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Wired Open Day Festival

Image: Burraston ‘Silo Meditation Tones’, image by Jacob Raupach.
The Wired Open Day Festival is the Wired Lab’s signature all ages event featuring some of Australia’s most notable visual and performing artists. Explore the land and discover specially commissioned projects as the Wired Lab premieres the agri(culture) project, a collaborative series exploring the rural vernacular, emerging and ancient agricultural systems.
An all ages open-air event held from late afternoon into the evening, the 2017 Wired Open Day Festival is a celebration of place incorporating landscape, community, art, theatre, an evening concert, fantastic food and beverages. Local produce will be a feature of this year’s festival with food and drinks provided by outstanding local producers such as Grove Estate Wines, The Apple Thief Cider, and Tumut River Brewing Company.
This year’s festival also premieres the agri(culture) project, a collaborative series with artists exploring the rural vernacular, emerging and ancient agricultural systems. agri(culture) is a participatory landscape-scale and omni-sensorial exploration of rural and agricultural phenomena with regional and metropolitan audiences. The inaugural 2017 agri(culture) project has commissioned twelve noteworthy interdisciplinary Australian and International artists and collectives to present creative outcomes at the 2017 Wired Open Day Festival (Saturday 21st October).
From edible insects, to experiencing the infrasonic rumble of a herd of elephants, to lying down on a fungul super highway, and being a part of a podcast series with rural kids reviewing art, this project is wide ranging yet incisive in its exploration of the agrarian theme from past, present and future perspectives. ‘agri(culture)’ promises to be unlike anything you have ever experienced.

World premieres and festival highlights include:

BAFTA award winning artist and David Attenborough’s sound recordist of choice, Watson’s Beyond Ol Tokai is a multi-channel sound diffusion which follows a herd of African elephants across an equatorial sunset after a day in the Olodare marshes of the Amboseli National Park, Kenya. Mixed live on a high-end quad sound systemaudiences will physically and aurally experience infrasonic rumbles as the matriarch guides the animals from the open grasslands south towards the snow-capped peaks of Mt Kilimanjaro.
Working with Soon Lee Low, an internationally trained molecular chef, Jones has created a human scaleterrarium of edible ‘exotic’ delights. Immersive, experiential, edible and visually striking this work interrogates an insectivorous farming future to meet the protein needs of our increasing populations.
This site based installation and audio work investigates the reality of darkness being integral to all forms of life, with humans sandwiched between literal darkness above and beneath us. This intricate ecology, also known as ‘Scotobiology’ (the biology of dark), is explored via the rich terrain of fungi and mycelium, its essential data network.
The brutal honesty of children is refreshing and unaffected. Hear what happens when kids from a small rural school (pop. 19) meet urban counterparts to survey rural living and review contemporary art. A series of 6 podcasts released before and after Wired Open Day this series is hilariously touching and disrupts assumptions between artist and audience, expert and critic.
THE WIRED LAB is one of Australia’s most unique contemporary arts initiatives. Based on a working farm, the organisation has won national awards and international commissions for their authentic and adventurous programs that span landscapes, communities and art forms.

  • Chris Watson (UK)

  • Field Theory
  • Cat Jones
  • Julie Vulcan
  • Bron Batten
  • The Ronalds
  • David Burraston
  • Chef Soon Lee Low
  • Harriet Goodall
  • Melanie Evans
  • Members of the Wiradjuri & Natural Resource Management Communities
  • Tamara Dean and Participants of The Edge project – Young people from Cootamundra and Tumut

Adults (18+ years) $60 per ticket (GST inc)
Junior (4-17 years) $40 per ticket (GST inc)
For more information or to book your ticket visit the Wired Lab website or TryBooking.