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Concerts: Earth Plays and Klangspuren Lautstärker  Workshop by Cathy Milliken

7 September 2017, Schwaz, Austria - Earth Plays
15 September 2017, Innsbruck - Klangspuren Lautstärker 

Australian mezzo-soprano Jessica Aszodi will be performing the award-winning Earth Plays vocal orchestral work by Australian composer Cathy Milliken at the opening of the Klangspuren Schwaz New Music Festival on 7 September. Commissioned by the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, the four movements of the orchestral work are a tribute to places where sounds, music and words can be imagined to have left acoustic imprints throughout time - from an ancient Greek theatre to New York's Radio City Music Hall. The piece has won the Art Music Awards prize for Best Orchestral Composition at Adelaide Festival in 2016.

In August, as a lead-up to the Festival in September, Cathy Milliken will be directing the Klangspuren Lautstärker (Soundtracks Louder) composition workshop for young talented musicians  in Imsterberg. The final composition of the workshop will be performed at the Klangenspuren Festival on 15 September in Innsbruck.

Cathy Milliken is an internationally recognised creative director and composer. She is a founding member of the renowned group for contemporary music, Ensemble Modern Germany, and has worked with Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös, Frank Zappa, György Ligeti and Karlheinz Stockhausen.

Klangspuren Schwaz Tirol New Music Festival  has been dedicated to providing a professional platform for contemporary music and its young pioneers since 1994, and takes place on an annual basis. It is the most important festival for new music in Western Austria.

Further information about the festival and the workshop is available here.
Further information about Cathy Milliken can be found here.

Thursday, 7 September, 8:00 pm
Silbersaal im SZentrum
Andreas-Hoferstrasse 10
6130 Schwaz, Austria

Friday, 15 September, 6:00 pm
Treibhaus, Roter Salon
Angerzellgasse 8
6020 Innsbruck


Exhibition: Artist Jenny Watson Other Lives

Ongoing until 9 September 2017, Vienna

Works by internationally renowned Australian artist Jenny Watson will be on display in Vienna from June through to September 2017.  Galerie Straihammer und Seidenschwann will exhibit paintings and text panel works by Watson alongside works from Viennese artist collective K.U.SCH  Renate Krätschmer und Sito Schwarzenberger  which examine the relationships between art, text, and lettering or symbols.

Watson is a prominent artist who has exhibited extensively in Australia and internationally, including exhibiting at the Biennale in Venice in 1993.  The Australia-based artist incorporates a number of stylistic approaches in her works combining painting, language and text and a range of different materials and fabrics, such as velvet and collaged elements.  Using simple components – unprimed textiles, figures left in aesthetic rudiments, and hand-written short texts –, Watson creates complex stories from her figurative images, which offer autobiographical insights as well as feminist and social critique.

For further information, please refer here.

Galerie Straihammer und Seidenschwann
Grünangergasse 8/3
1010 Vienna


Performance: Elisabeth Kelvin and Lorelei Dowling

10 September 2017, 8:00 pm, Vienna

Australians Elisabeth Kelvin and Lorelei Dowling have teamed up to take their audience on what has been described as a “fantasy voyage through time and fusion” or “composed, improvised music for bass clarinet, saxophone and bassoon and life art performance”. Elisabeth Kelvin is a multi-disciplinary arts practitioner, who currently resides in Vienna. In her work she explores correspondences between contemporary music, modern choreography and abstract art. Her musical practice centres around woodwind instruments as well as original compositions. Lorelei Dowling (bassoon) has been a member of the acclaimed Klangforum Vienna ensemble for many years.

For more information about Elisabeth’s work see here.

