2.5 Artist Talks

Track 5
Monday, June 24, 2024
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Plaza P9


Mr Greg Manning

AT: The Road Knows Everywhen (And Deev knows everyone)

1:30 PM - 1:45 PM


‘The Road Knows’ is a live theatre performance-in-development, which appropriates the urban technological infrastructure of bus travel as a place for ‘sitting on Country’. The bus is a moving, ‘glass case’ theatre and the City is co-writer, character, and artistic collaborator. The voice of the City is articulated through their vocabulary of place names, which are arranged into specific sequences by the bus route. This project uses these phrases to activate portals, to exit the Anglosphere. These portals can reframe time and space, enabling stories and characters from many times and places to enter the journey through the City. The Everywhen can provide more stable, safe and secure possibilities for the voice of the Land to enter into the placemaking, which is otherwise, drowned out by colonial narratives. Sequences of placenames, organised by travel and land use, anywhere in Australia provide accessible portals into the Everywhen.

Final Paper


Greg Manning is interested in the presence, the action and ‘activation’ of place names in spoken language. Greg has been developing his personal practice of presenting his experiments of co-writing with the city since he worked as a tour guide in 2014. In 2019, Greg collaborated with Baran Theatre as co-writer on the play 'Tower of Babel', which was received a Matilda Award nomination for Best Video Design. Prior to becoming a bus driver in 2009, Greg was involved in multilingual and international public health and human rights work for over two decades. He lived in India for more than half of that time. Greg's art, which emerged from that work, was exhibited in the Pompidou Centre and the Film Festival of the International Harm Reduction Conference. He has worked as a bus driver in Brisbane for 14 years, in his practice of activating place names in day-to-day language.
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Mr Andrew Styan
University of Newcastle

AT: You Are Here: A System Thinking Approach for Navigating an Uncertain Future

1:45 PM - 2:00 PM


An understanding of the complex-system nature of the world—system thinking—can enable us to discuss, accept, mitigate and perhaps influence the emergent and uncertain behaviour of the earth’s social, biological and physical systems. The extremes of these behaviours emerge as contemporary ecological and social challenges. Taking system theorist Donella Meadows’ guidance to “listen to what the system tells us” as a starting point a digital media artwork You Are Here is developed. As an interactive 3D geospatial data visu-alisation platform, the viewer is immersed in curated content sourced collaboratively from any scientific, cultural or arts geospatial-based research and potentially from alternative knowledge systems. Suggesting the complex and dynamic relationship between the earth’s systems the work encourages the viewer to 'listen'—to become attentive and responsive—to how these systems interact and form system-based cognitive associations for navigating the inherently uncertain systems basis of the world. The first connection of the viewer with this content is made through visualisations based on lived experience and in the initial work this is the scientifically modelled journey through the atmosphere of individual breaths.

Final Paper


Andrew Styan is a new media artist developing strategies for shifting public engagement with contemporary ecological and social challenges. Using electronics, computer coding, data visualisation, interactivity and devices to create installations, videos and kinetic objects, his practice makes visible underlying systems and processes. These conceptual and material concerns reflect a former career as a metallurgist in the steel industry, and lifelong interests in nature, photography and science. He received the national Dr Harold Schenberg fellowship for graduating artists in 2015, and a nomination in the European S=T+ARTS prize in 2018. His theoretical and practical research focuses on the systemic origins that are common to all crises of ecology, equality and democracy.

Session chair

Paul Brown
Computer Arts Society