Video still: Cobie Orger


Chamber Made

No system is immune to failure. Biology and technology alike are vulnerable to malfunction. Set against a backdrop of transhumanist aspirations, SYSTEM_ERROR contemplates our shared disquiet around the frailties that make us human, and the increasingly integrated relationship between human bodies, brains and technology.


Chamber Made Artistic Director and performance-maker Tamara Saulwick comes together with contemporary dance-maker, composer and instrument designer, Alisdair Macindoe to create and perform this hybrid performance work. They are joined by data visualisation artist Melanie Huang, director Lucy Guerin and writer Emilie Collyer to form a uniquely interdisciplinary team. Central to the work is a bespoke instrument designed by Macindoe where electrically conductive tape functions as a live audio mixing circuit activated through touch.


SYSTEM_ERROR speaks directly to this pivotal time as we grapple with the implications of technology’s centrality to our lives.


Interrogating the intersections of contemporary performance, sound and music, Chamber Made makes intimate works that defy, challenge and renegotiate artform boundaries, speaking directly to a 21st century Australia enriched by the meeting of cultures. The company is renowned for producing works that emerge from rigorous collaborations between artists and across artform disciplines. Chamber Made is led by Artistic Director Tamara Saulwick whose multi-award-winning performance works have been presented nationally and internationally.

Saulwick’s performance-making practice draws on multiple artforms to create new modes of expression for contemporary audiences. She engages with artists in rigorous collaborative processes that lead to unique and innovative performance works. Alisdair Macindoe is a multidisciplinary artist whose work spans performance and technology. His unique interests extend from dance and sound design into media arts exploring electronics, creative coding and physical computing. Saulwick and Macindoe have a shared interest in the spaces where technology, sound and performance intersect.