SUZON FUKS (multimedia artist, director and photographer) and JAMES
CUNNINGHAM (choreographer and performer) have been collaborating
artistically since 1993, share the artistic directorship of
Brisbane-based multimedia and performance company igneous, and are founding members of the international
cyberformance group ActiveLayers.
In 2008, they organised the Brisbane node of DIAL (Day In A Life), an
international streaming event connecting artists from 5 cities around
the world initiated by Horst Konietzny.
James and Suzon create stage shows, performance-installations,
screendance works and online performances, presenting and creating work
in Australia, Europe, Canada and India. They facilitate workshops,
master classes and labs on the integration of visual media and the
performing arts, and have been artists in residence in various
universities and cultural centres.
Their installation performance MIRAGE was short-listed for an Australian
Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance, and the
screendance FRAGMENTATION received several nominations in Australia and
Born in Brussels in 1959, Suzon Fuks trained in dance, theatre & music at
Lilian Lambert Academy, Brussels (1969-'76), completed a Masters in Visual
Arts at La Cambre, Brussels (1979-'84), and moved to Australia in 1996. She
received the Green Room Award for Outstanding Video-Scenography in
Theatre (New Form). Her photographic exhibition KEEPING THE LIGHT toured
from 1997 to 2001 to seven capitals of the world, and her photographs
are part of the State Library of NSW and the National Library of
Australia collections. She recently received a Fellowship awarded by the
Australia Council for the Arts to continue her research on screendance
and networked performance.
James Cunningham (born in 1963) completed an Advanced Certificate in Dance
(performance) at the Centre for Performing Arts Adelaide (1987-'88), and
was dancer with Dance North, Townsville (1989-'91). He paralysed his left
arm in a motorbike accident in 1992, and spent some years in India
retraining. In 1999 he received a grant from the Australia Council for
the Arts to develop his choreographic work, and in 2000 performed with
DV8 Physical Theatre in "Can We afford This?" (Sydney, London and HK).
Since 2008, he has been developing live art performances: STILL/CITY
(audience participatory), and TUNING FORK (installation) with Jondi