‘The future is not the end point of a set of branching chain reactions; it is a cascade experiment.’-K. BARAD

 ︎LIVE Artists reimaginE
the futureS of art AND ARTS PRACTICE. 
A COVID-19 online 
artist residency.


How might art futures flourish in a viral world? Community Transmissions is an artist-run initiative that asks ‘so now, what next?’ A digital space for viral thinking, intra-active worlding, utopic experimentation and speculative POSSIbilities as we adapt ARTS PRACTICE to an uncertain future.

Community Transmissions is an ongoing futures project project co-created and initiated by transdisciplinary artists Ana Tiquia and Luna Mrozik Gawler

The first CT public program was created and facilitated in 2020 as an online artists residency for live artists based in Australia. The six week program provided financial support, stimulus and a digital community to artists exploring ideas arising from, and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was funded by the City of Melbourne, the Australian Council for the Arts, and was directed towards artists from any discipline who use live and/or participatory engagement in their work. 

The onset of the pandemic highlighted the fragility of Australia’s arts and cultural sector. This crisis raises existential questions about the future of artistic practice as we face restrictions on how and where work can be made, presented and engaged with.

In this unfolding social, economic and ecological upheaval, what agency do we have to imagine and create post-pandemic futures? What digital dreams/nightmares/visions has COVID sparked or disrupted? How might we move from states of emergency into states of emergence?

Encouraging the development of new works, collaborations, and initiatives, CT invited live artists to join us reimagine/ reconfigure / adapt / dismantle / disrupt / repair / regenerate art and its expectations to explore future visions of the pandemic imaginary and its bodies/intimacies/ temporalities / velocities / spectres / intimacies / ecologies across all types of research and practice.

The first Community Transmissions Art residencg ran from 20 July-28 August 2020. Please reach out via the contact page if you are interetsed in hearing about future programs or speaking with Ana and Luna.

Find out more about our artists in residence.

Community Transmissions was created on, and facilitated from Naarm on the stolen lands of the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nations. Sovereignty has never been ceded, and any futures work must be approached with the knowledge that centering First Nations voices, knowledges, leadership and perspectives is crucial in ensuring survival, and mutual flourishing for all life on earth.

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A continuing point of interest for collaborative artists Jessie Burrows and Angela Louise Powell are the contemporary issues of privacy in the digital age. In an effort to highlight these issues within their practices, the duo created a pseudo marketing startup ‘Persuasion Architects’, in which they address how digital and physical world marketing structures and mass data surveillance are used to influence our personal and social desires, as well as behaviours. Burrows and Powell toy with the disparity between behaviour in reality to that of its online parallels. The artists utilise aspects of these social online sources to open up discussion with their audience through performative aspects in their installations.


The Black Futurity project is a collaboration between Black artists and organisers Arika Waulu, H.Mur and Bigoa Chuol.

Arika Waulu is a Gununditjmara and Gunnai non-binary mother, artist, curator and organiser. Arika is a co-convener of a number of grassroots organising collectives including the Blackfullas COVID-19 Support and Assistance Mutual Aid group, the Sovereign Interventions exhibition as well as a former organiser of WARriors of the Aboriginal Resistance Collective.
is a North Sudanese visual artist and educator based in Melbourne. They use the practise of photography, moving image and projection to articulate the everyday poetics and politics of bodies at the margins of margins.
Bigoa Chuol is a South Sudanese published author, poet, editor, broadcaster, creative producer and facilitator. An active practitioner in community engaged arts and creative project development, her work has been featured by NGV, Melbourne Writers Festival, Human Rights Film Festival, Wheeler Centre and AsiaTOPA.


Georgia Banks’ works begin with an invitation and a provocation. Sometimes they are met with an overwhelming response, sometimes no one answers at all. She does not value either of these outcomes over the other. In recent years she has been banned from Tinder, sued by the estate of Hannah Wilke, and awarded Miss Social Impact in a national beauty pageant. She would like to go viral, become a reality TV star, and be inaugurated into the Guinness World Records Hall of Fame. She has never had a filling nor broken a bone (although she has been crucified) and once was convinced she had accidentally sliced away a part of her labia during a performance (she hadn’t). Georgia Banks is a current studio artist at Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne. She completed a Masters of Fine Arts (Research) at the Victoria College of the Arts in 2015.


