David Pledger is a contemporary artist working within and between the performing, visual and media arts in Australia, Asia and Europe. His live performances, installations, interactive artworks, documentaries and digital art have been presented in various locations including theatres, galleries, museums, a car-park, a stables, a cattleyard, a suburban house, a film studio and at the Australian Institute of Sport. His work is notable for building new artworks that combine movement, image, sound and word into an organic system and for engaging publics in productive and provocative ways. From his initial practice, live performance, he has developed a cross-disciplinary dramaturgy in which a central platform is engaging with artists across artforms and experts from social, scientific and academic fields.
He is the recipient of numerous project and career awards including the Sydney Myer Performing Arts Award and the Kenneth Myer Performing Arts Medal for his work as a director and actor in live performance. His work is distinguished by collaborations with individual artists – including media artist Jeffrey Shaw, visual artists William Kelly and Callum Morton, choreographer Shimizu Shinjin and theatre director, Kim Kwang Lim – and with international companies particlularly from Asia. His practice interests include the body, the digital realm and public space. In 1995, he co-founded not yet it’s difficult (NYID), one of Australia’s leading interdisciplinary arts companies.
David is currently engaged in various artistic adventures with social change agency, Igniting Change, and an ongoing involvement with the City of Gold Coast in the lead-up to the Commonwealth Games 2018 around the inaugural 2970° art event. He is currently engaged with a research scholarship in the Spatial Information Architecture Lab (SIAL), School of Architecture and Design, RMIT University.
Margie is a curator and artists in the field of dance and Media Arts. For 25 years she has lit and designed new dance performances, produced film, video and new media art works. As a freelance designer Margie works collaboratively, lighting and designing new dance performances, she has collaborated with many choreographers and directors including Ros Warby, Sandra Parker, Rebecca Hilton, Lucy Guerin, Russell Dumas, Russell Maliphant, John Jaspers, Ong Keng Sen, Gideon Obarzanek and Carol Brown,. Margie produces and directs cinema and experimental new media art. Her installations Miss World, Quartet Project and Mobility in an Artificial City, have been exhibited extensively internationally. She is often invited to teach and facilitate workshops and has mentored many young artists in Australia and internationally.
2007 to 2015 as Director of Critical Path, Australia’s leading centre for choreographic research and development, Sydney, Margie’s program was dedicated to instigation of innovative platforms for choreographers and interdisciplinary artists. In 2013 Medlin was nominated for an Arts Asia Award for her work with Attakkalari Center for Movement Arts, Bangalore and in 2014 she received an artistic leadership award from the Australia Council of the Arts to research Asian arts networks and the incubation of media arts practices.
She has a BACHELOR OF ARTS in Film-making and New Art Studies, Australia (1988), was a SPECIAL RESEARCH FELLOW lighting design at Yale School of Drama, U.S.A. (1989), she studied Scenography at Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design, London. (1991), ADVANCED COMPUTER APPLICATIONS FOR THEATRE DESIGN at Central School of Speech and Drama, London (1992) and has a MASTER OF ARTS Interior Design, Australia (1999). Margie was an artist in residence at the ZKM, Centre for Art and Visual Media, in Karlsruhe, Germany between 1999 and 2001. She received a Science and Art production award from the Wellcome Trust in London in 2005. Her media art work has been exhibited extensively including Germany, Japan, Finland, India, the USA, Cuba and Australia.
Nat is a Melbourne based artist whose work has its roots in dance. Nat uses the umbrella of Nat Cursio Co. to encapsulate her various strands of work including her choreographic and her curatorial practice created in varying contexts, scales and collaborative situations. Her work has been presented in Taipei, Seoul, Busan, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide, Tasmania, Perth and throughout Victoria. Nat has been; the recipient of an Asialink Residency; a guest lecturer in choreography at the Korean National University of Arts; a commissioned choreographer for Tasdance and Korea’s Dance Theatre Ccadoo; and a perfomer with David Pledger’s not yet it’s difficult and UK based performance-maker Simon Ellis. Nat was selected to represent Australia on the Little Asia Dance Exchange collaboration and tour (2004) which led to the cross-cultural Homeless Dance Company project (2007) for which Nat was instigator, co-director and producer. Nat is the creator of With a Bullet: The Album Project – a curatorial platform which challenges choreographers to make new works using the ‘first song they ever made up a dance to’ as impetus and soundtrack.
Nat’s most recent projects are: Blizzard – a dance/sound work for 3 dancers presented in the round to full houses at The Substation (where Nat is choreographer-in-residence), recently nominated for 3 Victorian Green Room Awards including the category of The Inaugural Shirley McKechnie Award for choreography; Private Dances – a large scale curated program of intimate mini dance works presented in tents and other tiny spaces, remounted in 2013 with Darebin Arts Speakeasy following her award-winning original version for the 2010 Next Wave Festival; Critnic, a book-club for dance, a semi-structured picnic style conversation initiative encouraging brave and deeper dialogue about dance work seen locally; and the development of a new screen dance work in collaboration with media artist Daniel Crooks and veteran movement practitioner Don Asker, commissioned by Carriageworks to be exhibited as part of a major exhibition 24 Frames Per Second 2015. In March 2014 Nat presented The Middle Room – a ‘ceremonial playdate’ in her own home for the inaugural Festival of Live Art. She is currently collaborating on new performance works by Roslyn Oades (for Malthouse Theatre), Nicola Gunn (a commission for Theatre Works) and Fiona Bryant (Dancehouse/Critical Path/Strut).