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JAMMING WITH STRANGERS

4 December 2021 - 27 February 2022

What does it feel like to connect with people through music?

Jamming with Strangers highlights music communities as spaces of intimacy, nourishment, and social connection. By focusing on these intimate relationships, the exhibition reveals the role creative communities play in influencing broader social cohesion.

Jamming with Strangers incorporates new artworks commissions, workshops, and live events.

Featuring works by established and emerging artists, including: Carla & Lisa Wherby, David McDiarmid, Gillian Kayrooz, Joanne Saad, Julian Day, Kerry Toomey, Kevin Diallo, Ladstreet, Leila el Rayes & Justine Youssef, My Le Thi & Azo Bell, Tina Havelock Stevens and Troy-Anthony Baylis

The exhibition will also include a section collaboratively curated with leaders of the Western Sydney Ballroom scene Jamaica Moana and Xander Khoury. This section includes iconic costumes from the local Ballroom community, and will artworks by Ballroom artists, including: Blu Jay, Billy Kephavong & Fetu Taku, Joshua Taliani and Māhia aka Kaos.

Older Asian woman with short gray hair with eyes closed and lips open
Super Critical Mass (Julian Day and Luke Jaaniste), 'AURA', 2012, performance and photographic series. Images by Alex Wisser

JAMMING WITH STRANGERS
EXHIBITION OPENING

Join us for the exhibition opening on 4 December 2021 (2-4pm)

This FREE event will include a series of talks by the exhibiting artists, a performance by the Western Sydney Ballroom community and an invitation for audiences to jam with My Le Thi and Azo Bell using their artwork titled Gukoongboom. Gukoongboom is an interactive installation commissioned by Casula Powerhouse, featuring a tuned percussion instrument built from painted PVC pipes which reflects on My Le Thi’s memories of village life in the Vietnamese Central Highlands, where music was an essential part of the community.

WEST BALL III

WEST BALL 3 is a wonderful event taking place on 29 January 2022. It celebrates the diversity of the Australian ballroom community, which is predominantly led by trans women of colour and LGBTIQ+ communities from Western Sydney. The West Ball is in its third year as an annual event, and 2022 will be the most ambitious yet. In the last few years, the vogue/ballroom scene has expanded on such a large scale with TV shows like POSE and the competition reality show LEGENDARY. Accompanying the event will be a display of gowns and costumes from previous Balls, capturing some of the incredible energy of the Western Sydney Ballroom community.

WESTERN SYDNEY MUSIC FUTURES

Western Sydney Music Futures is a half-day of panel discussions and hands-on workshops led by industry leaders. These leaders represent a dynamic scene as they come from the music industry, the arts community and the commercial world of production. They will speak from their own experience in the industry to share how they see the landscape right now, how they are reaching their own career highs, the important politics of Western Sydney music, and ultimately challenge participants to find innovative ways to change the scene for the future.

DINNER MUSIC

On 26 February, Casula Powerhouse will host Dinner Music, an intimate evening of conversations and experimental performances. For one night only, our Switch Gallery will be opened up for an intimate dinner amongst the artworks. Join hosts Craig Donarski (CPAC Director) and Luke Létourneau (CPAC Curator) as they take you on an unforgettable evening of art, stories, performance, food and music.

Music Films is a curated selection of films that coincides with Jamming with Strangers. Discover stories of connection, rebellion and finding self-expression through music. And of course, each film features amazing toe-tapping and heart wrenching soundtracks.


The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble
15 January 2022
Free admission; bookings essential

This Grammy-nominated documentary follows members of the Silk Road Ensemble as they gather in locations across the world, exploring the ways art can both preserve traditions and shape cultural evolution.

We've got an engaging mix of workshops that will inspire musicians of all ages and abilities this summer.

HOLIDAY KINDERCRAFTEN
Thursday 13 January OR Thursday 20 January
Casula Powerhouse 
9:30am - 10:30am
$15
Suitable for ages 2-5 

Younger music-makers and their parents will be introduced to creative methods and materials based around Jamming with Strangers. Participants will get to create an artwork that they'll get to take home.


MUSIC MAKER CAMP
Tuesday 18 January
Casula Powerhouse 
10am - 2pm
$60
Suitable for ages 10+

Love Music? Join us for a one-day program for young music lovers. Students will explore innovative ways to produce music while being inspired by everyday sounds around them. Inspired by Jamming with Strangers, students will come together and create a symphony of sounds.


CODE A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT
Friday 28 January 
Liverpool City Library - X-Box Room
10am - 11:30pm
Suitable for ages 12-16
FREE, Bookings essential - please note that bookings for this workshop will open on 1 January 2022

Get creative this summer by learning to code your own musical instrument! Work together to code and perform on a musical instrument of your own design using Makey Makey's!


RECORDING MUSIC WITH BANDCAMP
Thursday 10 February
Liverpool City Library - Gold Room
6pm - 7:30pm
Suitable for ages 16+ 
FREE, Bookings essential - please note that bookings for this workshop will open on 1 January 2022

Have you ever wanted to create great-sounding music tracks but were unsure of where to start? Learn about the equipment and skills you need to start recording music online using Bandlab. Get hands-on experience with microphones and recording devices.