Monday 12 April, 12.30pm

Pricing: Free

Location: The Quartet Bar, Adelaide Festival Centre

Project: The Guildhouse Collections Project with Adelaide Symphony Orchestra presented in partnership with Adelaide Festival Centre and the City of Adelaide

Presenters: Artists Michael Kutschbach and Grace Marlow with Vincent Ciccarello, Managing Director ASO and Emma Fey, Guildhouse CEO.

Join us for an in person artist talk by contemporary visual artist Michael Kutschbach and hear about his new digital work, fuliguline, created in response to a residency with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra undertaken for the Guildhouse Collections Project.

Vincent Ciccarello, Managing Director of ASO will join the artist in a conversation led by Guildhouse CEO Emma Fey followed by a response from artist and writer Grace Marlow.


Adelaide Festival Centre: 9 April  – 9 May 2021
East End Projection, City of Adelaide: 9 April – 30 June

 The Guildhouse Collections Project provides a rare and wonderful opportunity for an artist to delve deep into the treasures of an important state collection; to research, study and collaborate in order to produce new work for presentation.

For over 80 years, the ASO has played a significant role in the South Australian identity, providing cultural and economic vibrancy, enriching the community through a diverse program of world-class performances.

Throughout 2020, as restrictions permitted, contemporary visual artist Michael Kutschbach observed Adelaide Symphony Orchestra as his collection research, viewing the orchestra itself as a living collection. Exploring intuitive responses between performers, between performers and instruments, between sound and the theatre space, Kutschbach noted that these elements come together to create a unique living organism. In turn he has created a rich visual response, interpreting nuances of musicians coming together to perform a musical score. With wild colour and slow, bubbling movement the artist creates an image that engulfs the viewer in much the same way as the music he witnessed performed does.

Presenting this new work on a large external screen to passers-by extends the living organism from the walls of  Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Adelaide Festival Centre and sets the organism loose onto the streets of the City of Adelaide.

Michael Kutschbach

Michael Kutschbach’s work encompasses drawing, sculpture, installation, painting video and sound. His practice is material and process-based, resulting in aesthetic/haptic outcomes that play at the borders of abstraction. The work is a playful search for forms that are new, unfixed and in a literal or suggestive state of flux. These forms are often presented as historically ambiguous and are reminiscent at once of odd, ancient cultural artefacts or of futuristic science fiction fragments whose function is long lost and left open to interpretation.

Kutschbach studied painting at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne (1993-96), completed a Masters (Visual Art) at the South Australian School of Art (2002-2004), and a Masters (Fine Art) at the Chelsea College of Art and Design, London (2006). He is a lecturer at the Adelaide Central School of Art (1999-2004, 2017-) and the University of South Australia (2018-) and was Guest Professor at the University of Fine Arts, Berlin (2011).

Michael Kutschbach is represented by Semjon Contemporary, Berlin.

Vincent Ciccarello

Vincent Ciccarello is the Managing Director of Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and has been actively involved in classical music for almost 30 years.

He studied piano and musicology at the Elder Conservatorium of Music at the University of Adelaide and became active in arts administration before taking up the role of Orchestra Resources Manager of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

He left the QSO in 1994 and was appointed Head of Opera and Classical Music at the Melbourne-based theatrical agency, Performers Management. Vincent subsequently owned and operated Fanfare Artist Management, representing classical music and music theatre artists across Australia and New Zealand (1994-2004).

Between 2004 and 2006, Vincent worked as a journalist at the new Independent Weekly newspaper in Adelaide, with a special interest in arts, culture and lifestyle. From 2006, he worked as a journalist at the University of South Australia and Flinders University with editorial responsibilities for various university print and online news publications.

He is the convenor of the Music Education Roundtable and former Deputy Chair of the Adelaide UNESCO City of Music Advisory Committee.

In 2019 Vincent was appointed to the Arts Industry Council of SA Committee.

Grace Marlow

Grace Marlow is an artist practicing on Kaurna Country (Tarndanya/Adelaide Plains). Grace works across performance, writing and collaboration to inform a practice of quiet interruption that questions understandings of authorship and value, often through conversations about labour and gender.

Images (L-R): Michael Kutschbach, fuliguline, HD digital video still, 2021. Photograph: courtesy the artist.