OpenLAB this Sunday Sept 14. Library at the Dock

2pm SUNDAY Sept 14th – Docklands Library Performance Space. This month we will be looking at performance and digital expression through real world engagement with Roger Alsop & Dan Koerner.

WE ARE BACK at the newly minted DOCKLANDS LIBRARY. For those not initiated, it's a wonderful new library space with an emphasis on creative applications of technologies - a re-imagination of what libraries should or could be in the future. It still offers all the traditional functions of a library, but it also has an in-house Maker space, computer workshop, sound facilities, interactive kids zone and more.

Library at The Dock (as it is officially called) is located at 107 Victoria Harbour Promenade. There is plenty of on-street parking available as well as public transport. Library at The Dock is a short walk from Southern Cross Station and can also be reached by catching the 48 & 112 Trams. Make your way upstairs to the lecture theatre once you get there.

Diversity and engagement underpin Roger Alsop’s practice. He is currently working with community groups, developing and communicating a sense of place; in developing the media/movement performance Infundibular with students, and his own practice, which explores the relationships between artist, audience, and environment. This includes, sound art/music composition, interactive art, and video art. He teaches undergraduate, postgraduate and research students at the VCA and Box Hill Institute, and has also mentored performance students at Victoria University, and through the Spark program. He has written on topics including sound and interactive arts, artistic approaches to environmental sustainability, art and medical imaging, cross media art, and gesture interactions. Arts Victoria, VicHealth and the Royal Botanic Gardens have funded his creative work, which is presented internationally.

Dan Koerner is a Creative Director of Sandpit, a company focused on the convergence of participatory culture, digital content and physical experiences in order to excite and engage audiences in new ways.

Dan has a background in live performance, film and web development as a director and creative collaborator. From 2007-2011 he worked at creative director of PLOT Media in Melbourne, directing music videos, TV commercials and several short films including Yasue (2010) and if i dance will it keep me warm (2011) which made official selection for the 2011 Melbourne International Film Festival and its Accelerator Program for that year. He has been an artistic associate of Adelaide’s The Border Project since 2002 working as a designer (Please Go Hop!, 2005), videographer (Trouble On Planet Earth, 2008), performer (Highway Rock n Roll Disaster, 2006) and director (Disappearance, 2008 & I Am Not An Animal 2012). In 2007 he directed and created Kissy Kissy which came to that year’s Adelaide Fringe Festival where Dan was a co-creator of the Black Lung venue on Hindley Street. In 2011 he directed Take Me There for Restless Dance Theatre in that year’s Come Out Festival.

At Sandpit Dan has designed multiplatform extensions for feature films 52 Tuesdays, The Boy Castaways, a campaign for Hopscotch’s release of feature film Now You See Me, and has directed an interactive audio tour experience I, Animal for Melbourne Zoo. Sandpit recently created an interactive phone booth project Dial-A-Story with Penguin Books, and Windmill Theatre on their forthcoming performance, and feature film, Girl Asleep.


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