Punctum devises and creates its own small to large scale live performance works in collaboration with adventurous artists from across artistic disciplines and art-forms. We foster interconnectedness with dedicated partner organisations and the regions in which we work.
Our works value experimentation, new associations, ideas, and approaches to connecting with audiences. We investigate conventions and traditions of site, place and its people, and our works explore and reconsider characterisations, constructions and representations of locations, systems, and inhabitants; the different languages that define places in their geographical, political, social, cultural, environmental and poetic dimensions. Punctum works are often participatory in nature and take place in unexpected locations: from sheep paddocks and bird hides to great halls and abandoned factories. We provide unique encounters between performance and audiences, participants, and artists. Experiences and encounters are at the core of our works.
Over our first ten years, we have undertaken twelve major Live Art investigations and creations, which have given rise to many works. Like Russian Matryoshka dolls, these contained works within works. Through these investigations and creations, Punctum has gathered a considerable body of knowledge and experience and we’ve established strong working and creative relationships with partners ranging from Capital Venues and Events, Country Arts SA, Castlemaine State Festival, Arts House, the Substation, and Abbotsford Convent to La Masion Folie, Mons, in Belgium – European Cultural Capital 2015, as well as a rolling roster of Punctum artist alumni.
The Castlemaine State Festival takes place in our region on a biennial basis. Since 2005, eight Punctum works have premiered in the festival. Punctum also created and co-produced the festival's Opening Event in 2011, 2013, and 2015, collaborating with hundreds of participants and engaging thousands of audience members.
As Punctum works are Live Art works and often long term and collaborative, we develop ongoing relationships with partners, artists, and communities.