Field Theory is a collective of Australian artists committed to making and supporting projects that cross disciplines, shift contexts and seek new strategies for engaging with the public sphere. Our work is a combination of making, performing, curating and producing that responds to the unique conditions of specific times and places.
We are passionate about collaborative processes and art that is embedded. We’re excited by methods of communication, time, change and unpredictable content.We believe in making things happen.
Our recent projects include a 3 day non-stop broadcast from an abandoned stadium in Christchurch NZ, a 6 day non-stop broadcast at Queen Victoria Market, a one day eulogy for a Brunswick cafe, a survivalist bunker at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art and a podcast series about kids becoming art critics.
Since 2010 we’ve supported projects as diverse as the colour audit of a shopping centre and a soap opera about space. Through our award winning program of site-responsive performance, Site Is Set, we’ve enabled artists to present work in many unusual sites, from speedways to abandoned museums.
Field Theory is based in Narrm / Melbourne and acknowledges the traditional owners of the lands in which we create our work. Sovereignty was never ceded in Narrm.
Field Theory are: Jason Maling, Martyn Coutts, Lara Thoms, Jackson Castiglione with producer Anna Schoo, Sydney artist Sarah Rodigari and Strategist Rebecca Burden.
Jason Maling is an artist, teacher and facilitator with over 20 years experience developing live public art works. He constructs compositions of social agency that sit on the edge of comedy and critique. His work explores individual and collective expressions of play through processes of public invitation, exchange and negotiation. Projects happen where they need to, use what they must and generally ask, where am I, you and we in all this? Jason’s recent projects include Vanitas, a transmedia thriller for smartphones presented at the 2016 Festival of Live Art. We Did Die Laughing; a live service agency developed with Back-to-Back Theatre and The Physician, an ongoing cultural anxiety treatment program for major art Institutions, MCA Sydney, City Gallery, Wellington. www.jasonmaling.com
Lara Thoms is an artist working across socially engaged practice and performance. She recently received a Creative Australia Fellowship from the Australia Council for the Arts to explore site-specific and participatory possibilities in contemporary art. Lara was commissioned to create a large scale public work Ultimate Vision: Monuments to Us with teenagers in a Westfield shopping centre as part of the Museum of Contemporary Art’s C3WEST program and Before The Siren with women’s groups for Perth International Arts Festival. Other works include Exposition for the Melbourne Art Fair with Jason Maling, A Singular Phenomenon with Aphids at the Malthouse, and The Experts Project, (2011- 2013) where she spoke with 150 ‘unofficial experts’ as part of Local Positioning Systems at the Museum of Contemporary Art. As an artistic associate with Aphids, her inter-disciplinary, collaborative projects have been presented at PICA, Brisbane Powerhouse, Dromana Drive In, Artshouse and Performance Space. Lara recently collaborated with multiple Indonesian Artists after a residency in Jogjakarta curated by Gertrude Contemporary and worked for Mona’s Dark Mofo.
Martyn Coutts is an interdisciplinary artist. The work he creates expands across theatre making, dance dramaturgy, video design and festival curation. His interest is in the live body in action, its relationship to technology and to its observer. His work I Think I Can (with Sam Routledge) has been presented twenty times around Australia, the US, Canada, Netherlands, UK and Taiwan. It will tour to China in 2017. Other works include the GreenRoom nominated Operation, the Ars Electronica Pris shortlisted project Wayfarer and Computer Boy (shown at Performance Space, Sydney.) He was Director of the Melbourne Fringe keynote project for 2010, Visible City, Co-Director of the SAC35 festival in Hobart in 2012 and Co-Director of The Wheeler Centre Project 20 Questions presented at Brisbane Writers Festival and was the Wheeler Centre Gala in Melbourne in 2014. He was the recipient of Green Room award for the video design on The Harry Harlow Project in 2009. Martyn is part of the Artistic Directorate for The Unconformity in Tasmania and was the Deputy Chair of the Next Wave Festival Board of Directors. www.martyncoutts.co
Jackson Castiglione is artist, teacher and director. He is currently working with Field Theory to develop Final Visions: Bunker part of the Greater Together Exhibition at ACCA and is developing a performance exploring the historical and modern-day links between children and fascism (funded by Creative Victoria). In 2016 he co-directed the Field Theory podcast series Kids Vs Art commissioned by Arts House and the Melbourne Fringe Festival. Jackson has also collaborated with 4 performers aged between 10 and 12 to create the performance Rainbow Leprechaun (nominated for a Green Room Award), part of Site Is Set for 2015. Jackson has been developing a documentary series with SBS2 exploring the world of modern day renaissance men. He has also Co-Directed and performed in PrisonPals a black comedy web series developed with the assistance of the ABC TV, Film Victoria and Courthouse Arts. PrisonPals was nominated for two Streamy Awards alongside internet heavyweights, Smosh, Ben Stiller’s Burning Love and Google’s My Music. He has collaborated with One Step at a Time Like This and toured to Chicago, London, and Seoul helping to develop and perform the show, En Route. Jackson was also a key partner of pvi collective from 2001 to 2010 creating and performing controversial performances such as terrorist training school, reform and resist.
Anna Schoo is a Melbourne-based producer and production manager who has worked on various projects around Australia, and internationally. She was recently the Program Manager for White Night Melbourne 2013-2014 and Production Manager for the Melbourne Festival and Melbourne International Comedy Festival. She has worked with Megafun, Dark MOFO, Polyglot Theatre, and on various touring productions. Her relationship with Field Theory and its members began while working on Visible City for Melbourne Fringe, and subsequent collaborations include Fuguestate, The Computer Boy, The Stations Project and as the Producer for Site is Set.
Sarah Rodigari addresses economies of exchange pertaining to socio-political engagement, shared authorship and new institutional critique. The form of her work is responsive and context specific. Her working method is interdisciplinary and recent projects take the form of performance, installations text, video, curating and collaborating. Rodigari has presented work nationally and internationally including: Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney, Performance Space Sydney, Melbourne International Arts Festival (Australia), South Project (Yogyakarta), PACT Zollverein (Germany), Centre for Contemporary Art Glasgow, The National Review of Live Art (UK), Anti-Contemporary Arts Festival (Finland) and the ISCP (NYC). Sarah has a BA (Hons) in Sociology (UNSW) Masters in Fine Art (RMIT) and is a PhD candidate in Creative Arts at the University of Wollongong.
For a more extensive Field Theory CV please go here.
Field Theory Alumni: Willoh S Weiland, Jess Olivieri, Maddie Hodge.