About

Nervous is an interdisciplinary and collaborative installation and performance project.

Conceived by Heather B Swann, the work begins with eight sculptures. During the development and construction of these objects, Heather invited two contemporary musical ensembles, a poet, two singers, a composer, a theatre maker and an electronic scribe to join with her in exploring and extending the sculptures' physical, conceptual and emotional space and force.

Over the past year, Heather has developed a much-expanded form of one of the Nervous sculptures. The nine Banksia Men will be exhibited in 'Magic Object', the 2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, to be held at the Art Gallery of South Australia from 26 February to 15 May.

Kevin Brophy has written a suite of poems in response to the sculptures, and several of these have been incorporated in Thomas Green's score for the performance work. Two of the resulting songs have been released on Youtube: I See You and Banksia Men. Tom has also written an extended version of his Banksia Men piece as a soundscape to accompany the Adelaide exhibition.

The world premiere of Nervous will be at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra on Saturday 3 September 2016.

Following a series of live performances, Nervous will be presented in the form of an exhibition of sculpture and drawing, recorded music and video, which will run until late November.

The Nervous ensemble gratefully acknowledges Arts Victoria, Medley Hall and Clemenger BBDO for facilitating the first stage of the project.

Tax-deductible donations in support of Nervous are made possible through Creative Partnerships Australia and the Australian Cultural Fund.

Collaborators

Heather B Swann
Visual Artist

Heather B Swann is a visual artist whose practice centres on sculpture and drawing. She holds an M.F.A. from the Tasmanian School of Art, and

Heather B Swann
Kevin Brophy
Writer

Kevin Brophy is the author of thirteen books of fiction, poetry and essays, including Walking,: New and Selected Poems (John Leonard Press 2013), which was

Kevin Brophy
Thomas Green
Composer

Tom has a reputation in Brisbane as a versatile composer whose focus is finding a musical home between many and varied streams, such as ‘pop’

Thomas Green
Astrid Connelly
Vocalist

Astrid Connelly is a young soprano currently completing a Bachelor of Music at the University of Melbourne. She has a particular interest in Early Music

Astrid Connelly
Jack Swann
Vocalist

Twice a bachelor – B.Mus. and B.A. (Music Theatre) – Jack is a graduate of both the Conservatorium of Music at the University of Tasmania

Jack Swann
PLEXUS

Melbourne ensemble PLEXUS brings together the talents of three of Melbourne’s most vibrant and versatile musicians, Monica Curro (violin), Philip Arkinstall (clarinet), and Stefan Cassomenos

PLEXUS
Continuum Sax

Continuum Sax, Australia’s foremost Saxophone quartet, performs a unique repertoire that explores the intriguing, exciting and expressive world of the saxophone. Their concerts have been

Continuum Sax

Contact

Contact info at iamnervous dot net for more information on the project.

Support

Please visit our Australian Cultural Fund page to pledge your support.

We thank ACF for their support in realising this project to its fullest potential.

Donations over $2 are tax deductible.