INTERCHANGE FESTIVAL 2015
Day 2 – Monsoon
Monsoon Australia is a 2-week trans-cultural, multi-disciplinary and collaborative research residency engaging European, Asian and Australian artists. Monsoon Australia is co-curated and co-facilitated by Arco Renz (Kobalt Works), David Pledger (Not Yet Its Difficult) and Margie Medlin.
Monsoon brings together artists from diverse cultural and geographic backgrounds, and from varied artistic traditions and practices, and challenges them to discover pathways to collaboration. The Monsoon artists included Nathan Gray, Adelina Larsson, Rebecca Jensen, Ahilan Ratnamohan, Olé Khamchanla, JK Anicoche, Geumhyung Jeong, Rita Morais and Venuri Perera.
On the second day of Interchange 2015, Monsoon share their ideas, experiences and new collaborations, fresh from their exchange at the Bundanon Trust. The schedule included:
REHEARSING REVOLUTION FESTIVAL
JK Anicoche and Ahilan Ratnamohan
Geumhyung Jeong and Venuri Perera
Geumhyung Jeong and JK Anicoche
Olé Khamchanla and Adelina Larsson
THE PERFECT TRAVELLER FILM
“Monsoon was a welcome retreat from touring/making and provided some valuable reflection time. I didn’t expect to click with the other artists so well and I think the relaxed yet great work of Arco, Margie and David played a strong role in this.” – Ahilan Ratnamohan
“It was an extremely enriching experience, for many reasons. The most important is that, in Monsoon, I had the opportunity of getting to know a group of amazing artists and facilitators, creating work, collaborating and exchanging with them, enriching each other’s practice. Then, it was my first time out of Europe, which made the experience more special because I got to know new cultural and artistic environments, specially the characteristics and particularities of Australia and Australians (with the privilege of working in Bundanon and Critical Path). The zapguests and events during the residency were also very interesting.” – Rita Morais
Image credit: Monsoon Australia, Interchange Festival 2015. Photos courtesy of the artists.