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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 20 February 2016
16 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 20 FEBRUARY 2016 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT ‘Project 16: The Agency of Things’ Anna Pappas Gallery presents a multifaceted collection of artistic manipulations featuring various materials Held in February each year, the Project exhibition series at Anna Pappas Gallery has become a stand-out event of the Melbourne art scene. ‘Project 16: The Agency of Things’ will bring together artists Sarah Contos, Chris Dolman, Betra Fraval, Michaela Gleave, Justin Hinder, Zoe Kirkwood, Sam Leach, Melanie Upton and Mark Whalen, under the curatorship of Kent Wilson, assistant curator at the Town Hall Gallery. Featuring a selection of artists working across a variety of mediums, ‘The Agency of Things’ is at once a rallying cry for the life of objects and a celebration of the networked nature of our reality. Artists based in Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne and Los Angeles have been drawn together for the next instalment of the Anna Pappas Gallery Project series. All chosen for their capacity to carefully marry conceptual rigour with material acuity, the exhibition promises to provide a sweeping insight into the ideas driving Australian contemporary art. Proponents of art have faith in the idea that the things we call art propel themselves into the world with something akin to a life of their own. That objects, materials and evidence of process have agency to affect their immediate environment and influence the world of which they are a part. ‘The Agency of Things’ is an exhibition that takes this notion as its premise, an exploration into the idea that the non-human elements of the universe may well have the sort of agency we normally only attribute to the conscious choices made by humans. Originally from Perth, Sydney-based artist Sarah Contos completed a Masters of Art at the College of Fine Arts, Sydney in 2010. She has held several solo exhibitions as well Melbourne Comedy Festival is on Celebrating its 30th year, Victoria’s sidesplitting attraction announces its topnotch line up The annual Melbourne International Comedy Festival is edging in, comprising a 535-strong show program. To celebrate its 30th anniversary, the 2016 MICF has taken more than 2,000 comics under its umbrella, which spans 121 venues, hosting 6,603 performances. The hilarious four-week festival kicks off with the Opening Night All-Stars Supershow on Wednesday 23 March, running breathlessly through to Sunday 17 April. Among the acclaimed headliners, our own Steen Raskopoulos is bound to crack up audiences with his divine sense of humour Jen Kirkman, Stephen K Amos, Eddie Sharp, Jennifer Carnovale, Liam Ryan, Jimmy James Eaton, Bridget Everett and Stuart Daulman are just a few of the mega-names revealed. Also returning will be the RAW Comedy competition, the charitably-inclined Oxfam Gala, the Deadly Funny Indigenous comedy development program, Class Clowns workshop, the femme-tastic Upfront Gala, the high-profile hilarity of the Opening Night Comedy AllStars Supershow, the Comedy Zone and its Comedy Zone Asia offshot, as well as all-ages fare for the family including The (Very) Big Laugh Out and Comedy Club For Kids. For bookings and more information head to www. comedyfestival.com.au as being included in group shows - including ‘Future Primitive’, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne (2013-2014) - building a name for her sensual forays into soft sculpture, embroidered images and quilted works that broach multiple pop-cultural, personal and art-historical strains and references. Merging the totemic with the kinky and the historical with science fiction, Contos works with her materials to draw out emotional and psychological resonances from deep within. This is a free admission event without age restriction. For more artists' biographies and further information please visit www.annapappasgallery. com/exhibition/project16-the-agency-of-things When: 19 February-26 March 2016, Tuesday to Friday 10.00 am-5.00 pm and Saturdays 11.00 am-5.00 pm Where: Anna Pappas Gallery, 2-4 Carlton St, Prahran, VIC Sarah Contos’ Emerge/Retreat (2014) at the Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney. Screenprint on linen and lame, plywood, PVC, pol-fil, upholstery studs, glazed earthenware and stoneware, rope, Bronte beach sand. Melanie Upton’s Stacked (2015). Work featuring timber, cement, plaster, powder pigment, foil, paper, plasticene, polystyrene, besser block, acrylic, enamel, steel, clamp in variable dimensions. Hellenic kitchen takeover Melbourne Food and Wine Festival goes Greek For one night only, an exclusive taste of Hellenic Republic will be coming to Melba Restaurant at The Langham, Melbourne for the 2016 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival! Travis McAuley (Hellenic Republic), Alex Xinis (head chef, Hellenic Kew) and Arron Lynch (head chef, Hellenic Brunswick) will team up to serve their twist on Greek classic dishes from The Langham Melbourne's open kitchens. Think roasts, seafood, salads and sweets with all the hallmarks of traditional and modern Greek cuisine. This will be a friendly feud between Hellenic Republic Kew's Alex Xinis and his Brunswick counterpart Arron Lynch, presided over by the duo's general manager, Travis McAuley. Price per person for the event is $99, including five interactive food stations, buffet-style. For more information, phone 1800 641 107 or email rest. firstname.lastname@example.org Bookings: The Langham, Melbourne When: Wednesday 9 March, 6.00 pm-10.00 pm Where: Melba Restaurant, The Langham, 1 Southgate Ave, Southbank, Melbourne Greek Australian comedian comes out as trans Steen Raskopoulos Jordan Raskopoulos has received praise from members of the LGBTI community for her powerful coming out video on YouTube. The comedian came out as a trans woman, declaring “that's right, I'm a girl” via her band The Axis of Awesome's YouTube channel. "I decided if I wanted a shot at a happy life and a happy future, I needed to transition," Raskopoulos said. The video, which received enormous attention on social media, was the first time the comedian publicly identified herself as a woman, since commencing her transition in 2014. Opening up to her audience, she said: "There's a lot that has changed physically and emotionally in the last year, but I have to say I am so much happier." While the video does tackle the serious and difficult aspects of transitioning, Raskopoulos managed to weave her humour into the mix. "I don't have a beard anymore because I'm a woman. So the beard's gone, sorry to all of the fans of the beard!" she said. "I am going to continue exactly as I was going before, and I'm going to be fucking awesome." DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Jordan Raskopoulos PHOTO: SBS.
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