Support TiNA artists, dollar for dollar
As the producer of This is Not Art (TiNA) and an organisation that supports emerging artists and their practice, Octapod is excited to have been selected to take part in a unique opportunity, MATCH, a federally funded pilot program which invests in the independent arts sector by matching funds raised via crowd-funding. This pilot program is offered by Creative Partnerships Australia and funded by the Federal Government.
TiNA is a free festival with a national focus and reach and plays an important role in creating a safe, experimental environment, where artists can test and exchange ideas, that belong outside of institutions and has grown to become one of Australia’s leading contemporary and emerging arts festivals. Being part of the CPA funded MATCH program encourages us to reach out to our audiences and the public and allow them to invest in the future of our independent artists.
The opportunity to experiment with new funding avenues and move towards creating a more sustainable festival model for future years is a very relevant issue for Octapod, and it is encouraging to see a government funded program, assisting organisations and artist run initiatives around Australia to do just this. We look forward to producing a very relevant and contemporary festival in Newcastle this year and are proud to be part of the conversation leading the way towards building a more sustainable creative arts sector.
Take a look at some of the projects that with your support, will be presented as part of the 2014 TiNA program. The donations we need are small in comparison to the outcomes they create – so dig deep and help support our artists and their projects, which are creating defining moments in the contemporary art scene today.
Collaborated dance performance installation working with themes of distance, communication and place. Five artists working together, separated geographically, yet linked by technology. Work will be installed across various locations throughout the city, each day changing location. Audiences are invited to participate and interact.
Speak Easy Dinner
A participatory art project, with a small curated audience of 25, with key artists facilitating conversation about futures and arts practice, with key issues such as sustainability, art and wellness. The event is recorded, videoed, tweeted bringing the aspects of real time into social media and web-based time.
Gale Force Winds
6” Uncut presents, a new live performance which incorporates an innovative blend of character driven story telling and a live interactive game show format. The performance will examine and critique notions of voyeurism, fame/infamy, mass consumerism and the reality TV genre.
Artist profile: Jack Beeby has performed at previous TiNA festivals, and delivers a one-man-show, blurring the lines between cabaret-style, character-based monologue and live game show experience.
After a sell-out launch of his comic book Storm Clouds, Ben Mitchell will present Don’t Panic, a 40-page sequel accompanied by a companion cassette featuring two original songs written and recorded in conjunction with the story.
Artist Profile: Ben Mitchell is a super-keen graphic designer, illustrator and photographer from Newcastle, who currently works at a creative space in Hunter St mall called The Roost Creative. Storm Clouds, a 60-page risograph-printed detective comic, which was partly completed as an honours exegesis on experimental comic layouts and eye direction.
“Hi! We’re Scum Mag, and we want to make a zine. There is a lot to be said about online publishing. It’s instant, for one thing. People are more likely to click on link than go to the bookshelf, for another. Not to mention you can publish whatever the heck you want – and we do. Still, there’s something real nice about holding something in your sweaty little palms. And with print, we can publish the longer-form pieces we simply haven’t been able to publish on the site – people’s attention spans are short nowadays, yo!
That’s why we’re making a zine. We’ll be commissioning exclusive content for the zine, labouring over staplers, and releasing it out into the world in early October. So, what will the zine be like? Remember blue light discos? That’s the theme of the zine. Blue light discos were a transformative space of early subject-formation and bourgeoning sexuality. Nostalgia might be fun, but it is also dangerous. The zine will be challenging, mesmerising, provocative and most of all fun. The zine will be everything you’ve already seen us do, but on paper and with more words. With your powers combined, we’ll be zine-ing it up and throwing a launch party at the festival in Newcastle in October – hope to see you there!”
Interactive Visual Art Installations
Artist George Rose, will be creating interactive visual art installations, including festival way-markers, outside of TiNA venues, which will help link the multiple venues used, across the city. This project serves a triple function of being responsive to site, fun and interactive for audiences and providing easier access for new visitors to the city.
Newcastle Mirage Limited Edition
Newcastle Mirage is fuelled by two basic ideas; promote Newcastle and its’ people, and be positive about everything we include. Each monthly edition aims to inspire people to want more from our great city, to speak positively about locals and to get involved where possible. Newcastle Mirage will produce a special ‘This Is Not Art (TiNA)’ edition of their monthly printed street press zine. The TiNA edition will feature a coloured cover and will celebrate Newcastle arts and culture, produced by a number of Novacastrian’s (someone who lives in Newcastle) who are genuinely excited by local events.
“Madhouse Radio” will be launching at this year’s This Is Not Art festival in Newcastle. The Madhouse Radio program will be a two hour weekly podcast featuring live and programmed content from independent and major label artists along with contributions from other industry figures. We want Madhouse Radio to be an open music forum by and for the people but we need all of your help to do it!