Benjamin Cittadini, Ceri Hann, Fiona Hillary & Shanti Sumartojo
Dr Benjamin Cittadini is a writer, director, researcher and live performance artist. He has written/directed plays for stage, curated and performed in multi-artform installations and developed socially engaged, participatory performance adventures for public spaces. His work with Craig Peade as performance group ROARAWAR FEARTATA is recognized through numerous awards. He completed his PhD “Wasted Space: performance, public space, urban renewal and identity”, aligning performance and socially engaged art practices with processes of urban renewal and re-definition of identity in the inner-western Melbourne suburb of Footscray.
Ceri Hann is a sessional tutor in the Industrial Design program at RMIT. He has an ongoing engagement with the School of Art in the Art in Public Space Post-Graduate program. Ceri is a PhD candidate in the School of Architecture and Design, the primary focus of his research – developing practical methods for making philosophical ideas more accessible to students of Art and Design. As a practicing artist he explores manifesting theory through action.
Fiona Hillary is an artist and teacher/lecturer in the School of Art at RMIT University. Hillary is Curator/Producer of Urban Laboratory, a research project with the City of Port Phillip and the Centre for Art, Society and Transformation. She is a practicing public artist, collaborating on Contain Yourself a durational exploration of public space through light, sound and vibration. In 2013 Hillary co-created ‘a place for gathering’ for the City of Greater Dandenong.
Dr Shanti Sumartojo is a sociologist and geographer employed in research at RMIT University, questioning relationships between place, memory, history, experience and collectivity. She has written/collaborated on two books and fifteen scholarly articles and book chapters. She has collaborated on public artworks in Canberra and Melbourne using light, sound and images to interrogate place, exploring affective atmosphere, questioning how the ‘feel’ of a place can be manipulated.