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Festival 2016
5–22 May


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May 2016

Eva Heiky Olga Abbinga (VIC)

Eva Heiky Olga Abbinga is a cross-disciplinary visual artist motivated by an interest in the complexities of place, identity and sustainability.

Through installation, sculpture, painting and photography, Abbinga explores issues of social, environmental and economic concern and aims to create a dialogue with the viewer that questions existing notions of the urban ideal. Her practice is informed by her Dutch and Ukrainian heritage as well as her experience in urban planning and design. She embraces collaborative partnerships with other artists, community groups and craftspeople.

Abbinga has completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from RMIT University (Expanded Studio Practice) and a Bachelor Degree in Urban Planning and Development from the University of Melbourne.

Hannah Brontë (Yaegel/QLD)

Hannah Brontë works across video, soft sculpture and sound, and textile design.

She presents work that dissects negative representations of women and reassembles them into fierce, power female messages, often re-purposing language and aesthetics from popular culture, and especially commercial hip-hop, to introduce radical and feminist ideas to new audiences. Previous works include alterSHEGO, an exploration of a hyper female versions of a range of her female peers; Ain’t Nuthin But a She Thang a night presenting local female emcees; and Cuntmafia, initially Brontë’s graduate work exploring the language with which women talk about their bodies, which now continues as an international research project. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Queensland College of Art.

Annaliese Constable (NSW)

Annaliese Constable is a writer, performer and queer rights activist working across stand-up, queer performance and theatre.

Renowned for self-deprecating and tragic-comedic works, Annaliese presented her first solo comedy show Annaliese Constable Literally in 2015. Annaliese is excited to present her new autobiographical tragic comedy Mummy Dearest in Next Wave Festival 2016. 

The Delta Project (VIC)

The Delta Project is a new Melbourne based dance-theatre company of deaf and hearing performers.

They explore the technical and physical manifestations of bringing two worlds together through visual and sound and creating a performance accessible for both a hearing and deaf audience.

Xanthe Dobbie (VIC) and Tiyan Baker (NSW)

Since meeting in 2014 at the Macquarie Digital Portraiture Award at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra, Xanthe Dobbie and Tiyan Baker have connected over a shared love for video portraiture, pop culture, technology and the internet.

Their collaboration aims to promote and develop video portraiture, and use the medium to explore modern Australian life.

Alasdair Doyle and Liam James (TAS)

Alasdair Doyle and Liam James are two early-career visual artists based in Tasmania. Their collaborative efforts have transitioned between festival and gallery contexts, in roles both curatorial and practice led.

Inclusive of this is founding and directing the digital art and music festival Electrona 7054 and the immersive exhibition Land of Milk and Honey. Alasdair and Liam’s work questions the homogenous perceptions of society suspended between cultures, time and space.

Julia Drouhin (FRA/TAS) and Pip Stafford (TAS)

Based in Hobart, the artist/curator team Julia Drouhin and Pip Stafford have collective interests in radio arts, auditory-spatial practices and the intersection of gender and emergent art forms.

In 2013 they worked on Networked Art Forms and Tactical Magick Faerie Circuits (ISEA2013 and Dark Mofo) at Contemporary Art Tasmania and KLAPPERSTEIN Le Placard 24 hour Headphone Festival at MONA between France, Germany, Switzerland, Tasmania and online. In 2014 they collaborated, with Miss Despoinas, on Pataphysical Salon at 146 Artspace, Hobart and I Married a Dead Ice Cream for LABoral (Art Center and Industrial Creation), for which Julia was the curator and Pip an artist.

Editionless Editions

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Léuli Eshraghi (SAM/IRN/VIC)

Léuli Eshraghi (Samoan, Persian peoples) is an artist, curator and PhD candidate at Monash University Art Design and Architecture (MADA).

His practice is centred on indigeneity, language, body sovereignty, and queer possibility. He holds qualifications in Indigenous Arts Management and Cultural Studies. In 2016 he participates in the Indigenous Arts Summit and Indigenous Visual and Digital Arts Residency at the Banff Centre, and the Pacific Arts Association’s International Symposium at Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland Museum.

