Dan Koop

DAN KOOP is an Artist and Producer. Creatively, he makes performance works in unusual and public spaces that engage audiences to become participants. Professionally, he has worked for contemporary multi-artform venues and
festivals. Danʼs performances occur diverse places like launderettes, a caravan and a pimped out shopping trolley. At the 2012 Next Wave Festival Dan and collaborators premiered The Stream / The Boat / The Shore / The Bridge, a live public artwork along and across the Yarra River. In 2010-11 Danʼs solo work Wish We Where Here invited participants to re-connect with the people living in their own city by playing delivery boy, hand delivering messages with special instructions in Brisbane, Sydney and Launceston.

Dan has been commissioned to present a work in Arts Houseʼs 2014 Going Nowhere festival, with collaborator Andy Field (UK). In the UK Dan has presented works with the Live Art Development Agency, Glastonbury Festival and at Edinburgh Fringe. In 2012 Dan completed a Masters of Arts (Public Space) at RMIT University. Currently, he is Producer for Theatre Worksʼ ENCOUNTER(S) program of intimate performances in various spaces around St Kilda. Previously, Dan has worked in Programming teams at Sydney Festival, Brisbane Powerhouse and BAC (London).

Michaela Gleave

Michaela Gleave is a visual artist currently based in Sydney, Australia. Working across a range of media including installation, performance, photography and video, Gleaveʼs often-temporal works question our relationship to space, matter and time, involving natural phenomena and tricks of perception within the context of the systems and structures that shape our understanding of the universe. Gleave holds a Master of Fine Arts (Research) from the College of Fine Arts, UNSW, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours First Class) from the School of Art Hobart, UTAS.

She has won numerous grants and prizes, including a Creative Australia Fellowship from the Australia Council for the Arts, a Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship, Australia Council for the Arts New Work Grants, and has been granted project support from the Ian Potter Cultural Trust, the National Association for the Visual Arts, and the City of Melbourne among others. Gleave has had work included in exhibitions in Germany, Hong Kong, South Korea and Mexico, as well as exhibiting extensively across Australia.

She has participated in residency programs in Berlin, Iceland, Central Australia and Sydney and is currently an artist-in-residence with the CSIROʼs Astronomy and Space Science Division. Michaela Gleave is represented by Anna Pappas Gallery, Melbourne.

Tyrone Sheather

Tyrone made the first film entirely in Gumbaynggirr Language in 2008. This film won Best Short Film and Peoples Choice at the Local Clapper Film Festival. This film is still being used for language teaching by Muurrbay Language Centre, and Training by 3rd Space Mob. In 2009 Tyrone received the Lester Bostock scholarship, which included mentorship, a cash budget and equipment to make a short film. At this time he began working with Photography in the form of photo shoots with local models.

In 2011 Tyrone began the Gumbaynggirr Dreaming project with 3rd Space Mob. In this project he made films of 3 stories his Great Grandfather recorded in 1970. He also created the artwork, sets and costumes for the film. These films were launched in August 2012. He is currently taking the role of Arts Director in the inter-arts program entitled ʻWelcome to Gumbaynggirrʼ funded through NSW Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund. An interactive exhibition that blends art forms to create a tangible world of contemporary Gumbaynggirr (Aboriginal) knowledge. As well as the artist behind a photography project ʻDreaming Aloudʼ funded by Australia Council for the Arts that brings a contemporary view to the original stories of Gumbaynggirr.

Victoria Lees

Victoria Lees is a visual artist who creates Temporary String Sculptures in various landscapes and locations (from parties, festivals to public spaces). The materials are reused and all care to minimize visual and physical impact on the environment is taken. Victoria has a holistic philosophy incorporating theory, experience and practice behind her installations of these Temporary String Sculptures. She started creating these Temporary String Sculptures in 2009 after completion of her Master of Philosophy (ANU).

These sculptures are her way to create flexible/adaptable, unobtrusive large, portable, temporary installations that sit within and explore the synergies of the environment, utilizing the natural structures and spaces of the trees in natural landscapes. Each sculpture is a journey, exploring the whole process from conceptual thought, process of creation, the completed installation/s, rewinding process of removal and the minimal residual impact left behind that trace her presence and activity in the environment.

Victoria has a wide art practice extending across multiple mediums to create a variety of drawings, paintings, video, installations, decorative and sculptural objects.

Nathan Street

Nathen Street is an emerging new media artist who explores ways to bring the virtual and real worlds closer together by creating immersive physical and interactive environments by challenging traditional notions of interaction, and exploring methods that blur, and augment our realities. He uses open and accessible technologies such as mobile phones and micro embedded computers, sensors and electronic components, and software development tools such as Openframeworks, Processing and Max. This technology enables him to gather data and information about the unseen world: sound that fall outside the human-audible spectrum, and our physical capacitance and presence to space and objects.

