Liveworks Conversations are a forum for the culturally curious to explore the ideas and processes behind the works of the festival. In the conversations our artists exchange ideas and stories as they reflect on their works and discuss the themes, inspirations and influences that inform them.
Missed hearing from Liveworks artists during the festival? We’ve recorded a selection of the convos for your post festival enjoyment!
Professor Annamarie Jagose is Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences at the University of Sydney, and is internationally renowned as a scholar in feminist studies, lesbian/gay studies and queer theory. Join Professor Annamarie Jagose in conversation with Aeon lead artist Lz Dunn, thinking queerly about politics and pleasure, nature and collectivity, agency and ethics.LISTEN NOW
Don’t miss the opportunity to hear Australian and Filipino artists of cross-cultural collective LabAnino in conversation with researcher, archivist and UNSW Lecturer in Theatre and Performance, Caroline Wake. Cultural memory, contemporary performance, politics and the archive intersect in LabAnino’s new performance work This Here. Land, forming strong connections with Wake’s research into theatre and migration, performed oral history and the cultural afterlives of performance.LISTEN NOW
Clothilde Bullen, Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Exhibitions and Collections at the Museum of Contemporary Art, joins internationally acclaimed artist Christian Thompson for this conversation about his mesmerising live performance Tree of Life. Thompson’s work is centred on themes of identity, cultural hybridity and history, and this conversation will delve into the layered artistic references, legacies and cultures that inform the performance.LISTEN NOW
Let’s Make Love by Jen Jamieson and Helping Hand by Mark Harvey are intimate performance projects that unsettle our assumptions about interpersonal relationships, politics and mental health in a time of rampant screen-based addiction. Join Jess Olivieri (Creative Producer of Contemporary Performance at Campbelltown Arts Centre) in conversation with Jen Jamieson and Mark Harvey, unpacking the common themes that emerge from both artists’ work, and situating their experimental performance practices more broadly within the local and international contemporary arts landscape.LISTEN NOW
Performance Space Artistic Director Jeff Khan joins prolific Sydney performance artist Justin Shoulder for a conversation about his major new work Carrion, which makes its world premiere in Liveworks this year. Carrion draws on queer and cross-cultural mythologies to explore what it means to be human in a rapidly evolving technological landscape. Long-time collaborators, Shoulder and Khan will discuss Shoulder’s working process and the ideas of nature, artifice, technology, climate change and humanity that underpin this new work.LISTEN NOW
Lauren Carroll Harris is a researcher, writer and artist with extensive expertise in the intersection of film, performance and visual art. Hear Lauren in conversation with The Second Woman artists Nat Randall, Anna Breckon and E.O. Gill, discussing prominent themes of feminism, contemporary culture, women’s melodrama, romance, queer performance and female domesticity.LISTEN NOW