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Live Art Class Resources

This page is a repository of resource links to practices explored in my seminar series on Live Art.

Links to the work of: Jill Orr, Lyndal Jones, One Step at a Time Like This, Aphids, PVI Collective, Jason Mailing, Benjamin Cittadini, Robert Wilson, Rimini Protokoll, Duncan Speakman, Marcus Coates, Fish & Game, Persis-Jade Maravala & Zecora Ura, Janet Cardiff, Punchdrunk, Lone Twin, Gob Squad, Forced Entertainment, Ant Hampton, Amy Spiers and Catherine Ryan, Field Theory.

Please contact me with suggestions for extending the list and with errata.

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Lives Interrupted – Lecture and Classes at University of Wisconsin Madison

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.

Lives Interrupted: Rethinking theatre and smartphones through transmedia dramaturgy

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.

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Launch dates for “It’s All Allowed: The Performances of Adrian Howells”

Deirdre Heddon and Dominic Johnson’s new book about the performance work of Adrian Howells will launch this year. I contributed a small chapter on Adrian’s pedagogy and can’t wait to read the rest this brilliant book cover to cover.
Launch dates:
Gilmorehill Centre, Glasgow, Saturday 18 June, 7.30pm
BAC, London, Monday 4 July, 7.30pm
Get your order in now at www.intellectbooks.com

VCA students bring Frisk festival back to Natimuk

Following the success of the 2014 tour, the Victorian College of the Arts’ Frisk Festival returned to Natimuk in November 2015 after it premiered at the Melbourne Fringe. Post includes video.

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Positive Champion Award

I was honoured to receive this award on behalf of Victorian College of the Arts students, alumni and staff who have been part of the amazing series of collaborations we have had with Living Positive Victoria since 2013. It’s been an amazing partnership and it is not over yet. The award is for our whole community of artists in Theatre, Production and beyond.

Stay posted for the release of our new film ENUF in the coming months.

Backstage at FRISK: the making of Three Birds One Cock

2015 graduate Madelaine Nunn discusses the FRISK show she developed with Candace Gray and Anna Rodway.

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Simon Wilkinson ‘Transmedia Immersion’ Interview & Q&A – ACMI – Melbourne – Part 2

Simon Wilkinson of Circa69 in conversation about transmedia immersion. Recorded at ACMI [Australian Centre for the Moving Image] – Federation Square, Melbourne 10:03:15 Presented by Federation Square as part of their Creative Programme, Hosted by Robert Ellis Walton [VCA]

"Forget about good. Good is a known quantity. Good is what we all agree on. Growth is not necessarily good. Growth is an exploration of unlit recesses that may or may not yield to our research. As long as you stick to good you’ll never have real growth."
AN INCOMPLETE MANIFESTO FOR GROWTH by Bruce Mau
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John Cage: Some Rules for Students and Teachers

RULE ONE: Find a place you trust, and then try trusting it for awhile.

RULE TWO: General duties of a student – pull everything out of your teacher; pull everything out of your fellow students.

RULE THREE: General duties of a teacher – pull everything out of your students. 

RULE FOUR: Consider everything an experiment.

RULE FIVE: be self-disciplined – this means finding someone wise or smart and choosing to follow them. To be disciplined is to follow in a good way. To be self-disciplined is to follow in a better way.

RULE SIX: Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail, there’s only make.

RULE SEVEN: The only rule is work. If you work it will lead to something. It’s the people who do all of the work all of the time who eventually catch on to things.

RULE EIGHT: Don’t try to create and analyze at the same time. They’re different processes.

RULE NINE: Be happy whenever you can manage it. Enjoy yourself. It’s lighter than you think.

RULE TEN: “We’re breaking all the rules. Even our own rules. And how do we do that? By leaving plenty of room for X quantities.” (John Cage)

HINTS: Always be around. Come or go to everything. Always go to classes. Read anything you can get your hands on. Look at movies carefully, often. Save everything – it might come in handy later.

– Thanks to Dave Richmond for passing these on.

– See list of Survival Techniques: Advice for Day 1

"Show up. Pay attention. Tell the truth. Don't be attached to the results."
Angeles Arrien via Phelim McDermott via Deborah Richardson-Webb & David Richmond

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