Selena De Carvahlo

Selena de Carvalho is a Tasmanian based cross-disciplinary artist. She was a Fine Art Graduate of the University of Tasmania in 2011, where her work was recognised with the Jon Lajos Prize and she was placed on the Deans Roll of Honor. Her practice traverses traditional and new media, printmaking, design for installation and live performance.

She has exhibited regularly both locally and nationally in artist run spaces, public and commercial galleries in a solo, collaborative and collective capacity. During 2012 Selena was mentored by Raef Sawford in new media through Jump (the Australia Council’s national mentoring program) and was awarded an Australia Council ArtStart Grant. She travelled to China in August 2012 to undertake a 24HR Art residency at the Huantei Art City, Beijing. For 2013 she is the recipient of the Arts Tasmania Dombrovskis Award and designed Shadow Dreams for Terrapin Puppet Theatre (in partnership with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Tasmanian Palowa community), which premiered as part of Ten Days on the Island Festival.

Following this she participated in Performance Incubator (a master class with New York based Elevator Repair Service). Selena is currently completing an internship with Magnificent Revolution, a pop-up pedal powered cinema collective.

Mat Ward

Mat Ward is a sound artist, composer and instrument maker. After graduating from the University of Tasmania in 2009 with a Masters Degree in Painting his practice shifted to Sound Art starting with experimental recordings and gallery installations through to the release of his first CD in 2012 and most recently the performance of his MONA FOMA commissioned homage to Futurist artist Luigi Russolo POAUW! He plays, designs and builds unique musical instruments and has a passion for the pioneers of sound art such as Arseny Avraamov, Leon Theremin, and Henry Partch. Of importance to his practice is the inclusion of audience and non-musically trained individuals in his performances.

This working method creates a space where personal expression and response to the moment are equal to more established aspects of music such as timbre, rhythm and harmonic development. It also encourages everyday people to think of themselves as ‘musical’ and provides new and refreshing opportunities for trained musicians to interact with the public on an equal footing. Mat maintains his links to the Visual Arts via his employment as Senior Lighting Designer at MONA. When he isn’t building or researching experimental sound he enjoys cricket, biographies and listening to Frank Zappa.

Cigdem Aydemir

Cigdem Aydemir is a Sydney based installation and performance artist, who often blurs boundaries between the two mediums. She explores the convergence of gender, religious and cultural identities as well as themes of body politics and consumption. Much of her work interrogates the void between body and dress as well as its social and political implications. Coming from a fashion design background and being the daughter of a tailor, her conspicuous use of fabric simultaneously holds, falls, conceals and reveals, adorns and obfuscates. Objects and sites are often drawn from the familiar and mundane in contrast to the largely unknown and symbolically laden Muslim veil.

Aydemir recently exhibited with Cementa13, Kandos NSW, 2013; SEXES, Performance Space, 2012; Alchemy, SCA Gallery, 2012 and RENEW: Real Illusions, Hervey Bay Regional Gallery 2012. She received Highly Commended for both the John Fries Memorial Prize for Emerging Artists and the Marrickville Contemporary Art Prize for 2012, as well as the Edna Ryan Award for Creative Feminism, 2012.

Martin Abbott

Martin Abbott is a Master of Architecture graduate from the University of Technology, Sydney and lives currently in Delhi. In 2012, he was awarded the Greenland Traveling Scholarship, a faculty graduate award for outstanding contribution in the field of sustainable development. Martinʼs work has been published in Architectural Design and Architectural Review, Australia. He also contributes regularly to magazines and his work will be included in forthcoming issues of MAS Context and San Rocco.

Martin has worked on a number of diverse projects encompassing multiple scales, typologies and areas of interest. A series of projects that has intensified his gaze at the city and the social, cultural and political formations that define its existence.

Amanda Shone

Amanda Shone is a Hobart based artist whose solo and collaborative practice is multi-disciplinary but based within sculptural installation. Interested in the idea that reality is contingent on the perceiver, Shone’s work explores the difference between actual experience and pre-conceived ideas. Recent exhibitions include Chance, at Sawtooth ARI in Launceston 2012, Atmospheric Relations, Inflight ARI 2011, Dis-covery, curated by Colin Langridge for Ten Days On The Island Festival 2011, The Long Table Experiment, collaboration at Sangkring Art Space Yogyakarta 2011.

Shone holds a Bachelor of Fine Art with Honours from the University of Tasmania, and an Associate Diploma in Visual Arts from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and was a board member of Six_a ARI. In 2013 Shone was granted an Arts Tasmania Artsbridge Grant and is currently undertaking a residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts In Paris, France. In 2011 received the CAST studio award, and in 2010 Shone was the recipient of an Australia Council New Work Grant, and received the Arts Tasmania Dombrovskis Award.

