The Brisbane Sound - Curated by David Pestorius

The Brisbane Sound - Curated by David Pestorius

The Brisbane Sound will map cross-pollination between the indie and experimental music scenes and the art scene in Brisbane during the post-punk years, 1978–1983.

This multi-layered project will incorporate an exhibition, concerts and a book. It will concentrate on the role of key individuals, including Ed Kuepper, Robert Forster and Eugene Carchesio, each of whom will curate a special concert for the project.

In addition to receiving international critical acclaim for their music, Kuepper (founder of The Saints) and Forster (founder of The Go-Betweens) have consistently maintained a working relationship with visual artists and the art world, while Carchesio, who is primarily known as a visual artist, is also a product of the same music/art milieu.

The Brisbane Sound builds on earlier IMA projects, in particular Ross Harley's groundbreaking 1986 exhibition 'Know Your Product', which surveyed crossovers between the art and indie music scenes in Brisbane between 1976 and 1986. It was the first time the convergence of local art and music worlds was made visible in an institutional context. Harley’s project assembled a breadth of material, arguing that the sorting would come later, and that certain aspects would assume greater significance in the future. The Brisbane Sound offers itself as the fulfillment of this idea.

In addition to Kuepper, Forster and Carchesio, The Brisbane Sound will showcase the multifarious activities of Gary Warner, including his graphic work, experimental sound works, Super 8 films and contributions to local indie groups including The Leftovers, Zero/Xero and Out Of Nowhere.

In addition, there will be a focus on the graphic work of Peter Loveday, Terry Murphy and John Willsteed, which paralleled and often served as a critique of Brisbane's dynamic alternative and experimental music/art scenes in the early 1980s.

The remarkable activities of John Nixon in Brisbane in 1980 and 1981 will also be the subject of close scrutiny. In these years Nixon’s exhibition program as director of the IMA, and his Anti-Music and Q Space projects challenged institutional orthodoxies and served to collapse the local experimental art and alternative music scenes into one another.

The Brisbane Sound will also include specially commissioned contributions from Jenny Watson, Judi Dransfield-Kuepper and Andrew Wilson, and will present a rarely seen 1979 television commercial for the Toowong Music Centre by The Go-Betweens featuring Robert Forster and the late Grant McLennan in acting roles, as well as the McLennan-scripted short film Heather's Gloves.

EXHIBITION: 9 February - 8 March

Friday 7 March at 8.30pm
Small World Experience / The Deadnotes / Ian
Wadley / Peter Charles Macpherson / Gary Warner (Super 8 films) Curated by Eugene Carchesio.

Saturday 8 March at 8.30pm
The Apartments / Adults Today / Robert Forster
and Adele Pickvance / Trevor Ludlow and The Hellraisers Curated by Robert Forster.

Sunday 9 March at 8.30pm
Ed Kuepper Presents The Ascension Academy.

Gig Tickets: Rocking Horse. Season $50. Individual nights $30.

venue :
Institute of Modern Art/Judith Wright Centre
420 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley

info via The Brisbane Sound event page @

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