Playable Streets' aim IS to connect people with their surroundings and with each other through the action of touch as strangers become muSiCal collaborators.
Playable Streets have a singular focus, to encourage people to reach out and touch their world. Using the latest technologies available Playable Streets' aim is to connect people with their surroundings through the action of touch as strangers become musical collaborators. Working with composers, engineers and visual artists Playable Streets have created a series of works that explore public collaboration and collective musical play. Works include Test Sites (City Square, Melbourne 2016), In Touch (ArtSpace REALM, Ringwood 2016), Clippy V1.0 (Lismore Primary School, 2017), The Plants (Abbotsford Convent, 2017), Reach Out Sounds (Coburg Carnivale, Melbourne Fringe 2017), Sounding Stories (ArtSpace REALM, Ringwood 2017). Playable Streets also create workshops for a diverse range of participants exploring the intersection of Music, Technology, Art and Design.
To discuss possible projects and collaborations please email: Glen Walton
ARTISTS AND COLLABORATORS:
Glen Walton is a performer, writer, theatre maker, artist, musician, academic and all round DIY tinkerer who over 12 years has developed his distinctive style in both theatrical and musical creations. He is a founding member of The Suitcase Royale Theatre Company whose unique blend of music and ‘Australian Gothic’ Narratives has accrued much critical acclaim worldwide. He has toured extensively throughout Australia, North America, Europe and The UK, including Melbourne International Arts Festival, Edinburgh Festival & Soho Theatre – UK, Ruhrfestspeile & Erlangen Puppet Festivals – Germany, the Andy Warhol museum – Pittsburgh USA and the Canadian fringe circuit. Walton works with Polyglot Theatre as performer, puppet maker and collaborator on all of Polyglot’s flagship shows touring extensively nationally and internationally. Glen is also currently completing a Masters degree at the University of Technology in Sydney studying interactive technologies in children’s theatre. He is a founding member of the five-piece Calypso band Mighty Duke and the Lords.
Edwina Atkins is a visual artist, illustrator and potter from Melbourne, Australia. She specialises in observational drawings that quickly convey both pathos and humour. From simple line drawing to complex abstractions, Edwina works between mediums to explore and portray the human condition as seen through her somewhat rose coloured glasses. Her pottery reflects these observations and often incorporates her portraiture into vases, sake jugs and cups. Also a primary school teacher Edwina has taught across Australia and Japan with a strong focus on integrating the arts into education. Edwina is currently illustrating her first children’s book.
Cayn Anthony Borthwick is a composer whose music is deeply rooted in a sense of place and narrative. Hailing from northern New South Wales, Borthwick has called Melbourne home for the past ten years and worked as a performer and multi-instrumentalist. He plays and writes with some of Melbourne’s most exciting acts including heat-beat aficionado’s No Zu, trop-pop party starters Mighty Duke and the Lords and dream-beat star Sui Zhen. He has toured internationally and performed at Australia’s premier music festivals including Meredith Music Festival, Falls Festival, Dark MOFO and many more. Borthwick has been the recipient of the Cassidy Bequest Scholarship, the Beleura Sir George Talis Award and the Global Atelier Overseas Scholarship. He is currently studying his Master of Music at the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. Over the past four years Cayn has composed extensively for short film, theatre, advertising, art and contemporary music. Borthwick strives to make music that is both intellectually rigorous and aesthetically pleasing in his practice.
Michael Henning is a sound engineer, technician, producer, musician and instrument maker. Henning has provided live sound installation and operation for bands in venues ranging from bars, clubs and theatres to outdoor festivals and events. He was the in-house sound technician at SugarFactory Nacht Theatre, Amsterdam – 2006-7 and touring sound technician on various national and international tours. As a sound engineer, producer and musician Henning has worked with some of Melbourne’s favourite bands including: Trojan Horns, Pete and the Tar Gang, Two Bit Orchestra, The Suitcase Royale, The Cocoa Jacksons, Lone Tyger, Puta Madre Brothers, Mighty Duke and the Lords, Dan Dinnen, Heather Stewart Band, Pete Reid, Joel Plymin & Them Blues Cats, Jason Freddi, and many more. Henning has created many novel and unique instruments from a sub woofer double bass to an Arduino-powered ‘player piano’ drum machine. Henning is currently studying Engineering at Melbourne University.