Owen Boss, ANU’s co-artistic director will dive into a research phase for new artwork Coney Island Dodgems. Owen will meet individuals as he hosts a series of conversations focusing on the sound system and dance floor as a delivery vehicle of culture and alternative political ideology.
The erosion of our venues and cultural spaces due to multiple hotel developments combined with two years social distancing has resulted in an understanding of the importance of our lost communal spaces and their contribution to not only the joy of being together but also as a space of alternative thinking and political views.
This research event will act as a conduit for conversation and passion around music and the dancefloor as a culturally charged political space.
Owen will kick off his research with a conversation with project collaborators Toby Hatchett (sound system maker) and Simon Cullen (sound artist, musician and sound technician).
The artist will publish a daily output during this R&D phase.