Fragment 31 (Melbourne)

Co-curatorial contribution by Leisa Shelton with works live and on exhibit by Helen Cole, Casey Jenkins, James McAllister and Stelarc.


Stelarc, Zombies, Cyborgs and Chimeras - Alternate Anatomical Architectures. Presentation at the III Venice International Performance Art Week 2016. Image © Edward Smith.


Stelarc. Exhibition view of the video of the performance Ear On Arm Suspension at the III Venice International Performance Art Week 2016. Photograph by We Exhibit.



Casey Jenkins, sMother. Endurance performance of 6 days and installation at the III Venice International Performance Art Week. Image © Lorenza Cini



Fragment 31 is a Melbourne-based performance collective, focussed on interdisciplinary practice and research. It is led by Leisa Shelton with associate artists assembling in varying combinations depending on the requirements of the diverse projects under investigation. Leisa Shelton is a performance artist/maker and curator with a practice that foregrounds collaboration and an advocacy for new Australian transdisciplinary work. Leisa's current practice is focused on Curatorship and Development of new frames for the presentation and development of Performance. This shift in direction from having worked nationally and internationally as a performer, maker, director and teacher of performance, evolved out of a recognition of distinct gaps in the cultural landscape for opportunities that offered greater visibility and recognition for Australian Contemporary Performance.

Having presented the Australian Artists Section in the 2014 edition, Fragment 31 returns at the VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK 2016 co-curating works live and on exhibit by Helen ColeCasey JenkinsJames McAllister and Stelarc.



James McAllister, (utter) ORATORIO. Long durational performance of 3 days and installation at the III Venice International Performance Art Week 2016. Image © Edward Smith





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