Emma Fishwick (WA)

Emma Fishwick is an emerging artist whose work takes numerous forms. Creatively curious, her practice spans dance, visual-arts, digital media and the written word.

Based in Perth, Emma undertook a Department of Culture and the Arts WA Fellowship in 2014, enabling her to undergo multiple project spanning Sydney, Berlin and Perth. During this time Emma created the foundations for her Next Wave Kickstart and Festival project microLandscapes.

Kelly Fliedner (VIC)

Kelly Fliedner is a jack of all trades, writer, curator, lecturer, producer, and a participant of the 2016 Biennale of Sydney’s experimental writing program, The Bureau of Writing.

Kelly is one of the founding editors of West Space Journal, an online platform for criticism and commissions and over the last ten years has worked with Melbourne organisations such as West Space, Monash University Museum of Art, MPavilion, Next Wave, un Magazine and Melbourne Fringe.

Janie Gibson (VIC)

Janie Gibson is an actor and theatre-maker with a background in Eastern European ensemble theatre, Shakespeare and contemporary performance.

She writes for theatre as an actor-author, devising and creating original pieces from found texts, stories, myths, music and her imagination. Her work has been deeply influenced by two major theatre companies she has worked and trained with: Song of the Goat Theatre (Poland) and Shakespeare & Company (USA). Janie has co-founded several artistic collaborations including Whale Chorus and Odra Ensemble (Poland).

Angela Goh (NSW)

Angela Goh is a dancer and choreographer presenting her experimental work across Australia and internationally.

Her work explores dance and choreography as practices of speculation, approaching performance as an event which simultaneously produces reality and fantasy.

Amrita Hepi (Bundjalung NSW/Ngapuhi NZ) & Jahra Wasasala (NZ)

Amrita Hepi is an emerging independent choreographer descending from the Ngapuhi tribe in New Zealand and the Bundjulung people in Australia.  Jahra Wasasala is a New Zealand-based spoken word poet and contemporary dancer with Indigenous roots in Aboriginal Australia and Fiji.

Both artists seek to create interdisciplinary works that offer socio-political observation on their roots and sense of identity, particularly honing in on the topics of racial injustice and gender-equality.

Justin Hinder (VIC) & Anna Louise Richardson (WA)

Justin Hinder and Anna Louise Richardson’s practices are concerned with narrative and the active role of the heightened imagination.

Justin Hinder is an emerging artist, writer and curator based in Melbourne. His practiceinvestigates human movement and the decision-making process combining daily normalities with ideals of pre-determined destiny and storytelling. Anna Louise Richardson is an emerging West Australian artist and curator whose practicefocuses on issues of regional identity, inter-generational communication and the intersection of art, artefact and material culture.

Daniel Jenatsch (VIC)

Daniel Jenatsch is an artist, musician and composer.

His independent operatic works include the installation The Para-Archaeological Society, No No Gallery, Melbourne (2011), the radio opera Perpetual Equinox, Mousonturm, Frankfurt (2012), the oratorio Cecus, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Art Bar (2014), and Upon Contemplating the Sunset, Underbelly Arts Festival, Sydney (2015).

Johnson+Thwaites (NSW)

The collaborative practice of Johnson+Thwaites is guided by the emerging curators’ shared interest in the intersections of radical political theory, new media culture and interdisciplinary arts practice.

Their previous projects include the production of contemporary art exhibitions, festivals and publications, as part of programs at the Museum of Contemporary Art,Sydney, The Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney, The Lock Up Cultural Centre, Newcastle and This Is Not Art, Newcastle.

Thomas E.S. Kelly (Bundjalung/Wiradjuri/NSW)

Thomas E.S. Kelly is a proud Wiradjuri and Bundjalung man from Queensland and NSW. 

In 2012 he graduated from NAISDA Dance College and has since worked with some of Australia’s esteemed practitioners including Vicki Van Hout, Shaun Parker and Frances Rings, as well as creating and developing his own work.

