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INTEL: Podcast Episode 1

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The Future Is Now – Jeff Khan & Ron Berry

Podcast Time: 22 min

Topic: The Future is Now

Publishing date: Wednesday, 22 April 2020

Guest speakers: 

Join two of the world’s leading performing arts curators for reflections on the creation of Fusebox Festival 2020: Virtual Edition (April 24-26).

Ron Berry from Fusebox Festival (Austin, Texas) invited Jeff Khan from Performance Space (Sydney) to collaborate on a program of work for his renowned annual arts festival. Three years of dialogue and exchange would culminate in a showcase of experimental works by Australian and Asia-Pacific artists in the upcoming festival in April 2020. However, due to the impacts of COVID-19, it became clear just one month out that an in-person, live version would not be possible. Would they cancel, postpone, or perhaps re-imagine and re-design a wholly new online version?

Image credit: Guadalupe Maravilla, Fusebox Festival 2017. Credit: Christopher Shea

Production credits

Sound design: Sudeep Lingamneni

Editing and mastering: Jonnine Nokes

About the intel: podcast series

The Australia Council’s INTEL: PODCAST SERIES is a peer-to-peer market intelligence resource designed to inform and upskill the arts sector on ‘live’, best practice, and innovative approaches to international engagement. The series spotlights guests who are actively forging pathways for the internationalisation of Australian work, and who continue to work within a cross-cultural and cross-border capacity.

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Jeff Khan

Jeff Khan

Jeff Khan is Artistic Director & CEO of Performance Space, Sydney. Originally from Western Australia, Jeff is a curator and writer working across performance, dance and the visual arts with a particular interest in interdisciplinary projects and experimental practices. At Performance Space, Jeff oversees the development and delivery of the annual Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art, as well as a range of residencies, laboratories and artist development programs.

Performance Space’s programs situate Australian practice in an Asia Pacific context and Jeff has undertaken extensive research across East and South-East Asia in the development of the organisation’s programs, growing an international network of likeminded artists and organisations. Previously Jeff has held roles and guest curatorships at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Gertrude Contemporary, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, John Curtin Gallery, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York).

As a writer, he has contributed texts to numerous publications, exhibition catalogues, magazines and artists’ projects.

Ron Berry

Ron Berry

Ron Berry is the founder and Artistic Director of the Fusebox Festival in Austin, TX. Ron has guided the organizations through sixteen years of critically acclaimed programming for the stage, gallery and screen.

His projects have been nominated for and won over 100 awards. He has served as a panelist for a number prominent organizations including: the NEA, the MAP Fund, Creative Capital, The Idea Fund, Texas Commission on the Arts, and SXSW.

He has been invited to speak at gatherings, festivals, and conferences all over the world, including: Festival Transamerique (Montreal), Push International Festival (Vancouver), Time Based Art Festival (Portland, OR), Meteor Festival (Norway), APAM (Australia), and has been a repeat guest speaker for Leadership Austin, and the University of Texas.