20 & 21 May 2017
The latest edition of Vanitas will get its first public outing at Melbourne General Cemetery very soon.
Booking is essential.
Come visit us in Australia’s most historically significant cemetery.
If you are in Madison on 7 November come along to hear about my research into how phones are shifting our perceptions of everyday life, theatre and our relationships.
I’ll also be visiting classes with undergraduate and postgraduate students. Looking forward to connecting with emerging artists in Madison.
Live theatre and funerals: the two places survey respondents report that it is inappropriate to use your smartphone. Dinner tables, classrooms, bedrooms, rock concerts and almost all other aspects of public and private life have been colonized by a device less than a decade old. Understanding why smartphones remain taboo at live theatre events reveals what is special about both media and how they function as stages of remediation in our lives.
Set within wider trans- and ‘spreadable’ media discourses and the thawing of monolithic media ownership through fan culture, this paper begins to draw parallels between developments in theatre and other media that have had to move ‘over the top’ of existing communications infrastructure to enter a digitally networked culture. If theatre is the original transmedia art form where all the signifying elements of the stage work in parallel but in proximity within an overarching mise-en-scène, then can it provide a model for understanding experiences of performance distributed across media channels more broadly?
This talk is part of an ongoing practice-led research inquiry into possible ‘transmedia dramaturgies’ of performance in proximity to smartphones. The research has already led to Vanitas a hybrid event deployed over smartphone apps, installation, real-world locations, phone calls, SMS and email that premiered at the 2016 Festival of Live Art in Melbourne.
Wednesday 2 – Sunday 6 November
I am joining the Theater and Transmedia working group at the American Society of Theatre Research in Minneapolis this November. Looking forward to making contact with American colleagues. Please get in touch if you are interested in meeting up to discuss research collaborations.
My paper Towards a Transmedia Dramaturgy is my contribution to the group. Please say if you would like to read a copy.
This November join us at North Melbourne Town Hall to meet the following great artists in conversation with me directly after their shows:
Tremor – Ashley Dyer and company – Thursday 17 November 2016 – More details…
Permission to Speak – Chamber Made Opera, Tamara Saulwick and Kate Neal – Thursday 24 November 2016 – More details…
Very excited to be returning to Arts House to meet the following outstanding artists whose practices I have been following for many years. Looking forward to seeing you there.
ILBIJERRI Theatre Company and Jacob Boheme, Blood on the Dance Floor (Thursday 2 June)
Melanie Jame Wolf/Savage Amusement, Mira Fuchs (Thursday 9 June)
Nic Green and Company, Trilogy (Saturday 25 June)
Dalisa Pigram & Rachael Swain of Marrugeku, Cut the Sky (Thursday 7 July)
Download the whole programme here.
Please join me at this public lecture followed by a discussion.
Do hybrid media performances require a transmedia dramaturgy?
The aim of this research is to examine the dramaturgical, philosophical and aesthetic capabilities of performances deliberately expanded to spread across and be experienced through the everyday technologies of a ‘networked culture’.
I will present an overview of key literature and focus specifically on the findings from a series of experimental performances delivered on smartphones over the year (The Asphodel, Still Life and Dark Telephony). I will introduce the first prototype of the Vanitas project, presented at Arts House in November, which was deployed across an app, voice calls, SMS, webpages, maps, an installation and Errol and Victoria streets in North Melbourne. I will conclude by laying out some of the challenges of researching in this field and outline my plan for completing this research over the next two years.