Dark Science

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The Quad is excited to announcement a new mini-festival set over two nights on the 16th and 17th August. Come and experience an experimental and wacky program aimed to explore the darker side of science. The Quad is now calling out for acts!

First announcement:

Andy Forbes | Mr Filthy and Professor Pickles


The performance explores themes of science gone wrong and Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, while creating a contemporary narrative that comically illustrates notions of addiction, fetish, god complex and mental illness. Two gothic characters anguish and fetishize inside a laboratory caravan of horrors. Performances are mesmerizing sometimes lasting many hours. Some of the tests include anatomical and ESP experiments performed on corpses and live humans often extracted from the audience. The caravan becomes a mini theatre revealing a macabre display of taxidermy and chemistry glassware colorfully lit and complimented by smoke and lasers. Mobile video projectors map grotesque anatomical images onto the re-animated abominations. The installation is set to an eerie audio loop sampled from science fictions classic film War of the Worlds, The result is an intense sense of foreboding hypnotically suggesting to the audience that something awful yet hilarious is about to be witnessed.


Inter-Galactic Dub Lab | Mick Dick and Kellie O’Dempsey

Well known local artist Kellie O'Dempsey will be presenting a live drawing work projected in the precinct set to a cranking live dub set.

Travel the space waves, communicating with life beyond our solar system, Dub mad Mick Dick transcends the sonic realms through reverb and delay mixing live dub roots reggae. Together with cosmic visionary Kellie O’Dempsey who draws with beams of light that project into the darkness of deep space.

Inter-Galactic Dub talks to the stars, sound and light tripping into the galaxy with interstellar messages of peace and pleasure

If you have an act you'd like to put forward to be part of Dark Science please email Marisa.Snow@lismore.nsw.gov.au with the following

The Quad is calling out for acts to take part in Dark Science.  Please email marisa.snow@lismore.nsw.org.au with the following:

- Name of the work
- Duration
- Short description of work
- Tech requirements
- Fee required

Deadline for submissions: 5th July 2019

Acts are encouraged to appeal to the dark side of the arts and involve an exploration between the arts and science. Multiple performance spaces are available throughout the Quad precinct and Conservatorium building. 

Be bold, be brave, be wacky!