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Sophisticated Boom Boom (2001, photo collage excerpt) by Terre Thaemlitz / Published in Toit du Monde (Switzerland: Lars Müller Publishers, 2002)
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The Substation, 1 Market Street, Newport, Victoria 3015, Australia
Dates
18 August–7 November 2022
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Wheelchair accessible

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Free

Originally a multi-page photo collage published in the Swiss art publication Toit du Monde, edited by Sigismond de Vajay. It was produced by Terre Thaemlitz shortly after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the US by Al-Quaeda. The piece centres around a strategically folksy quote by then President and war criminal G.W. Bush, “I remember an old poster out west, Wanted Dead or Alive.” It includes various types of media images used at the time.

Thaemlitz was a young child during the Vietnam War, and was deeply affected by watching gruesome ground-zero journalist footage on the nightly television news – footage which proved vital to fueling anti-war sentiments and protests among the US public. As a result, the US government and military industrial contractors took note of the power of a free press, giving rise to today’s corporate journalism. By the 1980s press images of US military attacks were restricted to the iconic grainy video footage from fighter planes dropping bombs on anonymous architecture, “shock and awe” footage that resembled fireworks in the distance, and humanitarian portraiture. The propaganda leading up to the illegal invasion of Iraq is summarised by the sleazy sales pitch, “Sophisticated Boom Boom.” The rhythms of propaganda and censorship beat on.

Curated by Lawrence English. Presented by The Substation.

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Join us for complementary drinks and hors d'oeuvres to celebrate the reopening of Reframed Positions and Sophisticated Boom Boom from 6pm–8pm, Thursday 18 August 2022. All welcome!

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Award-winning multimedia artist, writer, public speaker, educator and record label boss Terre Thaemlitz takes over The Substation with her uncompromising, confronting and intellectually ignited work.

Thaemlitz's oeuvre resists easy categorisation, spanning the musical spectrum from deep house to neo-expressionist piano solos, glitch to ambient. Her practice is a provocative engagement with identity politics, working through issues of gender, sexuality, class and ethnicity while also digging into the structural dynamics of media production and reception within society.

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Presented by The Substation in association with Room40 as part of Asia TOPA.

Restricted to 18+: This performance features adult concepts, nudity, surgical images and materials that would not be suitable for young audience members.

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