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Diverse artists tackle the idea of a future body. How will the artist engage with this body by looking at the interest of the now and its evolution – will the live arts be dead, will dance survive or will it reinvent itself, will the flesh still be at the heart of the world as Merleau-Ponty suggest.

Chaired by Critical Path Associate Artist Sam Chester and a panel of arts practitioners, THE FUTURE BODY Forum invites people from variety of disciplines who explore the nature of the existing and potential forms of the body to ask the question: what will the body be in a hundred years from now? How do we see the changing landscape of its purpose, its expression, its usefulness?

THE FUTURE BODY Forum is part of the Body of Ideas, a two-day provocation lab curated by Sam Chester where 4 artists – Lee Wilson, Tim Darbyshire, Frances Barbe and Angela Goh, will lead participants to explore the relationship to the body and how it is being reflected back in society, in art and in dance. The two days will be guided by four provocations that have unpinned Sam’s research from 2015;

  • The Body as an Idea
  • The Body as an act of Impossibility
  • The Body as a system that fails
  • The Body as a Dilemma

Associate Professor Mujed Al Muderi MB ChB FRACS, FAOrth
Orthopaedic surgeon and world leading surgeon in the field of osseointegration surgery
Dr Lian Loke
Senior Lecturer  |  Design Lab  |  Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, University of Sydney
Linda Luke
Bodyweather artist and choreographer
Associate Professor Ian Maxwell
Department of Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Sydney
Delia McCarthy
Chinese Medicine Acupuncturist and Herbalist
Stephanie Wilson
PHD in Music Psychology and Educational Learning & Teaching at University of Sydney

Reserve your place by Thursday 8 December to [email protected]


Samantha Chester: is a mix of many things, educator, facilitator producer and movement theatre maker, she was the co – founder and director of of Queen Street Studio (now Brand X) for seven years and a half years and is currently the director of independent dance space ReadyMade Works alongside Linda Luke. She has made work in many contexts for community, independently in educational environments and is interested in the ongoing value of creative expression as having agency for social change and conditions for creativity. She is the current Associate Artist for Critical Path and Lecturer in movement at WAAPA.

A/Prof Munjed Al Muderis is an orthopaedic surgeon and a clinical lecturer at Macquarie University and The Australian School Of Advanced Medicine. He specialises in hip, knee, trauma and osseointegration surgery. He is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and Chairman of the Osseointegration Group of Australia. A/Prof Al Muderis graduated from Baghdad College High School in 1991. He studied medicine at Baghdad University from 1991 to 1997.As a first year resident A/Prof Al Muderis was forced to flee Iraq as he refused Saddam’s regime brutal orders to surgically remove the ears of soldiers who had escaped from the army.He ended up on a flimsy wooden boat heading to his new home, Australia. A/Prof Al Muderis joined the Australian Orthopaedic Training Program in 2004 as part of the Sydney NSW Orthopaedic Training Scheme and obtained his surgical fellowship, FRACS (Orth), in 2008. A/Prof Al Muderis went on to complete three post specialisation fellowships. He specialises in hip, knee and trauma surgery and is a world leading surgeon in the field of osseointegration surgery.

Dr Lian Loke is a senior lecturer and interaction design researcher in the Design Lab, University of Sydney. She is interested in the transdisciplinary nature of the body, and the impact of new technologies on how we formulate, enact and express our sense of embodied selves. Her research works with dance and somatic practices to inform the design and experience of body and movement-based interactive technologies, most recently with Bodyweather and Feldenkrais. She is currently writing a book on the somatic turn in the field of human-computer interaction.

Linda Luke has been a core ensemble member with Sydney based dance company De Quincey Co since 2014. Linda most recently performed in Victoria Hunt’s Tangi Wai, Performance Space, 2015. Linda has created several solo performances including Still Point Turning, which toured in 2014 to Melbourne Festival, Parramatta Riverside Theatre (Sydney) and Wagga Wagga Art Gallery (NSW); Thirteen: Reflections on Teenage Homelessness for Performance Space’s LiveWorks Festival [2010]; and Borderlines for Dancehouse, Campbelltown Arts Centre and Performance Space [2008]. Linda currently teaches movement and directs productions for the BA Performance degree at Wollongong University. Linda completed her degree in a Bachelor of Communication from the University of Technology, Sydney [1998].  Linda is the Associate Director of ReadyMade Works, a studio space dedicated to independent dance makers in Sydney.

Ian Maxwell is Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Sydney. He is a graduate of the VCA School of Drama, and has written extensively about performance, with an emphasis on phenomenological accounts of embodiment. He is at the moment completing a book based on a study of actors’ health and wellbeing, and another on the influence of the Polish theatre maker and teacher Jerzy Grotowski on Australia.

Delia McCarthy BHSci(TCM) Dip.TCM CertIV TCMRM BA(FTV) BA(Eng) is a Chinese Medicine Acupuncturist and Herbalist. She is a government-registered practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), holding a Degree in Health Sciences in TCM from the University of Technology, Sydney. She is committed to helping people of all ages achieve good health, and has many years’ experience working along-side western medical practitioners to support people who are undergoing a wide range of medical treatments such as IVF or chemotherapy. She is a senior fertility practitioner at Jane Lyttleton’s Acupuncture IVF Support Clinics, where she also served as practice manager for many years.

Stephanie Wilson works at The University of Sydney Business School as part of the Educational Innovation in Business group. She has a PhD in Music from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in the area of music psychology and a postgraduate qualification in University Learning and Teaching. She has worked on a wide variety of strategic initiatives to support learning and teaching at the university and faculty level and was Project Manager for a national AUTC-funded project on Curriculum Development in Studio Teaching. Stephanie has a particular interest in the development of high quality learning and teaching programs and resources to support teaching staff and enhance the student learning experience. She coordinates an Educational Practice in Business Research Group, and her research has spanned different areas of learning and teaching including interdisciplinary learning, the development of students’ creative capacity, peer and collaborative learning, and curriculum development in studio teaching.

Date & Location

  • Sunday 11 December, 11am - Sunday 11 December, 2016 1pm
  • The Drill Hall

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