2017 Thus Far... CellF, Protectors, PIAF and more Stelarc / by Steven Hughes

This year has been intense so far, with many exciting projects in the works. In addition to a national tour with Doublethink Prism (www.doublethinkprism.com), I was lucky enough to attend the 2017 summer installment of MOFO, the Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) Festival of Music and Art (otherwise known as Mona Foma) in Hobart, Tasmania in January with the team behind 'CellF' the world's first neural synthesiser. I have been following the team for the past few years, documenting their journey from concept to realisation and in time this will hopefully result in a full length documentary about their daring experiment.

 CellF in performance with Okkyung Lee, Museum of Old and New Art (Mona), Hobart, Jan 22nd, 2017

CellF in performance with Okkyung Lee, Museum of Old and New Art (Mona), Hobart, Jan 22nd, 2017

More info: guybenary.com/work/cellf/

https://mofo.net.au/lineup/mofo-at-mona/cellf/

I donated some more time to assisting the Beeliar Wetlands Protectors effort here in Perth, Western Australia. Avoiding the senseless destruction of precious endangered environments is everybody's responsibility. A video de-bunking a government propaganda production had a viral reaction, picking apart blatant misinformation with factual references.

 

I was fortunate enough to join the team for the opening of the Perth International Arts Festival (PIAF) 2017 - Boorna Waanginy: The Trees Speak. Helping bring this epic, culturally charged and vibrant work to life over a huge canopy of trees in Kings Park. The result was nothing short of magical.

 

I teamed up with Stelarc once more, documenting his project 'StickMan' a collaboration with artist Petro Vouris.

Stelarc and I will be travelling to Eindhoven, Netherlands next month to the STRP Biennale to create another iteration of our 'Re-wired / Re-mixed' project that premiered at PICA, Perth July last year.

https://strp.nl/en/

 

And to top it all off, final touches on the second full length 'Usurper of Modern Medicine' Album were completed, I look forward to releasing this new record later in 2017.