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Robert Walton is a collaborative artist whose work spans theatre, installation, writing and media art. His practice is primarily concerned with the conception, development and production of new work created through dialogue and play.  He is a committed teacher and considers the development of performance pedagogies to be part of his artistic practice. He regularly works as a consultant, dramaturg and mentor for a wide range of artists, museums and not-for-profit organisations. Contact Robert here if you have an idea to run past him. He is very friendly.

Robert’s core studio practice is as a theatre director. However throughout his career he has also created interdisciplinary live art works that are more difficult to categorise including correspondence projects, durational performances, events for small groups or one-to-ones, interactive encounters and work with portable media devices.  He has created performances and installations for theatres and galleries in Europe and Australia in addition to a range of pieces for less conventional sites including cafes, restaurants, bars, schools, youth hostels, gardens, national parks, public toilets, shops, supermarkets and streets.

Originally from Burnley in Lancashire, England, Robert studied Theatre at Dartington College of Arts, then lived in Glasgow, Scotland for ten years before moving to Melbourne, Australia in 2011. In 2001 Robert co-founded Reader Performance Group and initiated, performed, co-wrote and co-directed all 16 of the group’s works until the company dissolved in 2004.  In 2005 Robert co-founded Fish & Game  and was co-artisitc director with long term collaborator Eilidh MacAskill until 2013. This website is a record of Robert’s projects since he moved to Australia in 2011.

Who am I?

I am an Australian immigrant from the United Kingdom, born in England but of Welsh, Scottish and Manx ancestry living and working on land of the Boonwurung and Wurundjeri people of the Eastern Kulin Nation. I acknowledge, respect and seek to understand the 1000 generations of arts practice that has been danced, sung and shared in the place where I live. My pronouns are he, him and his.

Current Project

Vanitas

Vanitas

App, Current, Mobile, Original, Show, Technology, Transmedia

Current Interests

  • Rehearsing and performing sustainable and equitable futures
  • Radical collaborations, the arts and ‘wicked’ problems, science and art
  • Queering, unlearning, decolonizing, resisting and enriching everyday life
  • Methods of imagining, knowing, collaborating, making, sensing and feeling
  • Immersion, interactivity, play and dreams
  • Fusing experimental performance, transmedia experience, live art and AI
  • Museums, mobile devices, participation and site-specific adventures
  • Animals, wilderness and space

What’s next?

I am currently researching ‘Ubiquitous Theatre: Performance at the site of the smartphone’ for a practice-led PhD at University of Melbourne that will be submitted in 2018.
I’m beginning a new project about the mass imagining of the next century. I’m looking for collaborators expert in: demographics, futurology, smartphones and AR/Mixed Realities. If that’s you, or you want to know more, please get in touch.

Bachelor of Arts with Honours

Theatre

Dartington College of Arts

Master of Science

Information Technology (Software and Systems)

University of Glasgow

Postgraduate Certificate

Learning and Teaching in Higher Arts Education

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Robert works in the Theatre Department of The Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne. In 2018 he will be teaching into the Masters of Directing for Performance and the Masters of Dramaturgy. Previously he worked at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

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