selected projects and collaborations

OBSTRUCTED RECITALS


Emphasizing the way struggle, effort, and even failure shape a performance, the series speaks to the way physical or psychological obstruction can determine both an individual musical outcome as well as the trajectory of an artist's development. As each performer wrestles to play through an imposed external obstruction, the hindered performance results in an ‘imperfect’ record of the recital, in defiance of the received notion of what a recording should be. View details

COMPOSITIONS FOR INVOLUNTARY STRINGS


MIDI compositions trigger a custom built EMS device, sending electrical impulses to performers’ muscles, generating specific involuntary movements which cause the musicians to ‘play’ their instruments. View details

STUDIES IN MOULD


Sculptural objects utilizing redundant technology and household items. View details

ATTENTION IS A SCARCE RESOURCE


An anthropological look at the impact of mediated interruption on the everyday. Mediated interruption creates a compulsion in its users to engage. Systems do not prioritise user needs, nor consider the effects of interrupting a user during a task.  Social organisation and the interests of the individual are both compromised as group values and individual accountability break down. View details

EMS AND SOLO PIANO


Is the pianist playing, or being played? His control over his own limbs is interrupted by electrical impulses sent to his muscles. A graphic score determines the pianist’s increasing loss of agency as the piece progresses. View details

WHILE ROME BURNS


While Rome Burns is a live musical performance, choreographed by the movement of the earth. The movements of performers in a string quartet are controlled by sonified seismic data via electric muscle stimulation (EMS). The work explores the ways in which data translates onto a performers’ body through the application of EMS to create a sonic environment, and how this can radicalise accepted notions of creative agency in sound/performance. View details

MUSIC BOX PHASE


Task # 14:  Music Box Phase.


Equipment:  Two identical hand crank music boxes.

Duration:  The length of time it takes for the music boxes to shift out of unison and come back into unison, with neither person pausing nor laughing.


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‘YOU’LL NEVER TAKE ME ALIVE’ OR ‘OF LIBERTY OR DEATH’


Taking on a life of its own, the song Waltzing Matilda has been appropriated by many Australians as an anthem, a ballad of the fair go, with an absence of knowledge of the history behind it. View details

CLAPPING MUSIC, ON BASS (SWUNG)


An interpretation of Reich’s 1972 “Clapping Music for Two Performers”. View details

LOVE ME TENDER


About 100,000 people in the United States receive electroconvulsive therapy every year for severe mental illness. Electroconvulsive therapy is also used in Australia, usually when other treatments have failed, but occasionally as the first-choice treatment. View details

BEFORE THE WORLD


A two hour endurance work performed within a sonic environment created by live percussion and a low frequency Shepard tone. Each drum sends an electric shock to a different location on the performer’s body. View details

NEVER DONE DISCO


Using piezos attached to drums to trigger a midi-controlled electric muscle stimulation device, one performer generates involuntary movement in the other, causing them to ‘play’ the instrument. View details

READ OR DEAD


An investigation of the body as sculptural object, and absurd self-portrait of the artists, this video work is still-life and endurance performance that questions the notion of the pose, with reference to the history of portrait photography, as well as the artists' role as both subject and author. View details

SUBSOMA


Subsoma explores human interaction with the environment in a performance where movement in the human body is controlled by seismic activity. Sonified seismic data generates involuntary movement in human performers via a MIDI controlled electric muscle stimulation device. Subsoma speaks to human reliance on data, its transmission, interpretation and impacts.  It endeavors to raise awareness of both the utility of information and the lack of agency we have in respect of global systems.  View details

DIRTY DEEDS DONE DIRT CHEAP


Using the sensibilities of synaesthesia to separate forms and create disorientation, the work highlights revelations in technology and innovation of the past while using Australian music titles to question current innovation in Australia, particularly in primary industries. Filled with colour the installation references the ‘visual music’ traditions of Australian artist Roy De Maistre, utilising his system of correlating the light spectrum to musical notes. View details

IN THE NIGHT GARDEN


kinetic shadow sculpture. View details

SYDNEY HYPERBOLIC CROCHET CORAL REEF


A satellite of the worldwide Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef project created by Margaret and Christine Wertheim of the Institute for Figuring in Los Angeles, and spanning 25 meters, the Sydney Reef installation brought together more than 360 creators over eleven months. View details

BOWELS OF THE EARTH


A site specific investigation into the precarious nature of mining and hazardous waste. View details

GAME ON


Using electric muscle stimulation (EMS) to control real people as game characters, Game On explores violence in modern entertainment and the ethical challenges faced by society as technology advances to a point where the level of realism in ‘games’ becomes indistinguishable from reality. View details

COLLISIONS

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YOU FIGHT LIKE A GIRL


The Amateur International Boxing Association (AIBA) suggested that wearing skirts would help women stand out from the men. "I have heard many times people say, 'We can't tell the difference between the men and the women,' especially on TV, since they're in the same uniforms and are wearing headgear." AIBA President, Ching-Kuo Wu (2012). View details