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First Thursdays, Mariam Arcilla

5 October 2017 – 6:00PM-9:00PM

Event Type: Performance

| Free

Writer, curator, and researcher Mariam Arcilla, along with her friends, will present an evening of performance riffing on the word SKIRT.

SKIRT features artists, writers, and musicians whose practices ‘skirt around’ art-form conventions to shape new approaches for sound, visuals, taste, words, and fashion.

To begin the evening, Arcilla invites you to drink a concoction created around the theme of secrets. You can decipher its contents through a home-made alphabet code. Michelle Xen and Shane Rudken will perform an IMA-exclusive live electronica set that is a juncture between experimental sound, light, visceral synthetic textures, and deconstructed pop.  Skullgrabber will present a two-course menu of electronic emulsion that is part analogue noise, home economics, and chakra-shaking sounds. Acting as ‘skirts for the neck and ears’, pieces by Brisbane-based jeweller Bianca Mavrick will be adorning the performers. At the end of the evening, you’re invited to take home words from writers Emily McGuire, Danni Zuvela, and Arcilla.

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Biographies

Mariam Arcilla is a writer, curator, and researcher who profiles luminaries in art, design, fashion, and architecture. She has written for leading Australian publications like VAULT, Acclaim, and Broadsheet, and has a background in gallery-directing, artist-run projects and placemaking.

Michelle Xen is a music producer, singer-songwriter, and visual artist. Xen and Shane Rudken have performed internationally with multiple acts including in New York, Singapore, Tokyo, and across festivals, mainstage venues, and experimental spaces in Australia.

Equipped with a vault of synthesisers and a sample bank of weekly deposits, Skullgrabber (featuring artist Rebecca Ross, and others) return after a few minor renovations and are once again ready to render themselves public.

Bianca Mavrick is a self-titled jewellery label whose playful forms, eclectic motifs, and exuberant colours have been kindling imaginations since 2013. Approaching kitsch, irony, and distortion of scale with aplomb, Bianca’s designs are dynamic, site-specific sculptures that explore the link between individual expression and shared visual language.

Emily McGuire is a London-based writer, designer, and researcher who focuses on fashion and digital culture, and the role of fashion in shaping female identity in the 21st century. She writes for several publications, including ADDRESS Journal.

Danni Zuvela is the Artistic Director of Liquid Architecture and Deputy Director of The Walls. Working as a curator, writer, and researcher, Danni’s academic research is informed by feminism, activism, and neologisms.

Photograph by Hannah Roche, for BNE Girls.