Saturday, December 02, 2006



Zane Trow
"Marcuse/Utopia Future/Past"

Artistic Director - Live Art Asia
Associate Professor - Performance Innovation
Queensland University of Technology: Creative Industries
QUT Creative Industries
Victoria Park Road

Chairman - Multimedia Arts Asia Pacific Festival

Composer/Sound Artist/Createur

Ph: Performance Studies: (617) 3864 3310
Mbl: 0423 054 740
Fx: 61 7 3864 3975

Now the sun can sun burn you but
Not as bad as those old people do, yeah.
Don Van Vliet (aka Captain Beefheart).

Zane Trow
Live Artist
Trow was born in London in 1956, studied experimental composition, and established an experimental performance company at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, in the late 1970s. By the early 80s he returned to London to perform with Common Stock Theatre Company. With that London based visual performance and community Theatre Company he was Assistant Director, Youth Theatre Director and Composer in Residence for nine years touring professional and community based interdisciplinary work across the UK. He was also co-founder (with Director Chattie Salaman and Actor Katherine Hunter) of Theatre-Image-In-Aire an Anglo/French company established to stage the work of absurdist play write Romain Wiengarten.

He arrived in Australia in 1989 to become Theatre Coordinator and CEO and Centre Director of Footscray Community Arts Centre, one of Australia's largest and most respected community arts centres. In 1991 he was appointed CEO and Artistic Director of Melbourne's Next Wave Festival. Throughout this time in Melbourne Trow was Chairman of the Contemporary Music Events Company staging events for Melbourne Festival and Sydney Festival by Australian artists (Kosky, Chesworth, Bridie, Harvey, Mills and others) and international artists (Gavin Bryars, Stockhausen and others).

In 1997, Trow became the Chief Executive Officer and Artistic Director of the Performance Space in Sydney, working in contemporary multi-media and contemporary performance. From mid 1999 to late 2002 he established and opened the Brisbane Powerhouse – Centre for the Live Arts as inaugural CEO/Artistic Director. He then ran the Public Art program as Artistic Director for the South Bank Corporation and established the Energex Contemporary Art Prize. He is currently the Chairman of the Multi Media Arts Asia-Pacific Festival and of Youth Arts Queenland.

His work as a curator and artist in live art and new media has involved major projects with the National Gallery of Victoria, the Art Gallery of NSW, the Victorian Arts Centre, QUT, RMIT University, Scienceworks and the Sydney City Council. He has studied Kathakali drama in India and toured computer and media art to Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan and India. As a sound artist and performer Trow works with a combination of keyboard improvisation (through pure frequency modulation synthesis), complex digital delay systems and lap top computer processing. Recent electronic sound and music includes installations for the Centre for Contemporary Photography and the Melbourne International Arts Festival, synthesizers, devices & delays for George Telek (an ARIA award winning CD), sound art for the ABC Listening Room and voice compositions for theatre. Recent live performances in Brisbane include concerts at the Institute of Modern Art and for the Liquid Architecture Festival. His recent CD release (on Room 40 records) “For Those Who Hear Actual Voices” has received wide critical acclaim in the USA, Europe and Japan.

Current work at QUT Creative Industries includes live art research and international project development, post graduate studio development, creative development processes for performance, sound installation and composition, multi arts project curatorial services, arts management training and cultural policy activism – he has presented at numerous arts conferences here and in Europe. He is working on a series of interdisciplinary live site specific art, sound and installation projects (with Donna Jackson, Lawrence English, Scanner and others).
Mbl: 0423 054 740

Zane Trow

Performance for Birds Migration: Indonesia International Performance Art Event

Title: Marcuse/Utopia Future/Past

Duration: Approximately 20 minutes

Technical requirements: A small table and a chair. Access to mains power. A small stereo PA system.


The performance will use physical gesture, live improvised sound art and the recorded voice of political philosopher Herbert Marcuse. The artist has been working with these recordings (with the permission of the Marcuse family) for the past 12months in a variety of live contexts.

The performance will examine the resonance of utopian and anarchic ideas exemplified and manifested in the actions and aspirations of “performance art” in history and “live art” in the present.

Can a world beset by competing ideologies be reconciled through art actions?
Or is the gesture of performance but a passionate and futile act of socio/cultural defiance?


I would prefer to perform at night, in darkness, and outdoors, but this is a preference not a requirement.
The performance will not be very “loud” but it swill be “sonic”.

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