Dig is a collaboration between Drop Bear Theatre, The Seam, and musician Zoë Barry, with lighting design by Sophie Kurylowicz, and has been created especially for one and two year olds and their families.
DIG is a work in development. It is a performance installation that we are devising with families through participative showings and our responsive process.
We believe children are wonderful teachers - every child comes to a new space in precisely the right way for them. We joyfully welcome them as the experts here, as together we dig deeper into this precious relationship between parent and toddler.
This creative development culminated in a week of ticketed performances in July, 2016 and was generously supported by Arts Centre Melbourne.
Bodies At Rest
Bodies At Rest, for Open Spaces 2015, is the second iteration in a series of site-responsive works at The Abbotsford Convent.
Following on from the four-day inquiry of Classical Mechanics, we spent the day responding to the sublime space of Dorm 1 in the Rosina Building. We experimented with amplified sound, movement and projections. We traced lines through the light, captured their echoes and layered the imagery of our repeated motions across the walls.
Over and over we stretched the black rope, loosened the knots we made together and revealed what we found to those that came by.
All Photos by Beth Wilkinson, 2015.
Inspired by the history of women's labour in lace-making and laundry services at The Abbotsford Convent, Classical Mechanics explores physical drawing on a gigantic scale. Making sheets into rope and tools from found materials, this site-responsive work was created over four days for the Spiritous program, as an exploration of process, momentum and companionship within the walls of the Sacred Heart Courtyard.
Supported by the Abbotsford Convent Foundation. All Photos by Beth Wilkinson, 2015.
Traverse brings together two physical processes integral to the group’s practice; collage and experiencing. Documentation from an expedition to remote NSW, as well as the experience of making work in the studio, inform imagery suggestive of enduring figures, mirage-like landscapes and undeterminable activity.
St Heliers Street Gallery, Abbotsford Convent, Feb 2015
In November 2013, The SEAM participated in a week-long artist residency, at Artback, NSW. This time enabled us to reflect on recent projects, deepen our collaborative inquiry and begin explorations for new work. It was very windy at times, everything about the landscape was immense. We also decided we would like to move onto a houseboat and only ever work from the Darling River with the birds. Here is a taste of it.
Our most recent exhibition Traverse was developed out of this time away together.
Rain is a collaboration between Drop Bear Theatre, The Seam, and cellist Edwina Cordingley, with lighting design by Sophie Kurylowicz, and live performance by Zoë Barry. Rain has been created especially for babies and their carers.
Audiences are invited to experience the wonder and generosity of rain, and explore together water’s elemental connection between parent and child. Carers and their littlest ones are immersed in an intimate, mindful installation space full of surprise, delight and opportunities for connection through sound, touch and performance.
The short film of Rain was created by the wonderful Clare Gorman.
RAIN - for babies and their carers
House Of Bricks, Melbourne, 2012
A net, woven together at night, hours stolen to trace lines with scraps and build together a cascading shape that is soft and may catch you. Casts shadows. Contains. Releases. The space between what is seen and grasped and what cannot be. From the ceiling to the floor. All the wool is tangled now.
Straight Lines Are So Good
Egg Gallery, Melbourne, 2012
Each day unfolds from seemingly insignificant moments. Straight Lines Are So Good explores our relational art-making, the colours, forms and textures that emerge from being with these ordinary experiences. From one shared noticing, this site specific work saturates the viewer in the felt-sense of things known yet sometimes unfamiliar.
The Seam worked with Atalanti Films to create sets for the short film Sir Dance-A-Lot. Written and Directed by Lana Schwarcz, Sir Dance-A-Lot is the story of a knight in King Arthur’s times who tires of Saving Damsels in Distress, preferring to practice his two-step, in a dress. This is the story of “how our knight saved the day, using not his sword, but Classical Ballet”.
Shot in May 2013, The Seam enjoyed the playful process of creating tactile collage sets amidst a collection of fabrics, cardboard, dye and watercolours.
The Seam worked in collaboration with human ecologist Asha Bee Abraham to inquire into women’s experiences of power, gender and vulnerability. We assisted in developing the early concept of the projectIn Passing to find ways to access and clarify the intersecting layers of these issues.
This project is interested in opening creative conversations between women to deepen our shared understanding and support around the grey spaces of women’s experience in our community.
The City 9 Week
The Seam assisted School Project Worker, Sarah Lockwood to create a participatory experience for year 9 students who were visiting from Billanook College, Mooroolbark
We worked with Sarah to create a series of self-led experiential installations, where students could reflect on their experience of leaving their hometown to explore the unknowns and surprises of a week in the city.
The Seam worked with The Dax Centre to assist with the development of a research paper for their symposium and exhibitionThe Emotional World of Children, in September 2013. We facilitated drawing sessions and collected children’s drawings for inclusion in the associated catalogue essay, and future research at The Dax Centre.
Image source www.daxcentre.org
Rooftop Art Space, Melbourne, 2012
ToGetHer is an exploration of lost worlds. It is a searching, a following of both fragile and resilient threads, a traversing through woven patterns of the hidden and the exposed.
The installation recalls traditional ways of working and feminine ways of knowing. It embraces experiential processes of re-creation and renewal, developing new forms, textures, and relationships with natural, synthetic and found materials.
The work of a unique collaborative art practice, Together re-forms worlds of glass, cotton, polyester and wire in a melding of shared stories, experiences and a steady searching of the natural world.