Aphids Records Presents
During 2013, artist Elizabeth Dunn and Supermassive design intern Rebecca McCauley assembled a publication about Flyway, an award winning Aphids project first performed in Melbourne’s CBD and Docklands for the 2012 Next Wave Festival.
Flyway is a performative audiovisual tour that immerses audiences in the epic and enchanting journeys of migratory birds. Created responsively in each new location it explores our ecological connections, embedding field research of local birds, people and places into the urban fabric of the performance site.
Wearing headphones and binoculars audiences are enveloped in a sonic landscape and guided on a migratory walk through the city to encounter video artworks and a shifting, cinematic environment.
Flyway partners with local bird watching and ornithological organisations as well as city businesses and organisations that become presentation venues for the video works. These relationships develop a broad network of partners and audiences.
Flyway will tour to the Netherlands and Bulgaria in May/June 2014 following the launch of the book at the Wheeler Centre. In 2013, Flyway received the Operadagen Rotterdam Award at the Music Theatre NOW International Competition in Sweden.
Director/Performer/Video Artist: Elizabeth Dunn
Sound Artist/Composer: Lawrence English
Artistic Consultant/Creative Producer: Lara Thoms
Writer/Philosopher: Catherine Ryan
Production Manager (Melbourne season): Jane Smith
Publication Design: Rebecca McCauley
Documentation: John Possemato, Takeshi Kondo, Elizabeth Dunn
Proofreader: Phip Murray
The Flyway publication was created with the support of the City of Melbourne through its Arts and Culture Triennial Program.
This project was supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts. Flyway was originally commissioned and developed through Next Wave’s Kickstart program for presentation in Next Wave Festival 2012. Elizabeth Dunn was mentored by Lara Thoms through JUMP, the Australia Council’s national mentoring program for young and emerging artists. The Flyway European tour has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. The tour is an Initiative of the IETM-Australia Council for the Arts Collaboration Project.