HOTA hosts experimental performances this August

On August 17, HOTA, Home of the Arts is hosting a night of new works and bold art, with electronic work from musical collaboration Veople and performances by Agents of Confusion, alongside band, Free the Genie.|

The free event will see a handful of HOTA’s Creative Development Program recipients take to the stage with their unique works and energetic performances. Guests will be treated to a surprise-filled evening that experiments with the boundaries of music and performance art.

Audiences can expect to experience an enigmatic performance of experimental and electronic sound as Veople perform and record a new sound experience as part of a larger conceptual work, which will later be transformed into a physical contemporary art installation.

A collaboration between multi-disciplinary artist and musician, Jay Jermyn, and musician, Julian Currie, Veople’s music lies between an intersection of guitars and electronic production that instils a nostalgic feeling through its house-oriented rhythms and vibe.

“The idea of Veople from its inception was for it to be a collaborative platform where members, medium, visual components and direction of Veople is transient; the band’s purpose is to deliver thought-provoking work, not confined by location, structure or audience,” said Jay Jermyn.

“This project is based around the degradation of memory and has been a long process for us. It’s taken a few years to settle into the form it is now.”

From presenting as a band at Bleach* Festival, to performing as an experimental music group and exhibiting as a multi-media AC installation, this concert is a culmination of their most ambitious project to date.

Agents of Confusion is the collaborative practice of Gold Coast artists, Adrienne Kenafake and Tessa Bergan, whose work explores absurdist extensions of Gold Coast identities through recorded and live performance.

Following a two-month residency at Palm Beach Library last year where the group developed their first major body of work, Golden Breed, they have since performed and exhibited at a number of local galleries and were finalists in the 2018 BAM Art Prize.

The Agents will work with Brisbane-based dancer and choreographer, Georgia Pierce, as part of a residency at HOTA to extend and develop their intuitive performance style ahead of the show later this month, where they will perform with the band, Free the Genie.

“Our Space Invaders residency at HOTA will be our first time working with Georgia Pierce and we look forward to developing a new movement-based performance under her professional guidance,” said Adrienne Kenafake.

“HOTA’s Creative Development Program has provided us with a fantastic opportunity to dedicate time to our practice and the creation of a brand-spanking new performance work,” she said. “It fulfils our ambition to integrate dance and live music into the Gold Coast’s contemporary art scene.”

Earlier this year, HOTA announced its recipients of the Creative Development Program, offering $200,000 and in-kind resources for local artists who need a quick injection of cash, resources or space to support and enable their ideas.

As the arts and culture hub of the Gold Coast, HOTA’s commitment to work with local artists and help transform ideas into outcomes will continue to grow through programs like this to encourage participants to explore new ideas, experiment and collaborate.

Veople and Agents of Confusion x Free the Genie will take place inside the Outdoor Stage at HOTA on Saturday 17th August, 2019 at 7.30pm.

For more information, visit the HOTA website.

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