Jude is an artistic director based in regional Australia. She founded and directs a Live Arts company, Punctum Inc. and devises contemporary performance experiments that bring artists together to create participatory experiences for audiences. Her work focuses on audience engagement. A re-imagining of systems threads her practice. She is renowned for researching and testing conventions of live performance. She has received numerous national and international commissions, collaborating with major partners and festivals for thousands of audiences. She has established a nationally recognized residency program where hundreds of artists have developed new works regionally. She has produced, directed and taught contemporary performance in Chile, U.S.A, Italy, and France over many years. Jude is the 2018 Australia Council Arts Fellow (Experimental) and 2019 Geoffrey Milne Award recipient for her work in experimental performance practice.
More info: http://www.punctum.com.au
Nordin Hasan is Professor Emeritus, Institute for Environment and Development, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. He is a member of the World Conservation Union Commission on Ecosystem Management. He was President, Science Council of Asia, and Commissioner of the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development. He is a member of the International Advisory Board, International Center of Excellence on Integrated Research on Disaster Risks (IRDR-ICoE) Academia Sinica, Taipei, and is Chair, Regional Advisory Committee of Future Earth in Asia. In recognition for his work, Nordin was conferred Honorary Doctor of Science (DSc.) by Universiti Malaysia Terengganu in 2014.
More info: http://ukm-my.academia.edu/NordinHasan
Georgia is a theatre maker, game designer and installation artist based in Melbourne. She is interested in using playful, interactive forms to “play through” complexities. Georgia is an associate of the Agency of Coney in London, the co-founder of the “Small and Loud” scratch night at Arts Centre Melbourne, and works in the City of Melbourne’s Smart City Office as the program manager for public programming.
More info: http://www.georgiasymons.com/
“I care about cultural phenomena and I care about the lived experience” – MC
He is chronically busy with systems, especially cultural, and takes joy sorting arbitrary social-signalling constructs from the causal rituals that build, inform, define and perpetuate identity and community. Matt’s recent projects include “I Learnt My Cultural Dance from YouTube”, the “GIF of Dance” and “The BLOKES Project” as well as recently publishing “Danced Together” and hosting “The Big Bounce”.
He gets excited by the challenge of trying to understand meta-phenomena while avoiding bullshit. (This is the foundation of his approach to discussion on Wombat Radio). And he hopes to necessitate better stories to tell ourselves by asking better questions.
He believes in the power of non-spoken experience.
He hopes to invoke love and avoid tribalism.
Morwenna is a set and installation designer based in Melbourne. She is an alumnus of the Victorian College of the Arts, Bachelor of Production Design. She was worked across a variety of design contexts including theatre, events, live broadcast, exhibitions and architecture.
She recently collaborated with Punctum Inc for the design and construction of Public Cooling House. In 2019 she will deliver the design of Punctum’s Pavilion Project in collaboration with artists from the South Sudanese, Karen and Hazara communities in Central Victoria.
Morwenna was raised in the Huon Valley of Tasmania, on Palawa land. She has spent a good amount of time pondering many an ebb and flow on the banks of the Huon River.
More info: https://morwennaschenck.com
Jazmin B. Llana
Professor of drama, theatre, and performance studies at the Department of Literature, De La Salle University (DLSU) in Manila, Philippines. She completed Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Wales/Aberystwyth University in the United Kingdom, where she was a Ford Foundation International Fellow. She has an MA in Theater Arts degree from the University of the Philippines Diliman and has worked as an actor and director. She also writes poetry in Bicol and English and is closely associated with the recent flourishing of Bicol Literature. Jazmin has spoken in various international conferences and has gained recognition for her work from leading international bodies in her field (Helsinki Prize 2008 awarded by the International Federation for Theatre Research [IFTR] and the Dwight Conquergood Award 2010 of Performance Studies international). She has published both locally and internationally with recent articles in Theatre Research International and Performance Research. She was recently the Head of the National Committee on Dramatic Arts of the (Philippine) National Commission for Culture and the Arts (2014-2016) and continues to serve as Chair of the Research Technical Working Group of the NCCA. She is the convener of Performance Studies Philippines, a loose, independent network of Philippine-based academics, artists, and cultural workers in the field of performance. International engagements include being Vice President of Performance Studies international (PSi) (www.psi-web.org), where she is also co-convener of the After Dwight Conquergood working group, and serving as Associate Editor of Performance Research, Routledge Journal of the Performing Arts (www.performance-research.org). At DLSU, she is currently Dean of the College of Liberal Arts.