Important information: In line with the recent Vivid Sydney re-schedule announcement to the new dates 17 Sep – 9 Oct 2021, Carriageworks is in the process of confirming our program. Please bear with us while we work with our artists and stakeholders to confirm dates. We will be in touch with ticket holders as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.
Returning to Carriageworks in its sixth edition, Open Frame is an immersive experimental program of transgressive sound and light. Curated by Lawrence English, founder of cult label Room40, and one of Australia’s pre-eminent sound artists, the program explores the boundaries between sound, noise and experimental music over the final two nights of the program.
This is an 18+ event. Proof of age will be required for entry. This is a seated event. Performances in this program contain haze and flashing lights.
Tickets will only be available through the Carriageworks website and Ticketbooth. Please DO NOT buy from any unauthorised re-sellers such as ViaGoGo, Ticketmaster resale, gumtree, eBay or otherwise. They are not authorised sellers and you may be refused entry. In NSW it is illegal to resell a ticket for more than 110% of the face value of the ticket, as regulated by NSW Fair Trading.
Once you purchase your tickets you will be emailed a ticket confirmation ONLY. Your E-ticket will be sent to your email address 48 hours ahead of the event.
Cantina OK! are joining Carriageworks for a festival pop-up bar from 19-28 Aug. Make sure to visit for signature cocktails and a curated menu featuring food by Luke Powell from LP’s and Bella Brutta, + more.
Carriageworks is a registered COVID-Safe business. To ensure the wellbeing of our visitors, we are following strict guidelines set by NSW State Government and Live Performance Australia. Help us keep everyone safe by reading our COVID-Safe Plan before your next visit.
Annea Lockwood (diffusion)
Open Frame is proud to present a pair of electro-acoustic works from New Zealand born, American based composer Annea Lockwood and American composer Ruth Anderson. Presented alongside Anderson’s Conversations from 1974, Lockwood’s For Ruth, recorded in 2020, is a note back to Ruth. An utterly personal and intimate work on shared lives, places and ways. These works, which have never been presented in Australia, will be diffused by Lawrence English under the guidance of Annea Lockwood.
Thu 26 Aug
Kusum Normoyle is a musician and artist working with voice for performance, video and installation. She takes screaming, feedback, resonance and intervention and puts them to work in outdoor, gallery, experimental and dance music contexts. Her work and research is particularly focused on the relation of body, voice and acoustic feedback to audio amplification systems of scale.
Thu 26 Aug
Alexandra Spence with Elia Bosshard
Alexandra Spence joins artist Elia Bosshard to create an interplay of immaterial architecture operating between light and sound. Communion is a work of dimension and scale, of expanding and contracting space through immaterial spectra. It takes influence from the pairing of two texts, ‘The Waves’ by Virginia Woolf and ‘Vibrant Matter' by Jane Bennett and invites us to recognise the impacts of the intangible and the immaterial.
Thu 26 Aug
Ruth Anderson (diffusion)
Open Frame is proud to present a pair of electro-acoustic works from New Zealand born, American based composer Annea Lockwood and American composer Ruth Anderson. Presented as a special pairing -- alongside Lockwood’s For Ruth -- Anderson’s Conversations from 1974, documents the pair’s long-distance communications as they came to know one another and eventually form a deep relationship that carried through until Ruth’s passing in 2019.
Fri 27 Aug
Tralala Blip is Australia’s premiere differently-abled electronic music ensemble. They have developed an entirely personal language for sound that merges their interest in rhythm and post-pop aesthetics. This show involves the creation of live visual materials and expands the ensemble's interest in signal processing and live transformation of human gesture.
Fri 27 Aug
Robin Fox’s Triptych is a newly commissioned work, created especially for the architecture of Carriageworks Bay 20. The piece uses three lasers to create an intense audio visual environment within which sound and light operate in orbit of one another.
Fri 27 Aug
Lisa Lerkenfeldt Shell Of A City, Lisa Lerkenfeldt's newly commissioned work for Open Frame, explores the labyrinth of underground spaces that flow underneath our lived environments. A glimpse into the dark echoes and blackened caverns of our cloaked urban architecture.