︎MEET THE ARTISTS
ANGELA LOUISE POWELL & JESSIE BURROWS / Persuasion architectsA 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.https://www.instagram.com/persuasionarchitects/ http://www.angelalouisepowell.com/ https://www.kingsartistrun.org.au/artists/jessie-burrows/
Arika Waulu, h.Mur & BIGOA CHUOL / THE BLACK FUTURITY PROJECTThe 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.
H.Mur 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. https://hilomur.com/
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 BANKSGeorgia 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. https://www.georgiabanks.info/
LAURENT LABOURMENEWorking 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.https://www.laurentsl.com/
MATT CORNELL & MERINDA DAVIESMerinda 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
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. https://www.sammcgilp.com/
WILLIAM MCBRIDEWilliam 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.https://www.slown.net/