Along with our residencies program, Punctum devises and creates its own small to large scale performance works in collaboration with associated artists, dedicated partner organisations and regions. These works investigate conventions of 'place', site and 'the other'. They engage with reconsidering characterisations, constructions and representations of locations and inhabitants; the different languages that define these places in their geographical, political, social, cultural and poetic dimensions. They are often participatory in nature and take place in unexpected locations: from sheep paddocks and bird hides to great halls and abandoned factories. We seek to provide unique encounters between works and audiences, participants and artists. Experience and encounter 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. We've established strong working and creative relationships with partners ranging from Country Arts SA, Castlemaine State Festival and Abbotsford Convent to La Masion Folie, Mons, Belgium – European Cultural Capital 2015, as well as with a rolling roster of Punctum alumni.
The Castlemaine State Festival takes place in our region on a biennial basis. Since 2005, seven Punctum works have premiered in the festival and since 2011, Punctum has created and co-produced the festival's Opening Event, collaborating with hundreds of participants and engaging thousands of audience members.
As Punctum works are Live Art works and more often than not collaborative, we establish and develop ongoing relationships with partners, artists and communities.