Lab

25 September – 6 October at the National Art School

 

Take a peek behind-the-scenes of experimental art making at the Underbelly Arts Lab.

Behind-the-scenes tours will run Tuesday – Thursday, 6pm – 7pm

Late at the Lab events will run Tuesday – Thursday, 7pm – 9pm

 

Access to all these events is free with your Underbelly Arts Festival ticket, or $10 on the door.

Late at the Lab: Tuesday 26 September

Hosted by Runway Experimental Art

Late at the Lab: Tuesday 26 September

Hosted by Runway Experimental Art

 

Witness UA17 artists Jason Phu, Harriet Gilles & Natalie Abbott, Pony Express and Make or Break crack open the Runway Experimental Art journal archives and reimagine a piece of writing from the past. Each artist will choose a piece of writing from the rich Runway archive that speaks to them, their practice and the work they are creating for Underbelly Arts Festival, remixing it and presenting their take on this piece to you.

 About Runway

Runway is an independent Australian experimental art journal run by a collective of Sydney-based and internationally-based artists, writers and curators. Runway is currently published three times a year and includes feature articles, interviews, artist commissions, reviews, previews and international updates. Each issue is organised around a theme, and all content is commissioned based on proposals submitted in an open callout.

Event Details

Tuesday 26 September – 7pm
National Art School – Hoff Gallery

6-7pm: Meet at the Hoff Gallery and take tour of Underbelly Arts works in progress
7-9pm: Meet at the Hoff Gallery for Late at the Lab, hosted by Runway Experimental Art

Entry FREE with an Underbelly Arts Festival ticket, or $10 on the door pending availability.

Late at the Lab: Wednesday 27 September

Hosted by 2 Up Talk Series

Late at the Lab: Wednesday 27 September

Hosted by 2 Up Talk Series

 

What do apples and the art world have in common? Make the connection at Two Up, a talk series that combines two completely unrelated topics in back-to-back lectures. For this special Underbelly Arts edition, Lucien Alperstein will present a talk on apple genetics, and Ayebatonye will speak about decolonising the art world.

Lucien Alperstein is a microbiologist working between environmental science, fermentation and experimental food processes. Lucien grafts, grows and forages forgotten apples and has a passion for the surprisingly complex and controversial world of apple genetics.

Ayebatonye is a dj, event producer, curator and director of Nigerian/Australian descent based in Sydney. She actively works to educate and challenge perceptions about POC/ LGBTQIA community and other marginalised groups by curating events and playing world and queer music throughout her cross-genre sets.

About Two Up

Two Up is for inquisitive minds both young and old. A talk series that combines two completely unrelated topics in back-to-back lectures. The floor is then opened up to the audience for a fun and impulsive round of questioning, encouraging interaction between speakers and ideas.

Event Details

Wednesday 27 September – 6pm-9pm
National Art School – Hoff Gallery, enter through Forbes Street

6-7pm: Meet at the Hoff Gallery and take tour of Underbelly Arts works in progress
7-9pm: Meet at the Hoff Gallery for Late at the Lab, hosted by Two Up

Entry FREE with an Underbelly Arts Festival ticket, or $10 on the door pending availability.

Late at the Lab: Thursday 28 September

Hosted by The NOW now

Late at the Lab: Thursday 28 September

Hosted by The NOW now

 

Roam the National Art School with your ears! The NOW now is presenting a night of sensational sounds, guiding you on an auditory tour through Underbelly Arts artists’ works-in-progress. Wander between spaces filled with fleets of drums, squads of strings and gaggles of saxophones to explore art through listening.

About the NOW now

The NOW now is Australia’s longest running festival of spontaneous music, experimental sound and outlier performance. Founded in 2001 by Clayton Thomas and Clare Cooper, the NOW now has continuously represented the uncompromised and non-commercial side of Sydney’s music scene.Each year, musicians from around Australia and the world gather to collaborate and experience the moment of creation together. The festival represents the music that inspires us, the processes that intrigue us, and the ideas that are most vital to our community each year.

The festival is a forum for international collaboration—regularly introducing musicians from around the world to Australian audiences, and in-turn brining the Sydney scene to international attention. The NOW now represents.

