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– Virtual Embodiments by Alison Croggon

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Alison Croggon explores the ongoing evolution of expression in virtual worlds. Beginning with the invention of writing and the simultaneous invention of the incorporeal self, she explores the presences that linger and embody themselves through our physical absences.

Arts House has commissioned a series of written and audio works from Witness Performance, to explore the relationship between live performance and the new digital landscapes that art inhabits as part of BLEED Echo, a public program responding to and ricocheting from the five artist projects and curatorial conversations of BLEED.

Presented by

  • Presented by Arts House, City of Melbourne and Campbeltown Arts Centre as part of BLEED 2020.

Artistic Credits

  • Virtual Embodiments was commissioned by Witness Performance through Arts House, City of Melbourne for BLEED 2020.

Supported by

  • BLEED is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, City of Campbelltown through Campbelltown Arts Centre and City of Melbourne through Arts House.


Essay released 3 August
Expected read time: 15 mins


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Founded in March 2018 by Alison Croggon and Robert Reid, Witness ( 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.

Alison Croggon

Alison Croggon is co-editor and founder of Witness. She is an award-winning novelist, poet, librettist and critic. She has 30 years experience reviewing performance for outlets such as the Australian, the ABC and The Monthly and generated an international reputation as a performance critic with her influential blog Theatre Notes. In 2009 she was the first online critic to win the prestigious Geraldine Pascall Critic of the Year Award. Alison has published eight collections of poetry and several novels. Her theatre work includes The Riders with Iain Grandage, for which they won Vocal/Choral Work of the Year in the Art Music Awards in 2015, and Mayakovsky with Michael Smetanin, for which her libretto was shortlisted for the Drama Prize in the 2015 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards. In 2019, her play My Dearworthy Darling was produced by The Rabble and Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne. Website:

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