Awkward Sex Scenes is a new performance work in its first stage of creative development that explores discomfort with representations of sex when in the presence of others, be it in visual art, theatre, TV, dance or film. The collaborating artists, whose practices cross performance-making and visual art, are interested in unpacking artistic and popular representations of sex with a focus not so much on the artworks themselves, but the role of a live viewing audience.
The artists are experimenting with these themes through collecting and fragmenting examples of sound, music, video, visual art, performance and photography; documenting, recreating and playing with responses to the materials; exploring the idea of being watched while watching; and investigating the politics and effects of proximity. Expect unfortunate stories, awkward special guests and naughty movies.
Ahmarnya Price is a visual artist and performance maker. She has exhibited throughout Australia, Europe and Asia. In 2012 she completed her postgraduate studies in Performance Creation at VCA and was granted the Grace Marion Wilson Trust Scholarship. In 2014 she received the VCA Professional Pathways Scholarship to extend her research locally and internationally. Ahmarnya’s current project in development, Rumpus, travelled to Battersea Arts Centre, UK, in November 2014 and will debut at Footscray Community Arts Centre as part of the Festival of Live Art in 2016 before returning to the UK for a season as part of the LIFT Festival.
Dan Koerner is a Creative Director of Sandpit, a company focused on the convergence of participatory culture, digital content and physical experiences in order to excite and engage audiences in new ways. Dan has a background in live performance, film and web development as a director and creative collaborator. From 2007-2011 he was a creative director of PLOT Media in Melbourne, directing music videos, TV commercials and several short films. He has been an artistic associate of Adelaide’s The Border Project since 2002 working as a designer, videographer, performer and director.
Ingrid Voorendt is a director, performance-maker, choreographer and dramaturge. She specialises in creating and directing collaboratively devised, interdisciplinary performance, and has collaborated on more than thirty new Australian works. Ingrid is a former Artistic Director of Restless Dance Theatre, was a founding member of Ladykillers, and has been a regular guest artist with Rawcus since 2004. She has a Master of Animateuring (Theatre, by Research) from the VCA. Most recently she co-directed Rawcus’ Catalogue for Dance Massive/Arts House.