Grayson Cooke

Media artist Grayson Cooke has been commissioned to work with Bonalbo Hall

  • Grayson Cooke, live audio-visual performance project, The Ice Suite, 2012

Grayson Cooke who has been commissioned to work with the Bonalbo community to create a work inspired by the stories and people of Bonalbo Hall and its surrounds.

Cooke is Associate Professor in the School of Arts and Social Sciences at Southern Cross University and an award-winning media artist, who has exhibited and performed works across Europe, Australia, Asia and North America and at key events and venues such the National Art Centre in Tokyo, and MONA in Hobart.

Cooke said he was interested in using Bonalbo Hall’s love affair with films and it’s history as a cinema to tell the stories of the hall.

‘One of the main things these halls have been used for is of course cinema. These halls acted as cinemas during the golden age of film – screening Westerns, musicals, adventure films and melodramas’.

‘These days, in many ways, digital technologies have changed all that – but I’d like to bring some of that magic back. So this year, we’re going to turn this hall into a film studio! We’re doing scripting and story development at the moment, and soon we will be inviting community members to take part in a bunch of crazy film shoots. Bonnywood, here we come!’ said Cooke.

 

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Grayson Cooke is an interdisciplinary scholar and media artist, Senior Lecturer in the School of Arts and Social Sciences at Southern Cross University. He holds an interdisciplinary PhD from Concordia University in Montreal.

Grayson is an award-winning media artist, who has exhibited and performed media art works across Europe, Australia, Asia and North America. His collaborative live audio-visual performance with sound artist Mike Cooper, “Outback and Beyond”, was the winner of a “New Face” award in the 16th Japan Media Arts Festival. This work and others have been performed and exhibited at key events and venues such the National Art Centre Tokyo, the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Hobart, the Australian Museum in Sydney, the WRO Media Art Biennale in Wroclaw, the FILE International Festival of Electronic Language in Sao Paulo, and the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies at Kings College, London.

As a scholar, he has published academic articles in major journals such as ConvergenceBody and SocietyQuarterly Review of Film and Video, and Culture Machine. He has written on numerous topics including new media, human-machine relations, the face and the archive. His current research is focused on media art and the archive, and the Western film genre as a global phenomenon. Grayson is also an associate editor for the online peer-reviewed journal Transformations, and new media editor for the Intellect journal Somatechnics.