DAVID FINNIGAN + JORDAN PROSSER
Creative Spaces LAB-14 Residency 2
1st April 2016 - 26th June 2016
David Finnigan, Jordan Prosser
David is a writer, theatre-maker and producer from Canberra, Australia.
With science-theatre ensemble Boho, David creates interactive performances based on the science of climate and global change, working with research scientists University College London, CSIRO and the Powerhouse Museum. Boho has presented work for the London Science Museum, Asia-Pacific Complex Systems Science Conference, the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Kings College London, TEDx Canberra, the Battersea Arts Centre and the ACT Street Theatre. Boho is online at bohointeractive.com
In 2012 David was awarded a Fellowship from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust to research the intersection of climate science and the performing arts in North America, Europe and Asia. His Churchill Fellowship report is online at uncertaincontestedandultimatelyshared.wordpress.com
Jordan Prosser is a Melbourne-based writer, director, and performer.
Since graduating from the VCA School of Film & Television in 2009, he was worked extensively in advertising, narrative filmmaking and experimental theatre. In 2013 he was a participant in the MIFF Accelerator Program, and in 2015 his latest short film, Tanglewood, received completion funding from Screen Australia.
After staging a science / comedy theatre trilogy at the You Are Here Festival (2011 - 2013), Jordan joined a group Australian playwrights to adapt Japanese novel Battle Royale into a site-specific performance for Filipino collective Sipat Lawin. The controversy surrounding the production led to the creation of award-winning documentary theatre piece Kids Killing Kids at the 2012 Melbourne Fringe Festival and the 2013 Next Wave Festival. jordanprosser.com
How will you use the space?
For the most part, the space will be used for the two of us to read, talk and write. We will be reading relevant science papers and texts exploring aspects of the future, discussing and devising our futures' scenarios. We'll set up two computers, a bunch of butcher's paper, print out images, and we'll cover the entire space with found images illustrating the four different scenarios we're envisioning. We'll also bring in scientists, academics and guest thinkers who can help us explore different ideas. We'll host a few preliminary script readings and discussions with theatre and film colleagues. In the final weeks of the residency, we'll begin inviting members of the public in for workshops, forums and panel discussions.
The public outcomes of our residency will be a combination of performative and interactive events, possibly including but not limited to: a panel discussion featuring a number of the scientists and other experts we have encountered during the course of research; a staged table reading of the webisode scripts we have written during the residency, accompanied by curated audio and visuals; an open workshop encouraging the public to envisage future scenarios, guided by our research; and a more straight-forward audience address discussing our working methods, what we have discovered during the residency, and our hopes for the future of the work. These outcomes will most likely be further refined and combined for our presentation at the Performing Climates Conference in July 2016.