Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

Museum of Contemporary Art

Up close and personal: 14 May

Friday 14 May 2021 (opening 5:30 PM)

at MCA ( venue info )
140 George St, The Rocks, Sydney NSW

All Ages

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We’ve teamed up again with Dual Plover to present the second round of Up close and personal, a series of physically distanced contemporary sound events like you’ve never seen before.

Each three hour program will feature two musical acts, each playing for one and a half hours with a collaborative segue at the midway point. Drop in to experience a unique and intimate performance only 1.5 metres away from some of Australia’s most innovative musicians. Performers include Eric Avery, Graham King, Shoeb Ahmad, Nicola Morton, Matt Earle, Loose-y Crunché, Papaphilia, Jim Denley, Monica Brooks, Laura Altman, Garry Bradbury and Phantom Chips.

Whip out your phone to livestream the event and share it on your socials using the hashtag #mcaupcloseandpersonal. The content captured will be compiled for an online audience.

  • Free, booking required – maximum of 2 tickets per person.
  • All ages welcome.
  • Each ticket gives you access to an intimate 20-minute experience. Due to capacity and the rotating nature of the audience, there may be wait times when you arrive.
  • Your confirmed ticket time slot can not be swapped.
  • If you are no longer able to attend the performance, please get in touch with us by emailing, so that we can offer your spot to someone else.
  • Tickets for each event will be released one week prior.
  • This ticket is for 14 May only. Other dates in this series will be released one week prior to the event. 

14 May Performers

Garry Bradbury:  5.30–7pm
Garry Bradbury is an English born electronic musician active in Sydney’s experimental music scene since 1979. His first significant collaboration was in 1980, along with brothers Simon and Tim Knuckey as The Wet Taxis, a band specialising in heavily treated guitar and drum machine and various tape manipulations. In 1981, Garry collaborated with Tokyo Rose and Montgomery Smythe to form Hiroshima Chair, another electronic outfit featuring a vast arsenal of analogue synthesisers. Following this, he teamed up with Tom Ellard’s pioneering post-punk/industrial band Severed Heads. This collaboration continued sporadically from 1981 to 1985 and resulted in several albums and eps on vinyl and cassette. Garry also directed and designed, with collaborative input from numerous others, several of the early infamous Severed Heads’ videos: Goodbye Tonsils, Canine and Bigcar.

Phantom Chips: 6.45–8.30pm
Phantom Chips makes wearable synthesisers that can be stretched and squeezed to create sound. Her homemade lectronix squeals create the bent charm and harsh mangled tones through tactile electronics. Tara Pattenden works in the field of electronics, noise, performance and soft circuitry. Based in Brisbane, she runs a business selling synthesisers, including the Noisy BSTRD and the Lerango Drone. She performs with British group BodyVice and builds unique electronic instruments for their live shows. She has been making noise and mess for almost 20 years performing internationally as a solo artist and in bands such as Monster Zoku Onsomb and Kunt.

COVID-19 update
The health and safety of visitors and staff is our main priority at the MCA. We are following government guidelines with regard to COVID-19 to ensure our visitors and staff are safe at all times. Please read our visitor safety information here.
This series is part of the Play in the City initiative which is supported by NSW Government through Create NSW.

Learn more here

All Ages