Matthew Prest is a contemporary performance maker. With a background studying performance and installation art, his interdisciplinary work takes place in theaters, as well as traditional and non-traditional art spaces such as; a makeshift tent on the edge of Darwin Harbour; inside a ‘living’ house consisting of four moving rooms on wheels; at the edge of a dog fighting ring designed for two men and their rituals; and at the top of Melbourne’s tallest skyscraper. His practice includes solo work, however he primarily collaborates with artists across disciplines to devise original works where elements such as intimacy, danger, laughter, anarchy, endurance, dancing, music and space play an integral role in shaping what he describes as “immediate and visceral experiences” for audiences. Prest is an alumni of the 2013 International Summer Program.
Clare Britton is an accomplished artist whose practice spans performance-making and visual art. In addition to her freelance work, she serves as Co-Artistic Director of Australian performance collective My Darling Patricia. Britton has received great critical acclaim as well as numerous design and theater awards. In 2014, she was the recipient of the Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship and in 2015, she completed her Masters in Studio Art at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney.
Matthew Prest and Clare Britton’s practices move between live art, experimental theatre, performance art, installation and visual art. During their Watermill residency, the duo will test a process where ideas and concepts evolve from performed physical actions and tasks. Their work will involve using experiential and embodied methods of performance as a tool to develop video, installation and performance pieces while also exploring physical ritual, movement through landscape, and the relationship between the transcendent and the absurd.