Some photos of our creative development of Jack's true dream service in Bandung earlier this year. A new version of this work will be presented in ArtJog, as part of Deden Bulqini's installation work.
Photos by Darren Gill of Ephemeral Simultaneous Doubt, for October's La Mama Musica. A binaural headphone work, collaboration by sound artist Sharyn Brand, voice artist Carolyn Conners, puppeteer Dan Goronszy and me, writer and dramaturg. In a short time we made this moving sound and voice work, of Doubt and Belief, two sides of the same ephemeral coin. I look forward to whats next. Thank you La Mama MUSICA
Process between Melbourne and Bandung, exploring robotics in theatre. Our aim, to perform this work live in the same space together. So blessed to be able to engage in this process now, developing the ideas and threads. This is our second little development, leading towards a 'reading' in the War-rak - Banksia festival celebrating the opening of La Mama's new building, hopefully in December pending Covid restrictions easing.
Preparations for Zoom Reading of Engineer in the Snow: a fantastical erotic fugue for planet Earth, October 6th 2021
Such an honour working with actress Emily Tomlins and Sound designer/composer Darius Kedros to prepare for our reading of this new work, originally planned as live work as part of the Melbourne Fringe festival which had to be cancelled, we decided to focus on preparing it as a reading instead, and over a couple of months honed the script and developed the sound. Can't wait for what's next for this work.
I am very excited to announce that I am starting a new collaboration with Mainteater in Indonesia this December. We will be holding a workshop to work with my new text 'Hades Fading' a work based on Greek mythological characters which questions belief in a post apocalyptic world, with performers and artists from Australia and Indonesia. But first, one very important step will take place. The script of Hades Fading, will be translated from English into Indonesian by Dr Safrina Noorman, Head of the English department of the Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia (University of Education Indonesia). It is very rare for Australian new writing to be translated into Bahasa Indonesian so this is super exciting.
Safrina and I worked together in 2012 and 2015 when Dr Safrina translated the work of Godi Suwarna 'Urat Jagat (Veins of the Universe)' from Sundanese into English, which I then directed in a performance which had 3 stages in Indonesia and in Melbourne.
We are starting the translation part of this work soon with Skype sessions. When we meet in Bandung in December we will present a workshop on translation to students in Safrina's department.
We have received funding so far for this project from Creative Victoria, and are still raising money and will keep you updated.
We aim for the original text and it's translation to be published.
The work features Victorian artists Emily Barrie, Nicholas Verso and Indonesian artists Heliana Sinaga, Deden Bulqini and Wawan Sofwan and will tour Indonesia in 2019 in collaboration with La Mama Theatre
Looking over some photos from a project that was very dear to me, DVA Theatre's River of Dreams. Developed in 2007 with DVA Theatre company and performed in 2007 and 2008, it was adapted for 3 different locations, two along rivers and parkland, the third in the busy Northcote High Vibes music festival.
It was a traveling outdoor musical theatre experience with each scene focused around a song, following the journey of the 'Rubbish Rangers' 4 superheroes out to save the rivers from choking with plastic bags. We developed the work by visiting local rivers and came up with the ideas over close to a year. Songs were written with Musical Director/musician Carolyn Conners and Visual artist Jessica Neath developed the sets and costumes with the group. Local Naturalist Tour Guide Steven Darroch came on several of our excursions while developing the piece and ended up being a key part of the performance, leading audiences from spot to spot, talking about the environment and pointing out plant species, both indigenous and invasive while following the Rubbish Rangers as they embark on their quest to save the Rivers from the evil Segon. Full of colour, action and song, the audience meet mermaids, strange birds, and attend a wedding while learning some local history. This project was awesome and I am so proud to have been a creator and director working with such a fantastic cast and team.
Created with the generous support from ANZ Trustees, Banyule city Council, City of Darebin and Nillumbik Shire Council
My essay about Imagine Imagined Touch by Jodee Mundy Collaborations following it's premiere season at Arts House August 2016.
Reviewing Imagined Touch
Imagined Touch, a DeafBlind Live Art project by Jodee Mundy collaborations, is a multi-lingual work which crosses participatory and multi-sensory arts within a theatre framework while at the same time pioneering a model of inclusion which attends to different sensory needs of audience members. Bringing together a team of artists in the fields of sound, lighting design, interpreting and haptic communication to work with two DeafBlind emerging artists Heather Lawson and Michelle Stevens, this work asks the audience to navigate their own sensorial potential.
Imagined Touch, while rooted in the DeafBlind community’s need for agency in mainstream culture, also has the intention and potential as an emerging art-form which brings agency and application to all society by opening up modes of aesthetic experience lead by the DeafBlind. The language used by critics and reviewers has the potential to influence and even facilitate receptivity to works such as Imagined touch, and influence the aesthetic development of inclusive participatory arts. However this is complex and multifaceted, and requires critical language to develop in tandem with the form.
For whole essay download file below.
Arts Front was a 3 day conference last week, coordinated by Feral Arts.
Arts makers, community orgs and thinkers across sectors, abilities and cultures came together to envisage the future of Arts and Culture in Australia and beyond, by asking ourselves what role we want arts and culture to have in our world in 2030, and importantly, how do we get there. Conversations about creating sustainable arts economy which can exist independently of the capitalist model, the concept of 'decolonisation' and a desire from everyone for first nations people to be central in arts and culture policy were central concerns of the conference.
Arts Front was free and offered financial assistance for those who came from far away. Many sessions could be accessed online and still can be here: http://artsfront.com
You can also see the open space sessions nominated by attendees and some dot points written about their outcome here: http://artsfront.com/open-space-sessions/
Basically Arts front is open for anyone to be involved and have a say, you can join up on the website and put up a profile and be part of the next Arts Front. Together we can make arts and culture central to life, and subvert the neo-liberalist system we are currently subjected to which is eroding life in all it's forms across the world. If you are making art, you cannot make war. It is that simple. Our society can flourish only if arts and culture is at it's core. Arts Front is a movement which is reclaiming the value of arts and culture, and organising around how to raise awareness of that value in order to create a world which is harmonious and flourishing.