Wednesday, May 12, 2021

 

These contemporary artworks explore the creative act; the journey from exodus to realisation.

Though the critical locus of the project is the destruction of the cosmopolitan city of Smyrna in 1922, Altar’d Lament is a pantheon for Neo-rebetes.

Masonik embarked on a pilgrimage to Piraeus and Athens to confront rebetiko; a cultural form that can be simultaneously fragile and resilient, both comforting and threatening. Out of this experience a collection of artworks were created that fuse sculpture, photography, video, music, original vinyl recording and laser cutting.

The installation has also included many live musical performances by Masonik, both in Greece and Australia.

A Refuge for the exiled, the tradition altered creating a narrative to an open-ended underworld. So was created this Unorthodox Amanes Altar.

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Recorded Live In Athens 15th January 2014 - Previously unreleased

Basil Psanoudakis - Turntables, Laptop & Bass
Paul 'Pax' Andrews - Saxophones & Bass-Clarinet
Wheldon Thornley - Keyboard
Georgia Balabini - Vocals

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Monday, August 17, 2020

Heathcote Cultural Precinct

 After a postponement due to Covid-19, Masonik's Altar'd Lament exhibition & performance went ahead.  The exhibition is running until the 20th of September. Many thanks to everyone at the Heathcote Cultural Precinct for their amazing support during a difficult time.

photo courtesy of Daniel Grant



Thursday, August 6, 2020

Heathcote Cultural Precinct Exhibition returns

Exhibition BACK ON!

Yes -- our Covid Restrictions have been lifted and ALTAR'd LAMENT is back on @Heathcote Cultural Precinct.

Masonik have been in rehearsals and are ready for the opening Friday 7th August 6pm 

Click on the image below for Gallery details -

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Covid-19 Cancellation

It is with deep regret that we inform you of our decision to cancel the opening event for our upcoming exhibition 'Altar'd Lament' at HeathCote Cultural Centre.

We are following advice regarding COVID-19 from the WA Department of Health.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Heathcote Cultural Precinct

Upcoming Exhibition & Performance - March 2020

Opening Night Performance by Masonik Friday 27th March 6-8pm

Altar’d Lament examines migration, diaspora culture and history. It is produced by Masonik, a multi-disciplinary art collective, and features live music, video projection, and spoken-word performance alongside an immersive art installation.

The exhibition centres on the history of rebetiko, a form of Greek popular music that emerged from the 1922 destruction of the city of Smyrna. Masonik presents this tradition as simultaneously fragile and resilient, comforting and threatening, and an important cultural refuge for the exiled.