Game On! ~ Project Ideas and Biography.

Sun 23 November 2014
10.30am – 4pm
Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall

Twitter: #TPAGameOn14

NAME: Suzanne Daley
Project Idea 1: A Location Based App that allows live performance companies to identify local green suppliers
Project Idea 2: A version of the NIKE Making App that includes set design materials not just fabrics and footwear materials.

Suzanne Daley is a 12 year veteran at Live Performance Australia, where she is an advisor, advocate, curator, and cultural change leader for a broad national membership of producers, performing arts companies, music promoters, festivals, venues and service providers. Suzanne is the Project Manager for Greener Live Performances through Energy Efficiency, a Commonwealth Department of Industry funded project to provide live performance SMEs with the resources and tools to make producing, presenting and touring more energy efficient. The two year project is more than half way through and concludes in June 2015. In other areas of her work, Suzanne leads the Asian Producers’ Platform initiative along with Performing Lines, and uses her Law degree to advise members on a wide range of regulatory issues.

NAME: Dr Debbie Symons
Project Idea 1: Let’s find new ways to get the general population actively involved in protecting and safeguarding environments for endangered species.

Debbie Symons’ works link statistical databases on endangered species to elucidate environmental crime, questioning the involvement of capitalistic venture in the critical, global environmental issues now emerging. Conceptually Symons’ works aim to sensitize a desensitize society. She recaptures ‘peer-reviewed’ data and forces it back into the public sphere, creating an analysis of real time environmental predicaments. The works critique capitalism’s participation in the ecological predicament, highlighting its ‘cost’ to humanity and other species. It thereby enables the works to embody political potency and urgency, allowing them to move beyond a simplistic representation of ‘damaged nature’, to a multifaceted analysis of cause and effect. Symons collaborates with scientific organisations, such as the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species to facilitate the statistical data pertaining to her works.

Symons’ works have been shown internationally through the International Urban Screen Association and nationally; Urban Screen Federation Square, Melbourne, Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, RMIT Gallery, Project Space RMIT, Albury Digital Outdoor Gallery, Craft Victoria, Trocadero Art Space, Shifted Gallery, c3 Contemporary Art Space, Monash University Faculty Gallery and The Substation.

Symons’ recently completed her PhD titled, Anthropocentrism, Endangered Species and the Environmental Dilemma at Monash University with the support of an Australian Postgraduate Scholarship.

NAME: Beth Sometimes
Project Idea 1: Self Storage – large scale Big hART project looking at identity and consumption.
Project Idea 2: Humpy – performance work about relationship to earth and release of frustration.
Project Idea 3: Moonwalk – audio tour giving layered narratives about place, investigating/encouraging long-term relationship to country.

Biography :
Beth Sometimes is a conceptually driven artist with a diverse practise. She has worked as a creative producer and artist with Big hART on the Ngapartji Ngapartji, Nyuntu Ngali, Blue Angel and Museum of the Long Weekend projects. She has been involved in projects involving installation, writing, sculpture, drawing, animation, photography, printmaking, sound, performance, music and theatre including at White Knight, Dark MOFO, the Adelaide Fringe & WOS Festival. In 2009 she published From Sometimes Love Beth – a compendium of postcards. In 2014 she is researching a new Big hART project Self Storage, making HUMPY for Free BBQ CASH GIVEAWAY (Alice Springs), directing and illustrating an animated web series THE OK SLUTS and working on the Regional Arts Australia summit.

NAME: Eleanor Malbon
Project Idea 1: The integration of games-based approaches into a theatre show that explores the potential futures of a climate changed or resource scarce Australia, followed by a structured discussion with the audience.

I am a performance artist and an early career academic. In my academic work I take a systems based approach to public health and environmental issues. In my performance work I predominantly write poetry and interactive theatre shows. Much of my artistic work centres around changed and changing socio-ecological systems. I recently co-wrote and performed ‘Eucapocalypts Now’ at the Crack Theatre Festival, which is a poetic description of a future resource scarce Australia followed by a structured discussion with the audience about how this future might feel. We sparked discussion by using ‘provocations’ of objects with questions attached that the audience handled and considered together. This show went better than expected and the audience conversation was insightful and cohesive. I’m interested in games based theatre to engage audiences in deeper and more dynamic conversations about our ecological predicament.

NAME: Jan Hendrik Brueggemeier & Ross Colliver
Project Idea 1: Workshop / brainstorm session on how to facilitate independent learning among environmental groups across Victoria.

Jan Hendrik Brueggemeier is a freelance artist and media producer. Starting out in the 1990s he has been involved in number of media networks and online community projects. He is generally interested in the intersection of communication, media technology and politics.
His website can be found at:

Ross Colliver is a freelance training and development consultant specialized in community engagement. As director of the The Training and Development Group he has over 40 years of experience working in this field. He is particularly interested in connecting different stakeholders in knowledge transfer through the facilitation of interesting conversations in wider-than-local processes.
His business website is:

NAME: Brigitte Kupfer
Project Idea 1: GetREAL

  • Relationships
  • Evolution
  • A nd
  • Love

Cultivating Meaning and Connection in a Rapidly Transforming World

Get REAL is for people

who know that our current ways of organising ourselves in all areas of our personal, community and professional lives are dysfunctional and require us to grow beyond our current models of education, health, economy and politics. It is no longer enough to ask what to DO to create better systems, but to ask who we need to BECOME.

