Constructed as a rich program of creative practice research activities, Performing Mobilities explores how contemporary life in Australia, the world’s largest island continent, is framed by borders whilst constantly being reconstructed through dynamic processes of mobility. Over 2015 the program sought to creatively and critically explore forms, forces, dynamics, meanings and consequences of performing mobility. The research proceeded through journey-based projects that manifested TRACES in gallery expositions at RMIT Gallery and Margaret Lawrence Gallery in Melbourne, via PASSAGES of mobile performance through Melbourne, into a four day ASSEMBLY symposium. Proposals were invited from artists, makers, writers and researchers for cross-form and interdisciplinary creative projects and performances, temporary interventions, performative presentations and scholarly papers. The ASSEMBLY brought together artistic research and critical reflection to investigate intersections of performance and mobility that are of Australasian regional relevance and global resonance.
Performing Mobilities is the Australian regional cluster contribution to PSi#21 Fluid States (www.fluidstates.org), a networked, year-long program initiated by Performance Studies international (PSi). Over 2015, fifteen regional performance gatherings were staged in diverse global locations in order to rethink performance ideas and practices in terms of shifting geopolitical and socio-political realities.
The research will soon be published as a book (forthcoming 2016) and a rich media online archive.
‘Remote Viewing’ – Lucy Bleach
‘Beheld’ (Sydney) – Graeme Miller (photo Mark Ashkanasy)
‘Very Local Radio’ – Sasha Brbich / Heidi Angove
‘PAN & ZOOM’ – Jondi Keene & Kaya Barry
‘Taking a Line for a Walk’ – David Thomas & Laurene Vaughan
View full details of the project at www.performingmobilities.net
Prof David Cross Deakin University, Paul Gazzola, Dr Bianca Hester, Dr James Oliver University of Melbourne, Assoc Prof Paul Rae University of Melbourne, Prof Laurene Vaughn RMIT University, Dr Meredith Rogers Latrobe University, Dr Fiona Wilkie Roehampton University (UK)
presenting partners RMIT Gallery and Margaret Lawrence Gallery VCA
Victorian Government through Creative Victoria
University of Melbourne Faculty of VCA & MCM + Melbourne Social Equity Institute