Straight Out of Brisbane

Straight Out of Brisbane

is an event dedicated to excavating the best in Brisbane's independent cultural production. It emerged from a community of local artists in 2002 ...
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Why are we doing SOOB?

To our eye the Brisbane arts scene is institutionalised and hostile to emerging artists. SOOB is one response ...
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Contact Us

Straight Out of Brisbane Visible Ink Building
139 Constance St,
Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006
+61 (7) 3403 0844

Major Sponsors

The artists, workers and volunteers of this festival

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.


Media Partner

SOOB 2004:: SATURDAY 11th, 2004

Check out our program highlights.


but it has been replaced by ...

Nuetronic. warehouse vibes party in westend.
$20 entry, Positronic presolds accepted of course.
The Cold Rooms - 371 Montague rd West End

featuring ...
Phoenecia (usa - schematic/warp)
Nexus Crawler (melb - psyneumatix)
Siaqua (melb)
Dr Zaius (melb)
Sam I Am
Paul Abad

travelling kaleidoscopic candle bonanza, jean poole, optik nerv, enchanted forest, spatial anomaly, shelly

estimated playing times:::
9-10 dr zaius
10-11 mustaphaa
11-12 sam-i-am
12-1 siaqua
1-2 nexus crawler
2-3 aniki
3-4 phoenicia
4-5 paul abad

12.00pm ? 2.00pm :: TC Beirne Centre

Through experiment, project, exhibition and publication, the Artscience Interface is a new creative domain resulting in the development of new technological resources, intellectual explorations of the interface between the arts and sciences, and the design of publishing, exhibition, and performance projects. This panel discussion will investigate the historical and theoretical underpinnings of Artscience, present project work and introduce the public to the proposal for INCEPTA ? the establishment of an
Artscience pilot research laboratory in Brisbane.
FEATURING: Dusan Bojic, Kate Barnes & Keith Armstrong

12.00pm ? 2.00pm :: Performance Space

When you live in a city with only one major newspaper, how important do
publications like street press, independent newspapers and free magazines become? What role do they play ? or should play. Speakers from a selection of indy print media sources discuss their media visions and broadsheet critiques.

FEATURING: Tim Milful, Kate Scott, Sophie Ham and Samantha Ryan.

12.00pm ? 5.00pm :: Festival Club

Fashion in the bag! is a fun challenge disguised as a workshop. Each participant is given a bag with an assortment of different design materials that they must then use to construct something, anything! By learning to use what we already have and not what has to be bought we can not only save money but often come up with far more interesting and exciting designs.
FEATURING: Bronwyn Watson, Kate Geck and Rosie Lawson (Mombasa).

2.00pm ? 4.00pm :: TC Beirne Centre

proppaNOW Aboriginal artists collective is a dedicated group of individuals whose urban expression questions the position that is ascribed to boriginal
people and culture within Australia. This panel will discuss the beginning of the collective, their projects and recognitions and explore themes such as urban expression, notions of national and cultural identity and space based on Aboriginal identity. The collective will also speak on their individual artistic practices in relation to the Brisbane, national and international contemporary art scenes.

FEATURING: Vernon Ahkee, Tony Albert, Bianca Beetson, Richard Bell, Andrea Fisher, Fiona Foley, Jenny Fraser, Gordon Hookey, Jenny Herd and Laurie Neilson.

2.00pm ? 4.00pm :: Level 2/Judith Wright Centre

Issues of male sexuality are always dif?cult to write or talk about. Among us,
however, there are so-called sexperts, who take on these challenging topics with their literary prowess. Walk the ?ne line with a few writers as they pound out the issues facing sexperts.

FEATURING: Elliott Bledsoe, Adam Gollschewski, Grant Kennet and Richard Watts

2.00 ? 4.00pm :: TC Beirne Panel Room

Fresh Cuts in nature, this panel will unveil the future of Brisbane?s arts scene. Artists included have been plucked straight from their studios and QUT& QCA?s graduating exhibitions. This panel is all about ? rsts for the artists, but it?s also your ? rst chance to meet and greet Brisbane?s future arts superstars.
FEATURING: Graduating QUT and QCA visual artists and local emerging artists.

