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Provocateurs 2011

Splendid provocateurs are the facilitators of the Arts Lab. They stimulate, challenge and guide participating artists through their process of discovery and provide feedback on ideas and project proposals.


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David Clarkson

David Clarkson

In 1988 David co founded Stalker Theatre in Sydney Australia. Since that time Stalker has gone on to become one of Australia's top internationally touring outdoor theatre companies, with hundreds of performances throughout Asia, Europe, South America and Australasia. David has over twenty-five years experience as a physical performer , devisor and producer He has conceived and directed several of Stalkers shows and his work has varied between solo performances, professional ensemble work, large-scale community outreach projects and Olympic Opening Ceremonies. He has directed and taught extensively in the USA since 2000 and was Physical Theatre Artist in Residence at the Carnival Centre (Miami) from 2005 to 2007. In 2007 he was awarded the Rex Camphorn Scholarship, New South Wales's top theatre award for an outstanding lifelong commitment to innovative theatre. His most recent work MirrorMirror is an aerial aerial dance work suspended over water and his current work in development Encoded combines 2.5 meter stilts with aerials and augmented reality.


Fernando Llanos

Fernando Llanos

Considered one of the most distinguished Mexican artists in the use of video, his work moves between the creation of video, email art, video action and drawing. He has presented his work in more than twenty countries, including the Guggenheim Museum (New York), Montreal's New Film and New Media Festival, World Wide Video Festival (Amsterdam), Transmediale (Berlin), Interference (France), Videochro-niques (Marseille), Kunst-Werke de Berlin & Bienal do Mercosul (Brazil).

He has realised more than 15 curatorial projects on video, presented at the Museum Tamayo, the International Festival of Contemporary Cinema Mexico City & the Caixa Forum Barcelona. Llanos has published four books: Cursiagridulce (Trilce, 2006), Manchuria (Diamantina, 2007), Videoman (Ediciones Necias, 2008) and Preguntas (Ediciones Necias, 2009).

He is member of the National System of Creators in Mexico.


Jodi Newcombe

Jodi Newcombe

Jodi Newcombe is a curator and creative producer specialising in artistic responses to environmental challenges. Jodi is director of Carbon Arts, an organisation working to facilitate an increased role for artists in generating awareness and action on climate change. She is currently managing the City of Melbourne's first public art work responding to a sustainability theme and is collaborating on projects with the Melbourne Museum and the Australian Network of Art and Technology exploring science, art, technology and public engagement.

Jodi is also an environmental economist with The Climate Group and is responsible for developing and implementing strategies to engage government leaders. Prior to this she worked as consultant with the environmental economics consultancy eftec, providing targeted research and analysis to the UK Government, the UK Water Industry, the European Commission and the European Environment Agency. She has also served as research fellow for the Institute of European Environmental Policy in London and the University College London's Centre for Economic and Social Research on the Global Environment. She holds a Masters degree in Environment and Natural Resource Economics from University College London and a Bachelors of Chemical Engineering from Sydney University.

Jodi is committed to multi-discliplinary and creative approaches to progressing a low-carbon future.

Craig Walsh

Craig Walsh was born in Orange, NSW, in 1966 and has been based in Brisbane, Queensland for the past 20 years. He is primarily interested in hybrid and site-specific projects, and often utilises projection in response to existing environments, exploring alternative contexts for contemporary art. He works across a range of art forms including theatre, architecture, public works, gallery exhibitions and festivals. Whilst projection is a dominant media, he also works with photography, sculpture and new media.

His work has been selected for major survey exhibitions, festivals, commissions and residencies both nationally and internationally. Recent projects and exhibitions include Artefact H10505, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney (2009); Heads Up, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2008); 01SJ Biennial, San Jose, California, (2008); DRIFT 08, London (2008); My favourite Australian, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra (2008); Nuit Blanche, Toronto (2007); Wavefront: Australian Contemporary Art Scene, Tokyo Wondersite, Japan (2007); RE:SEARCH, Sendai Mediateque, Japan (2006); Eyes, Lies & Illusions, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne (2006); Media City Seoul, 4th Seoul International Media Art Biennale, Korea (2006) and Yokohama International Triennale of Contemporary Art, Japan (2005).

