Exhibition » 13.12.2013 - 08.03.2014

Chicks on Speed: SCREAM

Design Hub is pleased to announce a major exhibition by Australian/European artists Chicks on Spee(Alex Murray-Leslie and Melissa Logan). SCREAM introduces a multidisciplinary, practice based approach to performance research, blurring the boundaries between pop-music, fashion, performance and film within an experiential interactive installation or GESAMTKUNSTWERK (a total work of art).   SCREAM will see Design Hub dramatically transformed by Chicks on Speed’s explosive collage of images, sounds and objects. The artists will construct a sonic sculptural installation that also acts as an ‘objektinstrument’ (a self-made musical instrument) - a stage, a canvas and playable installation.  SCREAM questions the role of the audience, by empowering the public with tools to participate in Chicks on Speed's collective jam session. SCREAM's interactive nature gives rise to several possible outcomes for the artworks, allowing the audience to be 'co-authors' in the mix (Candy, 2011). 

SCREAM introduces a series of six interactive iPad Apps as new instruments for musical expression invented by Melissa Logan & Alex Murray-Leslie in conjunction with ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, technologist Jens Barth, with support by Melbourne based sound designer Benjamin Walbrook. The new Chicks on Speed fashion film vs music video UTOPIA made at Artspace and MCA, Sydney, is presented in the Design Archive window for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The video features Melbourne based dance troupe The Lycra Ladies and Billy Lime. A series of collateral events accompanies the exhibition, including a  workshop, Live Art Performance with collaborators including Erica Lewis, Lycra Ladies, Billy Lime and RMIT students, and the premiere of Chicks on Speed's remake of the Luis Buñuel Film, L'Age D'or.

Collaborating for over fifteen years, Chicks on Speed have worked with performers, artists and musicians including Yoko Ono, Peaches, Karl Lagerfeld and Douglas Gordon (among many others).  Chicks on Speed have performed at major festivals around the world, released numerous pop albums including celebrated tracks such as ‘GLAMOUR GIRL’, ‘We Don’t Play Guitars’ and ‘Art Dump’ and exhibited and performed globally at key cultural institutions. Chicks on Speed opened this years Australian Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale, the group have participated in major solo and group exhibitions at Thyssen Bornemisza Art Contemporary 21, Centre Pompidou, Paris, Tate Modern, London and MoMA, New York. SCREAM is a joint project between ZKM, Artspace and RMIT Design Hub. The group will release the six iPad Apps and full length album SCREAM to coincide with the exhibition, released on Chicks on Speed records and digitally in March, 2014.

Bearing the sharp weapons of Pop, subversion and cheekiness Melissa Logan & Alex Murray-Leslie declare war on gatekeepers of a market-enslaved art. And thank the generosity of the individuals and institutes who have made SCREAM possible. The funding of culture is too often seen as a luxury when culture is what allows dreams.  Imagination is a matter of development and everything made has been imagined first.

SCREAM is a joint project between Artspace and RMIT Design Hub. 

Special thanks to Boom Studios for their expert vinyl and image printing.

Exhibition Photographer: Marc Morel

Candy, L. & Edmonds, E. A. (eds), 2011, 'Interacting: Art, Research and the Creative Practitioner', Libri Publishing, Oxford.

+ Chicks on Speed