Something Else has a rotating roster of presenters specialising in different areas of the arts, from visual art to theatre, film to poetry, sound art to comedy, writing to music.
Executive Producers: Joel Hagen and Maren Smith (+ Rhys Cohen as Acting Producer)
Presenters: Daniel Green, Daniel Muggleton & Samuel Kettler, Ira Ferris & Julia Suljada, Julian Ramundi.
Past and casual presenters include: Charlotte Karp, Jessica Flood, Justine Poon (Canberra correspondent), Katherine Lim, Lauren Carroll Harris, Matthias Watson, Tanja Johannessen.
Maren Smith (Executive Producer) enjoys making and consuming anything that moves and fits in rectangles with a variety of different aspect ratios, as well as many things that don’t. She’s graduate from UTS with BA in Communications (Media Arts & Production) / BA in International Studies (German), and has completed an Honours year in Arts (Film Theory) at USyd. She currently works as a freelance film producer, director and assistant director. Maren is currently producing independent feature film One Less God. Maren’s words on the subject of film, art and other consumables can be found here – marenwordsmith.wordpress.com or twitter @marensmith
Joel Hagen (Executive Producer) works in film, festival & event production. His previous experience in film includes music videos, short films, web series, corporate & commercial, and live event recording; where he has worked in producing, directing, cinematography & editing. He has worked in production on international film festivals including Tribeca Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival and Doha Film Festival. When he isn’t working ridiculous hours on films and festivals he enjoys using Something Else as an excuse to absorb the Sydney arts scene. He can be reached @JoelHagen or on his The Loop page, and you can watch his latest work here: thedrivewebseries.com. Joel is currently producing independent feature film One Less God.
Rhys Cohen (Acting Producer) is a culture vulture with a passion for theatre and film. He has a somewhat unhealthy relationship to funk, jazz and old-time tunes, as well as being a writer, musician and inner-west junkie and can be found most nights eating and drinking his way through King Street. As a global studies student, he’s especially interested in social and political issues, though he tends to eschew protests in favour of loud and animated conversations over a pint or three.
Julian Ramundi (Presenter) is a man of many hats that don’t seem to fit correctly. He’s an actor, a singer, director and a writer. He’s promoted parties and club nights, been a DJ, and made films. Currently he’s an event producer working in entertainment, theatrical and branded events. With Something Else, he hopes to bring Sydney’s exciting and growing arts base in underground theatre and music to newer audiences.
Ira Ferris (Presenter) was born in Europe, Croatia and moved to Sydney in 2007. After completing a masters in Journalism, Ira worked in communications and events management at the Sydney Film School. Currently back at Uni, she’s undertaking an Arts degree majoring in Art History and Philosophy. As a contemporary dancer she was a member of the Croatia’s “Zagreb Youth Theatre”. Ira blogs on conceptual and performance art, as well as on aesthetics: http://artiris.wordpress.com/
Daniel Green (Presenter) – alternative arts boffin and educactor has recently joined the team – bio and picture to come!
Julia Suljada (Presenter) – bio and picture to come!
Samuel Kettler & Daniel Muggleton (Presenters) – aka Mug & Kettle the comedy duo have recently joined the team – bios and pictures to come!
PAST or CASUAL PRESENTERS:
Justine Poon loves reading about all sorts of things from realist fiction to graphic novels, philosophy to court cases and from fantasy to poetry and sometimes, weird and wonderful combinations of those forms. She has been published in Going Down Swinging, the UTS Writers’ Anthology, Lip Magazine and occasionally makes her own zines. She recently completed a Bachelor of Arts in Communication/Bachelor of Laws with Honours at UTS. Justine blogs at http://tangleduniverse.wordpress.com
(Justine corresponds from Canberra where she is doing her PhD)
Charlotte Karp has been eager to explore the notion of creativity from the age of three with her first piece featuring some nice green scissors and her own hair. It was decided many years later that a constructive use for such creative eccentricities was to study acting for three years with various minors in creative fiction, film and performance theory. It was here that she developed a keen interest in the art of live poetry and prose readings and now presents at Eastside FM where this is combined with her passion for the arts. When she is not baking cakes, Charlotte studies a masters of PR and Advertising at UNSW, writes articles for a not for profit organisation and works on personal creative fiction pieces with the aid of tea, coffee and sultanas. Charlotte tweets, and blogs at charlottekarp.wordpress.com.
Mathias Watson was born and raised in Sydney with streak of German bad ass, Mathias appreciates anything and everything that sprouts from the streets of Sydney and tries to uncover the most interesting artists for your listening pleasure. Studying Media Arts and Production at UTS, he is passionate about radio and directing and editing films. Producing and editing both sound and visual artworks, he has a strong affinity towards the visual arts of Sydney. He could talk for hours on art. Literally. Hours. He may be young and damn cute but Mathias can deliver with fiery intensity and enthusiasm. Watch out for this kid. You can catch him around the streets of Sydney during the day and the pubs in Newtown at night. Or better yet you can follow him on twitter: @mathiasbrah, instagram: mathiasbrah or his blogs at mathiasbrah.wordpress.com
Lauren Harris recently completed a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Fine Arts at UNSW, Sydney, majoring in film studies and painting. Lauren’s work explores how social and environmental issues can lead to the disturbance of the self. Currently, her work metaphorically uses storms to find a visual expression for the mood of anxiety related to global warming and human impacts on the planet, and to look at how alienation from nature can lead to alienation from ourselves, and each other. Drawing on the work of artist Francis Alys and academic John Bellamy Foster, she hopes to create internal landscapes of psychological wilderness that communicate the sense of estrangement from the world and therefore the self. http://lch.drupalgardens.com/
Fresh out of CoFA, Tanya Johannesen is bursting at the seams to flex her textiles savvy in an overdue bid for (material) world domination. When she’s not painting houses, making lobster earrings, or building sets for music videos, she can be found drowning under a tonne of lovingly collected frocks and fabrics all awaiting sewing machine revival surgery. TJ was the long standing, ever patient, hardest working supervising producer, now she unleashed her radio monster on special occassions.