Suzon Fuks + James Cunningham


SUZON FUKS (multimedia artist, director and photographer) and JAMES CUNNINGHAM (choreographer and performer) have been collaborating artistically since 1993, share the artistic directorship of Brisbane-based multimedia and performance company igneous, and are founding members of the international cyberformance group ActiveLayers. In 2008, they organised the Brisbane node of DIAL (Day In A Life), an international streaming event connecting artists from 5 cities around the world initiated by Horst Konietzny.

James and Suzon create stage shows, performance-installations, screendance works and online performances, presenting and creating work in Australia, Europe, Canada and India. They facilitate workshops, master classes and labs on the integration of visual media and the performing arts, and have been artists in residence in various universities and cultural centres. Their installation performance MIRAGE was short-listed for an Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance, and the screendance FRAGMENTATION received several nominations in Australia and overseas.

Born in Brussels in 1959, Suzon Fuks trained in dance, theatre & music at Lilian Lambert Academy, Brussels (1969-'76), completed a Masters in Visual Arts at La Cambre, Brussels (1979-'84), and moved to Australia in 1996. She received the Green Room Award for Outstanding Video-Scenography in Theatre (New Form). Her photographic exhibition KEEPING THE LIGHT toured from 1997 to 2001 to seven capitals of the world, and her photographs are part of the State Library of NSW and the National Library of Australia collections. She recently received a Fellowship awarded by the Australia Council for the Arts to continue her research on screendance and networked performance.

James Cunningham (born in 1963) completed an Advanced Certificate in Dance (performance) at the Centre for Performing Arts Adelaide (1987-'88), and was dancer with Dance North, Townsville (1989-'91). He paralysed his left arm in a motorbike accident in 1992, and spent some years in India retraining. In 1999 he received a grant from the Australia Council for the Arts to develop his choreographic work, and in 2000 performed with DV8 Physical Theatre in "Can We afford This?" (Sydney, London and HK). Since 2008, he has been developing live art performances: STILL/CITY (audience participatory), and TUNING FORK (installation) with Jondi Keane.