4.00pm ? 6.00pm :: Level 2 / Judith Wright Centre

Are you an unpublished genius? Come along to hear a panel of successful
authors from different backgrounds talk about their methods of publication and self-promotion. Learn the tips and tricks of the trade that will give your manuscript the edge inside the slush pile, and how to maintain your momentum as a professional once you are published.

FEATURING: Stuart Glover, Craig Bolland, Alasdair Duncan, Anita Bell and Sam Wagan Watson

2.00 ? 6.00 pm :: Café Jugglers, 103 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley

All of VI:Ideas events celebrate young people, and showcase local talent,
passions and interests. With hands on workshops, performances and interactive art, VI:Ideas invites you to come along and play! WORKSHOPS: stencil art, recycled arts. RANT OFFS: the best of the best ranters will be on. CHAT & CHILL: Dj and live music. SCREENING ROOM: ? lms from the VI 24 hour Film Fest, Digital Stories and an exhibition from the Recreate Homelessness Project.

4.00pm ? 6.00pm :: Village Twin Cinema

Wild Spaces Film Festival is Australia?s only festival of environmental and social justice ? lm and is organised by activists from Friends of the Earth, Brisbane. Wild Spaces sees is dedicated to screening works that highlight the underlying causes of oppression and injustice as well as positive developments and solutions for another world. WSFF screens in 30 locations around Australia and was recently invited to take part of the World
Social Forum in Mumbai, India


4.00pm ? 6.00pm :: Hacklab, Visible Ink Building

A workshop on using video cameras to bring the player a the game or virutal
environment. Cameron Owen?s popular installation, shadowplay, which featured at SOOB 2003 will be in display.

FEATURING: Cameron, Mike Pelletier

4.00 ? 6.00pm :: TC Beirne Centre

Where have all the artist-run spaces gone??? This panel will take a look at
some Brisbane?s past artist-run initiatives (Soapbox), present artist run
spaces and projects (Local Art), and will introduce a future new media space that will be opening at Metro Arts, The Projection Room. Looking at how to set up and run an independent space, types of funding available for these initiatives, and the role of artists as curators / directors, this session is a must-see for anyone with an interest in artist-run spaces ? or plans to start one themselves!

FEATURING: Sally Brand, Charles Robb and Rob Kelly.

4.00 ? 7.00pm :: Performance Space

A psychedelic miasmia, an in-yer-face audiovisual barrage - sound, sight and samples revolving around the ?pornography of consumption?-the buying, selling, living and dying of the soul in today?s entertainment consumer electronics theme park complex. Archimedia?s ?top selling? Molly Hankwitz and David Cox bring laptops to the red light special table...and turn it around with multiple screens and multiple layers of sounds offering an offer too good to refuse ... its the Hardly Normal A Go-go.

FEATURING: Molly Hankwitz and David Cox (archimedia)

6.00 ? 8.00pm :: TC Beirne Centre

DorkBot is all about people doing strange things with electricity! Brisbane
celebrates joining the international dork- Bot online network with a workshop and presentation of new media technologies used by dorkBot?s visual artists. It?s your chance to go international without leaving home!

FEATURING: Adam Margerison

6.00pm ? late :: Festival club

Presolds sold out! $12 at the door.
Australian-made hip-hop and lots of it.

FEATURING: TZU (Melb), Urthboy + Ozi Batla and Elgusto (The Herd, Syd), Combat Wombat (Syd/Melb), The Serenity, The Optimen, The Coalition, Liones, DJ Bacon, Robby Balboa, The Sewing Circle [Julez, Dragon? y + Af? x], 143 Crew, Rainman and Steve B. (Drop Zone), United Natives (Cairns), Blitz (Cairns), Tigermoth, Raman, Matty Manuva, Phat
Kontrola, Briztronix and an all-instrumental hip hop stage.

6.30pm ? 8.00pm :: Village Twin Cinema

International Game Developer Association (IGDA) chapters connect game
developers in local communities around the world. This new chapter of the IGDA seeks to bring together game developers in the greater Brisbane area, including the Gold and Sunshine Coasts. This session invites you to come and see game designers portfolios, bring your own for some advice, gossip and socialise with the local IGDA and representatives from
different local games companies. Featuring a show-and-tell of works.
FEATURING: truna, g!, game artists, programmers, game designers and media practitioners and a show-and-tell of classic and not-so-classic games.

