Sam is a media artist working collaboratively in contemporary performance contexts based on Wurrundjeri country in Naarm.

My work spans film, performance, installation and online spaces. In 2020, I created BONANZA! With Harrison Hall and Juzzy Kane as part of Chunky Move's Activators Program, which was screened at the Melbourne International Film Festival in 2021 and was selected as a finalist for the Green Room Awards. In 2019, I was awarded an Australia Council professional development grant to undertake residencies at Kinosaki International Art Centre and Do-So Residency, Fujiyoshida. I recently completed my PhD at RMIT University, working with Chamber Made investigating Digital Iterations - distinct digital works with a relationship to live performance. My research has been awarded the Vice Chancellor's PhD Scholarship at RMIT and the emerging scholar award at the Art in Society Conference Vancouver.

What activities will the Creators Fund support you to undertake?

With the support of the Creator's Fund, I'll be researching and experimenting with emerging technologies to think about the place of the body in our increasingly digital experience. I'll be working with dance/media artist Harrison Hall to research the choreographic potentials of digital bodies through motion capture, Japanese sculptor/performance artist Kazuhiko Hiwa to understand how the lived experience of the disability community can inform our understanding of living with technology, and Taiwanese Media Art collective Naxs Corp to create immersive, digital sites for performance. I will also be working with digital design studio Phoria to study new skills in Unity development in order bring all the threads of this research together into digital game-like experiences. Much of this work will result in as-yet unexpected outcomes, but I know I will be working towards a hybrid digital/live performance with Harrison Hall and Naxs Corp for presentation in 2022.

Can you talk us through what your work routine will look like with the help of a creator's fund grant?

One of the gifts of receiving this grant is the variety of experience it will support me to pursue. I will be studying, reading, researching, making, and sharing with artists from Australia, Japan and Taiwan. While I am excited to work in all the discreet contexts that I've prepared, I'm most looking forward to bringing these diverse connections together and finding shared states of experimental play.

Where would you like to see yourself and your career at the end of this process?

At the end of this process, I will have developed the tools to be making new, digital performance work, and have extended existing relationships with international and local artists.

Website: https://sammcgilp.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/myglip/

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