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Ozolins, B ORCID: 0000-0002-8999-4747, Harvey, MK and von Caemmerer, A 2018 , The Green Brain Cycle. MOFO and the Museum of Old and New Art.

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The Green Brain Cycle is a 90 minute musical composition by Michael Kieren Harvey inspired by the Frank Herbert's science fiction novel, The Green Brain (1966). The book is set in the not-so-distant future, where humankind has all but succeeded in controlling life on the planet and almost completely wiped out insect life. The performance is in twenty movements for keyboard, each named after major insect genera, and is accompanied by a series of 'concrete' poems and vocal readings by poet Arjun von Caemmerer. Ozolins worked collaboratively with Harvey and von Caemmerer to create the set for the world premier performance of The Green Brain Cycle at MONA FOMA. The project extended her skill as an installation artist into set design to create an immersive, dramatically lit jungle-like space using the colours green and gold to reference beetles and other insect life, live plants and trees, gold vinyl text on the walls, gold bean bags, and a large green orb that was suspended almost threateningly over the grand piano.

Item Type: Creative Works
Authors/Creators:Ozolins, B and Harvey, MK and von Caemmerer, A
Keywords: Installation, set design, Green Brain, MONA FOMA, MOFO
Publisher: MOFO and the Museum of Old and New Art
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Copyright © 2010–2021, The Conversation Media Group Ltd and the authorRepublished under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-ND 4.0) licence

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Date of Advertisement for Exhibition: December and January 2018
Place of Advertisement for Exhibition: MOFO website, printed program, social media sites, posters

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