Jul 142017

Virtual Reality has showed me what people haven’t seen yet but I would recommend it to others who haven’t but they might be scared at first because they haven’t seen the world we are currently living in that is called Google Earth and the first time I went in I was very curious about the whole thing because I had heard of it I just didn’t quite know what was actually through those goggles to me it was like a magnified version of the world we live in today and in 3d and my mind went crazy and was like what is happening?

Then I had a couple of sessions doing that and I wasn’t so mind blown and just had fun with it drawing and the google brush filter and did some of my dance moves in there that was a fun element to use and we were originally located in Fremantle somewhere close by but then Simone told me that they had brighter future for the place to be somewhere else in Fremantle which had a wider space to use and from there to here it’s the same but bigger space to use which I have used to my advantage

Moving from Virtual Reality and actually solely focusing on my dance peice which is my passion beyond passion. I got to play with the space that was a hell lot of fun and I haven’t got to use the floor work in my routine yet but I am excited to do that because the building needs more revamping so I can pretend that’s happening until I get to do that

The best part about my dance now that my dance is growing I added some of my favourite dance moves and some help to follow on the dance with the music makes me happy that we can finish the dance in time so we can have one whole dance makes me want to say BUT I AM OK

Jun 212017

Today I felt happy as normal because as I am a natural born performer who loves being on the stage I had my first dadaa showing and mum came straight from Melbourne just to see me because dad couldn’t make it and Michelle came to watch me in action in at the class which was fun and joined in with the stretching and warming up

I felt like its been a while performing solo in the studio like it was the first time because Tracksuit it is with other people while performing in the studio this one is for me BUT I’ AM OK


Jun 082017

just as normal at 3:00 i came into the studio and i had fun on the talking iPad went through the dance a lot and i mean a lot i have been yawning a lot because of how much work we have done when i say we i mean me then at the end of the amounts of times we did the dance we did it again while doing breathing exercises to get me in the zone first then maintaining it in the dance as well I am yawning jus thinking about it  we then (I) wrote on a drawing tool on the iPad and i wrote “When I dance I Feel Like Myself” and drew a squiggle then used that in the dance and used my voice audio with the music in the middle and ending with my voice saying “I am Ok”


Jun 012017

Today at 3:00 i came into the studio and from what we did last week was totally different what we did today was that i warmed up with running through the dance and then we went through the dance a few times and then we did some isolation exercises and breathing exercises with the dance breathing in-between moves to make the dance looking more alive than normal breathing in the dance and then Lincoln emailed Simone the audio and we went through the dance with that a couple of times and so did with the track of music and while i was dancing it was like a alive dance photoshoot

Lauren Marchbank, May 31, 2017

May 242017

Today as normal Wednesday at 3:00 I came into the studio Laura and me caught up on the week that passed and Mother’s Day then we started to warm up our bodies to get the blood flowing in our bodies get the ligaments moving as us dancers should

Then we got into the dance material and went through it a good amount of times and worked on some of the timing between the moves in the dance and making the moves connect because there were moments in the dance where i paused and we don’t want that as the session ended at 5:00 i went home Laura drove me to the train and i walked from the train to my unit and then started on my blog that night 

Lauren Marchbank, May 17, 2017

May 212017

The MIXED REALITY Project commenced in February this year with the employment of Julia Hales, planning across the team and then the first large group workshop on March 1.

Currently in week 8 of phase one of the project (16 weeks in total), thirteen of the sixteen artists are collaborating to develop individual works. Their 1:1 collaborations run between 1.5 and 2hrs and include artistic skills development and creative development of at least one new work.

All 16 artists have demonstrated an active interest in developing digital art works and have been invited to participate in the project on this basis.

For this first phase of the work, collaborators are: Laura Boynes, Lincoln MacKinnon, Zoe Martyn and Simone Flavelle. Sam Fox and Tristen Parr look forward to working with several of the artists in Phase two of the project.

Artists’ work to date explores character, movement, script, film and poetry focusing on individual daily realities such as lonliness, daily patterns around the home, obsessions, moments of joy, love and friendship. Known technologies such as photography, projection and film making are being used to play with landscapes and states.

The desire to experiment with new technologies grew out of DADAA’s stARTSPEAK project and in 2014 resulted in the Australia Council funded broadcast research and development project, ROOM and in 2015/2016, the Digital Dialogues (2015/2016) project offering film and digital tools to disabled artists to test and extend their works.

Artists’ customised mobility equipment and communication tools such as powered wheelchairs and lightwriters have been welcome additions to artists’ technology toolkits and we look forward to guiding artists to utilise for fun and experimentation in their work as well as functionality.

Danny Tuckey reclines in his powered wheelchair during creative development with Laura Boynes

Once individual realities and seedling works are established the artists begin their experimentation with other realities on offer using technology and digital tools.

A four week mixed reality installation will be set up in DADAA’s Freight Gallery in June/July when we’ll be trained how to use the technology and then artists will lead children and young peoples’ workshops in the July school holidays.

The MIXED REALITY artists will extend their practice and co-design DADAA’s new digital studio when the organisation moves to it’s new premises at 92 Adelaide St Fremantle on July 12.


Simone Flavelle, Digital Producer, May 19, 2017