Working at the confluence of art, science, culture, foresight and societal change, Laurent Labourmène has been creating spaces and initiatives for people to consider new perspectives for over 20 years. This began as a consultant for the United Nations and later as a social entrepreneur, foresight researcher & practitioner and today as an artist and cultural producer. Named an Architect of the Future by the European-based Waldzell Institute, Laurent’s journey has been profiled in several publications and incorporated into a ‘social sculpture’ created by American artists Clegg & Guttmann and housed at Melk Abbey, Austria.


Merinda Davies is an artist based on Kombumerri Land on the Gold Coast. She is interested in making art that explores the outside and inside of the human experience. Her practice works across performance, movement, installation, conversations and place-made work.Merinda seeks to find clarity in the external world through research into emotional and physical states in our internal worlds. Her work aims to question the current structural paradigm of inequality and is inspired by the environment and the possibilities of future environments.
Matt Cornell
is an Australasian based choreographer who grew up in Darwin, on Larrakia land. His work interrogates how we embody systems – social, cultural, political, or technological – and in turn how these systems embody us by forming communities and informing identities. His work takes multiple forms including dancing, performance, sound composition, writing, podcasting, and curation, in varying contexts including in theatres, galleries, public spaces, and online. Across these radically different contexts is the core notion of creating spaces, events, and experiences through which we can come together, to share something which might give rise to new ways to know ourselves and each other and the stories we tell ourselves. That we may get better at living together.


Mara Erin Staller is a 23 year old performer and sound artist based in Melbourne. Her work explores queerness, communal space, cybernetics, and self-perception. Her primary instrument is her laptop, through which she runs the livecoding program Tidalcycles, communicates with audiences via on-screen text, and projects media. She has performed across Melbourne, including at The Tote Hotel, The Evelyn Hotel, Crazy Arms, Nighthawks, and Gallery 17. She has also performed digitally with the Vapornein artist’s collective.


Sam Mcgilp is a media artist working in contemporary performance contexts interested in experiences of performative liveness in digital space. His work is situated at the nexus of media art, contemporary performance and cinema. A long time ago, he was a dancer and his work is grounded in the somatic experience. His screen dance works have screened nationally and internationally. He has a Masters in Film & Television from the VCA and in 2016 was awarded a vice-chancellor's scholarship for research with Chamber Made and RMIT on the Agile Opera Project. In 2019, he received a Career Development Grant from the Australia Council to work in Japan at Kinosaki International Arts Centre, Do-So Residency & the Tokyo Performing Arts Meeting.


William McBride is a performance maker working across dance, theatre, contemporary performance and live-art. In addition to his work with Alice and Caroline, recent performance credits include: Playing Up (by Sibylle Peters at The Substation), The Bachelor (La Mama/Mechanic’s Institute), Aeon (Lz Dunne collaborations, Dance Massive/Live Works/PICA), Since I suppose… (one step at a time like this, Melbourne Festival), Hotel Obscura (Triage Live Art, FOLA, Arts House), and Marina Abramovic in Residence (Kaldor Public Arts, Project 30). He presented the performance-installations Bedding (World AIDS Conference, 2014) and Deliverance (Adelaide and Berlin, 2012). He has participated in residencies with the City of Melbourne’s Boyd Studio 1, Arts House and Performance Space’s Time Place Space: Nomad, Strange Attractor, PIAF Connect, Vitalstatistix’s Adhocracy, Critical Path and ZK/U (Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik). He completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance Creation (Animateuring) at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2013. In 2019, he will continue the development of Prelude - a new work by Phillip Adams BalletLab in collaboration with Walter Dundervill and the Chocolate Factory Theater, NYC. Will's work has been supported by The Australia Council through Artstart, Creative Victoria, Creative Partnerships Australia and Besen Family Foundation.