Hello! Glen here, I make interactive sound installations, websites, and a feW other things...
As the artistic director of Playable Streets I'm very lucky to work with some great artists, composers and engineers to make interactive installations for people to become musical collaborators (more here: about). I have also worked as a performer, theatre maker, musician, puppeteer, producer, set builder, DJ and all round DIY tinkerer! Over the last 13 years I've collaborated on some great projects developing both theatrical and musical creations.
I am a founding member of The Suitcase Royale Theatre Company whose unique blend of music and 'Australian Gothic' narratives has accrued much critical acclaim worldwide. The Suitcase Royale have developed 6 award winning theatre shows that have been presented in comedy festivals, arts festivals and makeshift theatres around the world. I also work as performer, musician and collaborator with Polyglot Theatre, touring large scale outdoor interactive children's performance both nationally and internationally. I have had the pleasure of touring 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, South Korea and Sumatra. Separation Street is an interactive multi art theatre piece created through collaboration between Polyglot Theatre, The Suitcase Royale and Children from the Victorian College of the Deaf and Currajong primary school. Separation Street illuminates the relationships between adults and children, and explores notions of power and control, isolation and belonging. Winner Green Room Awards (2015): Innovation in Contemporary Performance for Young People 2015.
I am a founding member of the 5 piece "TropPop" party band Mighty Duke and the Lords, our high energy live show has fired up dance-floors from Meredith Music Festival, Falls Festival, Dark MOFO and Nelson Arts Festival, NZ to name a few. I also DJ under the moniker Mighty Mingo specialising in all sounds tropical, wicked and wild. Oh and a solo project called Wolf Von Trapp, influence of filmic soundscapes and folk story telling. I have created soundscapes and performed live foley for The Listies show Earworms. Musical Chairs by Invisible Orchestra is an Interactive Music work for children, collaborating with Matt Kelly and Andrew Callaghan. I've worked as a technician and sound operator for Bronwyn Batten's Sweet Child of Mine and The Last Tuesday Society.
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Drawbridge was a collaboration with Sue Giles (Polyglot Theatre) and comic book artist Michael Fikaris in Duri, Sumatra. The two week project connected an international school and a local Sumatran school through imagery, puppetry, narrative and song. Radio Roulette is a wild, live non-stop event that attempts to understand the entire world through amateur radio. It provides audiences with the chance to meet HAM radio club members and make connections with others around the globe. eBay’s Hump Shopping Network was a 4x4 hr Facebook LIVE informercial-meets-late-night show broadcast, produced in collaboration with PLOT MEDIA and VICE.
I have built for music video sets: a cardboard bus for Darren Hanlon and a whole cardboard city for Susie Scurry, a double bass from an old suitcase and some floorboards and a fully functional crumpet gun. I helped build some Yurts in beautiful Alaska as well...
I have recently completed a Masters degree at the University of Technology, Sydney (part of the Creativity and Cognition Studio) studying interactive touch-based musical installations. I have presented a paper of findings from Playable Streets' In Touch installation at OZCHI (Australian Conference on Human-Computer Interaction) 2016. Before that (2002 - 2004) I completed a Bachelor of Contemporary Arts (Major in Theatre) at Deakin University.
In July 2017 I got to spend 2 weeks at the amazing Cowwarr Art Space Garden Studio. I spent the time studying audience participation of Playable Streets' The Plants and started to develop Reach Out Sounds for the Coburg Carnivale.
In April/ May 2018 I spent a week at the Jacky Winter Gardens working on a new work for Playable Streets. The amazing surroundings inspired me to work on the design of a new work as well as start experimenting more with plants as musical interfaces.
Sept/ Oct 2018 I completed a residency at the Pervasive Media Studio in Bristol. I met some great folks working on amazing projects that connect with communities all around the world. I was also part of the Australian delegation at Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria.
Strangers as collaborators
In this talk Glen will discuss, play in public spaces and the development of work that embraces the spirit of DIY. Glen will also discuss findings from his recent Masters thesis which identifies ways to encourage the journey from 'observer' to 'participant' within public installations. Oh, and there will be some hands-on demos as well!
Presented at: Pervasive Media Studio Lunchtime Talk
Interactive technologies for musical collaboration
How do we encourage the journey from 'observer' to 'participant' of public installations? Playable Streets create interactive installations that invite participants to become musical collaborators. Through his work Glen explores experimental instruments and collective musical play.