Get REAL is for people who want to get real by showing up and stepping up, who love questions more than answers, who like to be challenged in the way they think, feel and act and who want to explore and realise their unique contribution in the co-creation of our WHOLE New Story.

Get REAL is as a space

for transformational learning and conversation – a New Story Hub. Social structures and organisations are shifting as quickly as the technological development advances. Our reality is increasingly created through person-screen interaction. Researchers speak of “the endangered human moment”.

Like many other people and groups all over the globe now, Get REAL is weaving new structures, new containers and new ways of organising ourselves while we practise the many ways to listen to the new stories which are emerging in and between us, turning away from the self-destructive path of civilisation towards more life-affirming and mutually beneficial relationships.

Get REAL offers

Training and mentoring for Change Agents and New Story Leaders
Hosting of conversations in organisations and communities
Personal and group coaching and mentoring

EnvironMENTAL Education to bridge the split between “inner” and “outer” environment and to put our interrelatedness and relational spaces were they deserve to be: at the centre of our attention.

Life-affirming theory and practice based on interpersonal neurobiology (Dan Siegel), caring economy (Riane Eisler), self-directed neuroplasticity (Rick Hanson and others) and hands-on experience in personal and social change projects.

My very short Bio is captured in what Albert Camus said: “My chief occupation, despite appearances, has always been love”
Other than that:

I grew up in a town in Northern Bavaria in Germany. As a teenager I got involved in political student groups and co-organised women’s learning circles. After leaving school I travelled and then turned a hobby into a profession, becoming a puppeteer with a professional theatre travelling Europe for several years. As a poet I was involved in cultural change projects and contributed to women’s projects while also studying psychology. I became a clinical and research psychologist with a focus on treating depression. After realising that I contributed to a sick system (split) and not to a health system (whole) I left my academic career in 1995 and continued working as a systemic therapist with the focus on relationship education and therapy in Australia.

Becoming a mother in 2001 has reignited my passion for political and environmental projects, teaching myself and others how to truly BE the change and not only DO the change. Advocating for spaces for conversations about questions that matter, and teaching a new understanding of our interconnectedness including our resulting responsibility for the relational spaces we create, starting from the inside out, is the main focus of my work now.

NAME: Tanja Beer
Project Idea 1: How can we place creativity at the heart of sustainable practice?
Project Idea 2: How can the arts work towards positive legacies rather than ‘less bad strategies’?
Project Idea 3: How can we involve audiences and communities in creative processes that support and encourage thriving futures?

Tanja Beer is a stage designer and PhD candidate investigating ecological design for performance at the University of Melbourne. Her PhD seeks to re-think traditional design practices, and re-interpret materials and processes to embrace the possibilities of ‘ecoscenography’ – a movement that integrates ecological principles into all stages of scenographic thinking and production. Tanja has more than 15 years professional experience, including creating designs for over 60 projects in Australia and oversees. She has received numerous grants and awards, and was recently ‘Activist-in-Residence’ at Julie’s Bicycle (London). Tanja has taught Design Research, Scenography and Climate Change at the University of Melbourne.  Her most recent work can be seen for the Peoples Weather Report as part of Going Nowhere with Arts House.  |

NAME: Jasmine Targett
Project Idea 1: Bind Spot: How can we visually and conceptually make Earth’s Atmosphere visible by communicating the environmental concerns of our life support system? (Visual Art)
Project Idea 2: Earth Shifts: When environmental disasters occur the question inevitably arises: was this caused by Climate Change? How can we knit together the threads of cause and effect to make sense of the impact of global changing climate. (Visual Art)
Project Idea 3: ExistentialWonderings: How has climate science changed the way nature is perceived and understood and as a result changed the way we view our own existence? (Visual Art)

Jasmine Targett is Melbourne based interdisciplinary artist whose practice aims to visually and conceptually investigate the ‘blind spots’ in perception surrounding nature and existence. Exploring the tension between awareness and visibility, her work is a ‘vision quest’, bringing into focus the unseen and overlooked. The central themes she interrogates include environment, atmosphere, science, philosophy, vision and perception.

A modern techno-romanticist, Jasmine reinterprets traditional craft materials and techniques working with new technologies to find innovative ways to respond to how climate science has changed the way nature is perceived and understood. Working with devices that magnify the natural world her work offers an expanded gaze into perception, making the void between existence and nature tangible.

There is a subversive undertone within her work that explores awe on a conceptual level. Her seemingly beautiful and intricately crafted works chart landmarks of anthropocentric disaster that cannot be found on any atlas or world map. These dark wonders of the natural world offer an insight into a ‘super ecology’ in which the natural and artificial have become inextricably linked within one natural system:  An ecosystem of universal proportions from which no part is immune from the changes of its counterparts.

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