Presented by the ANU Music Students' Association and Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres:
Avoidance Behaviour: A Film with Live and Pre-recorded Soundtrack
Ainslie Arts Centre: Ainslie Main Hall
Film: Elyse Howe
Music: Charles Martin and Alexander Hunter
From the filmmaker:
Transplanted here from cities immeasurably greater in expanse and urbanity, circumstance has exiled me in isolation. Regression and stagnation feel inevitable, endeavour replaced with idleness, replicated daily. I patrol the small spaces I now inhabit, documenting my lonely gaze. Circumventing invading thoughts of self-loathing and failure by narrowly scrutinising the ordinary. Cyclical and lethargic; my avoidance behaviour.
From the musicians:
As the film deals with vistas under close scrutiny moving in and out of focus, so too does this collection of pre-recorded and live sounds focus on the small and subtle. Canberra presents situations where one’s attention is necessarily drawn to, and focused on, things which in a larger city might go under-noticed. The sounds used in this performance are a mixture of live and pre-recorded string and percussion, as well as field recordings from urban, suburban and natural environments in Canberra.
From the Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres:
"With the new developments and refurbishments of Ainslie Arts Centre, and the bustling throng of musicians at the ANU School of Music, it only seems logical that the two should combine in some way to form a concert series. Much of Canberra’s new experimental and modernist classical music comes from the School of Music, yet Canberra’s growing urban scene does not seem to offer a performance space for these composers, artists and experimenters. This lunchtime series is designed to be a professional development and experience opportunity for these musicians – an environment in which new and radical music can be heard, and these people performing as individual artists rather than just students. The series focuses on new and experimental music, as well as classical music less performed. It is aimed at providing an opportunity for artists to experiment, and for audiences to experience, a less-known side of music, in one of Canberra’s emerging musical hubs.