Matt Prest

Matt Prest is a theatre maker with a background in performance and installation. His work focuses on the audience experience of theatre as a live art form. He always works with other artists across disciplines in devised processes to create original works in which intimacy, danger, laughter, surrealism, dancing, music and space all play are key role in shaping a visceral experience for the audience.

His significant works to date include The Tent (2008, Melbourne) performed for an audience of 25 who were served a homemade beef stew inside a custom-built tent in a disused car park in inner city Melbourne (toured to Sydney, Darwin and Perth); Hole in the Wall with Clare Britton (2010, Melbourne, Sydney) which placed the audience in small, movable rooms to create a disorienting, morphing architecture for a performance; and Whelping Box with Branch Nebula and Clare Britton (2012, Sydney) which positioned the audience in a giant 10m x 10m whelping box/dog-fighting ring as 2 men performed a series of strange and exhausting tasks an attempt to transcend their physical limits. Matt is currently developing a new work with Clare Britton called Room Noise and is a recipient of the Australia Councilʼs Creative Australia Fellowship for Young and Emerging Artists.

Ben Landau

Ben Landau unwraps contemporary social, political, cultural, and technological discourses to reveal unknowns, and in doing so instigate awareness, change and growth. He uses narrative and performance to empathise and enact, often becoming immersed into a specific context or situation. Ben asks the audience to take part, who often making choices within the work, leading to new and alternative outcomes. In his previous work Ben created play spaces as urban planning games, bowls cast on the domes of bald headed men, a protest musical, blankets woven with DNA data, and a museum of speculative future objects examining selfgenerated energy.

In his Masterʼs thesis, Design in Krisis, Ben investigated European Economic Crisis as the context for design. He examined the cultural, political and economic spheres into which design is now inextricably linked. Ben worked at ʻsites of krisisʼ, identifying potential opportunities for change, like designing a general assembly and mobile library for the ailing Eindhoven Library; an industrial Theme Park for Genk (Belgium), where the Ford Factory will close its doors; and a ʻBank you can Trust: A compendium of Future Investmentsʼ which examined personal and national debt.

Jess Olivieri

Jess Olivieri creates work that spans performance, sound, video, dance and installation. Jessʼ practice investigates the social and cultural factors that influence how we inhabit public space. Most recently Jessʼs work made ‘I am an Islandʼ for the 2012/13 Sydney Festival and curated the performance program ‘Hi Friends’ for the MCAʼs ARTBAR project. Earlier this month Jess created ‘For you the bell tolls’ for the MCA and is the current co-curator of ALASKA projects performance program ‘Restaging, Restaging History’.

In 2012 Jess showed at GOMA as part of Contemporary: Women as well as Campbeltown Art Centre’s Transmission in a collaboration with the Sydney Chamber Choir. In 2011 Jessʼs work with Hayley Forward and the Parachutes for Ladies was featured in MCAʼs Primavera 2011, Action Stations curated by Natalie Cursio at Campbelltown Arts Centre, she presented the participatory audio dance project Dance of Death, Perth Cultural Centre and was part of the exhibition Bad Angle, Still Gallery, Sydney. In 2010 Jess and Hayley with the Parachutes for Ladies presented “I thought a musical was being made”, at the 2010 Next Wave Festival and The view from here, West space.

Andy Vagg

Andy Vagg completed a Master of Contemporary Arts at the School of Visual & Performing Arts, Launceston, after completion of a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Tasmanian School of Art, Hobart. His art practice explores the inherent qualities and limitations of post-consumer materials, with a focus on consumerism, choice, and the unsustainable use of resources.

His work is socially engaged often being created and installed in a community context, with an aspiration to stimulate positive social change. Utilizing a minimalist aesthetic, Andy’s artwork connects the ad infinitum of the grid with the seemingly endless human need to acquire and accumulate more. His artwork increasingly utilizes on-site participation of both himself and the audience to activate it and create a connection for the exchange of ideas. Andy has exhibited extensively in Newcastle, Sydney, Melbourne, Launceston and Hobart.

Leon Ewing

Leon is an experimental dance filmmaker, who works in communities to make and project video with local people moving amongst their landscape. He divides his time between remote indigenous communities in Western Australia, using arts and media production to engage young people with education, and presenting at arts festivals in urban centres.

From stripped back acoustic shows to large-scale audiovisual performance, his process pushes at the boundaries of genre and discipline, effortlessly moving between low art and highbrow pop culture. His work is subversive, darkly humorous and very, very cheeky.