It's usually the home of silent students pouring laboriously over books or frowning at laptops during the day, but when dusk fell on Tuesday 23rd of August, the Barr Smith Reading Room at the University of Adelaide was completely transformed. For the menial price of 5 bucks you entered a new space housing the work of local artists and musicians.
Presented by The New Collective and coordinated by Jacob Whitelock, New Sounds for an Old Room is one of the most unique (and cheap!) nights of artistic expression you will find in Adelaide. The title speaks for itself; the contrast between the Harry Potter-esque old library and the contemporary music was enrapturing.
Dotted around the room on bookshelves were artwork from local cool kids Laura Gentgall, Matt Ricci, Gemma Brook, ASSEMBLY (Thomas Capogreco), Hen Vaughan, Reema Saad and N.B. Wentworth. The night included performances from JEM (Lauren Abineri), Frank Giles, Nathan Haar, Yi Ling Gong / Across the Aether, Sebastian Phlox, Rachel Bruerville, Seb Mansell and Caleb Lavery-Brook.
One of the standout pieces from the night was from Sebastian Phlox ‘/ / Audioguides’ featuring Rachel Bruerville and Seb Mansell on cello. With the cellos providing ambiance, battery operated noise emitters were positioned at intervals in every corner of the room, creating a variety of beeps and tones at different times throughout the piece, overlapping, clashing and creating an ultimately surreal effect. Phlox cited inspiration from the intermittent beeping of audio guides in a museum.
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