Melbourne critical performing arts platform Witness is the source of some of the most incisive and thoughtful contemporary commentary on the Australian performing arts, and here the minds behind the site turn their attention to the art that makes up BLEED.
With many years experiencing and interpreting the collision of live performance and the online, the Witness team are uniquely qualified to situate the works of BLEED within broader historical and cultural contexts. More than merely responses to BLEED and its artists, the contributions Witness will make to the BLEED Echo program and themselves works
of creativity and insight, pushing the festival in lively and provocative new directions, and adding to the critical mass of voices shaping it.
Publishing long-form critique that places performing arts in its aesthetic, social and historical contexts, Witness’s contribution to contemporary discussion of Melbourne’s performing arts is invaluable.
BLEED Echo is a public program responding to and ricocheting from the five artist projects and curatorial conversations of BLEED.
Founded in March 2018 by Alison Croggon and Robert Reid, Witness (witnessperformance.com) is a non-commercial online site that answers the essential need for thoughtful, informed critical discussion of the performing arts. Witness publishes long-form critique that places work in its aesthetic, social and historical contexts. It seeks to complement and expand the product-oriented reviews and news-based articles that dominate contemporary discussion of Australian performing arts. As part of its core mission Witness has mentored many new voices, expanding the discussion around performing arts to writers and thinkers most often marginalised in traditional media, including First Nations and disabled critics. Its activities include reviews and essays on contemporary performance, podcasts and videos.