Do come along.
On the final, freezing May night of the 2008 Next Wave Festival in Melbourne, Willoh S. Weiland performed her work Yelling At Stars to a heavily bundled audience at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. But they may not have been the only beings privy to this astounding work. Because as Willoh spoke, her voice was being sent via a DSCN dish in Florida into deep space. This was Australia’s first interstellar message. In equal measure love letter, confessional and SOS, YAS hoped to balance the enormity of speaking to space with the intimacy of a single person’s voice.
That was that, until last year when Willoh and I met and we talked about how YAS could live again. Willoh did an extraordinary thing and allowed us here at Ampersand to take the footage of that night and make it into a DVD, which, thanks to Performance Space, then appeared as a supplement in Janus Faces.
So we are very pleased to announce that YAS will once again be showed to a mass audience, for the first time since the original performance, at Performance Space ClubHouse on May 27.
We do so very dearly hope you can make it.
The night involves a screening of the DVD, and a chat with Willoh and Alice.
More info at:
Our Jazz Andrews is reading at excellent Sydney word night Penguin Plays Rough. Well bloody done Jazz.
Ampersand Magazine will be appearing on the stands at the fantastic new indie publishers meet, Small Room’s ‘A Bridge For Short Attention Spans’, alongside our friends The Lifted Brow, Sleepers, Torpedo and Sticky shop zines.
Something just happened. Something tremendous.
We are thrilled that Ampersand has turned up at Cabinet Magazine’s Reading Library. Cabinet are our heroes.
Those of you in New York City: I certainly wouldn’t delay in getting your body over there. Art publishing mecca.
Check it here
Writing this from a suite at the Galle Face Hotel, Colombo. Suck it.
The Janus Faces launch at Bill & George in Redfern was motherflippn great. Thanks to the hard work of the I Can Draw You A Picture crew, who set up a mindbending contortionistic network of cables and projectors and cameras, we had a Chat Roulette lab running in a side room being projected into the main room. It was hosted by Sexy Time – a two-man fortune telling team – and Eduardo Internet, the inventor of the World Wide Web who lives inside a microchip in Silicone Valley that was animated into a man just for the event. Unfortunately SPOD was sick, which was mega crap because he is sick as in sick not sick-sick, which he actually was aswell.
As far as the Chat Roulette went, amongst the plethora of masturbators we were visited by a 12-year-old boy who contended he was born with an AK for a dick, a girl that thought she was on an Australian ‘Candid Camera’ style TV show, a young man that came out to us and whom was counselled about how to tell his parents, and many others. It was all on.
We had readings by Ampersand contributor Lisa Pryor and special guest speaker, Cammeray and MCd perfectly by Jess Cook.
The BBQ snags and beers were endless, and one must have cancelled out the other because everyone was very well behaved, aside from the neighbour from over the street who accused the director of Bill & George of being responsible for Redfern’s heroin problem and threw a bottle at Sam Hodge’s head.
Thanks so very much to all who made the night possible and all who attended. It was just splendid and a perfect foray for Janus Faces.
If you weren’t able to make it and would like a copy of the magazine you can purchase it from this website in the ‘Buy’ page, or find it at a bookshop or gallery near you (check the ‘Buy’ page for stockists).
More photos here on Two Thousand. Awesome, we all look so much hotter in these photos than we are in real life.
Less flattering shots on the ‘Events’ page of this site and here on Facebook.
Many thanks to Jamie Gerlach, Charlie Garber, Jess Cook, Tyson Koh, Kali Reid, Alasdair Nichol and Deb for helping stick 2000 DVDs into 2000 back covers. Bloody legends.
Well if you read the headlines right folks you’d be well aware by now that our hard-won second issue, Janus Faces, is currently being pressed and printed and bound and boxed and shipped, and is expected to hit the shops in March.
THIS IS VERY BLOODY EXCITING
Order your copy in advance here
Janus Faces is a real gem. 22 contributing geniuses – journalists, fiction writers, poets, painters, photographers, designers, craftspeople, academics, theatre makers, scientists, editors, mothers, fathers – have joined to create an incredible issue.
JF also comes with a DVD of Willoh S. Weiland’s ‘Yelling At Stars’ performance from Next Wave Festival 2008 – the first release of the astounding artwork since that cold May night last decade.
Jazz Andrews tells the story of the time he walked into a supermarket and took his clothes off
Warwick Baker photographs
Stephan Balleux pastels and oil paintings
Fran Barrett drawings
Suzannah Biernoff discusses Henry Tonks’ WWI pastel portraits of wounded soldiers
Abhishek Chaudary the final installment of the story of a virginal woman’s loss of innocence
Rose Chong generally lets it rip
Jess Cook digital images
Nick Coyle Morris Larb’s eulogy written by Morris Larb
Polly Dedman drawing and collage
Briohny Doyle on the vision of ourselves at the end of the world
Nicky Forster gives us a brief history of interstellar messaging
Simon Greiner time travel industry advertisements
James Harney drawings
Shannon Holopainen on the philosophy of fishing
Erik Kessels found photographs
Bob Log III answers an Oxford Men’s College entrance exam question 1957-67
Denis O’Connor takes us through the great Australian tradition of whipcracking
Lisa Pryor travels to the twin cities of El Paso and Juarez
Christos Tsiolkas reflects on actor Jack Charles, subject of the documentary Bastardy
Rob Wilson poetry
Willoh S. Weiland and the Yelling At Stars team get their first public release on our attached DVD
While the business management department of Ampersand wages the wages war and drums up funds, we are very happy to announce that our second issue, Janus Faces, has confirmed contributions from:
Willoh S. Weiland, in the form of a DVD supplement of her 2008 Next Wave work ‘Yelling At Stars.’ This is outrageously great as the work has had no previous release after that evening’s performance and transmission.
Erik Kessels, mastermind of KesselsKramer, an Amsterdam ad agency that is going to get a massive rap at a Carriageworks week-long event mid-June.
And Sprego, an incredible Tokyo-based artist and print-maker.
I’d like to give a quiet round of applause to Eddie Sharp for his presentation at Penguin Plays Rough last Saturday night. Eddie gave a talk about his article for Ampersand on ‘Ned Kelly’s Last Stand’, an animatronic museum in Glenrowan. It was excellent.
Fuck You Once, Sprego, to appear in Janus Faces