18 July 2018 @ 3:00 pm

Playable Streets: Interactive technologies for musical collaboration

Public installations are often designed to be looked at but not touched. So how do we encourage the journey from ‘observer’ to ‘participant’ of these works? In this talk Glen Walton talks about the interactive installations created by Playable Streets that invite participants to become musical collaborators.

Glen will discuss an iterative approach to developing new work that harnesses the spirit of DIY. He will cover some of the nuts and bolts of getting work out of the workshop and into the public space, and the importance of collaboration with other artists, engineers and the community.

This forum will took place on 18 July. A recording of the talk is available below.

A livestream of Glen's talk will be available here at 3pm today

Glen Walton is a performer, writer, theatre maker, visual artist, musician, interaction designer and digital instrument maker who over 14 years has developed his distinctive style in both theatrical and musical creations. Glen is the artistic director of digital arts company Playable Streets. The mission of Playable Streets is to create interactive musical play spaces that encourage strangers to become musical collaborators.

He is also a founding member of The Suitcase Royale Theatre Company whose unique blend of music and ‘Australian Gothic’ Narratives has accrued much critical acclaim worldwide. He has toured extensively throughout Australia, North America, Asia, Europe and The UK, including Melbourne International Arts Festival, Edinburgh Festival & Soho Theatre – UK, Ruhrfestspeile & Erlangen Puppet Festivals – Germany, the Andy Warhol museum, Pittsburgh & New Victory Theatre, New York. Since 2010 Walton has been working with Polyglot Theatre as performer, musician, puppet maker and collaborator touring extensively nationally and internationally on all of Polyglot’s flagship shows.

Glen is currently completing a Masters degree at the University of Technology, Sydney (part of the Creativity and Cognition Studio) studying interactive touch-based musical installations.