Melbourne Festival and Arts House present

Text, Body and Technology

Creative Producer Julianne Pierce will be joined in conversation with director and choreographer Gideon Obarzanek, and presenting Festival artists, Andrew Schneider (YOUARENOWHERE) and David Chisholm (The Experiment) to discuss the relationship among existing and evolving technologies, artistic practice and the audience experience.

This event is part of our New York Narratives series.



Please note there will be road closures in place in North Melbourne on this day due to Spring Fling. If travelling by car we recommend you allow extra time to get to the venue as there will be additional traffic and people in the area. Save a tree—take public transport.

Gideon Obarzanek

Gideon Obarzanek is a director and choreographer. He founded dance company Chunky Move in 1995 and was the CEO and Artistic Director until 2012. His works for Chunky Move have been diverse in form and content including stage productions, installations, site-specific works, participatory events and film. These have been performed in many festivals and theatres around the world including Edinburgh International, BAM Next Wave NY, Venice Biennale, Southbank London, Territoria Festival Moscow and all major Australian performing arts festivals. Since 2013 Gideon has been a resident artist at the Sydney Theatre Company where he wrote and directed his first play I Want to Dance Better at Parties. He has also created a new work for the Australian Ballet’s fiftieth anniversary season and Sydney Dance Company. Gideon is a recipient of an Australian Creative Fellowship to work with theatre, dance and documentary filmmakers to develop projects with simultaneous live and broadcast outcomes.

Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider has been creating original works for theater, video, and installation since 2003. Rooted at the intersection of performance and technology, Schneider’s work critically investigates humanity’s overdependence on perpetual connection in an always-on world. He creates and performs solo performance works and large-scale dance works, builds interactive electronic art works and installations, and was a Wooster Group company member (video/performer) from 2007—2014. Schneider is a recent recipient of the Tom Murrin Performance Award and an Artist-In-Residence at Dixon Place. His work has been performed in NYC at The Chocolate Factory, PS122, and Issue Project Room, and was curated by Laurie Anderson as part of the River to River festival in 2013. He creates wearable, interactive electronic art such as the Solar Bikini (a bikini that charges your iPod) and wireless programmable sound effect gloves. His interactive work has been featured in Art Forum and Wired and at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Schneider also works with musical acts such as Fischerspooner (projections/performer), Kelela (projections/lighting), and AVAN LAVA (lighting/percussion/vocals).

David Chisholm

David Chisholm has an international practice defined through diverse and hybrid collaboration for which he has won many awards including three Green Room Awards, a French Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Award and a Highly Commended Paul Lowin Prize. His work has been appeared at Venice Biennale, Villa Medici Roma, Edinburgh and Melbourne Festivals, Moscow Museum of Art, ISCM World New Music Days, MONA FOMA, Danscenen Copenhagen, Monaco Dance Forum and he has been performed and recorded by International Contemporary Ensemble, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Julianne Pierce

Julianne Pierce is currently Creative Producer with Adelaide Fringe. From 2012—2014 she was Executive Director of Australian Dance Theatre, relocating back to Australia after five years in the UK as Executive Producer with artists company Blast Theory. Julianne has worked in the cultural sector for over 25 years and has a background in curating, writing, producing and arts management specialising in digital and media arts. She has curated events and exhibitions including Primavera 2003, the annual exhibition of emerging Australian artists for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; the Artists’ Week program for the Adelaide Festival of Arts in 2006 and 2008 and Biomachines performance event for the 2000 Adelaide Festival. From 1995 to 1999 she was Project Coordinator at The Performance Space, Sydney and from 2000 to 2005 was Executive Director of the Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT). Julianne is a founding member of the influential computer artist group VNS Matrix, who exhibited widely in Australia and internationally from 1991 to 1997. She was Chair from 2006—2013 of the International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) a major annual gathering of the international art and technology community held each year in a different location around the world. In 2013 she was appointed as Chair Emerging and Experimental Arts at the Australia Council.