Posts tagged Fenella Kernebone
A Night of Disruptive Ideas @ Vivid

I was very fortunate to host and moderate an incredible evening last Saturday as part of Vivid Ideas and in support of the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation.  The two panels explored the creative mind and the future of creativity. Was excellent to have neurosurgeon and founder of Cure Brain Cancer Foundation, Professor Charlie Teo on both panels as well as late entry, fresh from his TedxSydney appearance, Dr Jordan Nguyen. Full list of speakers below. @braincancer_au #curebraincancer @indeedau

Here are a few photos.   A Night of Disruptive Ideas brought to you by Indeed - The Future of Creativity - Panel 2.jpg

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  • Professor Charlie Teo - Neurosurgeon and Founder of Cure Brain Cancer Foundation
  • Dr Tim Rayner - Philosopher and writer
  • Ninotschka Titchkosky - Principal and Studio Director at BVN Architecture
  • Dr Ben Ferris - Co-founder and Artistic Director of the Sydney Film School


  • Professor Charlie Teo
  • Catherine Stace - CEO of Cure Brain Cancer Foundation
  • Dr Jordan Nguyen - Biomedical Engineer and TV Presenter 
  • Dr Alex Klat-Smith - Partner at PwC The Difference
  • Tane Hunter - Bioinformatician and cancer researcher at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Co-Founder of Future Crunch
  • Dr Angus Hervey - Manger of Random Hacks of Kindness Australia and Co-Founder of Future Crunch
  • Andrèz Coco - Service Design Lead at Qantas Loyalty (Innovationlab)
In conversation with photographer Katrin Koenning

Meeting up with Melbourne-based artist Katrin Koenning this afternoon to learn about her new photographic series, The Crossing, currently showing at the Australian Centre for Photography as part of the group show Transfer (16 April - 15 May). "The Crossing is concerned with the human impact on ecology. As short-term economic growth continues to take precedent over ongoing environmental and wildlife concerns, Koenning reflects on nature’s current state of uncertainty through her poetical and ethereal imagery".

Katrin also has a fair few Instagram followers - incredible feed.

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One weekend isn't long enough! Underbelly Arts Festival 2015

It doesn't matter how many times I take the ferry across to Cockatoo Island, I am still in awe of the place. I love the rusty romance and uneven floors. Industrial heritage sites are charming at the best of times, but particularly if you have a tendency to love a little ruin porn, all hulking buildings and decaying paint. So as a location for the Underbelly Arts Festival, which positions itself as a festival about discovery, it is perfect. Underbelly this past weekend, cohesively and in many cases dramatically occupied a large number of spaces, while keeping its audience connected. I'm not sure whether running out of food on the opening night is a sign of success, but let's pretend it does mean that. The festival is about providing a range of bold contemporary art experiences and includes performance, video work, sound work, installation and immersive art, which in some cases is on a massive scale. It's a huge undertaking for one weekend.

I wanted to highlight three works that I was struck by, but there were many.

1. City Circle Arrives at Cloud Heaven by Thom and Angelmouse -  an immersive three - channel video installation, featuring a series of images of people that they collected from magazines "animated to look and behave like trains". A wonderfully weird, intriguing and strangely meditative work.


2. Soft Concrete - Lucy Phelan. This sound work was installed in a round concrete bunker with incredible acoustics. Lucy Phelan (aka Lucy Cliche) took recordings from around Cockatoo Island which she then bounced off the walls. The result was both "harsh and serene". Amazing.


3.  The Becalmed Heart - Brienna Macnish with collaborators Clare McCracken, Robert Jordan and Christopher Page. It's probably dull to focus on the magnitude of this work, but it's hard not to. The effort that went into its construction is profound and as a result it had an impact like no other. I wanted more time in there - it was calm and shocking. Set to a score, The Becalmed Heart is an large scale immersive environment, constructed out of plastic bags. The audience begins a "tour" in absolute darkness, before being led through a series of tunnels, rooms and caves, past stalactites and stalagmites - all sculpted from plastic bags.  It is a powerful reflection on consumption, mass consumerism and our impact on environment. A strong, vivid comment about our relationship with nature and the impact of climate change, executed in the most brutally beautiful way.

Becalmed Heart

Congratulations to all the folks who worked on and Artistic Director, Eliza Sarlos. Good one!

