A New Digital Performance-based Festival Is Being Launched

Posted 18 June 2020

A New Digital Performance-based Festival Is Being Launched

Introducing BLEED: Biennial Live Event in the Everyday Digital; a new ten-week digital festival presented by Arts House (Melbourne) and Campbelltown Arts Centre (Sydney). Almost two years in the making, this digital performance-based festival was conceived in a pre-COVID environment never envisaging that it would be launched in an environment of social distancing and virtual streaming as ‘the new normal’, it was never meant to be part of a savvy digital pivot.

Campbelltown Arts Centre (C-A-C) Director, Michael Dagostino, explained in an interview with ArtsHub the concept of BLEED is not a response to COVID-19, despite its digital focus. ‘At its core, BLEED is anchored by collaboration between organisations and artists finding new ways to work together.’ BLEED interrogates how live Australian performance can be co-created with residencies, research and presentations as they seek to understand, stretch and respond to our digital existence and experience.

BLEED is a collective curation project of digital live performances in a free space. Driven by collaboration, the creation of BLEED was researched and developed by a group of experts who worked closely with the curatorial team and each artist.

‘By examining the relationship and engagement between an artist and their audience in a digital context, BLEED will also look at how it actually feels to experience live digital interactions and performances,’ BLEED CURATORS.

The BLEED reference group includes a team of artists, producers and thought leaders, including Dan Koerner of Sandpit Digital, Joel Spring of Future Method, Miyuki Jokiranta and Akil Ahamat.

The five new art commissions that will drop every two weeks have been created by:

  • Hannah Brontë – mi$$-Eupnea will feature live DJ sets as well as video art focused on deep breathing and reflective listening.
  • Alex Kelly & David Pledger – Assembly for the Future is part-performance, part-installation, part-interview and includes a series of futuring workshops, essays and podcasts by key thinkers reflecting back on history from 2030.
  • James Nguyen & Victoria Pham – RE:SOUNDING digitally recreates a traditional 2000-year-old Vietnamese rain drum for people to download and play; and will include live-streamed performances and workshops.
  • Angela Goh & Su Yu Hsin – Paeonia Drive includes dance performance, video installation and GIF artworks to investigate digital anxiety created by surveillance, data policing and image manipulation.
  • Lilian Steiner & Emile Zile – Becoming the Icon is a live theatrical online streaming event that charts the contemporary nature of political communication, gesture, voice and physical movement.

As well as the featured artists, the BLEED ECHO program will incorporate different thinking and perspectives on the role of art in a digital existence through live-streamed talks as well as commissioned essays and podcasts from independent online publications: Witness Performance and Running Dog.

BLEED can be accessed via any device. Catch it  22 June – 30 August 2020.

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