Bonemap is a creative business partnership between artists Rebecca Youdell and Russell Milledge. Working together for over a decade, they have facilitated teams within collaborative projects focusing on the expanding territory of intermediality. Project highlights have included tours to Singapore, Wales and Japan along with public and community based commissions. Bonemap has a commitment to developing seminal artistic experiences in regional and remote areas of Australia.
A mesh of hybrid sensory processes and conceptual visual communication, over-arched by an ecological and experimental philosophy informs Bonemap's approach to making art. The context of their creative practice is interdisciplinary, often engaged in the spatial logic of choreography and scenography. The extension of traditional material practice within a matrix of medial interactions and interpenetrations positions the practice at the interstice of expressive platforms. Sculpture, sound, dance and media are some of the segments associated with traditional production techniques for which the team is versed.
Recent projects have included producing mixed-reality interfaces, computer vision systems, networked performances, Wi-Fi and sensor environments for visual and performing arts. Since 1998, Bonemap have regularly presented and toured contemporary intermedial productions, from home base in far northern Australia. They have co-produced the New Move Network 2011 – 2015, the OnEdge media and performance festival 2005 – 2009, and have been commissioned for permanent public art works installed within architectural spaces, along with ephemeral community events and site-specific installations.
Rebecca Youdell is a leading interdisciplinary practitioner born in Edinburgh, Scotland. Studying movement in Australia, USA and UK attending the Royal Ballet School in London, and working with the Royal Swedish Ballet Company in Stockholm, she holds a BFA (Dance) - cum laude high honours from Butler University (USA) 1992, an MA (Visual/Performing Arts) from Charles Sturt University (Aus) 1998 and is a Fellowship recipient of The Australian Choreographic Centre. Rebecca has toured and performed work in the USA, UK, Scandinavia, Asia and Europe and received numerous awards both in Australia and overseas.
Russell Milledge has received national awards in performing arts, electronic media and visual arts. He has a Masters from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and is a PhD candidate at James Cook University (JCU). Currently he is Discipline Head, Media Arts with the Arts and Creative Media group JCU. Russell has been a Visiting Research Fellow with the Cairns Institute and an Associate Artist with Creative Industries Precincts at QUT. He is a Founder and previous Director of KickArts Contemporary Arts Ltd at the Centre of Contemporary Arts, Cairns. (download CV)
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