In 2013 I worked with Arts House (North Melbourne) to initiate In Your Hands, a project based on developing what I term ‘itinerant’ art works, that require the audience member to physically move in order to performatively ‘enliven’ or ‘instantiate’ the work. My collaboration with Arts House is built on a mutual interest to find ways to understand and encourage itinerant works created by theatre makers that often proliferate outside of existing institutional support structures. The project, which starts this year (2014) and ends in 2016, was successful in securing $250,000 from The Australia Council’s Digital Theatre Fund. In Your Hands brings together four teams of artists with professional app developers and theatre producers to explore the potential of ‘theatre’ works on mobile devices in public space. The aim of the project is for each of the teams to create (at least) one art work, and in so doing help venues better understand how to support similar projects in the future. I will lead one of the creative teams to realise a new work in 2016.
The creation of this work is part of my ongoing research into ‘transmedia mobilities’ that is an area of focus for my research at University of Melbourne.