The Ongoing Moment / Alpen's Working Bee

The Ongoing Moment is a project by recording artist Alpen and designers Sopp Collective. An experiment in rapid, spontaneous, and collaborative production, it encompasses Alpen’s Working Bee and Sopp Workshop: two processes which unfolded side-by-side during the first weekend of July 2008 at Sydney’s Carriageworks arts precinct. As Alpen’s assembled crew of nine musicians improvised and recorded over seven hours of music, Sopp’s band of visual artists photographed, sculpted, sketched, sewed and schemed. For each piece, both artists and musicians took a shared keyword as a prompt, a point of departure. And - fittingly for a public arts lab! - the workshop and recording space was open for all to watch and listen. The following day saw both Sopp and Alpen refining, finalising, and uploading their creation. We hope you love it; we loved making it for you. Recorded, mixed, edited, illustrated, sewn, photographed, built, designed, devised, mastered, compiled, uploaded and exhibited as part of Underbelly Public Arts Lab + Festival, in Bay 20 at Carriageworks on Saturday July 5 and Sunday July 6, 2008. An installation of the visual and audio works will be presented at Carriageworks on Saturday July 12 and Sunday July 13.