projects in melbourne

I’m working on two projects here in Melbourne at the moment. One is Recovery with Natalie Cursio and Shannon Bott, the other is untitled project about love with Bagryana Popov and Shannon Bott. Here’s Natalie leaning over at the Substation in West Melbourne.

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fighting the good fight at Movement Research and Judson Church

Late last summer I read with some interest the open call for movement research at Judson Church. It seemed like an exciting opportunity to work within an openly research-led environment (and not least of all get to present at Judson Church).

I read this in the application guidelines (in full-caps):

DO NOT SEND PROMO VIDEOS OR VIDEOS THAT ARE CLIP EDITED. ALL EDITED PROMO VIDEOS OR VIDEOS WITH A SAMPLING OF CLIPS WILL BE DISQUALIFIED

I certainly appreciate that the temptation for people to send promo clips must be quite strong, but at the same time, I can’t help but think that Movement Research is protesting a little too much.

We are constantly editing and framing our work in many different ways – including on video – and I would prefer that we as artists were encouraged to develop different kinds of awarenesses and intelligences in relation to processes of editing. These would be in tune with the screen-centric nature of performance making, presentation and viewing in this early-ish part of the 21st Century.