Underbelly Arts Festival 

Oversharing in the Digital Dark Age

What are the ramifications of a ‘digital dark age’ if decades of digital files are lost or unreadable, as was recently warned by internet pioneer Vint Cerf. Would it be a loss or a blessing? Benjamin Law (writer), Claire Reilly (tech editor, CNET) and Dr Lisa Murray (city historian at the City of Sydney Council) on stage at the Art Gallery of NSW as part of Point Click Chat. Here's a link to last week's chat: Next up - that is tonight 20th May 7pm! it's all about Oversharing. Tom Ballard, Sarah-Jane Kurtini (Tiny Beans Co-Founder) and Catharine Lumby share all. oversharing

Point Click Chat

Kernebone_Fenella_15_05_13_770x314px.jpg.770x314_q85_crop In the era of selfies, cat memes and foodiegrams, we increasingly see the world through the photos we take, but how do photographs change the way we see ourselves?

Fenella Kernebone hosts a three-part chat show that asks how we define our identities and culture through the images we make. Each week Fenella will ask the audience to share their opinions in a lively debate about how photography helped to make us, us.

What can we learn about the ‘Australian way’ from the photos we post? What are the perils of oversharing? And what would be the ramifications of a ‘digital dark age’ in which decades of digital files are lost or become unreadable?

Joining Fenella to get the conversation flowing will be panelists including artists, photographers, comedians, historians, geeks, musicians and architects. Of course, we encourage you to speak up, tweet along and Instagram away, because as we all know: if there’s no pic, it didn’t happen.

Digital dark age - Wednesday 14th May - 7pm

With Benjamin Law (writer), Claire Reilly (tech editor, CNET) and Dr Lisa Murray (city historian at the City of Sydney Council)

Oversharing - Wednesday 20th May - 7pm

With Tom Ballard (comedian), Sarah-Jane Kurtini (Tiny Beans co-founder) and Professor Catharine Lumby (media commentator)

Truth, beauty and the way of things - - Wednesday 27th May - 7pm

With Myf Warhurst (TV presenter, broadcaster and writer), David Hunt (historian and author) and Alison Page (interior designer and filmmaker)

Favourite albums for 2014

Running a little early this year, as The Sound Lab kicked off the week of best of lists on Triple J, but here are my favourite albums for 2014. You can read the original post on the Triple J website  but here is it - in full with plenty of links and music. In this case my list comprises a few albums that I have listened to constantly, a few artists I respect deeply and a few others that crept in at the last minute.

And yes - it is my final Sound Lab list for what is my final Sound Lab year after 11 beautiful years of playing all kinds of music that I love and worship on Triple J - I'll write more about this later.

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    FuFa Music

    Volume 1

    FuFa is a compilation dedicated to beats and bass (Sydney artists in this case) put together by FBI radio show, Future Face. Artists include Elbee, Jozz Scott, Ben At Work, Monk Fly, Option CommandRoleo and Anomie who gets a special mention for her excellent 2014 album, Permanent Revelation.

    And additional props to the other collectives who work hard to send out beautiful Australian and international beats including the good people of Free The Beats and Uncomfortable Beats.

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Clean Dirt

A restless, noodly and lovingly produced album from Melbourne producer, 0Point1 aka Bob Streckfuss. It's his debut album and it's a lovingly crafted series of intricate compositions comprised of samples from around the house, vocals and a lot of talent. When I interviewed him this year, it was apparent he was quite shy and the delicate nature of the music somewhat reflects this. I love it when a quiet release creeps up on you and you find yourself returning to it time and time again. And like so much great music I’ve loved on the Sound Lab over the years – you can grab this for free or for a donation (go on give $). It’s really good. Gets my vote. Here’s the link.

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Clark has been kicking around the UK electronic scene for a good while and his latest is once again released on UK label, Warp. I've always had a fondness for his production approach, which is imaginative, dense, textured, sometimes unsettling, gothic and with a hint of the vintage Boards of Canada-esque treatment in some moments, but louder, way louder. With this album, he also asks you flip off the shoes and get moving on a wobbly techno dancefloor. Unfurla is rips through you like a freight train while The Grit in the Pearl build and builds till you’re in the clouds. Any more superlatives I can think of … I’m on team Clark.

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Andy Stott

Faith in Strangers

A late entry this year and I may still be wrapping my ears around this one, but I have faith, Faith in Strangers that is. Andy Stott is from Manchester and I am a big fan of his previous spaced out album, Luxury Problems. Whispy, intense, sparse, fab hooks are allowed to disintegrate into a wall of intensity. Stott doesn't ever let you settle in and put on your trackies - and that is what makes it so good. Continuing to push the edges of electronica.

