At the Drive-in: The Event

Posted: August 19, 2010 by shopfrontcontemporaryarts in under fifteen
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Photo by Sasha Cohen.

Shopfront, Hazelhurst, and The Harmony Institute presents At the Drive-in.

A free all-weather event

Combining live music, performance, dance and film, At the Drive-in will arise and stalk the grounds of the Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre, Gymea from 26-29 August, before hitting the road and becoming a unique touring arts festival on route to the Living Desert, Broken Hill from 10-11 September.

Featuring performers from:
Shopfront Contemporary Arts & Performance
Heaps Decent
Broken Hill
Wilcannia

See the event at:
Hazelhurst Gallery, Gymea 7:30pm
August 26-29

The Living Desert, Broken Hill 7:30pm
off Nine Mile Rd – 2nd Entrance
September 10-11

Enquiries: (02) 9588 3948
http://www.shopfront.org.au

Follow the event on twitter:
http://www.twitter.com/shopfrontarts

This event is supported by The Australia Council for the Arts, ArtsNSW, Matana Foundation, The Department of Community Services, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre, Sutherland Shire Council, Heaps Decent, Broken Hill Council, Daniel Besen, Illawarra Catholic Club and the St George Masonic Club

[TJ Eckleberg, Artistic Director]

There is more than one way to die. There is more than one way to come back to life.

Zombies remind us of the need to protect ourselves but also the need to connect. It’s not enough to ward off zombies – shoot them, decapitate them, or push them out the door. Sooner or later the virus will find us, and we need to hope our friends show compassion, treat us respectfully – wait for the symptoms to abate.

We need to decide how to make peace with the zombies we meet. When should we pull out the shotgun – when should we put on the protective suit? When should we stop the boats? When should we admit we are not in control? When do we acknowledge we ourselves are zombies too?

Are you a Zombie?

Posted: August 16, 2010 by Sarah in Lesson Plans, Outreach

As part of the Z Harmony initiative – some of our workshop facilitators have been traveling around the country to regional centre’s working with school groups and youth groups to gauge a better understanding of how young people are dealing with the post-dead environment.

As part of our travels, we worked with Alma Primary School in Broken Hill. Many of the young people there were extremely articulate about their experiences and some of them even drew diagrams! Photo by Sasha Cohen
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Back to School

Posted: August 12, 2010 by shopfrontcontemporaryarts in under fifteen
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Surgical Mask in the Financial District

[Interview conducted by the Harmony Institute with Charlie Turner, aged 15]

I just remember all these ads on Facebook about how it was okay to go back to school. They had these dumb-looking kids in school uniforms walking down the path with smiles on their faces and books in their hands.

One of my friends knew the girl in it and said that the only time her mum had let her out of the house was to film the commercial.

In the end me and my younger brother were allowed to go back to school, but we had to wear these face masks the whole time.

You can only be scared for so long

Posted: August 11, 2010 by shopfrontcontemporaryarts in under fifteen
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The Death Zone - Longer and Lower. Frenchay hospital, Bristol

[Interview conducted by the Harmony Institute with Valerie Turnbull, triage nurse, St. Vincent's Hospital]

I had just started at St. Vincent’s and didn’t know too much about the whole thing. There had been rumours, you know, just whispers about what the poor people might look like or how you could tell.

In the beginning I was dreading walking through the wards in case someone had it.

But you can only be scared for so long.

Everyone was holding their breath for a new case but it just didn’t come. Eventually we just got on with it. We didn’t forget exactly, but I figured if I was going to come face to face with a Zombie, ah sorry, Post–dead, I had better know what I could do to help.

One morning all the nurses were called into a presentation from the senior medical staff about procedures and early detection. We were all a bit confused, we had listened to Dr. Boyd, we thought the risk was over. Turns out some doctors weren’t convinced. They wanted us to be prepared.

They showed us this video of one of the first cases. Close up shots of the skin and the eyes. How they acted around raw meat and, well, brains. I thought to myself, there is not a single thing I could do to help that thing.

Nothing.

Isn’t that an awful feeling?

Z-Harmony Video Diary

Posted: August 7, 2010 by shopfrontcontemporaryarts in video
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Patients recovering at the Z-Harmony Institute have started blogging about their experience as a zombie in the post-dead world.

Harmony Reclaimed

Posted: August 6, 2010 by shopfrontcontemporaryarts in under fifteen
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All excerpts from “Reconsidering Death: A Brief History of the Zombie Phenomenon” provided courtesy of author Dr. Jeremy Tuckwell. All rights reserved.

On the 2nd of December, The Harmony Institute is established by the Federal Government under the custodianship of Dr. Jeremy Tuckwell, a newly-formed team of leading scientists, social psychologists and policy-makers from around the world is gathered and enticed by the Federal Government’s new initiative. The institute is to be based in the South of Sydney.

The following day, the government issues thorough documentation of the affects of the disease on the human body and the process by which patients regain consciousness. The government’s efforts are a strategic attempt to restore faith in the general public and allow the population to regain some form of normalcy.

There are no new cases of the disease and most reports advise that the contagion and virus are no match for the robust human immune system.

Six weeks after the initial outbreak, scientists across the world agree that the virus has been eradicated. Although some health organisations advise caution most, including the World Health Organisation, give the general public of Australia the green light to resume life as normal.

Later, representatives from major health organizations meet to discuss any further impact the disease could have in the wider community. Australia’s Chief Scientist Robert Boyd addresses the conference with a message of stability and encouragement. “I see no reason why people should not go about their business. This disease has been eradicated naturally,” he states before a packed press conference following the first day of proceedings.

Scientists are still unable to locate the virus within the human bloodstream, nor do they have any information about how it is transmitted.

Months later, and all levels of the Australian government still promote a message of ‘business as usual’ as they desperately try to reinvigorate the stagnated economy. Unemployment is at twenty one percent – its highest level since the great depression. Conservative estimates state the threat of the disease cost Australia two and a half billion dollars.

With the fear of transmission waning throughout the country more health information is released to the public about the nature and symptoms of the disease. A short instructional video is prepared by leading science organisations about the changes to the human body along with footage from the initial patients.

Hospitals and general practices remain on high alert for specific symptoms.

Love Sonnets for the Undead

Posted: July 30, 2010 by shopfrontcontemporaryarts in video
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