ISEA2013 presentation

Waterwheel Patch Presentation - ISEA2013, University of Sydney

– posted by James Cunningham –

Suzon, Ian and I give our 16 minute presentation “Waterwheel Patch” at ISEA2013 at the University of Sydney. Participating with us via Skype and OSC were Russell Milledge and Rebecca Youdell of Bonemap (Cairns, Aus), Mary Armentrout and Marcia Scott (San Francisco, USA), and Kate Genevieve and Evelyn Ficarra (Brighton, UK). ISEA delegate Brisa Mp from Santiago, Chile, volunteered participation on the day in the presentation space, and Adegreden-Adhari Donora from Sumatra participated in the research but not on the day of the presentation. 5-minute edited version of the video documentation follows:

Full video document is here

Shannanigans in Europe

Shannanigans in Europe

– posted by James Cunningham –

Suzon & I get up to luscious good things whilst artists in residence in Munich, with side trips to other (relatively) nearby locales. Just these last two weeks, we gave comments on papers presented at the OffTheLip17 conference by researchers at CogNovo — Plymouth University’s Cognitive Innovation research centre. We then participated in discussions on data visualisation at DataPlay7, a joint initiative of Plymouth council and i-DAT. The main attraction of Devon for us, was presenting our FLUIDATA soundscape (the “talking bowls” with interviews and creek sounds), and leading a walkshop, Creekwalk — Challenging ‘Getting There’ and Exploring ‘Being Here’, in Balance/Unbalance 2017. We saw and heard interesting papers and works, and met many wonderful people, including one who might turn out to be a collaborator with us in a future project.

Walkshop Feldafing (free)

Walkshop Feldafing (free)


Starting Place: Feldafing Railway Station
Time: 3–6pm
Date: Sunday, August 13, 2017
Cost: Free
Contact: James -- mob: 0176 6841 4086

Suzon Fuks and James Cunningham (Co-Artistic Directors, Igneous) will lead participants through a series of processes developed since 2007 and deepened during their 2014–15 project ‘FLUIDATA’ which included over 2 dozen slow creek walks throughout Queensland, Australia.

‘Seeking alternatives to the received lifestyle of instantaneousness, productivity, and “getting there” (the straight line), we make the deliberate decision to slow down, allowing our bodies—and our digital devices—to absorb the landscape and the moment–”being here”. Unhurriedly, we walk “the way of the water” (the meander).’

The workshop involves grounding through body-based awareness, slowing down, being deliberately still, and allowing one’s body to absorb the surroundings and the moment, and includes walking “the way of the water” down a section of Starzenbach creek in Feldafing.

The session will allow for discussion around the ways in which the manufactured infrastructures we traverse daily, corral us into lives of instantaneousness, productivity, and “getting there”—and exploration of alternative notions, such as “being here”, reversibility, curiosity and wonder in what already exists, and making connections between inner and outer worlds.

Participants need to have somewhere secure they can leave their bags so they are free of them when doing the activity (eg. car at station or Villa Waldberta, 10min walk away).

Note: we may be walking in the natural creek bed with water up to knee level.


  1. Pants: appropriate for “muddy explorations” or shorts
  2. Footwear: gumboots or well-soled sandals
  3. Sunscreen, hat and long sleeves.
  4. Have towel ready for change of outfit after activity.


SUZON FUKS is an artist bridging art, science and the environment, using body-based practices, the moving image, photography and interactive technologies. She initiated the global community and platform. Her current focuses are water issues, refugees and knowledge transmission.

JAMES CUNNINGHAM is a performance, movement, video and networked performance practitioner working in social, environmental and architectural surroundings, exploring the limits of bodily perception, performativity and the relationality of one’s self with others, objects, and environments.

IGNEOUS, Australian multi-arts organisation established in 1997, has been directed by James Cunningham and Suzon Fuks since its inception. Igneous’ work has received national and international recognition across a broad spectrum including networked performance, dance, screendance, new media, disability, puppetry, live art and visual theatre. Their interests lay in research, processes, interaction and diversity.

Residencies 2017

Residencies 2017

Igneous co-artistic directors have begun a series of artistic residencies abroad. Both Suzon and James are spending three months at Villa Waldberta outside Munich, then Suzon will go on to Holstebro, Denmark, and to Brazil. They are attending conferences, collaborating with local artists, developing new works and presenting in various contexts. See their blogs for updates and more info.

Already, Suzon has completed a new book-sculpture, and James has been documenting his creek walks. Tuesday, 18 July, they perform together in a group show in the underground storm-water canals of Munich. Facebook event

Go team!  Suzon and James in Munich Underground, collaborating in the OVERFLOW project

Suzon Fuks and James Cunningham have been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. Suzon Fuks is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

Creek Walks

Creek Walks

few images gathered during creek walks

Fluidata - Online Performances

Fluidata - Online Performances

13-14 & 18, 19 & 20 June
Watch live on your computer!

Live stream

13 June: special performance for the opening
with James Cunningham and Suzon Fuks (in Brisbane), simultaneously with Russell Milledge and Rebecca Youdell of Bonemap (in Cairns)

Latest news & behind the scene will be added here, on the blog.

More info about FLUIDATA
#creekmemory #fluidata #waterwheel
If you have a creek memory to share, please tweet it with #creekmemory

Art Summit Taipei 2014

Art Summit Taipei 2014

– post by James Cunningham –

Following Suzon’s and my visit to Taiwan last year, I was invited again this year to the Art Summit 2014 – International Art Exhibition of People with Disability in Taiwan, Oct 6-9.

Rance Linger was assigned as my assistant and interpreter. A lovely guy from Taipei who met me at the airport and took me to a hotel for breakfast where we were joined by Mr Chen Tu Chin, President of the China Professional Skills Association for the Handicapped that organises this yearly summit. On his recommendation, we accepted an invitation from the visiting performing arts troupe from Fujian province, China, to tour around Taoyuan county that day, visiting the Cihu Mausoleum (where we saw the change of guards of Chiang Kai-shek’s tomb), taking a boat ride on a dam, and ending the day at a BBQ where the troupe performed a dance routine.

At the National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall the next day, renowned Taiwanese artist Professor Lee, Mr Chen, Rotary Club branch leaders and other dignitaries spoke, all the exhibited artists received certificates, and a confetti-releasing paper-lantern string-pulling ceremony was enacted. We all had a good laugh when one of the paper lanterns fell on the head of Korean artist Woong Ryeol Choi. Several artists displayed their painting techniques, while others took in the exhibition. After lunch, about 10 artists, including myself, spoke and displayed media about our artistic practice in a forum, before being rushed away to visit Vice-President Wu Den-yih in the Presidential Office Building.  In the evening we sang karaoke over dinner in a restaurant.

After meeting the city mayor Hau Lung-pin on day 3, we all had lunch with Mr Chen. I then went with one of Woong Choi’s assistants, and Summit volunteer Cherry, to a cultural centre to see two design exhibitions, an exhibition about water and an antique wooden furniture display.

On our official day off, I was extremely fortunate to hook up with artist Woong Ryeol Choi and his assistants the next morning and join them on a day trip to a mountain spa in Yangmingshan National Park.