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Space, time and technology collide at the Phee

Artist Kain White's Reflections series is on exhibition at the Phee Broadway Theatre foyer from 27 July to 8 September 2018

Come and explore your relationship to space, time and technology at the Phee this winter.

Tuesday 24 July 2018

Audiences are invited to explore their relationship to space, time and technology with three local artists presenting their works at the Phee Broadway Theatre precinct in Castlemaine this winter.

Following a successful exhibition at Bendigo’s Arnold Street Gallery, artist Kain White is showing his Reflections series in the Phee Broadway Theatre foyer.

Reflections plays on the theme of an ‘alien’ visitor witnessing the earth for the first time. Kain’s astronaut-like figures provide an inquisitive eye through which the audience is invited to view the beauty and ugliness of nature a-new.

Kain said he excited to be hosting his first solo show in Mount Alexander Shire at the Phee.

“The light coming into the venue works beautifully with the silver paint I use and brings the work to life. The theatre foyer really is a great space to exhibit,” he said

Meanwhile in the theatre, Mr and Mrs Bray from Campbells Creek are working on a project to invent a pair of electronic tap dance shoes as part of the At Home residency program.

As one of three Regional Centre for Culture grant recipients for a residency at the Phee, Mr and Mrs Bray will produce Dark Machinery, a one-off gothic/industrial dance night club event exploring H O O F wireless technology systems for dance shoes.

“Being a tap dancer married to a theatre technician, we've long had the idea to create a pair of tap shoes that can make any possible sound,” said Mrs Bray, better known as local tap dancing extraordinaire Ms Evie.

“The opportunity to be locked in the Phee as part of this residency has given us the space to not only create the shoes, which we believe are the only kind in the world, but also to create an act around it - H O O F.”

The name HOOF is derived from hoofer, which is slang for tap dancer. After a month developing the work in the space, the public will be invited to join Mr and Mrs Bray on Saturday 11 August to try out the technology against a backdrop of live bands and DJs.

“We were going to demonstrate the shoes at a dull afternoon showing but realised they deserved a whole evening of dark celebration, so we'll turn the Phee into a goth club,” said Mrs Bray.

Across the road on Mechanics Lane, artist Elissa Sadgrove will install her Relocomotion series in paste-up format later in the month.

Relocomotion revolves around symbols that Elissa has chosen to represent a time of relocation. As a child of the eighties and influenced by everything from games consoles to space-ship like cars, Elissa simultaneously throws the viewer backwards and forwards in time with a range of retro/futuristic graphics.

“The Mechanics Lane paste-up project is a great opportunity to continue the Relocomotion series. After five years of investigating this theme, I’m looking forward to sharing it with the wider public,” said Elissa.

Mount Alexander Shire Council’s Cultural Development Officer Vicki Anderson can’t wait to see the complementary projects come together.

“I hope audiences really enjoy the work of Kain, Elissa, and Mr and Mrs Bray at the different spaces on offer at the Phee,” said Vicki.

“This collection of projects straddling art and science shows just how innovative, creative and connected we are as a community,” she said.

Reflections formally opens on Friday 27 July from 6-8pm and will run until 8 September. Both the opening and exhibition are free and open to the public.

Dark Machinery is an 18+ event happening at 8pm on Saturday 11 August. Tickets are $5 and available at the door.

Relocomotion will be up in Mechanics Lane from 1 August until 25 October.

The Phee Broadway Theatre’s 22 week ‘At Home’ residency program supports local creatives to develop and perform their work during two or four week blocks throughout the year.

It is supported by the Regional Centre for Culture, an initiative of the Victorian Government in partnership with the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Corporation, City of Greater Bendigo, and the Shires of Central Goldfields, Hepburn and Mount Alexander.

For more information visit: www.pheebroadwaytheatre.com.au.

Photo: Artist Kain White’s Reflections series officially opens from 6pm-8pm on Friday 27 July, and runs until 8 September at the Phee Broadway Theatre foyer.

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