Echo Chamber is the first step on a multi-year journey exploring intimate, one-on-one sound and touch based immersive performance projects. Echo Chamber examines the relationship between spectatorship and empathy. Contemporary life and culture is saturated with images. From selfies and Snapchats to eyewitness uploads of war and terror – the visual brings us together. Intimate and collective moments alike are broadcast to the world, resulting in a false sense of understanding and interconnection. By removing the visual, and our inherent textual understanding of familiar images, we aim to bring participants closer to a raw, emotional, physiological and psychological experience. Seeing might be believing, but just because we’ve “seen” it – doesn’t mean we “understand”.
Created & Performed by the indirect Object: Beth McMahon, Michael Bevitt, Geoff Adams, Thomas Campbell
Beth is an award-winning puppeteer/ theatre-maker. She holds a Masters Degree in Production (puppetry) VCA, trained at Lecoq Physical Theatre School, and studied under master-puppeteer Alain Recoing, in France. Beth is the Creative Director of the indirect Object, and Associate Director of Black Hole Theatre, Australia’s foremost experimental puppetry company.
Michael is a puppeteer and founding member of the indirect Object who has worked around Australia and internationally. He has received both the UNIMA International Cultural Exchange Grant and UNIMA Australia Lorrie Gardner Scholarship. Michael runs experimental puppetry programs at Australia’s leading Community Arts organization, Footscray Community Arts Centre.
Geoff is the Technical Coordinator of the Melbourne Recital Centre, and works freelance for Arts House, ACCA, and the NGV. In London he worked with the Southbank Centre, National Theatre, and for the Pleasance Grand Edinburgh Fringe venue.
Thomas "Soup" Campbell
Soup is an audio engineer, mixer, DJ and experimental musician. Soup splits his time between recording the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, raising two kids, and inventing his own instruments. Soup has collaborated with Joelistics (Elefant Traks), The Cumbia Cosmonauts (Chusma Records), MISO (unsigned), and Editor (Omelette Records).
Presented by Crack Theatre Festival under the Setting the Stages initiative, with the support of the Australia Council for the Arts through the Creative Australia Emerging Presenter grant.