It's not the heat, it's the humidity

Willsteed, John (2015) It's not the heat, it's the humidity. [Exhibition/Event]


The performance aspect of a PhD thesis.

In 1976, The Saints released “I’m Stranded” and Brisbane was suddenly on the map. People starting talking about Brisbane bands in the same way they had talked about Liverpool bands or would talk about Seattle bands. The history of the Brisbane music scene has been constructed and interpreted by both journalists (at the time and since) and academics (in retrospect). These histories and analyses have come some way to painting a picture of a time and place that is somewhat mythic. As a significant member of this scene, my memory stores a different picture, different shadings: a vibrant social scene with cultural by-products (music, art, film, fashion). By gathering the ephemera of the time and embellishing with a series of interviews with some Brisbane musicians, I will be growing new, untold stories, grounded in shared experience and understanding.

The interview footage, and the bounty of ephemera that continues to be unearthed, will be thrown together in the style of the times and presented in public as a live documentary filled with the faces, voices and music on which these times were built.

The performances are the Creative Practice component of the PhD, and are the result of a curatorial process which will be examined in the exegetic component of the thesis due for delivery in mid 2016.

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ID Code: 94301
Item Type: Creative Work (Exhibition/Event)
Refereed: No
Material: Performance/live music/visual projections
Measurements or Duration: 90 mins
Number of Pieces: 2
Location: From date: To date:
Brisbane Powerhouse - Visy Theatre 2015-10-29 2015-10-30
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Keywords: Brisbane, punk, post-punk, underground, culture
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 John Willsteed
Deposited On: 30 Mar 2016 01:51
Last Modified: 10 May 2016 03:45

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