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.

Water Works! Open call

Water Works! Open call

Are your projects or artworks linked to water? Have you always wanted to do something on Waterwheel but never had time? Celebrate this final large event organised by the current Waterwheel team of Suzon Fuks, Inkahoots, and Igneous.

Artists, scientists, activists, teachers and young people are invited to celebrate World Water Day 2016 by contributing to an online exhibition with short digital media (including performances, poems or texts) on the theme of “Water Works!” Deadline: 28 February 2016

Following a quick turn around and selection process, a fantastic group of curators will discuss contributions, and respond to the online audience, in a streaming event on the Waterwheel video-collaboration system, the Tap, on 19/20 March 2016. Accepted formats are video (mp4), images (jpeg, png), animation (swf), audio (mp3), text (doc, txt, xls, pdf) or slideshows (pdf). Curators, link to the Tap and time will be announced closer to the date in the Waterwheel newsletter, blog, twitter and Facebook group.

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Think of the myriad jobs that are overlooked when you turn on  the tap, no matter where you live, in the city or a rural area: from digging wells, to drawing, fetching, purifying, and  distributing water, to studying its ecosystems, analysing its  composition, to its use in washing, the production of our food,  the management of sewage and waste, the caring for equitable  access to water, the ensuring of environmental health and  sustainability, paying homage to and highlighting water’s  qualities or conditions…

Climate change, financial crises, war, and global  environmental damage, have all put pressures on water forcing  it to “work” as commodity, capital and resource for growing  and shifting human populations.While non-human species and  natural processes such as coral reefs, wetlands and beavers “work”in the maintenance and transformation of water, there are also the “works”created by the passing actions of floods,  tides and storms. How can art, science, design, and activism reinstate the social,  cultural and environmental value of water? How can we give  recognition to the indispensable and invaluable ways that water works?

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– Prepare your media
– Register / log in at waterwheel (former online platform)
– Go to Media Centre
– Upload file (s)
IMPORTANT: while ‘processing’, please complete: title, keywords, and short description (once that’s done, please leave the window open)
– SAVE when upload is finished
That’s all! easy!

NOTE: if you need to change info details or upload a new version of the file,  once logged in you go to Media Centre > My Media > click on the little pencil  at bottom right (next to the cross), and you can edit. At the end, SAVE!
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an online collaborative venue for streaming, mixing and sharing media & ideas about water
a free platform for the awareness, celebration, care &
accessibility of water everywhere
Waterwheel was initiated by Suzon Fuks and co-founded with Inkahoots and Igneous

Please share and distribute to your networks

image © Water Vagabond

Afloat, awash, and swept away by FLUIDATA

Afloat, awash, and swept away by FLUIDATA

– Author: Andrew Kettle –

The work of Igneous has long intrigued me. The diversity of experimentation and topic in their work is highly recommended to explore in their online archive. So it was with some consternation that I have been following their continued interest in WATER. Their dedication to WATERWHEEL is truly admirable, but had they focussed, like a medieval alchemist, on one element to the sacrifice of a greater work? My doubts and concerns for their artistic obsessions crumpled into the dust of misunderstanding that they honestly where in hindsight at the opening night of FLUIDATA. For in FLUIDATA by Igneous, the work is far from an insular single element. In fact it is through the strong foundation of their focus on WATER that they have been able to exhibit an extraordinary talent and diversity as professional artists. Within FLUIDATA is a de Vincian scope of genius. The FLUIDATA work combined honest and thoughtful community interaction and integration; competent and engaging use of digital media; an outstanding homage to a long history of installation art whilst exquisitely extending the genre; an environment that entices and genuinely invites a rewarding audience participation; and importantly, at the opening night a strong performance art component that reinforces the reputation of Igneous as a master troupe in the field.

Within the FLUIDATA exhibition are multiple installations. A digital waterfall that constantly cascades into a motionless, darkened pond, first greets the viewer. The two components of the initial display give a strong contradiction between the turmoil of the digital content, and a contract of the dynamic nature of the fluid element. Like fluid, data can be both dark and silent, or vigorous and scandalised. The central darkened bladder of the exhibition space has: black washbowls on exhibition plinths that gently speak or whisper fragments of recorded interviews; bottled water samples from numerous sources; numerous dreamlike video projections of watery landscapes, some timeless, some time-free through stop motion capture; and a unifying integration of many elements of artistic endeavour that convincingly engulf the audience into an other sense, transported by the glimpses of FLUIDS captured in DATA. Further exploration of the exhibition space reveals a hallway leading to intimate spaces of additional video installation. The small rooms enable a variety to the whole exhibition by permitting the audience a convincing privacy within a public area. Features within the exhibition also cater for joyful play, such as unexpected dark plinths containing concealed lids that when raised reveal additional video screens presenting more content and contemplation of the FLUIDATA ingredients.

