Sunday, December 14, 2014


We have been working on a long format, multi channel video project in the Shoalhaven Region, west of Nowra, NSW with mental health and intellectual disability participants from the area.  We have developed the project over six stages in the last year, staying at Bundanon’s Boyd Education Centre, meeting people and producing movement based art films that will be expressive of their personal lives and issues they face.  These psychological portraits are predictions of what the future may hold for them.  Articulating this through film seems to help develop a sense of taking control of one’s destiny through recorded enactment.  Most participants are filmed on blue screen which helps to transpose subconscious dream elements into a visual narrative.  This is done sensitively and intuitively and has been a great way to research a community living in close proximity to Bundanon’s natural and rural environments.  (This work is now on at the Shaolhaven Arts Centre, Nowra April 2016)

Filmmaker: Samuel James
Choreographer: Philip Channells 
Bundanon Trust Producer: Regina Heilmann 


..translating the film version which we did in early 2013 to a live performance at Performance Space presented a series of new ideas.  Thinking of turning the original filmic structures to a spatial structure, the audience moves episodically through four zones, using the space like a thoroughfare of the Falling Woman’s body. After being congested in an antechamber, the audience moves jury-like into a traverse space and observe objectively the Falling Woman’s journey.  She is drawn from dysfunctional three-legged chair choreography by the spells of a matriachal witness (Regina Heilmann) and is seduced and educated on the trials of womanhood.  Multi-level, mobile staging allowed for status play, a large net of chairs fell from the ceiling and was dragged out of the space, the extraction of a malignant presence.

performers: Alice Osborne and Regina Heilmann
conceived by Alice Osborne and Halcyon Macleod
production design and projections: Samuel James
live music and composition: Phil Downing
(the film version from 2013)
Carriageworks, Sydney 25-29th November 2014

Friday, August 22, 2014


From development to the final show Hiding in Plain Sight has evolved from imagery evoking hidden parallel universes to graphics about complex, binary relations.
Between the initial opposing sides of two dancers in the screen we follow their trajectories in apparent synchronous time.  Two dancers start with the same objective but their pathways permutate so that after a short time the modes of the dancers appear very far apart.  At first they are almost mirroring each other but end up in totally different places. This projection deals with the intersection of those trajectories if considered straight lines, wobbly lines, plateaus and amorphous three dimensional atmospheres blending into each other.  They use bridges, windows and photographic memories to try to make contact with each other, relationships are a matrix..
(Using one 6k projector with 0.8x lens onto white floor)

Performance Space, Carriageworks, Sydney
August 21-30th 8pm
Choreographer: Narelle Benjamin
Dancers: Kristina Chan, Sara Black
Sound: Huey Benjamin

Monday, March 17, 2014


Definitely the widest projections I've done, these are 4K sequences split across three screens, animated in final cut and mixed in Resolume using the DXV codec. Half of the material is made with single dot/pixel/square animations with up to 180 layers. This show is a narrative story depicting a man living vicariously through a video game.  He uses four avatars in his search for love and his deceased parents.  The work focusses on the talents of three Lismore artists with intellectual disabilities, Zac, Lydian and Matt from experimental midi band Tralalablip (  The projections are drawing on imagery from the Northern Rivers NSW area, mixed with a touch of fantasy and the pixellized compositing of where domestic space meets imaginary space.  The forces of nature in the pixel animations act as guides for the lost characters in the form of wind creating cross fertilisation, a bird leading them to sanctuary and the particles of nature breaking up into punk dance. Also performed by Randolf Reimann, Claudie Frock and Phoebe Kate Rose from Lismore NSW and directed by Rosie Dennis, co-produced by Urban Theatre Projects and NORPA.

NORPA, Lismore 27-29th March
UTP, Bankstown Arts Centre 10-12th April
some projection samples