Null Island is an experimental series of performances combining film, sound and language-based arts presented at the Old Folks Ass Hall in Newton.
/ where is Null Island
Everything I Inherited
(November 2023 - Old Folks Ass. hall, Auckland)
• NO JUDGEMENT
Alexa Wilson (performance) & Ivan Mršić (music)
• EVERYTHING I INHERITED (part A)
Stephen Bain (text) & Hermione Johnson (composition)
Performed with The J Chorus (Johanna Smith, Julie Hill, Nimisha Rama, Joe Jowitt, Marija Dimitrijevic)
• NOT ONE TO OBJECT
Brittany Kohler (dance) & Jess Robinson (sound)
3 Lane Self-Checkout
(December 2022 - Old Folks Ass, Auckland)
An evening of three performances about taking care of your self.
LANE ONE - Belgian based choreographer and dancer Meytal Blanaru presents Rain, a solo dance performance exploring the complex terrain of abuse with modesty and generosity.
LANE TWO - Tāmaki Makaurau based multimedia artist Gabriel White and performance maker Stephen Bain present Soft Capital, a video and text performance about navigating your self through a soft city.
LANE THREE - Aotearoa based musical maestro Hermione Johnson scores Maya Deren’s classic film Meshes of the Afternoon, an avant-garde cyclical classic shot in 1943.
Re-enactments & Re-writes
(May 2022 - Old Folks Ass)
Time to reap the ample vegetables of adventurous arts from Tāmaki Makaurau in an evening of music, film, dance and language.
An episodic arrangement of performances that bounce off one another like molecules in a liquid furnace. Each month a theme brings together a selection of experimental artists as a single collage. May is the time for re-enactments, returning to events and episodes that once defined us are re-interpreted with hindsight.
A lavish evening of new music, exploratory film, candid poetics, and terrestrial dance, featuring illustrious performers from Aotearoa.
Rosie Langabeer–composer, arranger and band leader, colours the room with organ and piano, Tessa Mitchell¬–actress and performer re-enacts language of the page, Andy Scott–short film re-enacting a domestic life in a single take, Ben Homes–new songs for old ailments, Neil Feather-master musical inventor and machines of sound, Stephen Bain–conjures images in 2 and 3 dimensions.
(July 2021 - Old Folks Ass, Auckland)
An evening of performance collage, combining experimental music, performance, objects, film and text.
An evening of Public Intimacy, led through a series of inner spaces at the Old Folks Ass, join us for a lavish banquet of atmospheric détournement.
Hermione Johnson – instrumental têtê-à-têtê,
Keir GoGwilt on declassified violin,
Stephen Bain – spatial peacekeeping and quiet videos
Antonia Barnett-McIntosh – confidential compositions for voice
Misa Sione – vigorous bodies and reinvigorated masks from Red Mole
Drew McMillain – voltage generated rapport
This second instalment in a limited-edition series of concerts at the Old Folks Ass hall is sensitively disclosed by Stephen Bain.
Welcome to Null Island
(September 2 Sept 2023 - Old Folks Ass, Auckland)
An evening of lapsed meaning and failed explanations as Stephen Bain & Gabriel White present a new performance about the illusion of language told in 6 episodes. With guest performances from objects, sounds and humans of the Old Folks Ass.
(August 2022 - Pyramid Club, Wellington)
Mindset Shipping - Experimental films by Gabriel White & Stephen Bain (Tāmaki Makaurau)
A twisted journey through everyday images of the city, revealing fictional worlds and a shared sense of disappearing.
Gabriel White is a multimedia artist whose films and videos use comedy and social commentary to probe urban situations. Stephen Bain is a live performance maker who uses public space to create theatrical situations from everyday interactions. Together they infiltrate the Pyramid Club with a sample of past work and a newly minted performance collage of image, sound, text and performance.
Broadcast en plein air
(February 2022 - Old Folks Ass, Auckland)
Special Outdoor edition in light of Social Distancing, choose your comfort level and physical distance, seating or standing accessible.
ExperiMental Video – Stephen Bain
Komplex Keyboards – Hermione Johnson
Luscious Soundscapes – Tash van Schaardenburg
Public Declarations – Tessa Martin (Brussels)
Metaphysics - Gabriel White
An evening of collage performance, mixing new sounds, venturous images and live performance. Guest artists include Tash van Schaardenburg fresh from her artist residency in Pōneke, Tessa Martin returning briefly to Aotearoa from Brussels, Belgium, and Gabriel White with his unique blend of image and commentary. Czech architect Henry Kulka’s modernist triumph, the Old Folks Coronation hall, becomes the canvas for performance possibilities in the time of social anxiety.
(June 2021 - Old Folks Ass, Auckland)
An evening of impossible sounds, transparent film and bodiless dance. Celebrate the longest night (almost), with Phantom Feelings at the Old Folks hall.
Hermione Johnson – phantom piano
Sarah-Jane Blake – inhuman bodies
Marija Dimitrijevic & Stephen Bain (MWIMWIM) – improbable acoustics
Joshua Rutter – figment-ary film
Stephen Bain – variable video
This is the first of a series of concerts at the Old Folks Ass hall, dreamt up and materialised by Stephen Bain.