Ben Landau (VIC)

Ben Landau uses design research to analyse systems, and artistic methodologies to tamper with them.

His actions deconstruct social, political and cultural assumptions to spur agency within the audience. Ben constructs experiences, objects and performances which are interactive or invite the audience to participate. He wears masks to camouflage himself in everyday situations, and uses hacking, comedy, detournement and satire to break from accepted norms.

Dan McCabe (WA)

Dan McCabe is a Perth based visual artist who interrogates the logic by which the contemporary urban and suburban Australian landscape operates.

Consisting primarily of sculptural photographic installations and wall based compositions, McCabe’s practice focuses on societies bizarre disconnect with nature and the immediate experience of one’s environment.

Rafaella McDonald (VIC) and Natasha Gabriella Tontey (IDN)

Rafaella McDonald and Natasha Tontey create immersive audience experiences infused with the desire to question customs of their local communities, cultures and their own political values.

McDonald has exhibited in Australia at the NGV Ian Potter, Shepparton Art Museum and Fort Delta in Melbourne. Tontey has presented work at LIMINAL (Cemeti Art House, Yogyakarta Indonesia 2015), Router Art Project (Cemeti Art House, Yogyakarta, Indonesia 2015), and in 2015 she participated in the Koganecho Bazaar Residency Programme in Yokohama, Japan. McDonald completed her Honours in Fine Art at the VCA in 2015 and Tontey completed studies in Visual Communication Design at Pelita Harapan University in 2011.

Lorna Munro, Merindah Donnelly & Tjanara Talbot (NSW)

Lorna Munro is a proud Wiradjuri/Gamilaroi woman who has been an active member of her community since the age of 13.

She is an emerging multi-disciplinary artist, working with visual arts, poetry, performance, language and writing. She is also a broadcaster, emerging playwright and set designer. Lorna has been strongly influenced and nurtured by her activist parents, and mentored by many other members of the Black Power Movement.

Merindah Donnelly is a proud Koori from NSW. Merindah’s expertise is in creative producing for Indigenous performing arts. Merindah has worked as a creative producer/curator for international festivals and arts markets including ISEA International Symposium of Electronic, APAM Australian Performing Arts Market and the Talking Stick Festival of First Nations Performance Vancouver. Currently Merindah works at BlakDance, Australia’s national peak body for contemporary Indigenous dance. In 2014 Merindah was listed in the 20 most influential emerging female artists and arts workers who will ‘shape Australian arts in 2020’.

Rachel Perks and Bridget Balodis (VIC)

Rachel and Bridget are Melbourne based theatre makers. Rachel is a writer and performer, Bridget a director and dramaturg.

For the 2014 Melbourne Fringe Festival they collaborated on ANGRY SEXX which was nominated for a Green Room Award for Best Independent Writing, and for which Rachel was awarded the Melbourne Festival Discovery Award. They are passionate about experimental theatre and intersectional feminism and are drawn to powerful,angry and diverse women’s voices and wish to create spaces for them.

Pony Express (WA/USA)

Pony Express is a collaborative duo led by playwright and performance maker Ian Sinclair and transdisciplinary artist Loren Kronemyer.

Through their pandrogynous collaborative process, Pony Express work across platforms of media art, live art, and transdisciplinary research to create immersive alternate realities.  Their work reflects themes of environment, apocalypse, and the future.

Nat Randall (NSW)

Nat Randall is a Sydney-based artist and a core member of collectives Hissy Fit and Team MESS.

She makes work across performance and video experimenting with interdisciplinary practices. Nat has presented work at Next Wave Festival, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Performance Space, Museum of Contemporary Art, Kaldor Public Art Projects, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Duckie (UK) and Latitude Festival (UK) among others. Selected projects for 2015 include I might blow up someday (Performance Space) and Episode (Vivid Festival). In 2014 Nat performed in Is This Thing On? at Belvoir St Theatre, winning a Sydney Theatre Award for Best Ensemble Act. Nat graduated with a Bachelor of Creative Arts from the University of Wollongong in 2008, receiving the Merrigong Theatre Company Award.

