In Your Hands brought together four teams of artists with app developers and theatre producers to explore the potential of ‘theatre’ works on mobile devices in public space. The aim of the project was 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 led one of the creative teams to realise Vanitas.
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 and instantiate the experience. My collaboration with Arts House was 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 started in 2014 and ended in 2016, was successful in securing $250,000 from The Australia Council’s Digital Theatre Fund.
The creation of this project is part of my ongoing research into ‘transmedia mobilities’ that is an area of focus for my research at University of Melbourne.
This project developed into Vanitas, which I created with Jason Maling, Rob Jordan, Chris Heywood and Supernaut.