Art Projects

NATO (Northern Arts Tactical Offensive)

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NATO DUCK (35 sec, 2001) is a promo for the Northern Arts Tactical Offensive (NATO). From NATO’s website: ” NATO is a Manchester-based grassroots art collective. Our work as a collective, or through collaborative projects, aims to bring grassroots and underground art dealing with current social and environmental issues out of the confines of its more typical contexts, exposing it to a more diverse and mainstream audience.”

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Bangalore Queer Film Festival Callout for Australian Shorts

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I’m currently putting together a package of queer films from Australia for the Bangalore Queer Film Festival in February 2010. My friend Namita (who I met through the Transmission Asia-Pacific network of online video activists) is involved, so it’s bound to be intelligent, provocative and fun fun fun (read some of her thoughts on Queering Bollywood here or perspectives on porn from the global south here). You can find last year’s program here along with more info on the organisers. It’s a D.I.Y. event, so there isn’t much in the way of screening fees, just the joy of reaching queer Indian audiences with your work!

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Doctor Fibonace’s Patented Heart Mending Machine

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I had to do a storyboard in photographs for my film school application recently. We were given three topics to choose from, I chose to do it about the topic “x-ray”. I reworked some characters from an idea Jennie Herbertson and I were working on together sometime ago, after being inspired on a windy holiday on the east coast of Tasmania. I asked my muse, Paul Bourke (of Paul Bourke and the Broken Heart) to be in the photos, even before I knew what the story was. He’s my muse I’ve decided, so that’s how it works :{)

Here’s the story in a slideshow for your viewing pleasure:

A bunch of my lovely friends helped out on the shoot, both in it and out of it. Much love going out to them! And the location was provided by the kindly hosts at Forepaw, much adored venue of shitcore Tasmanian bands and art and things u don’t get to see much other places, sadly closing it’s doors soon!

Spoole Flyers

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In addition to the Glitch Western series Spoole did a bunch of other shows around the traps… here’s some of our old dates n flyers..

presented by Brisbane Powerhouse in association with ::ROOM40:: and SOOB
Straight Out of Brisbane 2004

A mix of electronics, abstract beats, experimental music and improvisation – fun for all the family, even the kids!

Featuring performances from:
Frost (launching Steelwound)
Spoole & Future Eater (live AV set)
Joel Stern & Anthony Guerra (from Sydney, London)
Fenella Kernebone (Triple J’s Sound Lab)
+ other guests

Spinach7 Magazine Launch

Electrofringe Panel Discussion and Performance
Title: PoliticKunstVideo
Description: How artists use video in different ways to reveal the political sublime.
Feat: Spoole : Live Popglitch humour
EmileZile-(Video munch)
Angelica mesiti :Serial
7’s-The Kings Pins.

Scratch Cinema – fri nite / Jul 11th – Loop

With pixels as easily sampled & mutated as sound, an emerging breed of audiovisualists
are busy carving up the territories that lay between cinematic storytelling and the dancefloor bootylicious.

Using loops, layers, live processing, FX and editing, tonight showcases some of the approaches possible for ‘Improvised cinema’.

Spoole – aka Spanna (Anna) & Poole (Jean ) – live AV mash-up
Future Eater – live soundtrack 2 Schwarzenegger
Cicada (video) vs AI Yamamoto & QUOCKENZOCKER (audio)
Slimy (Tas) – downtempo glitchery with homemade VCR-Turntable~!!


23 Meyers Place, melbourne city

Scratch Cinema Flyer

MELB: Sun 20 April @ Rob Roy Hotel, Fitzroy
+ Antideluvian Rockinghorse, Barrage, the Go’s, Future Eater, Sol, SelfHelp, Spoole (live AV set) & Casionova

Spoole at the Rob Roy

dLux Dataterra Interalia Closing Party

9pm till late, Sat 7th Dec 2002 $5.

The Chocolate Factory
Level 2, 144 Cleveland St, Chippendale
accelerate into osmotic overdrive – a maze of image, sound and text resonating for one night as an oscillating narrative

InterAlia [definition: among other things] is dLux media arts research laboratory of experimental media art collaborations and live audio / visual data processing. InterAlia is the last event of the futurescreen02 : data terra program and will metamorphose into our Closing PartyĆ 

InterAlia:: media lab for the construction of experimental situations, rendering as an audio/visual/performative environment whereby an oscillating narrative of image, sound and text will be hacked, patched and re/screened for live contexts. Audience and party goers alike are invited to embrace an accelerating drive of content and concern mediated digitally.

InterAlia situates itself within our information saturated reality and focuses on artists’ creative manipulation and subversion of data using new technologies and their own specially modified digital tools.

A stellar line-up of Sydney AV + performance artists have been invited to engage with the fs02::data terra thematic. Lalila, Cicada, Ciindi, Jason Gee, Spanna, Wade Marynowskj, Alex Davies, Ian Andrews, Peggy Wallach and Veren Grigorev will compose discreet sets of audio / visual or performative / textual material with following timeframes; / 1 x 5 min / 1 x 10 min /1 x 20 min.

