Artist Bio's - On Edge - 2014


CARI CARI (Austria)

Austria's Cari Cari features Stephanie Widmer (Vocals, Didgeridoo, Jaw Harp, Drums) and Alexander Köck (Vocals, Guitar, Synthesizer). They released the EP to high critical acclaim, earning them attention from all over the world, and are touring Australia in July to promote the EP.

Performing at In/Off Club – Sat 12th July

The Broken Needles (Melb)

The Melbourne-based band's second record sees their ferocious twin-guitar attack gracefully supplanted by billowing synth textures, meandering pedal steel lines and baroque string arrangements; igniting a flickering, slow-burning lounge flame with a pulsing undercurrent of detached lunacy and seroquel soul. The new album HOLY COAST out 20.06.2014 on vinyl, CD and digital formats.

Performing at In/Off Club – Sat 12th July

The Starry Field

The Starry Field is the musical baby of Australian producer Mark Myers. With a style best described as Alt-country Synth-pop, Myers brings his songs to life with a collective of talented musicians from North Queensland.

Performing at In/Off Club – Sat 12th July

Stolen Violin (Melb)

Stolen Violin is the work of Jordan Ireland (ex The Middle East). Stolen Violin keep that sprawling, slightly chaotic sound of The Middle East and run with it. His debut album 'Temperate Touch Tropical Tears' was released last year on Spunk Records.

Performing at In/Off Club – Sat 12th July

Kate Leopold

With an EP under her belt and a new full-length album with her band 'Leopold's Treat' on the way, Kate Leopold is paving the musical pathway with heart. Her music is largely acoustic and has a unique country-folk feel, yet it has a distinct individuality, with heartfelt tones, a versatile style and lyrics that are memorable and thought provoking."

Performing at In/Off Club – Sat 12th July


Sue Healey – Creator/Director - Virtuosi

"Sue Healey is a masterful filmmaker, choreographer and performance-maker..." RealTime Nov 2009

Sue Healey is a choreographer, educator, installation artist and dance-film maker based in Sydney. Originally from New Zealand, Sue graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne with a BA (Dance Performance, 1984). She later gained a Masters Degree in Choreography (2000) with First Class Honours, Melbourne University.

Experimenting with form and perception, Healey creates dance for diverse spaces; theatres, specific sites and the camera. Healey's dance films have had wide international exposure and received many awards.

Virtuosi screens Fri 18th July


Myriam Van Imschoot (Belg)

Myriam Van Imschoot is a Belgian artist who lives in Brussels. After working as an artistic collaborator and dramaturg with Meg Stuart, Benoît Lachambre, Philip Gehmacher etc, she started making performance and installation work based on the voice, sonic archival documents, oral transmissions, gestures that grow extinct or are ephemeral. When not choosing for the public space as a terrain for vocal performances, her work is presented in exhibitions, galleries and theaters across Europe, including Kaaitheater, Sculpture International Rotterdam, Binaural Sound, Muu Gallery and Museo Reina Sofia Madrid.

Myriam Van Imschoot screens her work and performs at Mixed Grill – Sat 19th July

Marcus Bergner

Marcus Bergner is an Australian artist and filmmaker who has lived and worked for extended periods in London, Rome and Prague. He has produced close to thirty experimental films that have been screened widely in Australia, Europe and America. Including at: The Arsenal, Berlin; George Pompidou Centre/ Light Cone, Paris; Lux Centre, London; The German Film Museum, Frankfurt; Millennium/The Robert Beck Cinema, New York; CALARTS, Los Angeles; The Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw and M.O.C.A in Sydney. Since the mid 80s he has worked with the Australian sound poetry/ performance group Arf Arf whose collaborative work includes the writing and staging of hundreds of performances in a wide variety of locations and contexts throughout Europe and Australia. A DVD collection of selected films by Arf Arf was recently released in Berlin by Tochnit Aleph.

Marcus Bergner screens his work and performs at Mixed Grill – Sat 19th July

Rebecca Youdell:

Rebecca is a founder and co-director of Bonemap, a founder and catalyst for the Move Dance TNQ – New Move Network. She works across multiple perspectives of media with the physical actions and perceptions of the body as a consistent reference.

She has developed a micro improvisational and structured improvisational approach that has allowed her to respond quickly to ephemeral public space and unconventional performance environments in a responsive and considered way that is highly successful. Her new dance style facilitates involvement in screen and sound based works, live art, temporal media live art performance.

Youdell has been co-director and physical dramaturg for all Bonemap productions since 1999 including tours to Singapore, United Kingdom and Japan presenting in major theatres and alternative performance spaces. She has a BFA (Dance), and an MA (Visual/Performing Arts).

