November 15-17, Sydney

Call for Presentations (Download the PDF version)

The SEAM13 Symposium aims to highlight discourse at the intersection of theory and practice within a cross-disciplinary field. Providing a context, platform and space of dialogue for creative makers, practitioners and thinkers, to nurture and frame their active and critical points of view between performance, choreography and scenographic design.

Convened by Critical Path, Sydney’s choreographic research centre, in partnership with the School of Design and the Centre for Contemporary Design Practices in the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building, University of Technology Sydney, SEAM13 will feature performances, panels and artist labs addressing the themes of Authorship, Audience & Curation.

Curators Margie Medlin, Paul Gazzola and Benedict Anderson invite performance/dance makers, visual artists, interdisciplinary practitioners and academics to submit short performance and academic presentations for the Symposium.

We encourage submissions that challenge established notions of performance and formats of presentation: including live artistic representations, presentable texts, workshops, visual documentation, moving image and other expositions of concepts, philosophies and approaches. Submissions should seek to explore conversations and convergences within and outside your practice and address the Symposium’s themes:

Authorship    How is the role of the author negotiated and shared when collaboration becomes a key factor in the making of works? Who has the final say in reconstructing works as ideas and performances manifest from one outcome to the next? How does the investment and participation of audiences in performances re-challenge these positions? Who is the community around the making of work and what is there role?

Audience       Who is the audience anyway? What expectations do they bring? Have audiences’ literacy of contemporary performance promoted more critical points of dialogue and exchange? What agency will future audiences expect? How can we rethink their place and contribution in contemporary performance outcomes?

Curation        How does current curatorial practice influence the production of dance and interdisciplinary performance making? Is the curatorial role one that redefines and supports artist and audience relationships or does it produce other effects? How does the language and framing of curation from an international perspective affect cultural production of locally made works?

The call for presentations is open to all practitioners and academics that engage in the making, constructing, choreographing, writing, performing, directing and designing of performance and performance spaces. Presentations should highlight independent perspectives on creativity, innovation, craft and culture.

The daily schedule for the Symposium will consist of round table discussions in morning sessions followed by performative and paper presentations in two afternoon sessions. There will be an opening presentation on Friday evening (7pm Nov 15), and public performances on the following evenings (Nov 16-17).

Please note: all participants will need to register for the Symposium; registration will be kept to a minimum cost and will include catering.

See Submission Guidelines below.


November 15-17, Sydney

Submission Guidelines

  • Performative presentations should not exceed 20 minutes duration and should be delivered live during the Symposium (submissions should not be full theatrical works).
  • Academic paper proposals shall not exceed 3000 words and will be selected through abstract submissions.


Presentation proposals should be sent to seam2013@criticalpath.org.au and include the following in a single pdf, attached to the email:

  • Contact details: name, postal address, phone number and email.
  • Brief overview of performative presentation or academic abstract (including a title), outlining how it addresses one or more of the symposium’s themes. (max 500 words).
  • Brief biography (max 100 words).
  • Format of presentation including all technical requirements and number of people involved.
  • Visual support material (max 5 images and/or link to online video, e.g. via Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/help/faq/general_vimeo_questions#upload).


Submission Dates & Selection Process

Presentation proposals are due by 5pm EST Monday 24 June 2013.

Notification will be given by late July and sent to the contact email supplied.

All proposals will be peer reviewed by a panel of artists and academics.

Abstracts for paper presentations will be double blind refereed.

SEAM13 will be offering small financial assistance to selected national presenters to assist with their travel costs.


The venue for the Symposium is Critical Path’s large flexible space, the Drill Hall, approximately 11 x 18 meters studio space. The space can be darkened and has a black vinyl dance floor. Technical support for presentations will be provided in consultation with each presenter. Please note due to restricted time for set-ups and size of crew, technical requirements need to be simple: computers, projectors, lighting and sound equipment are available.

Further Information

Contact Critical Path at director@criticalpath.org.au or phone +612 93629403 or +612 93624023.

An information session with the curators will take place at 6:30pm, Wednesday 5 June at the Drill Hall, 1c New Beach Rd, Rushcutters Bay, Sydney. Outlining their plans for this year’s Symposium program and answering any questions about the submission process. RSVP to http://seam13info.eventbrite.com.

SEAM13 is also hosting two 5-day workshops in the weeks preceding and following the weekend Symposium, each open to 15 practitioners with honorarium and full Symposium registration provided:

  • Mette Edvardsen’s Doing Things, Nov 11-15, 10am-4pm
  • Kate McIntosh’s Misuse/Displace: Strategies for Installation and Performance, Nov 18-22, 10am-4pm

For more information on the workshops visit www.criticalpath.org.au/facilitated.html. Expressions of interest for the workshops due Sept. 1


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