Craig and Annemarie Kohn will be presenting Digital Odyssey as part of the Splendid Arts Lab 2011. The project will allow artists to generate new digital artworks and projections that reflect the local communities and landscapes of the region. 


Paul Gazzola

Paul Gazzola

Paul Gazzola operates an interdisciplinary practice of over 20 years at the interface of art, architecture, performance and theory in the creation of performances, videos, choreographies, set designs, texts, sculptural and multi-media installations for stages, galleries and site-specific settings as well as in various dramaturgical and curatorial roles. Since 1988 an extensive body of work has seen presentations and commissions for festivals in Australia, South Africa, South America, Japan, Canada and throughout Europe. Originally trained as a carpenter, he has a B.A. in Performance, is a qualified a Feldenkrais practitioner and in 2004 commenced studies in architecture. The culmination of these varied inquiries, each exploring the connection/intervention between the body and the built form, provide a unique platform of knowledge in his working life.

He also maintains a strong focus on collaborative exchange through his design and performance practice having worked with such artists as Rosie Dennis, Jeff Stein, Xavier Le Roy, Meg Stuart, Tino Sehgal, Joao Fiadeiro, The Fondue Set, Alain Platel/Hans Van den Broeck (Les Ballets C de la B) and is a founding and ongoing member of Lone Twin Theatre (UK).

Current projects for 2011/12 include: The video project - Negotiate Bankstown, Free Radical for Generating the Impossible - Montreal, one of 12 selected international artists for the Prague Quadrennial Open Scenographic Lab, Return to Sender - concept and curation with Jeff Kahn - PSpace, Sydney and the major project Teaching a New Dog, Old Tricks in collaboration with Paul Granjon, commissioned by the Campbelltown Arts Centre.

He was the coordinating provocateur for the 2010 Splendid Arts Lab and continues in this role for 2011.

Técha Noble

Técha Noble has worked in contemporary art and design for the past 10 years. She utilises media and pop culture as a counterpoint in her art collective The Kingpins and works within pop cultural language as a designer. She traverses this complex terrain with a focus on costume and the body. This process and associated output create believable fictions that transmit across album covers, parades, workshops, installations, video work and live performances. She explores transgressive imagery that directly relate to gender and the female subject both within a gallery context and in the media sphere. Engaging audience in a collective experience, creating functional objects and site specific approaches to artmaking are a core element of her work.

The Kingpins were commissioned for the Liverpool Biennale (2006) Gwangju Biennale (2004) and Taipei Biennale (2004). They have exhibited and commissioned performances pieces at Musée D'Art Moderne Paris (2008) Kunsthaus Zurich (2007) and the Palais De Tokyo (2006) They have also had commissioned performances/ installation works by curators Jerome Sans and Nicolas Bourriaud for Nuit Blanche in (2006) Paris and by Jeffery Deitch for Deitch Projects Live at Art Basel Miami in (2008) alongside rock band The Gossip. There work has been widely exhibited across Australia at The Australian Centre for Moving Image, Artspace Sydney, Museum of Contemporary Art and Art Gallery of NSW.

Lynda Roberts

Lynda Roberts is a design and arts practitioner interested in the strategic development and creative production of cultural events and community spaces - with an emphasis on socially driven collaborative processes and temporal outcomes within the public realm.

Drawing on a background of architecture, public art and education, Lynda's current practice ranges in scale from urban curation to the wearable object. Her work strives to empower and engage a range of stakeholders by developing frameworks or armatures that act as platforms for prompting conversation and establishing an empathetic awareness of one's environment.

Over the past ten years, Lynda has gained experience across a variety of projects - from facilitator of a public art and design incubator within Melbourne Central Shopping Centre to teacher at RMIT School of Architecture and Design; Arts + décor manager for the Great Escape / Cockatoo Island Festivals to the design of FBi radio and Metro Screen facilities in Sydney.

Lynda is currently principal of Public Assembly and Senior Arts Coordinator at RMIT Link Arts & Culture. She was also a provocateur for Splendid in 2010.


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