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journeys, mobile performances, expositions and a symposium of performative practices exploring tensions of mobility. 


J-O-U-R-N-E-Y-S will run throughout 2015.

M-O-B-I-L-E   P-E-R-F-O-R-M-A-N-C-E  & E-X-P-O-S-I-T-I-O-N

17 September to 10 October 2015
 RMIT Gallery and Margaret Lawrence VCA Gallery


8-11 October 2015 
RMIT University, Melbourne

Symposium Call for Participation (closing 15 January 2015)

Calls for participation announced August 2014.

Call for Local and Visiting Correspondents available here.

journey, mobility, traces, performing mobilities, Australia

Contemporary life in Australia, the world’s largest island continent, is framed by borders whilst constantly being reconstructed through dynamic processes of mobility. Performing Mobilities, the Australian regional cluster activity of ‘Fluid States’, will explore this phenomenon through a combination of artistic research and critical enquiry. Running throughout 2015, the project proceeds from a set of journey-based projects, via a gallery exhibition and mobile performance program, towards a symposium held in Melbourne in October.  

J-O-U-R-N-E-Y-S will run throughout 2015, performing human, non-human and material mobilities, and engaging with themes of migration and tourism, mobile labour and kinaesthetic practice, and relations to country.

M-O-B-I-L-E   P-E-R-F-O-R-M-A-N-C-E  &  E-X-P-O-S-I-T-I-O-N
17 September to 31 October 2015
RMIT Gallery and Margaret Lawrence VCA Gallery
Mobile performances and participatory urban journeys will depart from and return to the host galleries, where the traces of other creative journeys form exhibitions.

8-11 October 2015
RMIT University, Melbourne
Combining creative works and scholarly reflection, the symposium will examine the forms, meanings and consequences of performing mobility under three thematic headings: Ways and Means; Travelling without Moving, and Moving Country. Selected papers will be invited for publication in a special edition of Australasian Drama Studies in 2016. Selected creative works will be invited to contribute toward the Australian contribution to an international touring and virtual exhibition of Fluid States.

Proposals are now invited for contributions to the interdisciplinary symposium, which will involve the following formats:

Academic papers will be 20 mins in duration. Selected papers will be invited to be developed for publication in a special edition of the Australasian Drama Studies journal in 2016 and/or an edited volume reflecting upon the Performing Mobilities project. Proposals for a panel presentation of three papers are welcome.

Performative presentations may work within the 20-minute paper presentation time slot, or with symposium breaks, or with innovative formats, contexts and durations.

Performances, interventions and events might work in relation to the two gallery venues (RMIT Gallery + Margaret Lawrence VCA Gallery), to the RMIT and VCA campuses and typical facilities, to spaces and situations of the surrounding city between and around the galleries, to the flow of the symposium and its duration.  

Proposals may engage with, but need not be constrained by, the following themes and prompts:

generative practices
How are trans-disciplinary arts practices generating new approaches to and understandings of movement?
What are the creative and practical challenges of working on and with mobility?

ways and means
How and what does moving mean?
What are the aesthetics of mobility and immobilization?
What are the politics of mobilization?

travelling without moving
What can performance tell us about the often unequal conditions under which mobility is practised, compelled or forbidden?
To what extent can technology replace travel?
What are the climate politics of mobility? 

moving country
How is the ‘mobility turn’ viewed within indigenous epistemologies?
How does mobility impact the emotional and affective dimensions of territorial belonging?
How much of where you come from do you take with you when you go?

Whilst Performing Mobilities is embedded in the Australasian region, proposals related to other regions and contexts are also welcome. Proposals will be blind peer reviewed in relation to their

  • performative engagement in tensions of mobility
  • critical regional relevance and global resonance
  • artistic / conceptual / activist / scholarly merit

How to submit a proposal:
Go to www.performingmobilities.net

Organising Group:
David Cross, Deakin University
Mick Douglas, RMIT University
Paul Gazzola, independent artist
Bianca Hester, independent artist 
James Oliver, VCA Univ of Melbourne
Paul Rae, University of Melbourne
Laurene Vaughn, RMIT University
Meredith Rogers, LaTrobe University
Fiona Wilkie, Roehampton University

Director: Mick Douglas    


Download the pdf here.

Tags: Mobility Travel Transport and Performance   Performance Studies in the Pacific  

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