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The Worry

Gotta love Seekae. The trio's talent was immediately obvious with their first album The Sound of Trees Falling on People and they cemented it with +Dome's bouncy instrumental joy. And while some were initially a little worried about the new album, with the introduction of vocals, any trepidation is out the window. Another strong, forward thinking album from one of my long time favourite acts.

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Dear Arca, how do you do it? You gave Kanye West more cred on Yeezus, helped FKA Twigs on her sensational album and you're also giving Bjork a hand on her upcoming release. You're also 24 and amongst all of this, have also released an album that I want to eat. Xen defies anything you would imagine, a series of shuffling beats, bass heavy moments, experimental meanderings and it's so very, very good. I cannot wait to hear what he does next.

The video for Thievery is something to behold ...




Ben Frost


Australian musician /composer Ben Frost made a smart move to Iceland many years ago and each of his new releases is something of a revelation. His latest, is a tantalising mix - heavy, melodic, industrial and even a little theatrical. It was written mostly on his laptop while Frost was travelling in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the result is intense, rhythmic, mechanical and expressive. The percussion on tracks like Venter reverberate – underscored by an eerie undercurrent monster of a melody that eventually takes its place in one massive crescendo. Give it time – allow it to seep into your brain and echo in your chest. Turn it up loud and say hi to the neighbours.

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The self-titled debut from Kiasmos is a breathtaking melding of strings, minimalist and experimental compositions and beats. It is simply beautiful. Put it on to go to sleep, put it on to get yourself ready to go out - it succeeds on all levels. Featuring one of my favourite minimalist composers, BAFTA winning Olafur Arnalds and fellow Icelandic artist, Janus Rasmussen (from Bloodgroup). The release connects the space between Arnalds' minimalist piano and string solo compositions and Rasmussen's electronic sensibilities. Put it all together and you have an intoxicating combination.

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Aphex Twin


His reputation as a mind blowing electronic artist is so grand that it would have been sacrilegious not to include Aphex Twin’s album, Syro in my top ten for 2014. Thank f*#k it’s brilliant. Should it have been number one – well yes and no … it’s superb that’s all I need to say. The fact remains that his sound is his own and it has for me an air of timelessness about it. Each track is a unique code, perfectly arranged patterns of sound. Whether its skittering juicy synths, basslines that take you to the moon and back, vamped up acid or gentle piano. And on this note I will forever thank Aphex Twin for transforming my musical tastes when I was a lass and for still remaining relevant and curious with this new record.

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Our Love

An overwhelmingly positive album from Caribou aka Dan Snaith. It's his sixth studio album and the first in four years as Caribou after a slew of releases exploring his dance music chops under the moniker Daphni. Not surprisingly then, Our Love shifts his sound to take in the dancefloor and a little hip hop R&B influence too. It's an album that shows off Snaith's beautiful, skilled and warm approach to production. It's fun, it's optimistic and it's full of love. I love Our Love - it's a little grower.

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And here's a list of other artists whose releases could have just as easily be in there from this year: Martyn, Rat&Co, Raz Ohara, Fatima Al Qadiri, Copeland, Anomie, Elbee, Submerse, Wen, Untold, Plaid, Zammuto, Lee Gamble, Teebs, Illum Sphere, Lawrence English, Porter Robinson, FKA Twigs, Flying Lotus, Dylan Michel, Dorian Concept, Broken Chip, Lukid, Dabro, Drox, Machinedrum, Lucian Blomkamp, Loops Haunt, Slamagotchi, Lee Gamble, SHXCXCHCXSH, Plastikman, The Bug, Mannheim Rocket, VHS Head, A Winged Victory For The Sullen, Lorn, Super Magic Hats, Aeriae and a personal favourite that’s a little off the brief is Banks.


Massive Attack J Files on Double J

One of the most celebrated acts in the history of electronic music is British act Massive Attack. When I was a teen their first two albums were close friends of mine, so it was a great pleasure to host the Massive Attack J Files on Double J. Big night - plenty of stories and all of that fabulous music.

