AUTOMATON: Sandra Parker and Rhian Hinkley

Performance & installation dates:
Thursday 16 June – Open to public 4-8pm
Friday 17 June – Open to public 4-8pm
Saturday 18 June – Open to public 12-4pm
Sunday 19 June – Open to public 12-4pm


Sarah Scout Presents is pleased to announce a special performance installation ‘Automaton’ by Sandra Parker and Rhian Hinkley. Utilising the gallery’s three domestic exhibition spaces, the artists propose an ongoing installation of human movement, kinetic sculptures and live documentation. The work responds to the increased use of systematised interfaces in our personal and working lives, inviting performers Trevor Patrick, Kasey Lack and Melissa Jones to respond with precise and intricate movement to the demands of the installation’s predetermined systems and sculptural apparatus. Performing continually throughout the exhibition’s opening hours, the required labour of the performance mirrors the demands once made of analogue office work within the Victor Horsley Chambers; the home of Sarah Scout Presents. Reinterpreting the site’s former use, the interrelationship between the body and the automated, gestural expression and regulated action, will be enacted throughout the exhibition.

Sandra Parker – Director/Choreographer
Melbourne based interdisciplinary artist Sandra Parker’s work focuses on the minutiae and detail of gestural movement, somatic embodiment and perception, and includes theatre pieces and gallery installations using a range of materials including movement, light, sound, video, interactivity, objects and text. Parker is the recipient of the Australia Council for the Arts Dance Board Fellowship and a Centenary Medal for Services to Australian Society and Dance.  Recent projects include: ‘Small Details’ (2016), live performance, Dancehouse, Melbourne; Three Angles (2014), an interactive single-channel video installation, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne; Three Frames (2013), two video channels, sound, live performance, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, US; The Recording (2013), live performance, Dance Massive, Melbourne; Document (2011), Dancehouse, Melbourne, Australia; Transit (2010), Horti Hall, Melbourne, 2010, Melbourne Festival 2012, Faits d’hiver, Paris, 2013; Out of Light (2009), Gasworks, Melbourne, and The View From Here (2007), Joyce Soho, New York. Her work has been supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Victoria, the City of Melbourne, the City of Port Phillip, the Besen Family Foundation, the Australia China Council, the Ian Potter Cultural Trust, the American Australia Association and the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.

Rhian Hinkley – Kinetic Sculptures
Rhian is a filmmaker and new media artist. In 2009 he formed ‘Encyclopaedia of Animals’ with Christopher Brown and in 2010 they co-directed ‘Urchin’ at The Arts Centre, Melbourne.  Rhian has a longstanding relationship with Back to Back Theatre; creating the animated component of ‘Ganesh Versus The Third Reich’ 2011, ‘Food Court’  2008 and ‘Soft’ 2002. His film credits include ‘Pornstar’ 2002, ‘Buckstop’ 1997, ‘Face of the West’ 2000 and ‘Boz’n’Hok vs Theatre of Speed’ 2005.  Dance production credits include ‘Small Details’, ‘Out of Light’, ‘Transit’, ‘Document’ and ‘The Recording’ by Sandra Parker Dance, ‘Future Perfect’, by Jo Lloyd, ‘I could pretend the sky is water’ by Trevor Patrick, ‘Origami’ by BalletLab and ‘Aorta’ by Stephanie Lake. He is currently the artistic director of Nebula a portable studio/theatre designed specifically for artists with a disability.


Automaton Artists  Sandra Parker and Rhian Hinkley
Performers – Trevor Patrick, Melissa Jones, Kasey Lack


Supported by the City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program and the Besen Family Foundation.

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