Audiovisual art, an imaginary $100m spend, and old and new music for your Friday.
aaa (Aotearoa Audio Arts) is a two-day festival taking place today and Saturday, presented by the New Zealand School of Music | Te Kōki at Victoria University of Wellington. The festival highlights international and Wellington-based artists working at the cutting edge of electronic/experimental music, sound art and audiovisual art work.
aaa features two three-act evening concerts at the Adam Auditorium in City Gallery Wellington: tonight with Mo H Zareei (IR/NZ) and Jim Murphy (US/NZ) at 6:00pm, Myriam Bleau (Canada) at 7:30pm, and Nicolas Bernier (Canada) at 9:00pm; and Saturday with Dugal McKinnon (NZ), Rob Thorne (NZ), Thomas Voyce (NZ) and Grayson Cooke (NZ/AU) at 6:00pm, Anne La Berge (US/NL) and David Dramm (US/NL) at 7:30pm, and Richard Chartier (US) at 9:00pm. If you’re quick you can get a Festival pass ($40:00) for all the sessions, the first act on each night is free, and individual bookings can be made here.
There’s also a three-day aaa exhibition of sound and audiovisual art from 11:00am to 5:00pm at Potocki Paterson Gallery in Dixon Street, featuring Ted Apel, Myriam Bleau, Bridget Johnson, Blake Johnston, Matt Lambourn and Flo Wilson.
The $100 Million Cash Splash takes place in a parallel universe where finance minister Grant Robertson has allocated a hundred million dollars to the arts in NZ. Join MC Megan Williams and a selection of guest speakers from the arts sector and decide how best to spend the money, from 6:00pm at Te Haukainga, Level 1, 274 Taranaki Street. Following this you are welcome to hikoi down to BATS Theatre to join in the opening of The Annual BATS Summit (TABS) practitioners’ weekend at BATS, 1 Kent Terrace, with drinks at the Lumen Bar.
NZ underground songwriter, musician and poet Bill Direen is setting off on a world tour, and his first stop is at Pyramid Club, Taranaki Street from 8:00pm. He will be joined by Derek Champion, playing songs from the album Cut, re-released this year by Zelle Records and Powertool Auckland. There will also be a mix of wild and poetic new material from the Ferocious Collective, featuring Jo Contag and Mark Williams. Door sales only. How much? Who knows? Go, Bill.
Or you may want to check out the female future with Bene, who crushed it at her debut Auckland performance, then secured a slot at the Others Way Festival, and comes to the capital to hook up with a crack Wellington band for her first show outside her hometown, playing at Meow in Edward Street from 9:00pm for just $10:00 entry. Her show will no doubt feature her Spotify hit ‘Tough Guy’, forthcoming second single, ‘Soak’, and more.