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November 8, 2016
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Without Permission in the old Treasury tunnels

A collaborative art experience underneath Adelaide's city streets.

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  • Story: Sharmonie Cockayne
  • Pictures: Jack Fenby
  • Branding: Louie Quilao

Without Permission was meant to debut in Paris. But, like so many good ideas, time and money stood between Jack ‘Fenj’ Fenby and his dream exhibition.


Without Permission is a two night event that will take place on Friday November 18 and Saturday November 19, from 7.30pm. Enter via the Adina Apartment Hotel – 2 Flinders Street, Adelaide.

Fast forward nine months and Without Permission – a collaborative art project headed by 3 Adelaide boys – and the event will be premiering in Adelaide’s old Treasury Tunnels below the Adina Apartment Hotel.

Ben Golotta, Cam ‘CWess’ Wesson and Jack found each other in March of this year after Jack returned from his travels through Europe. Jack’s initial exhibition idea was the springboard for the event that is now Without Permission.


Jack, Ben and a sneaky beer.

The collaboration melds together Cam’s expertise in architecture and furniture making, Ben’s audio visual skills (he’s the Producer and Sound Designer at Repeater Productions), and Jack’s photography into one space.

“I wanted to build a whole experience,” says Jack. “I didn’t want my photos to be the main focus. I want to create an event, a space. I don’t think you can do that with just one form of art.”

“The idea is for people to walk in and experience what we’re trying to show, so having people come over with their mates and have conversations and be immersed. And you can do that with furniture – you can sit down and have a conversation. I want people to stay in there, have a conversation and remember that experience,” says Jack.

Whilst sitting atop Cam’s furniture-installation and soaking up Jack’s candid photography taken in the streets of Istanbul, London and Paris, the audience will also be listening to Ben’s ambient music, which he’ll be projecting using a full-sphere surround sound technique called ambisonics.

“My idea was to create 3 music pieces that all blend into one over about 25 minutes,” says Ben. “My goal was to interpret his photography, but also re-create what was going on inside of Jack’s head while he’s taking the photos.”

“It’ll be real ambient, dark and twisted music, a bit weird, mixed with field recordings and live recordings of people in marketplaces. I’m trying to go through the three different cities that he took the photos in.

Jack and Ben tell us that they hope the event will be the first of many.

“We don’t see why we can’t make this a regular thing, turn it into a kind of club night or event,” says Jack. “I don’t see why Without Permission can’t continue as a name or an idea or an entity.”

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