There's a full article with vids and links on Double J's website and you can hear the show on the Double J Soundcloud

Design Excellence 2014 - Sydney's Cultural Jigsaw

Tomorrow night I am MC at City of Sydney’s Design Excellence forum on cultural precincts and how they can shape our city. There's a huge investment in cultural precincts worldwide and Sydney's cultural institutions are also planning on major capital development programs - to draw in new visitors and connect the spaces. What sort of planning approaches work (and what won't work) and can Sydney's institutions bring the love and work together? So many questions. So many questions. If you're in town - grab a ticket (it's free!): Here's who is speaking:

WELCOME Lord Mayor Clover Moore

KEYNOTE SPEAKER Adrian Ellis, Director, Global Cultural Districts Network

PRESENTERS Dr Michael Brand, Director, Art Gallery of NSW Rose Hiscock, Director, Powerhouse Museum Dr Alex Byrne, NSW State Librarian and Chief Executive, State Library of NSW

DISCUSSION PANEL Bruce Baird AM, Chairman, Tourism and Transport Forum and Board Member, Sydney Theatre Company Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE, Director, Museum of Contemporary Art Malcolm Snow, Chief Executive, National Capital Authority Professor Peter Tregear, Head of the School of Music, Australian National University



Picture - Marcus Zusak Markus Zusak with Fenella Kernebone | Studio | TEDxSydney 2014 Photo: Tim Lumsdaine 

In April I had the day of all days when I hosted the breakout sessions in The Studio at the Sydney Opera House for TedxSydney. It was rather massive. For a few months there, life was BT and AT. Before tedx and ... you get the picture.

You can view the entire day, including all the added good bits that from The Studio - all the additional interviews with Tedx speakers including Marcus Zuzak, Adam Alter and Tim and Judy Sharpe (to name just a few) - on the tedxsydney website, youtube and everywhere else!

Here's a bunch of pictures from the whole day and from The Studio


I Touch Myself Project

It's a great honour to be an ambassador for the #itouchmyselfproject - this is a project instigated by friends and family of the legendary Chrissie Amphlett, who died a year ago of breast cancer. She wanted her song to become an anthem for women's breast awareness. My mother - the beautiful Mary Kernebone, died in 2007 of breast cancer, so this is an issue that has impacted on my life and my families life in huge way - as it has for so many other Australians.  So - touch yourself ladies!

Here's the song - featuring Katie Noonan, Megan Washington and more:

And here's my story as well

Fenella Kernebone

In conversation with Elizabeth Ann Macgregor and Louise Herron - 25th November, 2013

I'll be speaking with Elizabeth Ann Macgregor, Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney and Louise Herron, CEO of Sydney Opera House on Monday 25th November, 2013, as part of the end of year celebrations for SAMAG.

Here's the information from SAMAG's website:

"Fenella Kernebone in conversation with these two distinguished arts leaders, Elizabeth Ann Macgregor, Director, Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia and Louise Herron, AM, CEO Sydney Opera House will discuss the year that was and reflect on the future of creative leadership in Australia. Our experienced guests will engage in a broad ranging discussion and speak to questions including: What shape is Australia’s arts industry currently in? What constitutes some of the biggest backwards and forwards steps in the sector? Has the status of the arts sector changed? How do you manage the process of transforming an organisation? What does the sector need to do to successfully adapt to change and remain relevant? What are the future opportunities in arts practice, funding and education? What will arts audiences expect in the future? What qualities will the next generation of creative leaders need?"

Monday 18th November - Creative Partnership Awards 2013

Hosted the Creative Partnership Awards 2013 – on Monday 18th November at Parliament House, Canberra, which recognise successful relationships between business and creative industries - many exploring alternate funding models to enable creative projects to happen. Many of the winners also used the platform to call for greater culture of giving towards the arts in Australia, which is seriously lacking here in comparison to our American counterparts.

In Australia - it's still the case that the more you earn, the less you give. So it was refreshing to hear from one the winner of the Creative Partnerships Philanthropy Leadership Award, Betty Amsden OAM - a big arts donor in this country, strongly arguing for a rise in philanthropy from those that have the means. It was an  inspiring speech - made me forget for a moment how sore my feet were from standing on stage for hours!

To see the list of winners and finalists - head to their website.

Create Design Awards

Tonight am getting amongst it with Australian designers as the MC for the Create Design Awards. Awards includes emerging talent, identity, illustration, interactive & digital, motion design, packaging, photography, print: creative, print: commercial, sustainability, typography and website. Certainly puts this little site's efforts to shame when you look at how the bosses do it.

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