HOW Opera - Australian Women in Music Awards Discussion

Yesterday opera makers gathered together to talk about how we can better craft an inclusive and innovative future for Australian opera. I was honoured to host the panel which featured: Cheryl Barker AO, Deborah Cheetham AO, Heather Fairbairn, Dr Jordin Steele, and Lissa Twomey. It was an exciting conversation, one of many to follow as our industry responds to shifts in culture and audience. A number of people have reached out asking for a copy of my opening remarks which provided a rapid-fire introduction to the current national conversation. They are posted below (with a few minor tweaks for clarity and inclusion of references) along with a link to the Facebook livestream.

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10 Tips for Artists working with Technologists (Engineers, Programmers, Technology Fabricators or Anyone Building your Technical Thing).

If you are an experimental practitioner, you are probably feeling the lure of interactive interfaces, adaptive projection, self-generating works and machine learning, or even more simply hosting or making artwork online. If you want to embrace these kinds of technologies but don’t know how, you might be investigating DIY approaches, or looking about for a technologist to help design and construct your artwork. Collaborations can be extremely fruitful for extending your practice. But they can be stressful and result in this if gone about the wrong way…

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Can Art be Research? Artistic Research for Traditional Researchers

At some point all university-based artists face either a timid, antagonistic or baffled questioning from colleagues: “Can artwork be research?”. This semester my university set me an impossible task: to explain artistic research for traditional researchers in a three-minute presentation for Research Week. They also asked me to be a bit provocative, an easy task when discussing artistic research. The following is an informal, condensed and incomplete introduction to artistic research for the curious... 

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