Pre-Launch-Launch for Under the Hammer

In 2006, Former midnight oil drummer Rob Hirst made the comment “Vietnam inspired some of the greatest protest songs ever written. Not so now, surprisingly, even when hundreds of thousands of Australians crowded our streets to demonstrate their opposition to another senseless war [Iraq].” His comments sparked much debate in the artistic community.

Richard Kingsmill told The Age, “If you were a general music lover, you might think there are no political songs being written…But trust me, political songs are being written, recorded and released all the time in this country. We have boxes of anti-Bush, anti-Howard, anti-Iraq war, anti-racism, pro-choice, pro-environment CDs, all from contemporary local acts.” As Shane Howard former singer-songwriter for Goanna points out “given that we are entering an era of even greater concentration of media ownership, it will become even harder to hear dissenting voices.”

The tendency to drive “political” to the artistic fringe is not only isolated to music but all arts, visual, theatre, comedy, music, spoken word, film etc. There is a massive audience for art which actually says something about the world we live in and the world we want to create.

For this reason we are launching Under the Hammer’s Sit-In, an arts space that isn’t simply an arts space but a site of political struggle. We want to provide a platform for progressive artists to present, perform, debate and collaborate with a range of groups and individuals to assert activist art as a multi-platform genre. Come and discuss with us how you and your collaborators can engage with us to build this exciting project. See the space pre-renovations and help us shape it from the ground up.

Performances from:

Toby Halligan
Comedian with Political Asylum

Khepa Markhno
Spoken word artists

3oB DJ set
Musician from Agency Dub Collective

Speakers include:
Rose Godde
Platform Theatre’s Program Manager

Kim Bullimore
Revolutionary Socialist Party

Van Rudd
Visual Artist

James Crafti
Under the Hammer Collective

Visual Art provided by:
Van Rudd

Drinks and snacks provided free although donations to support the project will be greatly appreciated on the night. Email underthehammerartists@gmail.com by November 10 to RSVP.

November 12, 19.30-22.30 The Sit-In 158 Sydney Rd. Coburg, Australia