Rebecca Youdell performs at Mixed Grill – Sat 19th July

Zane Saunders:

Zane identifies with the Butchulla (Bajala) of the Fraser Island region, and has a Gungu Yimithir language name given by a Hopevale elder - Ngamu Mangal Bungal - meaning clever hands.

For Saunders performance becomes a vehicle for the spirit to connect to audiences, live art provides a direct connection through strategies of empathy and confrontation. Modern devices and the surprising reinterpretation of everyday and out-of-context objects provide costumes and props that are utilized to convey the potency of his message.

Saunders completed an Albers Foundation and Location One Residency in New York USA in 2013, and this year his collaborative screen works were part of the Adelaide Festival Four Rooms exhibition.

Rebecca Youdell performs at Mixed Grill – Sat 19th July


Jenny Fraser

Jenny Fraser works within a fluid screen-based practice of bold and confronting art that utilises popular cultural references as a bridge to challenge viewer's frames of reference. A Murri of mixed ancestry, she was born in Far North Queensland and her old people originally hailed from Yugambeh Country in the Gold Coast Hinterland on the border of South East Queensland / Northern New South Wales. Jenny is a celebrated screen artist, she was awarded an honourable mention at the 2007 imagineNATIVE Film Festival, Toronto, Canada and in 2009, was nominated for a Deadly Award. And received a Australia Council fellowship in 2012.

Jenny Fraser and cyberTribe present SOLID SCREEN on Sunday 20th July



ALTAR (Anthropological Laboratory for Tropical Audiovisual Research) is a group at the Cairns Institute, James Cook University, Cairns.

They screen classic and contemporary ethnographic films monthly on the big screen at the Cairns Institute lecture theatre.

ALTAR Presents 'Manapanmirr, in Christmas Spirit' on Wed 23rd July


The Don Johnson Butlers

The Don Johnson/Butlers are the world's first bogan funk band, drawing from the cannon of 70's and 80's funk and smashing it into classic hard rock lyrics. They've never played live, their debut show was shut down, they wear sequins and flanno', and they're off to Brisbane Fringe. Help em get there. The DJB's present a wack show of lush grooves, hands-in-the-air rock anthems, glitzy sequins, classic stubby shorts and more chutzpah than Lemmy at an 80's block party.

The Don Johnson/Butlers perform at Arthouse Funk Raiser on Fri 25th July


Jessi Lewis

Born in Cairns, in 1988- performance artist Jessi Lewis returns to the area to present this new work, in collaboration with Ana Wojak and Hara Namah.

Lewis has presented some 14th solo performance works across Australia to critical acclaim, with these works most recently turning from works surround personal identity to ones which encompass issues such as terrorism, social and political unrest, and climate change. In August he is traveling to Indonesia to perform in the Arts Island Festival and later in 2014- to Malaysia to perform in the Melaka Art and Performance Festival.

Jessi Lewis performs at RISE on Fri 1st & Sat 2nd Aug

AnA Wojak

Wojak is an award winning cross-disciplinary artist working in performance, painting, assemblage, installation and theatre design, with a particular interest in site-specificity, ritual and altered states. Often durational in nature, she creates visually poetic performances that resonate with a visceral depth. In 2013 she also performed in Java at Undisclosed Territories7 in Solo and exhibited in Jogyakarta, as well as participating in Melaka Art & Performance Festival in Malaysia, where she will return in 2014.

Jessi Lewis performs at RISE on Fri 1st & Sat 2nd Aug

Hara Namah

Hara Namah is a performance and dance artist, having trained and performed with the likes of The Australian Ballet Company and De Rotterdamse Dansgroep, touring both Nationally and internationally. He turned his focus to Butoh and club performance during the 90's, performing with Club Bent in Sydney, he now calls Cairns home.

Jessi Lewis performs at RISE on Fri 1st & Sat 2nd Aug


Australian Animation Alliance Inc

ASIFA ethos is to bring incredible, diverse, inspiring, quality animation to as wide an audience as possible by presenting a true snapshot of the international animation. In 2014 they are presented programs at ACMI in Melbourne, screenings and masterclasses in Brisbane and launching the festival in Wagga Wagga.

ASIFA present the Australian International Animation Festival on Fri 8th & Sat 9th Aug


End Credits Film Club

End Credits FIlm Club is dedicated to sourcing and screening non mainstream films for it's members and the general public. The club screens current independent and Art House features regularly at The Centre of Contemporary Arts. They also presents indoor/outdoor screening events such as Starry Nights cinema in the Botanic Gardens, and support a broad diversity of screen culture.

End Credits Film Club present the Australian International Animation Festival on Fri 8th & Sat 9th Aug