THE BENDER //

7PM 20 OCT 2018 -

A celebration of collaboration, this is the time for experimentation, exploration & debauchery.

THE BENDER 

7PM -11PM SATURDAY 20 OCTOBER 2018

TICKETS $15 - CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR TICKET

THE BENDER is back!!! Returning as a one night only art party, THE BENDER has built a reputation as an immersive interdisciplinary feast. A celebration of collaboration, THE BENDER is a time for experimentation, exploration & debauchery. This year’s explosive line-up features invited headline acts, local artists as well as artists from further afield. The Lock-Up cells will be filled with visual and sound art, installation works, boxing, fashion, projections, interactive entertainment, Studio 54 disco beats, and explicit power-filled nudity. 

Expect to be immersed and spat back out. You’re in for one wild ride.   

THE BENDER LINE UP 

BETTY GRUMBLE // BIG MUSCLES SAD HEART // TIM BUCHANAN // CHINCHEN STREET // LIAM HERNE // BEAU IDAHO // FOOL & GEORGIA FREW // JASPER KILLKELLY // ASHER MILGATE // MEL O'DELL // NEON OCEAN // MIA PETERS & ALYSHA FEWSTER // MICHAELA SWAN // INGRID STIERTZEL

Introducing - BETTY GRUMBLE (Sydney) 

Surreal Showgurl. Obscene Beauty Queen. Wild Womanhood. Sex Clown. 

With ceremonial precision and deranged wit, Betty Grumble enslaves her audience with a powerful call to arms as she raptures in the complexity of the woman body as a political and playful site. A maniacal Feminist contagion and ecosexual, her award winning work has been critically lauded across the board. From the polished stages of Belvoir St Theatre and Sydney Opera House, to the swampy dens of Sydney’s Queer Underground and International Fringes. 

'Grumble is a Revelation' - The Age 

'Transformative & Wild - See Grumble.' – Peaches 

BIG MUSCLES SAD HEART (Sydney)  

Big Muscles Sad Heart is a Sydney-based theatre and performance art collective made up of Caitlin Doyle-Markwick, Matte Rochford, Sarah Easterman and Sabrina D’Angelo. Their work brings together physical theatre, performance art, and political satire, and is influenced by Bodyweather, Brecht and Bauhaus. The group produces bold new work that looks the modern world straight in the face and exposes it for all its heartbreaking and hilarious absurdities, as well as looking for sites of subversion and resistance within that world. 

TIM BUCHANAN (Newcastle)

How are men taught to engage with trauma? How are they socialised to work through emotionally distraught times? By using bodily performance, repetition, sound and text Buchanan hopes to explore some of these questions in a long embedded space of predominantly male violence and social abjection. 

CHINCHEN ST (Newcastle)

Chinchen St is the creation of designer Bonnie Lee Tipper. Based in Newcastle, NSW and obsessed with treasure, all of her clothes are hand made, cherry-picked or collected from all over the East Coast. CHINCHEN ST designs are all made in Newcastle from reclaimed materials into comfortable unique styles. The VINTAGE collection is curated from the best sources, cleaned, repaired and revived for a new life.     

Chinchen St will launching their next handmade collection " The Commander" via a runway show at THE BENDER. 

LIAM HERNE (Brisbane) 

Liam Herne is an artist from Watford, UK who predominately works with new media. Herne’s work identifies and celebrates the human condition and in particular how we communicate with each other through a variety of mediums such as social media and technology.  He tries to mimic and explore our online behaviours by collaborating and interacting with his audience and displaying the outcomes through digital and traditional processes. He is currently based in Brisbane, Australia. ‚Äč   

BEAU IDAHO (Newcastle) 

Beau Idaho is the fashion designer of eponymous label Beau Idaho. The label was developed while studying a Bachelor of Fashion Design at  Fashion Design Studio™ Sydney, Graduating in 2017. Beau Idaho has worked alongside Australian designers such as Akira Isogawa, Elissa McGowan, Phoenix Keating and Kristy Morgan of Ruby & Prankstar. The designer focuses on social, economic and political crossovers constructed through online, social media and commercial entertainment, concentrating on themes around sexual identity and post gender production, consumerism and commodity. 

