THE INAUGURAL LIVEWORKS LAB IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW!
Update by Jeff Khan, Artistic Director, Monday 14 November
Artists: Natalie Abbott (VIC), Geumhyung Jeong (South Korea), Thomas ES Kelly (NSW), Kenneth Moraleda (NSW), Sarah Salazar (Philippines), Zoe Scoglio (VIC), Wenchi Su (Taiwan), Teta Tulay (Philippines).
This year, Performance Space has started a new development initiative called the Liveworks Lab. Taking place in two parts, the Lab brings together artists from across Australia and Asia to undertake an intensive two-part residency program. I’m thrilled that this year, we were joined by co-facilitators Kee Hong Low (West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, Hong Kong) and Claire Hicks (Critical Path, Sydney), who have worked alongside me to support a robust period of conversation, critical exchange, experimentation and making. Moreover, it’s been a thrill to be hosting an incredible array of artists from across the region, who are all experimenting across artforms to forge new ground in experimental practice.
Part One of the lab saw the artists and facilitators converging in Sydney, for the bustling second week of the 2016 Liveworks Festival. Taking in a multitude of performances, exhibitions, conversations and workshops, the artists immersed themselves in the context of the festival. Over the course of the week, we also engaged in a series of round-table discussions and critical reflections on the work we were seeing, as well as several excursions to other arts institutions around Sydney.
Following the festival, we decamped to the idyllic surrounds of our lab partner, the Bundanon Trust in regional NSW, where each artist has been given time and space to undertake new experiments and work on projects that continue and extend their creative practice. Over the course of the week, as parallels start to emerge, we have been finding ways to share that work with each other, occasionally drawing in other artists from the lab to extend or enact particular experiments around each work.
It has been an immensely rich and rewarding time, with new ideas being developed, current projects expanded, and new connections made between practitioners. We will keep you posted on the outcomes and images from the lab this fortnight!
The 2016 Liveworks Lab artists are:
Natalie Abbott: Melbourne-based dancer, choreographer and performance-maker.
Geumhyung Jeong: Seoul-based choreographer, dancer, performance and visual artist.
Thomas ES Kelly: Sydney-based, Bundjalung and Wiradjury dancer and choreographer.
Kenneth Moraleda: Sydney-based actor and performance-maker.
Zoe Scoglio: Melbourne-based interdisciplinary artist and performance-maker.
Wenchi Su: Taiwanese choreographer and new media artist.
Sarah Salazaar: Manila-based artist and core member of artist collective Sipat Lawin.
Teta Tulay: Manila-based multidisciplinary artist and core member of Anino Shadowplay Collective