Theatre director wins inaugural $30,000 Art and Technology Fellowship

Founder and Artistic Director of Stalker Theatre, Mr David Clarkson has won the inaugural 2015 NSW Art and Technology Fellowship.

Stalker Theatre in Sydney is one of Australia’s pre-eminent physical theatre companies, with the panel recognising Mr Clarkson’s commitment to the value of using technology in choreography, dance and theatre,

“I congratulate Mr Clarkson, whose work has found local and international audiences and create unique experiences for theatre goers,” said Deputy Premier and Arts Minister Troy Grant.

The new $30,000 NSW Government fellowship will allow Mr Clarkson to further research interactive and projection technologies to create immersive digital theatre environments.

The new theatre environments could involve the use of 2 or 3-D projections on the walls and floors of the theatre, the performers and set, to create virtual costumes, montage and interaction with performers and audiences.

Mr Clarkson’s fellowship will extend his partnership with the University of Technology, Sydney through a residency at the Creativity and Cognition Studios, an internationally recognised multidisciplinary studio for digital media and the arts.

Mr Grant also congratulated Ms Cinnamon Lee, Mr Hayden Fowler and Mr Brad Miller on being highly commended by the Fellowship Assessment Panel.

The NSW Art and Technology Fellowship is a self-directed program of professional development offered to an artist, at any stage in their career, in any art form to introduce or expand the use of new technologies.

The recipient will have the opportunity to develop a partnership with the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences.

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Published: 23 July 2015