 7:00 pm. Tix are $15 for one day and $25 for two days. These musicians have not performed together previously, so you may expect the unexpected ! Please come and enjoy the event and tell your friends. Performers + Times The list of performers is as follows;
The original invitation to perform at CURRENT 2012 2012 performers list: ANDREW BROOKS BRETT THOMPSON DAVE BROWN IAN DIXON IDA DUELUND HANSEN JAMES MACAULAY JAMES McLEAN JAMES WENGROW JENNY BARNES JON SMEATHERS LOCHKEY MARC HANNAFORD MATTHIAS SCHACK-ARNOTT REN WALTERS SAM HALL SAM McAULIFFE SAM PANKHURST SAM ZERNA SCOTT McCONNACHIE SIMON CHARLES STEPHANIE BELL STEPHEN MAGNUSSON TOM STEWART-TONER TONY HICKS