Mick Douglas works through hybrid forms of performance, installations, video, socially engaged art, curated collaboration platforms and expanded exhibition initiatives. His work is presented internationally in festivals, galleries and often non-art contexts, including the Havana and Venice Biennales, MONA, and urban public spaces. Intra-relations of performance and mobility meander through much of his work: through temporary public art with cultures of transport, particularly around tramways bicycling and walking, and solo durational performance relations with other than human movements.
Socially engaged large scale public projects include ‘W-11 Tram: an art of journeys’ commissioned by the cultural festival of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, and the ongoing ‘tramjatra: imagining Melbourne and Kolkata by tramways’, also a book in the same name. His solo durational performance projects ‘Container Walk’, ‘Carriage‘ and ‘Return‘ have been presented by the Performance Arcade and New Zealand Festival of the Arts. These led to the small ensemble project ‘Collective Return’ and ‘Container Island Walk’ at Hobart’s MONA in 2017. Collective creative process-driven collaborations include ‘Idleness Labourity’ projects presented in New York at Everson Museum of Art and 1067Pacific People, ‘Shuttle’ through North American deserts and PPPPP events in Melbourne.
Mick curated ‘Performing Mobilities’, the Australian contribution to the PSI#21 Performance Studies international globally distributed 2015 project Fluid States. He developed a serial performance installation project ‘Circulations‘ to contribute to Fluid States events in Croatia, The Bahamas, Raratonga, Japan, Melbourne, and the Philipines, directing attention to human relations with natural systems and resources through the medium of salt.
His ficto-critical and performative approach to writing has been published in numerous anthologies and the journals Performance Research, JAR Journal of Artistic Research, Architectural Theory Review. He has recently moved to live on unceded Djab Wurrung country in Western Victoria, where he is establishing untitled station – a residential arts hub for reparative and speculative place-based creative practice inquiry investigating life with changing climate. Mick is honorary associate professor of transdisciplinary creative practice at RMIT University where he supervises doctoral creative practice research.
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artistic residency in the Wimmera region of Western Victoria developing a place-based performance installation practice
supported by Australia Council for the Arts
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contact: mick (at) mickdouglas.net