World Water Day symposium was a succes thanks to:
all presenters/performers from around the world; Riccardo Petrella and Ulay who opened the event; Amin Hammami and Prof Hichem Rejeb in Tunisia, who organised the main node at Sousse University; and our energetic team in Brisbane composed of James Cunnigham as go-between, Jeff Turpin aka Prof, our time-keeper (!) and the team of Inkahoots who streamlined the arrival on the Taps just on time for audience to go from tap to tap following the flow of ideas, thoughts and propositions of the day.
WaterCheers started with Mahesh Vinayakram‘s beautiful voice witnessing the sunrise in Chennai and ended with AWA, a group of Argentinian artists who fell in love with Waterwheel’s possibilities.
My Australia Council for the Arts Fellowship ended in April 2012. If you are interested to read the report, let me know. I can send it to you.
I’ve decided to continue this blog and will keep you in the loop about my upcoming adventures…
Next: I will be Copeland Fellow with a residency at Amherst Five College and Associate Researcher with the Women Studies Research Centre at Mt Holyoke in Massachusetts, from August to mid-December 2012.
photos by Laura Steiner – performer-deviser Anna Yen – rehearsals and last showing of the work in progress developed during a residency at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Art in Brisbane, 22 October 2011
You are invited to be part of this adventure – work in progress showings – It is about water: how much do you care about it? how will you share it? We are constructing an installation performance using Waterwheel
WHERE: – online on http://water-wheel.net/taps/dock/110
– on site in Brisbane at the Judith Wright Centre – shopfront (residency)
we suggest you come at least 15 minutes before, you open your browser, and click or copy & paste this link: http://water-wheel.net/taps/dock/110 – In the right upper corner, there will be a white rectangle – click on ENTER
Brisbane crew: Suzon Fuks (project initiator), Anna Yen (performer), Rozina Suliman (set designer), Nathen Street (interactive system designer), James Cunningham (external eye & go between), Felicity Organ-Moore (light & production), Laura Steiner (AV assistant/documenter), Doug Leonard (dramaturg), and Will Davies (IT)
Online crew: Maartje Belmer (NL) (choreography, project assistant), Kaz L Gibbs (AUS), Hedva Eltanani (UK), Katarina DJ Uroševi? (Serbia), Amin Hammami (Tunisia) (soundscape)
There will be feedback session after each showing. Looking forward to meeting you on the TAP!
photos by Laura Steiner – 4th and last showing of the residency
Since the announcement of the project, responses show a real interest for the topic, the metaphor & the platform. Exciting! Propositions from curators, research, involvement of university students, info forwarded to scientists,etc. We had a bit of delay in the platform development, as I came back end of the year with swine flu, and Inkahoots studio was out of service for 2 weeks because of the floods. So we will work with a very basic version of the platform, which is maybe more open at this stage for your feedback & advice on its functionalities.
The FOUNTAIN first public events (with audience online & on site in Brisbane, at the Bell Tower, level 3, Judith Wright Centre) will happen on:
– March 3 & 4 @6-8pm (Qld time – find your time)
– March 5 @11.30am-1.30pm (Qld time – find your time) & 5-7pm (Qld time – find your time) ! we will post links & more info closer to the dates !
CORE TEAM: Suzon Fuks artistic director, project coordinator | Sofia Woods performer/choreographer | James Cunningham external eye & IGNEOUS representative | Felicity Organ-Moore stage/production manager | Will Davy IT & sound technician | INKAHOOTS: Mat Johnson developer, Jason Grant designer, INKAHOOTS artistic director, Bretton – designer | Brisbane LAB PARTICIPANTS: Rozina Suliman | Emma Che Martin | Nathen Street | Kimberley Bianca Warren | Kaz Gibbs | Richelle Spence | Silke Tanzt | Emmy Steiner | ONLINE PARTICIPANTS: Shannon Parsons (Toowoomba, QLD, Australia) | Elizabeth Bryce (NZ) | Vicki Smith (NZ) | Rachel Ruckstuhl-Mann (NZ) | Vincent Probo (Yogyakarta, Indonesia) | Nagasamy Ramachandra (Chennai, India) | Sajani Ganapathy Murugan (Chennai, India) | Beatrice de Fays (Paris, France) | Marloeke van der Vlugt (Amsterdam, the Netherlands) | Katarina Djordevic Urosevic (Belgrade, Serbia) | Cherry Truluk (London, UK) | Hedva Eltanani (London, UK) | Ben Unterman (Vancouver, Canada) | ONLINE DOCUMENTER & CONTRIBUTOR: Francesco Buonaiuto (Naples, Italy)
This project is initiated by Suzon Fuks, an Australia Council for the Arts Fellow, in collaboration with IGNEOUS & INKAHOOTS, and assisted by Arts Queensland, Ausdance Queensland, Youth Arts Queensland, & the Judith Wright Centre for Contemporary Arts (Brisbane).
A unique workshop opportunity to participate in the first phase of the WATERWHEEL project.
The workshop will develop a networked/telematic installation performance on the theme of WATER, initiated by Suzon Fuks, Australia Council Fellow. She will facilitate emerging and interested intermedia artists, composers, video makers, visual artists, dancers, performers, or choreographers (maximum 5 participants in Brisbane) to engage, collaborate and forge creative partnerships, developing and testing a brand new internet platform specifically made for performance and mixed media, and creating a new installation performance with participatory audience. At least 2 showings onsite & online will conclude the workshop.
WHEN: Feb 21 to March 6 (for Brisbane participants Mo-Fri 4-7pm &/or Sat 10.30am-5pm)
WHERE: Ausdance Bell Tower, YAQ & on internet
WHAT: creative process will include brainstorming, improvs, gathering of media, inter-skill sharing sessions, at least 2 onsite & online events & feedback with leaders in the fields.