These sets will be mixed live resulting in a site-specific choreography…

enter the INTERALIA mist…

and then – party on with the ‘DIFFERENCE ENGINE’


Straight Out Of Brisbane 2002
Time: 08.00 PM till 12.00 AM
Date: 23.11.2002
Cost: $12
Venue: ArtCom warehouse New Farm (corner Commercial Rd and Arthur Tce)
Our massive Saturday night party fresh from a gorgeous warehouse
space, SOOB brings you the audio/visual extravaganza of VIDEO BLITZ.
An audio/visual extravaganza! Beat benders and visualisers unite to
create wide-screen, surround sound sensory treats. Way too many

DeF 1 (strudel – sydney), KID KAY FERRIS (nine09 records), JAMIE

De-mystifying the technical aura of vjamming
Time: 04.00 PM till 06.00 PM
Date: 24.11.2002
Cost: $0
Venue: Secuumb Space, 5 Wynn St the Valley
De-mystifying the technical aura of vjamming – an exploration of
different approaches, software and hardware for creating live
audiovisual vjamming techniques. This inludes mac and PC software, as
well as max/nato and director applications.

Jean Poole, Anna Spanna and Spanky

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In late 1999 and 2000 I hung out with the crew at the Ninjatune studios in South London, for weekly netcast live audiovisual jams. The PirateTV slogan was “DIY psychedelic political interactive streaming zentertainment with quality content from top selectors”. The lineup would change from week to week, the mainstayers being Mike (VJ Juxta), Bongo and Matt Black (Coldcut). Sometimes live musicians would come in, I’d often do live camera for those. We netcast from Matt’s studio “Spacelab” behind the record label offices, crammed with records, instruments, decks and audiovisual gear. There was even a couple of old early synthesizers that the Doctor Who theme song was played on, I’m not sure how often they got dusted off and plugged in. The Fairlight Computer Video Instrument got a fair bit of play, as did PCs running Vjamm (running early versions of Vjamm 2 at that stage) and the Panasonic MX50 video mixers. We used Real Producer to stream out to a varying audience, encouraging folks to hop into the IRC channel to chat while we jammed.
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By | Art Projects, Bands, Music

I just uploaded the archive of Spam’s website which was part of the Octapod/Loud Evolver project here:

Spam was an all-girl band we started in 1994 when we were but 16 years old. Spam was Mantis on keyboards, Yensher on vocals, Megsy on bass, Philthy on drums and myself on guitar. We were more of a concept than a band, none of us really knowing how to play our instruments particularly well. As a result we considered ourselves punk, though our music was more lopsided and melodic, with a bit of jangliness and shoutiness thrown in. One of my favourite heckles of the band was “PLAY SOME ROCK N ROLL!!!” from an aged drunk from the back the Lass O’Gowrie, so I guess we weren’t a rock’n’roll band :{).


Spam played shows at hallowed Newcastle rock venues such as the Hunter on Hunter, Tattersalls Club, Islington Bowling Club and the Lass O’Gowrie (many of which we played underage, sneaking in with our fake ID). We played with bands such as The Hanged Man, Loose and 8-bit breakcore band Nasenbluten.

This photo’s from a show at Islington bowling club. We are wearing the band outfits “a la inconspique”, wardrobe chosen by mantis and yensher.


Stewart was our usual band wardrobe designer however, Megsy can be seen in one of his creations here, pink vinyl seemed to feature a lot. But actually my favourite was when we all dressed as Robert Smith, with a video of Standby Me projected onto us as we played..

We recorded a few of our songs, had tracks on a couple of cassette compilations and a couple of tracks on a tape put out by H records. There are a few video recordings of our shows floating about which I’ll try to put up online at some stage.

Spam played our last show sometime in 1997.

The Ten Commandments of Bushrangery

By | Art Projects, Books, Photography

This is a work in progress, a photo-shoot cum handmade-book project for my godson, Hunter. It’s a collaboration between Killer, Jennie and myself, with Ross and Hunter as the unwitting father and son who are come upon in the middle of the bush one day while out on a fishing expedition. Killer and I are the lady bushrangers who kidnap Hunter while his father isn’t looking, and take him into the woods for a few lessons in the art of bushrangery and some schooling in the gospel according to Ned Kelly.

We’re hoping to have the book finished and exhibited some time in 2008.


Fervid Flipbook

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Fervid Flipbook (10sec, 2008) pokes fun at the stereotypical imagery and predictable body-fascism found in a pile of old gay porn magazines of the 80s. Pornography is often somewhat lacking in humour itself, though there’s plenty of humour to be found. Produced/directed by Robbie McEwan and myself for the Tape Projects Locked Groove / Flipbook project.

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Vagina Dentata

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Sister Mary Clancy Of The Overflow Does Vagina Dentata (6mins 37sec, 2007) is a performance by Gaylourdes, evoking the film-theory spectre of the Vagina Dentata, at the Camp Betty Cinema in Melbourne, 2007. This clip formed the first footage for a new collaborative film project exploring the themes of the double, the film within the film, the contamination of reality by dreams and the voyage in time.

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