This talk will discuss an iterative approach to developing new work by harnessing the spirit of DIY. It will cover some of the nuts and bolts of getting work out of the workshop and into the public space. Glen will also discuss the importance of collaboration with other artists, engineers and the community.
Presented at: Technische Universität Berlin, SensiLab Monash University
REVIEWS PUBLISHED ONLINE
Leo Brown, Simon, 23/8/16, In Touch interactive exhibition encourages adults and kids to play with artwork, ABC News, http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-23/in-touch-exhibition-ringwood-encourages-play/7773042
McCutcheon, Lauren, 6/4/16, Kiddin’ Around: PIFA’s for kids too, with the must-do Paper Planet, Philly.com http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/things_to_do/20160405_Kiddin__Around__PIFA_s_for_kids_too__with_the_must-do_Paper_Planet.html
Weisz, Kristi, 29/9/15, Fringe Festival Reviews: Separation Street; Period, MOJO NEWS, http://mojonews.com.au/fringe-festival-reviews-separation-street-period/
Pithie, Kristian, 23/9/15, Separation Street, Arts Hub, http://performing.artshub.com.au/news-article/reviews/performing-arts/kristian-pithie/separation-street-249374
Harker, Pip, 23/4/15, Entirely Charming Idiocy, Theatre Review, http://www.theatreview.org.nz/reviews/review.php?id=8045
Morris, Colin, 6/3/14, Review: The Ballad Of Backbone Joe, Stuff.co.nz, http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/nz-festival/9797668/Review-The-Ballad-of-Backbone-Joe
Sherritt, Lauren, 15/10/12, Zombatland | The Suitcase Royale, Australian Stage, http://www.australianstage.com.au/201210145905/reviews/brisbane/zombatland-/-the-suitcase-royale.html
Coles, Jen, 18/3/12, Junkyard sets and a caravan full of twisted humour, Theatre Press, https://theatrepress.com.au/2012/03/18/review-the-suitcase-royale-present-zombatland/
Varrenti, Elly, 16/3/12, Zombaland, The Sydney Morning Herald, http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/stage/zombatland-20120315-1v82k.html
Sas, Nick, 17/2/12, Concert Review: The Suitcase Royale, The West Australian, https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/entertainment/a/12938838/concert-review-the-suitcase-royale/
Louis, Thom, 14/8/11, The Suitcase Royale in Zombatland, Broadway baby, http://www.broadwaybaby.com/shows/the-suitcase-royale-in/19414
Wechter, Aleksei, 28/9/10, The Ballad Of Backbone Joe | The Suitcase Royale, Australian Stage, http://www.australianstage.com.au/201009283891/reviews/sydney/the-ballad-of-backbone-joe-%7C-the-suitcase-royale.html
Logan, Brian, 14/8/10, Edinburgh Festival 2010: The Ballad of Backbone Joe, The Guardian, http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2010/aug/13/the-ballad-of-backbone-joe
Watts, Richard, 7/4/09, The Suitcase Royale Space Show, The Age.com.au, http://www.theage.com.au/news/entertainment/arts/arts-reviews/the-suitcase-royale-space-show/2009/04/06/1238869891604.html
Beaumont, Ursula, 24/2/08, The Ghosts of Ricketts Hill | The Suitcase Royale, Australian Stage, http://www.australianstage.com.au/reviews/adelaide/the-ghosts-of-ricketts-hill--the-suitcase-royale-1151.html
Brennan, Lissa, 8/11/07, Madcap Australian troupe The Suitcase Royale marry adult themes and childlike imaginations, Pittsburgh City Paper, http://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/madcap-australian-troupe-the-suitcase-royale-marry-adult-themes-and-childlike-imaginations/Content?oid=1339299
GLEN WALTON CREATIVE WORKS (Detailed)
Sounding Stories (Playable Streets), 13 Nov. - 10 December, ArtSpace, Ringwood, Vic.
The Ballad of Backbone Joe (The Suitcase Royale), 12 - 22 October, New Zealand Tour (Various Venues).
Musical Chairs workshops (Invisible Orchestra) 19 - 21 September, Newport Lakes Primary School, Vic.
