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exist aims to make spaces where artists, audiences and communities can engage openly; spaces where one can pause; ask, discover, surrender, to being – to existing.

exist holds a range of events – from international festivals, “exist-ence”,  to regular local events, “exist@”, to cultivate an open and visible platform for live, action, and performance arts through altruistic curation.  exist is committed to the inclusion of willing artists that need a space to practice, produce, progress, share, present, and develop work that builds their practice and contributes to a larger dialogue within the Australian establishment of live arts culture.

Founded in 2007, exist comprises of director’s Rebecca Cunningham and Nicola Morton and also includes  members, Alan Warren, Anna Carluccio,  Eloise Maree, Kerstin Haustein and Tara Heffernan plus volunteers who offer their valuable time and resources. Since its inception, exist has presented the work of over 150 artists from 30 countries to local and national audiences.

quick bios

Co – directors current

– Rebecca Cunningham is an Australian sound and performance artist, curator interested in all methods of making. Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Music, Performance from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University and Bachelor of Creative Industries 2A Honours, Interdisciplinary from QUT and is currently undertaking a PHD in Business [Griffith University] exploring the impact of trust in the global performance art network. Cunningham is a founding member of exist. see www.rebeccacunningham.wordpress.com for more details

– Nicola Morton is a half-chinese performance artist, videographer, musician, comedian. She presents a unique take on contemporary critical concepts combining them with traditional and new age philosophies to share fun times, explore phenomena and declare the end of capitalism. She has a B.Music Technology from Qld Conservatorium of Music (2003) and stepped from electro-noise-cabaret in hometown Brisbane (Equalizer 24K) to improvised music ensembles (Abbaabba, Fanice, Deirdre Doolittle) in Berlin (2006-2010). Inspired by Fluxus and Stockhausen her work became more performance and video oriented and thus has exhibited individually and in groups internationally while been sponsored for residencies in Finland (Ptarmigan), Indonesia (Asialink: Performance Klub) and Australia (Renew Newcastle) plus her video has been shortlisted in The 17th International Contemporary Art Festival SESC_Videobrasil. International collaboration and cross disciplinary exchange is a key component of her work and she has worked with artists, architects  composers and writers from Australia, Japan, Indonesia, USA, Germany, Finland, Sweden, Faroe Islands and Latvia. Her work has been reviewed as “a unique ability to engage with new media and find ways of making new media function in novel and unintended ways” whilst “you’re bound to the room’s collective effervescence forcing you to realize that there’s really nothing between us at all.” For more info: go to http://nicolaisgreat.com

Co – directors 2011

Melody Woodnutt is an interdisciplinary artist working at the intersection of visual arts installation and live art.  Developing her works as installations or performance, they use the body and environments to construct a new dimension and consider humanity.  Works employ 360° immersive space, sound, projection, object, sculpted environments, and lighting.

Opportunities have included the Young Artist Mentorship Program (Youth Arts Queensland 2008), tenancy at Metro Arts Substation Studios (2008), Brisbane Festival – Under The Radar (2009), Independent Exhibitions Brisbane (2009-2010), Existence Live Art Festival (2010), Nes Listamiðstöð Artist Residency – Iceland (2010), Free Range – CROSS – STITCH: No Pluto, Just Stars – Metro Arts 2010 (Collapse – Immersive Installation), and the Melbourne Fringe Keynote Project – Visible City.

Projects also extend to encompass art direction for film, collaborations, street art, theatre design, and live art experiments.  Melody is an emerging artist in her first 4 years of practice and has been supported with grants from Arts Queensland and Youth Arts Queensland.
http://web.me.com/vote.bohemia for more info.

– Thomas Quirk is a director of contemporary performance and inter-arts forms. Thomas’ focus is towards creating an immersive and sensory experience for theatre audiences. Driving his practice are questions about closing the space between audience and performer: How do we manage the line between challenging an audience and alienating our audiences? What moral and ethical values are we as artists responsible for upholding where the treatment of our audiences is concerned? Are we causing our audiences discomfort? Does this discomfort cause change?

Most recently Thomas directed The Pact presented by Backbone Youth Arts and Brisbane Powerhouse for World Theatre Festival 2011. Over the past two years Thomas has created and directed Pro-stasis (BF09 UNDER THE RADAR Festival, 2009), Shades of Grey (Vena Cava Productions, 2009), [vacant] at the burned down skate arena in Red Hill (2009), the initial development of Pro-stasis (Vena Cava Productions’ Capillaries Festival, 2008) and The Girl Who Fell In Love With Winter with the Queensland University of Technology. Thomas is a term-based workshop facilitator for young people with Backbone Youth Arts, is an associate artist with the company and in 2010 was the Performance Coordinator for the company’s annual 2high Festival.

2011 will see Thomas develop The Raven; an experiential live performance adaptation of the literary masterpiece by Edgar Allan Poe.

  1. Goran Tomic
    February 15, 2010 at 12:58 am

    Hi Rebecca, i am a performance/video installation artist from sydney,and im also a experimental film maker. I found your info and would love to be part of one of your programs if possible. i completed 2009 with performances at under the radar(brisbane) and melbourne fringe with a video work.

  2. April 16, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    information in the next event
    all the best
    michel / cold Mountain/ france

  3. December 8, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    How on earth did I miss this? Maybe because I moved to the Gold Coast…but I still heard about a lot of other events!

    Please, when is the next event and how do I get involved?

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