St Ruprechtskiche
Ruprechtplatz 1
1010 Vienna


Exhibition: Patricia Piccinini and Del Kathryn Barton at Terra Incognita

Opening on 14 September with exhibition running until 28 October 2017, Vienna

Two prominent contemporary Australian artists, Patricia Piccinini and Del Kathryn Barton, will feature in the exhibition Terra Incognita in Vienna.  Curated by one of the leading experts in contemporary Southeast Asian and Australian Art, Matthias Arndt, the exhibition aims to explore the liaison of language and art, the moment of the narrative, and the importance of symbols for contemporary art. Indonesian, Filipino, Pakistani and Cambodian artists will exhibit side by side with Australia’s artists.

Patricia Piccinini works across a variety of mediums including sculpture, painting, video, and digital prints. In 2014 she won the Artist Award from the Melbourne Art Foundation’s Awards for the Visual Arts. Her startling pieces of work examine the connections between science and nature, art and the environment. Her equally acclaimed colleague Del Kathryn Barton is known for her vibrant and figurative imagery and her combination of traditional painting techniques with illustrative styles. In 2008 and 2013 she won the Archibald Prize for portraiture.

For further information, please refer here.

Absberggasse 27
Vienna 1100

Opening:  Thursday, 14 September
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Exhibition: 15 September – 28 October
Wed – Sat 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm


Photography: Lachlan LOX Blair: Wachaufspüren

Opening on 15 September 2017 with exhibition running until 31 October 2017, Weißenkirchen

In his current exhibition, Australian photographic artist Lachlan Blair displays a cross-section of 15 years of photography in the Wachau and seeks to provide unusual insights and perspectives into the Danube’s cultural and historical landscape of the Wachau region. Lachlan Blair was born in Canberra in 1967 and has lived and worked in Vienna and Lower Austria since 2000 with exhibitions both in Australia and Austria. He engages complicated historical processes such as Camera Obscura and photogram, but also analogue and digital photography to produce his works.

For more information about Lachlan Blair and this exhibition see here.

Gallery in the Teisenhoferhof
Marketplace 177
3610 Weißenkirchen in der Wachau

Opening:  Friday, 15 September
6:00pm. – 9:00pm.

Exhibition: 16 September– 31 October
Daily but not on Mondays from 10:00am – 12:00am, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm


Poetry: Readings by John Mateer

20 September 2017, Vienna and 10 October 2017, Innsbruck

John Mateer, poet, art critic, exhibition curator and avid traveller based in Perth, Western Australia, will be in Austria to read from a selection of poems and an essay that explore questions of migration, travel, abduction, eviction and colonialization. These works are about to be published in German under the title of Ungläubige. John Mateer is a regular contributor to Art Monthly Australia. He has written for international literature magazines such as Cerise Press, and in 2001 was awarded the Victorian Premier’s Prize for Poetry. He has regularly visited Vienna since 2006, including  for readings, with several collections of his poems being published in German (Der Narbenbaum, ExWhite/Einmal weiβ). These readings and discussions will be held both in English and German.

Entry to the events is free.

Wednesday, 20 September, 8:15 pm
Alte Schmiede
Schoenlaterngasse 9
1010 Vienna
For more information see here.

Friday, 10 October, 7:00 pm
Literaturhaus am Inn
Josef-Hirn-Straße 5
6020 Innsbruck
For more information please refer here.


Exhibition: The Australindopak Archive by Michal Glikson

Ongoing until 7 October 2017, Vienna

Australian artist Michal Glikson has been exploring peripatetic art practice with a focus on painting as a means of negotiating cross-cultural experience and the uncertainty of transitional life since 2006. The Australindopak Archive is a series of scroll paintings that chronicle the artist’s immersive journeys in Australia, India and Pakistan between 2012 and 2015. The paintings offer her lived experiences of peripatetic life and rich encounters with “extra/ordinary” people. Her scrolls have been exhibited in many international locations including Paris, London, and Dubai.

For further information, please refer here  and

Hinterland Galerie
Krongasse 20
1050 Vienna

Opening:  Wednesday, 6 September
7:00 pm

Exhibition: 7 September - 7 October
Turs - Fri: 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Sat: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm