Visualising venues in Australian live performance research

A Cheery Soul, Union Theatre Repertory Company, 1963
A Cheery Soul, Union Theatre Repertory Company, 1963. Credit: Henry Talbot

Professor Rachel Fensham, Julian Meyrick, Joanne Tompkins, Maryrose Casey et al.

This multi-institutional ARC LIEF Grant administered by the Flinders University of South Australia (2017-2018) aims to construct a two- and three-dimensional visual interface and digital curatorial space, improving the existing AusStage open-access live performance database. This new interface, “Phase 6”, will create visualisation infrastructure, map relationships between Australian artists, audiences and venues, and collaborate with leading performing arts collections to foster compatible models and projects. Expected benefits are better understanding of the physical parameters of live performance and improved decision-making for metropolitan and regional communities about managing theatre sites and venues.

Visualising Venues

About Professor Rachel Fensham

Rachel Fensham is Director of the Digital Studio, Faculty of Arts and a Professor of Dance and Theatre. She is lead CI on a ARC Linkage project investigating the impact of theatre for young people in regional Victoria, that has created CIRCUIT, a mapping tool for touring of theatre in Australia; and CI for the Humanities and Social Sciences Data-Enhanced Virtual Laboratory (HASS-DEVL) for the ARDC.

In all her research, the role and integration of methodologies from the digital humanities plays a critical role alongside other methods such as fieldwork, close analysis of embodied performance and community engagement. Recent publications include “Making and Assembling” in the Routledge Handbook of Interdisciplinary Research Methods (2018) and ‘Research Methods and Problems’ for the The Bloomsbury Companion to Dance Studies (2019).

Rachael Fensham academic profile