Co-curation with Margie Medlin & Benedict Anderson
November 15 – 17, Critical Path, NSW

The focus behind SEAM2013 Symposium was to give a platform for independent artists to formulate their autonomy and direction. Opening up discussions around the cultural production of interdisciplinary performing art practice framed through the Symposium’s themes of Authorship, Audience and Curation.

Over two intensive days the combination of 50 lectures, performances, events academic papers and media art works by individuals and groups from across Australia and 12 other countries addressed what the impacts of the cultural frameworks we involve ourselves in and create. A series of round- table discussions expanded on notions of collaboration, ownership, participation and spectatorship and to how inter- disciplinary practices can produce new perceptions and out- comes.

SEAM2013 builds on work produced by a national and international community of participants over the last three Symposiums in 2009/10 and 2011. Generating an ongoing platform of dialogue for art makers and theoreticians that bridge both practice and academia on the architectures and pillars of authorship, engagement and production. We see the re-occurrence of SEAM as a constructive way to open up discussions within the Australian performing arts community of artists, curators, producers and presenters to reflect on various issues, questions and themes surrounding contemporary performance making in our time.

SEAM2013 was a project by Critical Path in partnership with The Centre for Contemporary Design Practices and the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building, University of Technology Sydney.

SEAM13 Program