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Carriageworks presents Soft Centre for Vivid Sydney

Carriageworks is promising an “electrifying” program of music, performance and art in Soft Centre, which the Eveleigh-based arts organisation is presenting as part of Australia’s largest festival, Vivid Sydney 2023.

Soft Centre is a multi-sensory festival experience and involves a full Carriageworks precinct takeover on June 11 from 1pm – 11pm. The program will traverse leftfield club, noise and ambient music, contemporary dance and endurance performances, immersive A/V concerts, cutting-edge digital art and large-scale lightworks. 

Acting Carriageworks CEO Jonty Claypole said, “At Carriageworks we champion diverse art forms and can’t wait to welcome back Soft Centre after last year’s incredible event which saw the precinct come alive with experimental art, music and performance.

“Soft Centre is Australia’s premier experimental arts and electronic music festival, and this year’s program promises to be just as dynamic, with cutting-edge artists from across the globe.”

Highlights of Soft Centre include:

  • in, a collaborative A/V performance between Finnish duo Amnesia Scanner(PAN) and digital provocateur Freeka Tet. Characterised by a deep fascination with system vulnerabilities, informational overload, and sensory excess, this closing concert fuses grotesque online aesthetics in hyper detailed 16K fantasy colour with Amnesia Scanner’s signature avant-EDM sound.
  • Kenyan producer and DJ Slikback will perform alongside visuals from anonymous video artist Weirdcore, known for his work with Aphex Twin, M.I.A., Oneohtrix Point Never and The Caretaker.
  • Harrison Hall + Sam Mcgilp team up with NAXS FUTURE, a Taipei-based media art collective, with Prairie WWWW to present BC, a groundbreaking hybrid live/digital dance work combining motion capture, immersive 3D technologies and live performance.
  • Rising Emo Pop singer daine, who is the protégé of British superstar Charli XCX, unleashes an A/V concert with Eek.
  • Club iconoclast aya (Hyperdub) presents a new live set, contorting language, dialect, gender and sexuality between controlled bursts of rhythm, noise and aural goop.
  • Combining barbed industrial dancefloor forms with nu-metal, rap and noise, New York duo Deli Girls make their long-awaited Australian debut.
  • Spanning continents and cultures, Hand to Earth is a rare collaboration between Yolgnu songmen, Daniel and David Wilfred and Korean vocalist Sunny Kim, who sing in their native languages over hypnotic soundscapes composed by Peter Knight and Aviva Endean.
  • The world premiere of Needlemouth sees Marcus Whale playing a hungry ghost plagued by insatiable desire alongside performance artist Eugene Choi, with costuming by Megan Hanson.
  • Dancer and choreographer Amber McCartney presents her solo choreographic performance Baby Girl, an otherworldly investigation of physicality.
  • Queer filmmakers Garden Reflexxx accompany ambient composer Lydian Dunbar (Tralala Blip, Room 40) for a world premiere live A/V show.
  • Corin (UIQ) will present the Australian premiere of Lux Aeterna Live AV, with visuals by Tristan Jalleh, exploring the possibilities of a heightened collective consciousness in times of crisis.


Soft Centre
Presented by Carriageworks as part of Vivid Sydney 2023
Sunday June 11
1 – 11pm
Tickets: $99/109 + BF

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