LIVEWORKS: Dancing with Drones

Josephine Starrs & Leon Cmielewski
with Alison Plevey

FREE PERFORMANCE PROGRAM

 

VIDEO:
22 – 25 OCT, 6:30PM – 11PM

PERFORMANCES:

22 OCT, 8:30PM
23 OCT, 7:20PM & 8:40PM
24 OCT, 8:40PM
25 OCT, 8PM

The normalisation of drone warfare and surveillance is becoming an increasing concern to all. Starrs and Cmielewski have used a drone/quad-copter to record dancer Alison Plevey’s site-responsive performances in the natural environment of Bundanon, NSW and the industrial at Carriageworks, Sydney. In response to the persistently intrusive drone, the dancer exhibits a range of different emotions, including curiosity, agitation, engagement and resignation. At Liveworks Plevey performs live, responding to her projected image with the drone. The result is a media artwork that encourages contemplation on our relationship to both nature and machines.

 

A TASTE OF THE DRONE DANCE 

A TASTE OF THE DRONE DANCE 

 

 

ABOUT STARRS & CMIELEWSKI

Josephine Starrs and Leon Cmielewski are artists whose long-term collaboration has produced media art installations situated at the juncture of cinema, mapping and sublime landscape. Their current project with dancer Alison Plevey explores human responses to drone technologies, recording site specific performances in natural and industrial locations. Dancing with Drones was performed at Siteworks Bundanon in 2014 and was recently shown at ISEA 2015 in Vancouver Canada. The project is supported by a Creative Australia grant from the Australia Council to develop media art installations that re-imagine the relationship between nature and culture.

Starrs and Cmielewski’s artwork Incompatible Elements, focusing on landscapes in crisis due to climate change has been shown in Australia, USA, Taiwan, Korea, NZ, and in the Maldives Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2013. Their previous work Seeker, a four-screen installation focusing on asylum seekers, mapping and diaspora won an Award of Distinction in Interactive Art from the 2007 Prix Ars Electronica, Austria.

Starrs & Cmielewski have been involved in many international artist residency programs including Banff, Canada 1998, Sarai, New Delhi, India 2006, the Future Lab, Linz, Austria 2009, Blast Theory, UK 2009 and SCANZ, NZ in 2011. Leon Cmielewski is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Humanities and Communication Arts, Western Sydney University and Josephine Starrs is honorary Senior Lecturer at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney. Both artists are past recipients of Australia Council Fellowships.

ABOUT ALISON PLEVEY

Alison Plevey is a dance/theatre artist, choreographer, improviser and interdisciplinary performance maker. Her work explores multidisciplinary collaboration and performance in both theatre and non-traditional theatre spaces and environments to communicate contemporary stories. In 2012 she established Lingua Franca dance and physical theatre, in Bathurst NSW with co-director, Adam Deusien. In 2013 their debut work Right Behind You was presented in Bathurst, Canberra, Brisbane and toured to the Wirksworth Festival, UK. In 2014 she received a Canberra Critic’s Circle Award for her ‘tour de force’ solo performance in Johnnny Castellano is Mine. She created and performed ‘WORK IT’ for Art, Not Apart and You Are Here Festivals (Canberra) with video artist Caitlin Welch and DJ, Yohan Strauss. Alison is co-producer of annual Canberran choreographic lab strange attractor and Live Art party Sound and Fury. She recently collaborated with Melinda Smith, winner of the 2014 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for poetry, creating and presenting a collection of dance poems and created ‘Bodywork’ with contemporary Jeweller, Simon Cottrell and musician, Alex Voorhoeve. In October she continues her collaboration with media artists Josephine Starrs and Leon Cmielewski performing ‘Dancing with Drones’ at Performance Spaces Festival of Experimental Art, Liveworks, Carriageworks (SYD).

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