CLOSING EVENT: FUSE Block Party
Are you ready for this? FUSE Spring 2022 is ending with a bang: the FUSE Block Party.
Join us for a FREE community bash, curated by Lucreccia Quintanilla, with live bass music, bric-a-brac stalls, body adornment and a boogie in the dark.
This signature closing event for FUSE is an inclusive, participatory and multi-arts celebration of identity, self-expression, and intersectionality.
The showcase features a vintage flea market, paper costume making workshop for kids with Dell Stewart, a celebratory Pasifika floral head-dress workshop with Veisinia Tonga, chalk mural making with artist Tom Civil, live musical performances by Decibels artists, family friendly No Lights No Lycra dance (lights won't be completely out) and the "Every Dream Home" art installation by Nat Thomas and music by DJ Naycab.
The afternoon of music, play and art-making culminates in a dress-up parade lead by UKI, a moving interactive kinetic structure which houses the sound system, and the curator-in-residence, Lucreccia Quintanilla, (aka DJ General Feelings) on the decks.
Then there's the grand finale: our special FUSE Dress-up Parade.
Come to the party wearing a costume that expresses yourself or design one at our free on-site workshop.
The FUSE Block Party is a celebration of self-expression and a chance to be your own canvas.
Bass is a theme throughout. The sound system is a moving interactive kinetic structure called UKI, and local youth music studio Decibels will be producing bass-led music for the event.
In fact, Lucreccia is the first woman to create a hand built sound system (known as General Feelings) on Australian shores.
So what are you waiting for? Join us and get your bass on.
FUSE Block Party is an accessible event.
Dr Lucreccia Quintanilla is a sound artist, DJ, sound system operator and writer. She has recently completed her Doctoral research titled: "Whose Myth? The Echo and the Diaspora", at Monash University. Recent works include: Brian Fuata; A Generous Opacity, for the Anti LIVE Art International Award publication, Finland. Records of Displacement in Disclaimer online Journal. Recent Sound work includes Call for Westspace Offsite. Quintanilla has presented at the Sound System Outernational Conference in Naples, Italy and has been a resident artist at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Canada.
Quintanilla is also a sound system operator, having built General Feelings Sound, which has recently been a part of Heavy Congress at the Rising Festival 2022, Melbourne. She has received the Australian Post Graduate Award for her research, Vic Arts and Creative Victoria grants and the Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship.
As an arts writer, Quintanilla has recently edited the small publication: The Space in which I Fit Won’t Exist Until I make it featuring the writings of various radio, sound and music voices in Melbourne and Sydney Australia. Stay tuned for her musing on the ethos behind FUSE Block Party, FUse’s official closing event for 2022.
DJ Naycab, aka Nayuka Gorrie. is a Kurnai/Gunai, Gunditjmara, Wiradjuri and Yorta Yorta freelance writer/DJ.
|DECIBELS YOUTH GROUP||
DJs and Topliners from Decibels will perform two thirty-minute sets.
These artists have emerged from workshops on sound system culture, learning about bass, writing, arranging and collaborating.
|DJ GENERAL FEELINGS (AKA LUCRECCIA QUINTANELLA)||
Lucreccia will play the last hour of the event: the soundtrack to the parade.
DJ General feelings is all about joy and story-telling through music. Her interests are Latin music and all its sub genres and often sneaks her own remixes into her sets.
|NO LIGHTS NO LYCRA||
Conducting two dance workshop sessions in the Retropolis warehouse opposite Ray Bramham gardens.
A global dance community providing an inclusive and non-judgmental place for people to explore this notion. No lights no lyrca brings people together to experience freedom of self-expression and joy.
Tom will be designing and outlining a mural on the paved pathways that people can fill throughout the event. Tom is an artist, muralist, community art facilitator and printmaker. Tom has been making art in the streets of Melbourne for over 18 years, and has painted over 30 murals across town in the last ten years. He's a self-taught and studio trained printmaker and a member of Everfresh Studio in Collingwood, Melbourne.
Local artist Nat Thomas will install her art work "In Every Dream Home". Nat, aka Nat Solo, is a Melbourne-based artist and writer whose independent practice considers storytelling as the basis of culture. Using photography, installation performance and online platforms, her work engages with the mass media and its role in the how we see each other and the world.
Dell will be conducting a paper craft custom workshop for children and dress-up loving adults to parade in.
Dell Stewart’s work combines various processes (ceramics, textiles, animation, hospitality) with a deeply embedded personal story. These practices assemble in immersive environments, exhibitions, publications and hands-on workshops. Stewart has organised and participated in numerous exhibitions, and has shown extensively in Australia and overseas. She completed a Masters of Fine Arts at Monash University in 2022, with research focused on fostering new material connections and collaboration.
Vei is a Tongan Kakala multidisciplinary artist and storyteller living in Naarm/Melbourne. Vei's workshop at the FUSE Block Party will comprise of making celebratory pasifika style natural headpieces made out of flowers and other natural materials. This preparation will form a key part of the event as Vei is putting a call out to her community to join.
An interactive kinetic sculpture animated by electric actuators. Exposed metal exoskeleton, robotic articulations, lighting and surround sound system amalgamate to describe an entomological creature from a prehistoric future.
UKI will be the sound system for the event. It will be stationed near the stage at the Oakover road end of the park. All the Djs and performers will perform from inside the structure.
For the closing parade, it will be activated and moved to lead the parade.
Event & ticketing details
Dates & Times
|FREE Event||17 Sep - 1-7pm|
3 Newman St, Preston VIC 3072Get directions