Shortwave is a series of new digital commissions, designed to platform a diverse cross-section of emerging or early career interdisciplinary Australian artists working at the forefront of digital performance.
jobfit & Craig Stubbs-Race
‘mitifb(sorrynotsorry)’ is a poem/track that collages moments of pre-apocalyptic frustration, absurdity and cheeky thoughts. Originally created in 2019 at a 30th birthday party in the Blue Mountains, jobfit have developed this track iteratively over two years, the latest version released via Sydney label Pure Space on their EP Longer Form Cat Calls.
For Shortwave, jobfit collaborated with Craig Stubbs-Race to develop a live iteration. This collaboration explores what live performance means in a pandemic environment. Due to Sydney and Melbourne lockdowns, the trio couldn’t meet to develop this work, so a process of live performance was undertaken in each of their houses. The producer performed the music, then sent it to the poet who performed the vocals, then back to the producer to mix it down, before sending it to the visual artist to respond visually.
The vocals were represented as a mass of 3D cubes that changed pattern to the wave of vocal sound. The percussion and synth were represented as circles and the texture was shown as a distorted mass of noise. The final iteration showcases Craig’s visual response - seven minutes of live and twisted shapes, responding in realtime to the production of sound.