Rani P Collaborations (VIC/NSW)

Rani P Collaborations inspires conversations, self-reflection and social change through intimate and insightful stories by and with culturally diverse women.

For Sedih // Sunno, theatre maker Rani Pramesti has been collaborating with vocalist and musician, Ria Soemardjo, visual and installation artist, Shivanjani Lal and arts therapist/lighting designer, Kei Murakami.

Claire Robertson (VIC)

Claire Robertson is a Melbourne based video and installation artist. She has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally, and has work held in Documentation Center for Visual Arts (DOCVA) Milan.

Her work explores the tension between the inner, emotional realm of the psyche and the outward appearance of things. Her practice takes the form of a philosophical enquiry into notions of perception and subjective reality in relation to the spaces that we inhabit, both physically and emotionally

Dylan Sheridan (TAS)

Dylan Sheridan is a composer and artist who is interested in expanding the theatrical nature of concert music through image, lighting, musical sculpture and the unconventional use of space.

His works have been presented in a variety of contexts including concert halls, festivals, art galleries and other site-specific venues throughout Australia, USA, Japan and Europe. He lives and works in Tasmania.

Maurial Spearim (Gamilaraay NSW/VIC)

Maurial Spearim is an Indigenous woman from the Gamilaraay, Kooma, Muruuwari nation.

A VCA graduate with a Bachelor of Dramatic Arts Degree, Maurial continues to collaborate with a wide range of artists who, much like herself, have a passion to co-create, develop and perform. Maurial is interested in exploring theatre, song, and dance through the expressions of the body and the utterance of the voice, where art forms are combined to create a story evocative of past and present. Credits include We Get It, Elbow Room/Neon Festival MTC 2015; Wentworth, Foxtel 2013/2015; Secret River 2015; Redfern Now tele-movie 2015; Who Stole The Sole state tour, Phunktional Arts Limited 2013-2015; BalaaBalaaYuli-Gi dancer 2015; Skin Choir Songlines, Aboriginal Music Corporation 2012-2014; Body Armor state and national tour, Ilbijerri Theatre Company 2010-2013; Seven Sisters dancer 2010-2013; Move It Mob Style dancer 2012.

Lilian Steiner (VIC)

Lilian Steiner is a Melbourne-based dancer and choreographer whose own practice utilises the inherent intelligence of the active body as the primary tool for creating wholly encompassing visual, sonic and kinaesthetic experiences.

Her work embraces the power of ephemerality within energetic exchange, engaging the presence of both sound and movement as fleeting sculpture with an unwavering ability to affect an observer.

Geoffrey Watson (VIC)

Geoffrey Watson is a Melbourne-based dance artist working with an interdisciplinary practice, extending primarily to wearable design and text.

Geoffrey’s interest lies largely in the idea of introducing dualism and aesthetic, ideological and technical conflict into choreographic practice. This has led Geoffrey to work in disciplines he has no formal training in, including writing, sound design and robotics. The discomfort and naivety of this approach introduces creative difficulties and possibilities, and allows Geoffrey to escape the idea that expertise is preferable to impulse in creating art.

Katie West (WA)

Katie West is a Yindjibarndi woman who has lived her life in Noongar Yued and Noongar Whadjuk countries.

West describes herself as a multidisciplinary artist situated in the social sciences. Her practice is shaped by her family history, studies in sociology and work experience in the area of Indigenous health. For this project West began with the question, what would it feel like to live in a society dominated by Indigenous worldviews and philosophies?

Eleanor Zeichner (NSW)

Eleanor Zeichner is a writer and curator and editor from Sydney interested in: the intersection of visual and live art practices, experimental arts writing, artist books, creative non-fiction, anecdotal histories and other people’s bookshelves.

She’s an editor of Runway, assistant curator at UTS Gallery, And a former director of Critical Animals.