FOOL & GEORGIA FREW (Sydney)  

FOOL (Harry Klein and Alex Job) and Georgia Frew come together to createan improvisational call and response performance piece, Symbiosis. FOOL will transmit a combination of polyphonic synthesizers with loose melodicwoodwind sounds into the ears of Frew, who will then transcend those soundsinto a large abstract expressionist performative drawing. This collaboration centres on the idea ofunfettered expression and reaction to stimulus, catharsis, instinct based movements, abstract sound and an inherent animality in humans.

JASPER KILLKELLY (Newcastle)

Jasper Kilkelly is a Newcastle based artist who produces films focused on amplified visuals and stylized storytelling. Jasper’s film SHRED merges the hidden beauty of Newcastle's industrial past together with the present, to create a dystopian city setting, in which two centuries meet. It follows a skateboarding graffiti artist as he is chased through the fictional city setting in a conflict of conformity and compassion. Shred was shot during a period of transition for the city of Newcastle, it aims to capture the rugged beauty of this moment of Newcastle's story. Beyond the buildings, SHRED explores the sounds of Newy, with sweet tunes from talented local artists.'

ASHER MILGATE (Sydney)  

Asher Milgate’s work is a personal response to the established perspective of the ‘Australian’ identity and how it views others. Informed by direct accounts of contrasting perspectives. Milgate’s work is a transferal of history, of lived experiences echoed through photography, video, installation and sound recordings. Milgate seeks to engage the publics interest in the breath of the ‘Australian’ landscape. Questioning the depth of the Australian identity while interrogating the establishment and what it means to be being Australian.

MEL O’DELL (Newcastle)

Mel O’Dell is an Interdisciplinary explorer and mural artist. Her work for THE BENDER will assist her audience to experience peace within what can be a chaotic/loud/social space. Enter if you dare. 

NEON OCEAN (Newcastle) 

Neon Ocean is a new collaboration between violinist, Anthea Wikstrom and vocalist, Amelia Anna Besseny. Premiering works inspired by ambient, industrial, Italo disco, folk, field recording, and synth-driven pop. The performance journeys through compositions and improvisations, made with new and old technology, including reel-to-reel tape loops. 

MIA PETERS & ALYSHA FEWSTER (Newcastle)

Emerging local artists and dancers, Mia Peters & Alysha Fewster will create an immersive installation/performance piece dealing with ideas around dreaming and the unconscious self. Narratives to be based off real dreams the artists’ have within the working time of the project.

MICHAELA SWAN (Newcastle)

As an interdisciplinary artist, Swan's work is predominantly centred in Fibres - Textiles with performance elements, and sculpture. Swan’s work ‘Comfort piece’ is an extension to earlier textiles/performance works referencing the body, textiles and their relationship to the everyday and art as meditation explored using repetitive and varied fibre/textiles techniques. ‘Comfort piece’ is an ongoing extended daily performance, spanning 100 days. 

INGRID STIERTZEL (Central Coast)

Ingrid Stiertzel returns to THE BENDER with her creation DISCO BENDER. DISCO BENDER seeks to free up a space for reckless abandon in its attempt to relive an all but defunct social activity once enjoyed in almost every nightclub in Australia known as DISCO. Ingrid works in the intermedial spaces between video, photography and performance to investigate themes of nostalgia, memory and the uncanny. “Starring” various constructed stereotypical characters and alter egos, her video works are presented as multi-screened installations that produce an audio-visual cacophony and transform otherwise familiar pop cultural formations into uncanny experiences. 

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PLEASE NOT THIS EVENT IS FOR PEOPLE AGED 18 YEARS +.


IMAGE: Betty Grumble. Photo by Liz Ham.