As the immediate threat of COVID-19 subsides, we find ourselves at a very weird point in time (understatement), stuck between new and old rules and ways of being in the world.
There is so much uncertainty and every individual feels the impact of this in different ways. What will our ‘new normal’ look like? How will this extraordinary world event irrevocably change our lives (for both the good and the bad)?
What Now? is a film-based project which follows the journey of several artists on the Sunshine Coast during this abnormal period. Multi-disciplinary artist Timothy Birch deep-dives into their worlds, visiting them in their homes to understand how 2020 as a whole, and COVID-19 in particular, have impacted their lives, art, and beliefs about the world.
The final work will be a documentary-style video that will become a ‘time capsule’ to remember this extraordinary moment in time.
Timothy will be sharing the stories of Jandamarra Cadd, Tammy Brennan, Niki De Saint and Dave Knobel.
About the Artist
Born in Sydney but only to find himself residing in Queensland Timothy Birch is often found closest to the nearest air conditioning unit. Tim has a Bachelor of Digital Design and majored in graphics but often finds himself between many roles in the creative realm. Finding comfort behind the lens he is a keen photographer and film maker passionate about capturing content in and around subjects of and with great meaning.
About the Featured Artists
Jandamarra Cadd is a Yorta Yorta and Dja Dja Warung descendent, an inspirational man with many stories to tell. With his vibrant and expressive portraitures, Jandamarra’s artwork is emotive and insightful – and is a powerful medium to bridge the story telling divide between First Nation‘S and mainstream Australia.
Painting has been a way of life that has enabled him to express his creativity and story telling and in many of his paintings of the human condition, he seeks to be a peaceful voice for unity. Jandamarra uses a variety of styles and mediums; with his unique blend of traditional aboriginal art techniques along with his own signature contemporary portraiture.
Jandamarra has not only been a finalist in many major Portrait Art Prize’s in Australia, but is also in very high demand as an Inspirational Speaker and Ambassador.
Tammy Brennan is an agitator and artist who creates and produces contemporary cross art-form works. Predominantly a writer, her research centres on making connections with people that spark exchange and interdisciplinary encounters to provoke dialogue, action, and reflection between the creative, performer and spectator. Tammy draws on her own lived experience of sexual violence to interrogate and engage with confronting systemic global socio-political problems. Her operatic narratives probe abuses of power, culture and contemporary issues such as victim and survivor stereotyping, human rights violations, gender violence, conflict and trauma
David Knobel is a Sunshine Coast based lawyer, writer and performance poet. He began writing poetry in 2013 inspired by the work of Australian performance poets Luka Lesson and Omar Musa. David was the 2018 Queensland Poetry Slam champion going on to perform at the Sydney Opera House for the Australian Poetry Slam final that year. His work has been described as “emotionally intoxicating” presenting “a wisdom and skill beyond his years”. David sees his poetry as both a political act and a personal manifesto.
Niki Dé Saint
Niki Dé Saint. is an experienced and sort after musician & producer who specialises in designing bespoke musical soundscapes throughout Australia and Europe.
Along with performing live dj sets with her band on major Australian events such as Formula One Grand Prix, Australian Open, Vivid Festival, Noosa Food and Wine, Sydney Festival etc to producing runway show music for local and international fashion houses across the globe.
Dé Saint has a diverse clientele and is a favourite among the lifestyle, art, fashion and design industries. With original compositions featured in brand campaigns along with collab releases available on Itunes & Spotify.
As a professional session vocalist her little black book holds tight connections to renowned performers worldwide from orchestral to grand piano on jazz beats, cocktail acoustic to deep house, NDS covers a wide genre of musical styles, tailoring her content to enhance audience experience.
2019 has seen NDS share the stage with artists such as PNAU, Flume, Flight Facilities, Vera Blue, Wafia, Client Liaison, Tina Arena, Kid Ink, Running Touch, Ruel, Thandi Phoenix and more on various vip music industry nights. 2020 / 2021 will see the release of her debut electro funk album Dé Saint. along with acoustic folk project ’The Elsoms’.
This Homegrown project is supported by the Regional Arts Development Fund, a partnership between the Queensland Government and Sunshine Coast Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.