You know you’re in for an interesting night when you walk into The Experiment’s sophomore evening to be greeted by experimental musician Fats White screaming a sweet little ditty about fisting.
Imbued with the intoxicating feeling of stumbling across a few well-kept secrets just waiting to blow up Auckland’s artistic community, the Monster Valley project charged along with an awesome crop of weird, wonderful acts and installations. These ranged from informative to experimental. A workshop on crowdfunding using the Boosted platform continued to foster the project’s ‘give-back-to-the-community’ vibe, while multimedia poet and fiction-writer Raewyn Alexander provided a warm, moving reading of her latest work. Sam Brooks took the lead with an infectious Lip-Sync Jukebox session, while Majikpixiejuice’s art-rock sounds filled The Basement with groove.
The highlight of the evening for this reviewer was an expressionist dance piece by I DON’T KNOW THEIR NAME AND I CAN’T FIND IT. Using a few cleverly deployed pieces of set design and a wicked saxophonist, this piece was by turns fascinating, exciting and ultimately slightly creepy (in a good way). One of the most experimental nights of The Experiment’s lineup provided a great sense of community support that The Basement continues to characterise.