HOW: #1- write an email by 1st February with full contact details & expressing your interest in the WATERWHEEL project -#2- in a phone or skype conversation, you will be asked: what is your clear commitment to the creative process, your availability, which other relevant experience you have -#3- you will be advised by email by February 4.
MORE INFO: email or call Suzon Fuks on 0404 292 119
ABOUT THE WATERWHEEL PROJECT
Following a year of preparation, 2011: The Waterwheel starts turning! Welcome! Be a part of this new online collaborative space without borders: from teachers to students, performers to scientists, producers, programmers, curators, visual artists, composers, activists and everyone in between. All ages welcome!
The upcoming Waterwheel project revolves around WATER as a topic and a metaphor – what people want to share, say, or debate about this fundamental element. It includes:
The Waterwheel – an interactive website
The Tap – an online performance & collaborative venue
Fountains – outcomes that well up from the project
The Waterwheel interactive website will give you the power to collaborate, explore ideas, research and gather feedback by uploading and sharing media about water: images, video, music, text or sound.
The Tap online performance & collaborative venue will be accessible by audience and performers with just a click, no download needed, and will be free. ‘Live’ performers from various locations will interact with audiences in real time using webcams, media from The Waterwheel and drawing tools. Audience can participate online through a chat facility or directly with the ‘live’ performers on site. From February, basic versions of The Waterwheel and The Tap will be available, you can be involved and follow the developments by uploading your media, exploring the online venue, and giving your feedback.
Fountains will be outcomes that anyone is free to initiate and will be triggered by interactions on The Waterwheel. A Fountain could be a book, a performance, an exhibition, a community project, a multi-generational exchange, a concert or an installation festival – let your imagination steer the way. These Fountains will be mapped out on the website, so you can see what The Waterwheel is powering. Throughout 2011, workshop residencies will develop one Fountain which is an installation performance, testing the website and the online venue. The first residency, which runs 14 Feb – 6 March, is based in Brisbane and open for your participation online or on site. Please let us know if you are interested.
Turn the wheel your way and pass on this message to your pool of people! Welcome to translate it into your language. For more information about any part of the project and how to contribute/participate, please email.This project is initiated by Suzon Fuks, an Australia Council for the Arts Fellow, in collaboration with IGNEOUS & INKAHOOTS, and assisted by Arts Queensland, Ausdance Queensland, Youth Arts Queensland, & the Judith Wright Centre for Contemporary Arts (Brisbane).
Visits to artists encouraged me to formulate better and further the concept of VIRTUAL FOUNTAINS and what networked performance means. It also showed me that if the project is based on contribution and collaboration, it needed to be done in stages.
So Scotia and I made an installation performance at Tembi contemporary Gallery, followed by an artist talk and few days later I gave a workshop (next post).
The installation performance was closely connected to the gallery’s two ponds. Beautiful art space! Plastic bags full of water hung over the ponds (people use them here for drinking). Two of them contained a goldfish. There were 2 simultaneous projections on the walls behind the ponds:
– video of village people, grouped by age, drinking, mixed with images of waterfalls (from plenty to scarcity), ending on an image of drought
– animated loop of Scotia and I drinking from plastic bottles, using internet platform Upstage, with participation of Marlena Corcoran as a remote performer in Munich, performing/responding to me in real time. When the water diminished in the other projection, a wall of plastic bottles gradually covered the frame.
A soundtrack built up, consisting of a common ‘choosing’ rhyme (‘I love him, I love him not’ in 3 languages: Bahasa Indonesian, English and French) layered in crescendo and gave rhythm to Scotia for developing a movement variation inspired by water usage and then, piercing the bags (with same idea of plucking petals from a daisy) creating waterfalls from each into the ponds. This continued until only the bags with the fish remained.
At this point, 2 fish appeared on UpStage saying ‘I love the world, I love it not’ and developed a short ‘on-line performance’. Scotia released the fish into the ponds and piled up all plastic bags.
The cartoonesque fish on UpStage then introduced my artist talk about VIRTUAL FOUNTAINS. – photos by Elly Mangunsong –
I love traveling. In French (which is my mother tongue), work = “travail” which has the same root as “travel”. For me, travel and work feed each other!
On this part of the blog, I will tell you about my current or past travels….
For instance, these last months, as well as Singapore (see previous post), I stopped in Paris where I went to the festival IMMATERIELLES , saw the exhibition, followed the conference/forum organised by Anne Roquigny with WJ-s and met also in real life Marin Favre, a composer whom I met on Facebook and other blogs!!!
The first 2 weeks of June, I was in Brussels (my hometown) where there was the live art festival Momentum 4. Great to meet ‘live’ some artists from around the world that I have seen the works of on video, and to meet others again. Great atmosphere of sharing and support between artists.
I spent the next 6 weeks in Munich working on visuals for the community dance project ‘Anna Tanzt’, organised by the Bayerische Staatsballett. Quite amazing to witness choreographer Lenka Flory – of Dejadonne company from Italy – working with 96 teenagers aged 13-14 who interact with about 40 elders aged 65+. Thats a lot of people on stage! Supported by James Cunningham, I collaborated with Dominik Tresowski who authored the media via the Ventuz software, managing 2 projectors seamlessly (projection was 16x7m). The show was presented at the Muffathalle, which is directed by Dietmar Lupfer, an artist/curator interested in multi-dimensional projections.
James and I were artists in residence at Villa Waldberta with views on Starnberg Lake and the Alps which we enjoyed the last week, when we didn’t have to commute to the city and had time to connect eventually with the other artists there, including Helen Varley Jamieson.