Reach Out Sounds (Playable Streets), 12 - 23, Coburg Carnivale, Coburg, Vic.
Paper Planet (Polyglot), January 20 - 28, China Tour.
Cowwarr Residency (Playable Streets), 16 - 29 July, Cowwarr Arts Space.
Sounding Stories workshops (Playable Streets), 3 - 12 July, Ringwood.
Hump Month (with PLOT MEDIA, eBay and VICE), June, Facebook Live.
The Plants (Playable Streets), May 15 - 21, Abbotsford Convent.
Clippy 'Virtual Creatives in Schools' workshops (Playable Streets), March 6 - 17, Lismore Primary School, VIC
Paper Planet (Polyglot), January 20 - 28, Shanghai, China Tour
The Ballad of Backbone Joe (The Suitcase Royale), November, Regional Arts Victoria Tour (Various Venues)
Musical Chairs (Invisible Orchestra), November 4 - 6, Northcote Town Hall
In Touch (Playable Streets), August 2 - 23, ArtSpace REALM
We Built This City (Polyglot), June 20 - 29, Tampa Arts Centre FL
Polyglot USA Tour, April 5 - May 4, Various Venues including the Philadelphia Arts Centre.
Playable Streets Test Sites, Feb 28 - March 3, City Square Melbourne
Tangle (Polyglot), January 19 - 24, Arts Centre Melbourne
Paper Planet (Polyglot), November 27 - 30, Geelong Library Theatre
Sound of Drawing (Polyglot), 29 Oct. - November 1, Artspace REALM
Global Communication Radio Club (Wired Lab), 15-18 October, Fusion Festival, Wagga Wagga
Separation Street Final Development & Premiere, 31 August - 4 October, Northcote Town Hall (Melbourne Fringe)
Sound of Drawing (Polyglot), 28-30 August, Lucknow Primary School, Bairnsdale
Paper Planet (Polyglot), 25 June - 13 July, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
One Eyed Jacks (The Suitcase Royale), 12-13 June, Cradle Mountain, Dark Mofo, Tasmania
Polyglot USA Tour, 28 May - 10 June, Various Venues inc. 42nd Street New York
The Ballad of Backbone Joe (The Suitcase Royale), 20 - 26 April, Wanaka Arts Festival, NZ
Sound of Drawing (Polyglot), 9 -11 April, Latrobe Regional Gallery
Invisible Orchestra (Development), 9 - 20 February, Darebin Arts Centre, Melbourne, Vic.
Drawbridge (Collaboration with Polyglot), 17 - 30 November, Duri, Sumatra, Indonesia
The Dad Show (Technician), 6 - 8 November, Kyneton, Vic.
Earworms (The Listies), 6 - 13 October, Awesome Arts Festival, Perth
Guy Pearce ‘Fly All The Way’ (Set Build), 27 Sept. - 1 October, Melbourne, Victoria
Separation Street (Development), 11 - 29 August, Northcote Town Hall, Vic.
Earworms (The Listies), 7 - 9 July, Wollongong Arts Centre, NSW
Earworms (The Listies), 14 - 16 March, 10 Days On The Island, Tasmania
The Ballad of Backbone Joe, 4 - 10 March, New Zealand Arts Festival, Wellington, NZ
Electronics Workshops, 24 - 28 February, Candle Bark Primary School, Vic.
Paper Planet (Polyglot), 2 - 7 February, Perth International Festival, WA
Separation Street (Development), 2 October - 21 November, Polyglot Theatre, Vic, Currajong Primary, Victorian College for the Deaf
Earworms (The Listies), 24 - 26 September, Riverside Theatre, NSW
The Dad Show USA Tour (Technician), 3 - 23 September, Neo Futurist Theatre, Chicago, USA
Polyglot USA Tour, 4 June - 3 July, Various Venues, USA
Earworms (The Listies), 22 May - 3 June, Brighton Festival, UK
Polyglot South Korea Tour, 1 - 14 May, Various Venues, South Korea
Paper Planet (Polyglot), 18 - 21 April , Convention Centre, Vic
Tangled (Polyglot), 7 - 12 March, WOMAD, Adelaide, SA
Paper Planet (Polyglot), 21 - 25 January, Darrebin Arts Centre, Melbourne, Vic
Earworms (The Listies), 14 - 19 January, Sydney Festival, NSW
We Built This City (Polyglot), 8 - 12 November, Theatre Royal, Hobart, Tas.
