Review by Kelly Wong
Coniston Lane, Sunday 7 October
Lost Movements is a massive collaboration between local artists, performers and musicians — the second event of its kind. This not-for-profit, artist-run initiative encourages the summative, extrasensory experience that comes from being surrounded by live art in every corner and crevice of the venue. Much like Andy Warhol’s The Factory in the ‘70s, every space is a canvas for a new creation.
I’ve always wondered how dark a room would be if it were painted all black. Black chalkboard paint covers the walls of Coniston Lane, ex-Woodland. It’s not even remotely depressing — instead it’s inspiring. Creative life blossoms in every corner. Arriving early in the evening, many walls are still blank and waiting for their artist to give them life.
Arriving in time to hear The Kite String Tangle, his ambient electronic tunes are perfect for starting this evening. Sitting at a booth, my eyes are immediately drawn towards a large crowd that surrounds brightly coloured people. I’m witnessing live body art with glitter: diamantes and all the colours of the rainbow form intricate flower patterns and butterflies on g-string clad women. It’s amazing to watch these women transform into shimmering, glowing wonders that trace the natural curves of the body. Living, breathing art.
The music set ends and the dance floor opens up as spoken word MC, Darkwing Dubs (aka Scott Sneddon), takes the microphone and proceeds to move around the venue. He constantly jumps from stage to table top, towards the back of the room — and not just because there are naked women there, he adds. Making full use of the venue to grab attention, he raps fervently, twisting the English language to his will. He introduces his fellow spoken word performers; one such fellow, Adam Hadley, gathers people to follow him around the room as he performs. This was as much interaction as the spoken word performances got throughout the night. Being on the other side of town, away from the usual poetry slams at Jam Jar, they do well, but I’m a little sad the audience aren’t more receptive. The ones that are, however, laugh and clap at the cleverness of the rhymes and the pokes at modern society.
Out the back to get some fresh air, I’m instead filling my lungs with paint fumes. Two giant canvases, several metres long, take up the upstairs area of the Mustang Bar, which backs onto Coniston Lane. Graffiti and street artists are painting and spray painting them, different styles clashing and juxtaposing to give it real street cred. Back in the main room, thebeforeparty, with extravagant Andy Warhol-esque wigs, gets the hip crowd dancing along to their infectious, garage-indie pop songs.
After this set, the evening begins to kick off as the sultry burlesque acts begin, many of the dancers being entrants of the upcoming Miss Burlesque 2013 competition. The sweet, the sultry and the sexy acts between each band’s set gathers a large, curious crowd around the centre of the dance floor.
The crowd dwindles down throughout the night as it approaches 10pm — it is a Sunday night after all — and most, including myself, have work the next day. Unfortunately, along the way, the bands are also running 45 minutes late. However, this late timing sees more of the remaining people head to the dance floor to kick up their heels as gypsy/ska/punk band, The Mouldy Lovers, bring their brassy tunes to the stage.
While all of this was going on, the artists continue transforming the walls. In this extremely creative environment, they are inspired to persevere for hours on end. It takes guts and a true passion to dedicate yourself to a cause with no monetary reward — though contributing to the whole experience is partly the reward. This conglomeration of creative people encourages interaction and it wasn’t strange to see artists collaborating, discussing each other’s works, sharing paint, and then joining the crowd dancing.
Lost Movements Director, Lincoln Savage, has created a perfect environment for creativity to flow freely across the different forms of art. It certainly inspired me to dig out my old Crayola set and have a go for myself. Get onto their Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/lostmovements) as they’ve been commissioned to hold regular events every two months.
KELLY WONG (@kellyyyllek) is a PhD science student who enjoys eating, drinking and exploring her way around Brisbane — and then tweets about it.