8.00pm ? 12.00am :: Brisbane Powerhouse, Visy Theatre

To ?nish up what has been an extraordinary year of avant sound, post-rock,
electronics and sound art, Fabrique presents Burnt Friedman along with
Clarinetist Hayden Chisholm, presenting works from the latest recorded venture due out shortly. Friedman has been behind some of the most important and innovative rhythmic electronica and dubinspired work to come out of Germany in the past decade..

FEATURING: Burnt Friedman and Hayden



This year's SOOB festival will run from December 2nd to 12th across multiple venues in and around Fortitude Valley.

SOOB programming this year features more than 200 forums, panels, performances, gigs, workshops and parties in the following content areas:

The SOOB Ideas Program: A festival of dangerous ideas

The SOOB Ideas Program will explore issues emerging from Brisbane's intellectual undergrowth, drawing on the energies of young thinkers who don't mind getting their hands (and minds) dirty putting great ideas into action.

This year's program is all about uncovering emerging public thinkers & letting them loose on 2004's most interesting issues. A jam-packed program of workshops, screenings, hypotheticals, creative collaborations, debates, rants & panels will take place over the first four days of SOOB. We encourage you to plan ahead so you can attend the whole thing!

The SOOB Ideas Program runs from the 2nd to the 5h of December. You can find out more here and the draft program will be released this week.

Interested in speaking or attending an Ideas session? Get in touch with our Ideas Coordinator or contact us at SOOB HQ.

THE SOOB PRINTED PROGRAM IS AVAILABLE NOW! … get your highlighters ready!

The printed program details all of the events planned for this year’s festival – 207 events to be exact.

Pick up your copy from Rocking Horse Records, Visible Ink in Fortitude Valley, or any record store, retail store or café in Fortitude Valley. Contact if you’d like to know more or are keen to distribute the program through your outlet or organisation.


Calling all zinesters!

Got a zine you'd like to unleash upon the unsuspecting world? Reserve your space at the 3rd Annual SOOB Zine Fair, being held on December 12 at Visible Ink.

Browse, swap, sell, give away, register your interest in zine paradise! for more information. Registration closes on December 8.


Join the ranks of the many wonderful people who come together each year to make SOOB the most exciting festival around!

We’re currently looking for volunteers to work in areas such as venue and stage management, collecting surveys, sound and lighting, gallery sitting, door and bar, digital documentation, and much more.

Your efforts will be rewarded with free-entry to gigs and a whole lotta love. Contact ASAP for more information.


Part of the SOOB Ideas program.

SOOB Festival Club, 30 Misterton St, Fortitude Valley (off St Pauls Tce, behind Queensland teachers Credit Union building)
3-5pm Thursday 2nd.

Free! Send us a summary of an idea, project or cause you would like to promote through the media, & then take part in a 2-hour workshop with 'experts' helping you develop a media strategy.

The workshop leaders will then be available for follow-up email feedback on your press releases, op-ed pieces, etc. This is a pretty unique opportunity - there will be one workshop leader for every three to four people attending - giving you a chance to access tailored advice & assistance on communicating your message to a wider audience.

To express interest in attending this workshop, please email with 50-100 words on the idea/issue/cause/project you would like to work on.

Only 15 places available, so book now.

WITH :: Wayne Sanderson (former journalist with the 7:30 Report & the Courier Mail, and producer/editor of The Daily Briefing), Neil Haslem & Keith Deverell (RMIT Communications Design and, Mark Fallu (former media advisor to the QLD state treasurer), and Marni Cordell (co-editor of Spinach7).


The Interactive Game Art and Virtual Environment (I-GIVE) Awards aim to promote creative exploration and innovation within the field of games and new media arts. The I-GIVE founders, Truna (Jane Turner) and g! (Gavin Sade), will be hosting the awards at this year's Straight Out Of Brisbane Festival. The contemporary interest in games points to a world of play, a world of toys.

So, in the spirit of playfull creativity and exploration this year's I-GIVE awards call for entrants to submit games or new media works that can be considered as 'toys'! For more information visit the I-GIVE website.

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