Zombatland, 23 - 27 October, Hothouse Theatre, Albury.
Zombatland, 10 - 20 October, Brisbane Powerhouse.
Sticky Maze (Polyglot), 6 - 9 September, Newman, WA
The Ballad of Backbone Joe, 14 - 16 June, Adelaide Festival Centre, SA.
Polyglot USA Tour, 10 - 31 May, Various Venues, USA
Zombatland, 21 April, Norpa, Lismore City Hall.
Zombatland, 14 - 18 March, Arts House, North Melbourne
The Suitcase Royale, 16 February, Perth International Arts Festival
The Suitcase Royale, 3,10, 17, 24 February, Brisbane World Theatre Festival.
Tangled (Polyglot), 17 - 22 January, Arts Centre, Melbourne, Vic.
The Suitcase Royale Residency, 1 - 30 November, Campbelltown Arts Centre NSW.
The Suitcase Royale, 21 September, The Brisbane Arts Festival
Zombatland, 4 - 30 August, Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh Festival
Zombatland, 17 - 20 July, Battersea Arts Centre, London
The Ballad of Backbone Joe, 4 - 16 July, Soho Theatre, West End, London.
We Built This City (Polyglot), 2 - 4 July, National Theatre, London, UK.
The Ballad of Backbone Joe, 22 Sep - 2 Oct, Sydney Theatre Company.
The Ballad of Backbone Joe, 4 - 29 August, Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh Festival
The Suitcase Royale, 17 July, Latitude Arts Festival, Suffolk England.
The Suitcase Royale, 18 July, Battersea Arts Centre, London.
The Ballad of Backbone Joe, 10 - 13 February, Brisbane Powerhouse.
The Suitcase Royale, 21 January, Sydney Arts Festival.
The Ballad of Backbone Joe, 9 - 12 June, Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen, Germany
The Space Show, 29 May - 2 June, N20 Festival Battersea Arts Centre, London
Felix Listens to the World, 24 May, Internationales Figuren Theatre Festival, Erlangen, Germany
The Space Show, 1 - 26 April, Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
Newsboys, 15 - 20 October, Melbourne International Arts Festival
Chronicles of a Sleepless Moon, 6 - 20 September, Soho Theatre, West End London
Chronicles of a Sleepless Moon, 5 - 8 September, Dublin Fringe Festival
The Ballad of Backbone Joe, 15 - 17 August, Darwin Festival
Chronicles of a Sleepless Moon, 3 - 6 June, Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen, Germany.
The Ballad of Backbone Joe, 28 June- 5 July, Federation Square Puppet Festival
Chronicles of a Sleepless Moon, 15 May, Adelaide ASSITEJ Festival
The Ghosts Of Ricketts Hill, 19 March - 12 April, Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
Chronicles of a Sleepless Moon, 28 February, Adelaide Festival Centre APAM Showcase
The Ghosts Of Ricketts Hill, 19 - 25 February, Bosco Theatre Adelaide Fringe Festival.
Chronicles of a Sleepless Moon, 8 - 10 November, Andy Warhol Theatre Pittsburgh PA, USA.
Chronicles of a Sleepless Moon, 2 - 26 August, Bosco Theatre Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Chronicles of a Sleepless Moon, 5 - 30 April, Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
Chronicles of a Sleepless Moon, 15 - 31 March, Bosco Theatre Adelaide Fringe Festival
Felix Listens to the World, 18 - 25 November, Awesome Arts Festival, Perth.
Chronicles of a Sleepless Moon, 2 - 18 June, Black Lung Theatre Melbourne
Chronicles of a Sleepless Moon, 16 - 26 February, Next Wave Cultural Festival, Melbourne
Felix Listens to the World, 21 - 26 March, Adelaide Fringe Festival
Felix Listens to the World, 20 - 22 October, Melboourne International Arts Festival.
Felix Listens to the World, 24 May - 2 September, North American tour, Motreal Fringe, Winnipeg Fringe, Winnepeg Fringe, Edmonton Fringe and Radiohole Theatre, New York.
Felix Listens to the World, 9 - 11 March, Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne
Felix Listens to the World, 22 Sep - 9 October, Melbourne Fringe Festival.