Peter Blamey performing at Avantwhatever Festival 2016 | Photo: Tim Grey
Past Event

Avantwhatever Commissions Launch and Listening Party

Presented by Avantwhatever


Fri 26 May 6:00pm - 8:00pm
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RMIT Digital Media Black Box at RMIT City Campus, Naarm - Entry via Little Bang Espresso next to the RMIT Tram Stop on Swanston St
Building 12, 394-412 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia


Accessible bathroom All gender bathroom Seating available Wheelchair accessible

Avantwhatever premieres the first in their new series of audiovisual commissions of digital sound, art and design presenting works from artists Charmaine Lee (New York), Stephen Cornford (Bristol), and Peter Blamey (Sydney) with an introduction from curator Ben Byrne.

The first three commissions will be presented on the night using the RMIT Digital Media Black Box’s bespoke audiovisual system to offer an ideal listening and viewing environment. Commissions from experimental vocalist Charmaine Lee, and media artist and researcher Stephen Cornford will be premiered, followed by a live performance from commissioned musician and artist Peter Blamey.

Following the event, the commissions will be hosted on Avantwhatever’s dedicated audiovisual server and website, using the open web and peer-to-peer technology to make them freely accessible and discoverable using decentralised social media, as will be demonstrated as part of the event.

This event is presented with the Design and Sonic Practice research group, part of RMIT University’s School of Design

The event is free via RSVP with attendees added to the Avantwhatever mailing list


Peter Blamey

Peter Blamey is a Sydney-based artist. His practice is often sound-focussed and accomplished with a minimum of means, and includes performances, videos, recordings, and installations. Broadly speaking, his work explores (amongst other things) the interconnected themes of energies and residues, often through reimagining our everyday encounters with mundane materials and technologies and the physical world, and our experiences of energy generation, use, and wastage.

Ben Byrne

Ben Byrne is a researcher, organiser, and teacher employing critical listening practices to develop creative, ethical, and sustainable ways of being at a time of technological pressure and ecological crisis.

They are Program Manager and Senior Lecturer, Bachelor of Design (Digital Media) at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, currently teaching the course ‘Curating and Producing the Digital. They are also the Director of Avantwhatever


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