For me, some of the stand-out features of the exhibition were: the seamless integration of complicated digital wizardry and content that made the technology disappear and the content stand central stage; the adept incorporation of community sourced content into the media of the exhibition that convincingly promoted the essence of a message across numerous voices; an exhibition in which I witnessed numerous audience members genuinely interacting with the artwork in unique and diverse ways, that reflected a viewer’s empowerment to thoughtfully engage and not simply mindlessly consume; and within the event of the opening night a thoughtful and powerful performance art act.

FLUIDATA was much more than a discourse of water, it was a reinforcement of the power that an element contains and enables. Igneous has yet again triumphed against waves of media irreverence to produce a space of deep contemplation. FLUIDATA, like the influence of water was both calming and erosive.

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

Networked Bodies

Networked Bodies

– posted by Suzon –

James and I will be presenting an ONLINE PERFORMATIVE PRESENTATION at the Networked Bodies Symposium in London, at Watermans, on the 9th November 12.30am (Brisbane time).

Title: “Streamed river walk, recounting an embodied environmental networked performance practice”.
We will enact slow walking performance on the bank of Brisbane River, recounting their creek walks around Queensland and the Waterwheel network.

Video of the work-in-progress

Contemporary art in Taipei 2014

Contemporary art in Taipei 2014

– post by James Cunningham –

Following the Summit 2014 – International Art Exhibition of People with Disability in Taiwan, I stayed on in Taipei for a week at Taipei Artist Village. There i met up with volunteers from last year’s summit, and a few artists Suzon and I met during the 2013 Louder Than the City Live Art Festival.

I attended the 2014 Inter-Asia Biennale Forum (Taipei): Production Art, and the Taipei Biennial 2014 – The Great Acceleration exhibition, which included Formosa Decelerator by OPAVIVARA! art collective from Rio de Janeiro with 16 hammocks and a selection of herb teas, and Surasi Kusolwong’s Golden Ghost (Reality Called So I Woke Up) that covered the floor knee deep in industrial thread waste that you could lie on.

In two visits to Bamboo Curtain Studio, I met directors Margaret Shiu and Catherine Lee, and assistant Iris Hung, to talk about the role Suzon and Waterwheel would play in a possible 2-year sustainable art project they are planning for. I also met the resident artists including Australian dancer-choreographer Elizabeth Dalman.

Not far from Bamboo Curtain Studio is the Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts where I saw Recognition System – 2014 Kuandu Biennale.

I also caught a few films in the Taiwan International Documentary Festival.

Not bad in one week!

FLUIDATA - Yeppoon, Gympie

FLUIDATA - Yeppoon, Gympie

This is the first in a series of blog posts summarising the sections of our FLUIDATA journey throughout Queensland. Departing in February and returning in March, we (Suzon and James) set off in our red Toyota Hiace for Yeppoon and Gympie. In Yeppoon we stayed at the Poinciana Caravan Park and enacted and captured durational performances, took photos and gathered data on boardwalks, in mangroves and along the banks of Ross Creek and Fig Tree Creek, during tidal changes and at dusk when the flying foxes take off. We met fishermen on the creek’s edge and at the “Beach Bar”, a boat-shed where locals catch up. We conducted a FLUIDATA Workshop held at Fig Tree Creek and Yeppoon Library, organised by the Livingstone Shire Council, during which the council put us up at the Coral Coast Flashpackers. We met people from the Fitzroy Basin Association, the Fitzroy Basin Environment Centre and the North Keppel Island Environment and Education Centre. It was heartening to hear stories of successful creek restoration and care programs, and indigenous and non-indigenous fishing tales. We were gobsmacked by the size of the Fitzroy Basin Catchment, and wondered how environmental concerns can be properly dealt with by organisations funded mostly by mining corporations.

In Gympie we stayed at the homestead of local art gallery co-ordinator JG and partner L in the hills just outside the town. We captured durational performances, photos and data in Deep Creek and Gympie Creek, and conducted a Fluidata Workshop held at the Mary River and Gympie Regional Gallery, with local artists from Gympie, Noosa and Tin Can Bay.

As a result of the workshops, participants from both places went on to create and present live online presentations in the international Waterwheel World Water Day Symposium, March 17-23, 2014.

FLUIDATA Creek walks in Yeppoon.