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Beyond the Bright Black Edge of Nowhere

This is a past event


6 March 2015 - 10 March 2015
Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday
8:30pm - 10pm
No performance on 8 March. Public forum to be held on Tuesday 10 March | 6.30pm - 7.30pm


The Square + Big Screen


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Wheelchair accessible

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See an encore performance of Simon Wilkinson’s stirring multimedia production, Beyond the Bright Black Edge of Nowhere, at Fed Square.

Following his captivating presentation at Fed Square in April 2014, Simon is returning this year to extend his project with the addition of a student workshop and public forum.

The audio-visual performance combines vintage analogue electronics, classical strings, video projection and live readings in a compelling piece that tells the story of one of history’s most bizarre disappearances.

Prior to the performance, Simon will present a musical piece with internationally renowned cellist and sound artist, Benjamin Skepper and accomplished musician Kirri Buchler, who accompanied the work last year.


In 1959 eight students and their science teacher went missing in Idaho, USA. After a 14-day search police were led to a 4m square black cube in a desert over 50 miles away. Inside was eight letters written by the students to their parents detailing how the teacher has led them to an “alien ship” that will take them to the edge of the visible universe. None of the students, nor the teacher, have ever found and the case has been the source of much controversy and debate ever since.

In 2013, Simon Wilkinson came across a reference to the disappearances in a conspiracy theorist’s blog and took the opportunity to dig deeper into this fascinating story to create a piece of work.

“Beyond the Bright Black Edge of Nowhere calls into question the information we receive, the power and authority we take for granted and our sources of reassurance in a digital age”

Public forum
Tuesday 10 March | 6.30pm – 7.30pm | ACMI | Free – registrations required

Simon Wilkinson is a multi-award winning and internationally renowned artist whose interactive, transmedia and immersive works cross over into performance, installation, theatre, video art and elaborate interactive multi-platform narratives.

This forum event, presented by Fed Square’s Creative Program and hosted by Robert Ellis Walton [VCA] will include a presentation by Simon Wilkinson on the most recent developments in interactivity, multi-platform, virtual reality and technology-based arts; followed by a discussion and audience Q&A.