Ancient MSG Performances
Saturday 19 December, 6am
Gertrude Glasshouse44 Glasshouse Rd, Collingwood VIC 3066
Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 December 2015, 5pm
Gertrude Contemporary is pleased to present a new performance artwork titled Ancient MSG, which premieres at 5pm, Saturday the 19th and Sunday the 20th of December at Gertrude Glasshouse. The roller door will close at 5.10pm sharp.
Ancient MSG is a new experimental and collaborative performance piece by Indonesian artists Ican Harem, Tamara Pertamina, Andreas Siagian and Lintang Radittya, and Australian artists Debris Facility, Lara Thoms, Tarquin Manek and Tim Dwyer. The collective of artists come from diverse backgrounds and art practices, such as live video, synth building, hacker collectives, experimental music, traditional craft, fashion, bio-hacking, sculpture and live art. It has been curated and produced by Kristi Monfries, and forms part of Gertrude Contemporary's ongoing cultural exchange program titled The Independence Project, which, in 2015, has taken place in collaboration with independent Jogjakarta-based curators, Kristi Monfries and Grace Samboh.
Ancient MSG brings to light the mystical and historical revelations of the Javanese prophet, Jayabaya, King of Kediri Java. This king from the twelfth century predicted many truths about the twenty-first century, such as the shift to e-commerce, the push for transgender marriage, the existence of parallel universes, environmental disasters, mistrust of religion, and the eternal battle between good and evil forces. Drawing on traditional Javanese systems of belief, this contemporary interpretation of Jayabaya prophesies will be presented within the framework of a subversive new pantomime using song, dance, and live electronic music and video.