The Gesture Machine Laboratory: Bridging The Gap Between Music, Visual Art and Performance
This paper explores the theories, practice and philosophies behind the unique cross-disciplinary group, The Gesture Machine Laboratory. This group was founded in 2005 by the School of Visual Arts at the University of Tasmania's Dr Wayne Z Hudson, lecturer in sculpture and practicing artist; Robert Lewis, lecturer in theatre, director and performer; and Dr David Sudmalis, lecturer in music and composer. The group explore the meaning, impulses and reasons behind gesture, physical and auditory communication and expression. These physical attributes are universal, and the laboratory explore these with elements such as sound, music, moving and still digital imagery, sculpture and performance to create a unified channel of expression. Physical and vocal gestures are not only restricted to live performers. These other art forms are used to enhance, modify, and complement the notion of gesture. The spectators of The Gesture Machine works are taken on a journey through space and are confronted with a complete sensory experience. Can all three disciplines (music, visual art and theatre) work in harmony to create a fulfilling, expressionistic experience? The Gesture Machine Laboratory work towards finding a complete unity.
Keywords: Cross-disiplinary, Gesture, Theatre, Music, Art, Laboratory, Tasmania
Dr Robert Lewis
Lecturer in Theatre (Voice), School of Visual and Performing Arts, Academy of the Arts, University of Tasmania