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Fluttering hearts / thinking machines

Abbotsford Convent
Event organized by Abbotsford Convent

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“When we pause to listen, the overriding emotion of the internet of things is a melancholy that rolls off of it in waves and sheets”
- Adam Greenfield
Forest Collective, in collaboration with queer artist Addison present a reflection on technology and emotion.
Sparking life and movement, or suffusing inertia, technology increasingly works upon us as we work with it. These friction points will be explored by songs by Addison from the past and the future. Ballads about artificial intelligence and baroque hymns for counter-tenor will come together to answer questions about how to cope with love and loss in a world where we are coerced into watching screens saturated with melancholy.

Featuring Addison’s synthesiser-heavy electronic works tempered with Evan Lawson’s organic arrangements for Forest Collective, the conflicts of heart and machine will play out before you in this exciting work.

fluttering hearts // thinking machines by Addison - world premiere

Addison Addison - Singer-Songwriter
Evan Lawson - Conductor & Arranger
Kim Tan - Flutes
Vilan Mai - Clarinets
Sarah Coghlan - Violin
Nathan Juriansz - Violin (guest musician)
Nikki Edgar - Cello
Bec Scully - Double Bass
William Elm - Accordion
Trea Hindley - Trombone
Ryan Williams - Recorders
Nick Yates - Saxophones

Sacred Heart Oratory - Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford
10-15 min walk from Victoria Park Station (South Morang/Hurstbridge Lines)
Bus 200 or 207 to stop Clarke St/Johnston St (cross via bridge above road) and turn left at St Heliers Street
Tram 109, 12 or 48 to stop Victoria St/Nicholson St (Abbotsford) and 20-25 min walk up Nicholson Street
More info: abbotsfordconvent.com.au/visit/visitor-information

Event ticketing info:
First Release (March)
Full Price $28/ Seniors $20/ Concession & U18 $18

Second Release (April)
Full Price $32/ Seniors $25/ Concession & U18 $22

Final Release (May)
Full Price $35/ Seniors $30/ Concession & U18 $25

Preview performance tickets $15 cash at the door only
Doors open 20 minutes before the performance commences.


Forest Collective acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we live, meet, create, and perform - primarily Wurundjeri land of the Kulin Nation.

We pay our respects to their Elders, past and present, and extend our respects to all Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders, past and present. We recognise and respect their cultural heritage, beliefs, and relationship with the land. We recognise Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of this nation.