Event Details

Thursday 28 September – 6pm-9pm
National Art School – Hoff Gallery, enter through Forbes Street

6-7pm: Meet at the Hoff Gallery and take tour of Underbelly Arts works in progress
7-9pm: Meet at the Hoff Gallery for Late at the Lab, hosted by the NOW now

Entry FREE with an Underbelly Arts Festival ticket, or $10 on the door pending availability.

Late at the Lab: Tuesday 3 October

Hosted by Fictions

Late at the Lab: Tuesday 3 October

Hosted by Fictions

 

You have a colossal, risky, experimental, strange and wonderful idea for a festival. You hold it to your heart and run the gauntlet of audience expectations, funding and partnership obligations, bureaucratic red tape, rapid gentrification, more paperwork, an overworked and apathetic populace, economic arguments… You emerge… What is the size and the shape of this thing after this shredding? What was lost? What remains? Is it worth fighting for?

This futuring workshop, hosted by Fictions for Underbelly Arts, invites you to inhabit possible festival futures. Whether you are an organiser, artist or enthusiastic festival-goer, you are welcome to contribute your voice, your stories, and your visions.

About Fictions

Fictions is the Sydney-based creative partnership of interdisciplinary designers Will Owen and Clare Cooper. Their futuring workshops are collaborative and often performative, inviting participants to explore what is changing the world around them and to speculate about possible futures. When we converse within multiple possibilities, we inhabit a more creative space that opens new doors. This changes the way we see our options and builds much needed agency.

 

Event Details

Tuesday 3 October – 6pm-9pm
National Art School – Hoff Gallery, enter through Forbes Street

6-7pm: Meet at the Hoff Gallery and take tour of Underbelly Arts works in progress
7-9pm: Meet at the Hoff Gallery for Late at the Lab, hosted by Fictions

Entry FREE with an Underbelly Arts Festival ticket, or $10 on the door pending availability.

Late at the Lab: Wednesday 4 October

Hosted by Subbed In

Late at the Lab: Wednesday 4 October

Hosted by Subbed In

Sydney poetry and prose powerhouse Subbed In is putting on their lab coat and firing the literary canon, literally. Join Subbed In and Underbelly Arts for a night of oscillating octets and caustic centos from the apocryphal apothecary as a whirlwind of writers present their awful, anachronistic alchemy.

 

About Subbed In

subbed in is a DIY literary organisation that programs readings, workshops and associated publications staged around Sydney, Australia, providing grassroots support for new and underrepresented voices as well as helping emerging writers to achieve publication or performance.

Event Details

Wednesday 4 October – 6pm-9pm
National Art School – Hoff Gallery, enter through Forbes Street

6-7pm: Meet at the Hoff Gallery and take tour of Underbelly Arts works in progress
7-9pm: Meet at the Hoff Gallery for Late at the Lab, hosted by Subbed In

Entry FREE with an Underbelly Arts Festival ticket, or $10 on the door pending availability.

 

Late at the Lab: Thursday 5 October

Hosted by Liquid Architecture

Late at the Lab: Thursday 5 October

Hosted by Liquid Architecture

Running Conversations with Camila Marambio

Join Underbelly Arts and Liquid Architecture for an evening of coastal listening and tidal thinking. This Lab will offer ideas and discussion led by curator Camila Marambio, with the goal of opening participants’ ears to a set of subjects: water, rocks, sand, weeds, shells and things that live in them. Let your ideas rise with the tide during this experimental process of shore-listening, where water and earth are two moments of a  p a s s a g e.

About

Liquid Architecture is an Australian organisation for artists working with sound. LA investigates the sounds themselves, but also the ideas communicated about, and the meaning of, sound and listening.

 

Event Details

Thursday 5 October – 6pm-9pm
National Art School – Hoff Gallery, enter through Forbes Street

6-7pm: Meet at the Hoff Gallery and take tour of Underbelly Arts works in progress
7-9pm: Meet at the Hoff Gallery for Late at the Lab, hosted by Liquid Architecture

Entry FREE with an Underbelly Arts Festival ticket, or $10 on the door pending availability.