Igniting Creativity and Discovery where Science and Art Collide - Melbourne

Could an insect, human and android communicate through dance?

Prue Lang, Mathieu Briand, Mark Elgar and Alicia Sometimes

Mittwoch, 9. September 2020, 10:10 - 10:40
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A discussion with Prue Lang x Mathieu Briand x Mark Elgar

Join choreographer Prue Lang, artist Mathieu Briand and evolutionary ecologist Prof Mark Elgar as they discuss their journey with phasmids and BODY / INSECT / MACHINE, a work that explores the body/androids/artificial movement/intelligence on the one side and the body/human instinct/natural movement/nature on the other.


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Project Credits / Acknowledgements

ACTIVATORS is curated by Chunky Move Artistic Director Antony Hamilton and independent choreographer and curator Leah Landau. The ACTIVATORS program invites independent artists to apply choreographic approaches and principles to ideas such as site, space, time, and material, keeping the body at the centre of their investigation.


Prue Lang
Prue Lang is an independent choreographer presenting her work in international festivals, theatres and museums throughout the world including Theatre National de Chaillot Paris, Rencontres choregraphiques internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis Paris, Festival temps d’images Paris, Festival faits d’hiver Paris, Tanzplatform Deutschland, HAU Berlin, Mousonturm Frankfurt, Tanzhaus NRW Düsseldorf, Context Festival Hebbel-am-ufer Berlin, London Festival of Architecture, TATE Modern London, Adelaide International Arts festival, Chunky Move Australia.

Mathieu Briand
Mathieu Briand is a Melbourne-based artist born in Marseille, France. Briand has participated in international group and solo exhibitions in major museums such as Centre Pompidou, Paris, Tate Modern, London, Jumex Foundation, Mexico City, Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, ICC, Tokyo, Moca, Taipei, SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, MACBA, Barcelona and Palais de Tokyo, Paris.

Prof Mark Elgar
Prof Mark Elgar is an evolutionary biologist at The University of Melbourne, and has published numerous scientific articles on the mating and social behaviour of insects and spiders, including the role of pheromones in courtship. His research focuses on conflict and cooperation in animal mating and social behaviour, and the role of chemical signals and diversity of receptor organs (antennae) in animal communication. Mark is Field Chief Editor of Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, and Chief Section Editor of Social Evolution.

Alicia Sometimes
Alicia Sometimes is a writer and broadcaster. She has performed her spoken word and poetry at many venues, festivals and events around the world. Alicia is one-sixth of the ABC podcast, The Outer Sanctum. She is director and co-writer of the science-poetry planetaria shows, Elemental and Particle/Wave.