This page is the work of David Finnigan. I’m a writer, producer and science-theatre artist from Canberra, Australia.
This wordpress blog is the home of a report I wrote following a research trip to North America, Europe and Asia over January – March 2014. The trip was funded by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust – you can read more about it on the main page.
For more of my background, read on.
In 2006 I co-founded Boho, an interactive science-theatre company. Boho works with scientists to create interactive performances based on concepts from science fields such as Game Theory, Complex Systems, Network Theory and Earth System Sciences.
Boho presents its work in theatres, festivals, schools, museums and conferences. We’ve performed around Australia and in the UK for organisations including the Asia-Pacific Complex Systems Conference, the Battersea Arts Centre, the Brisbane Festival Under The Radar, the Sydney Powerhouse Museum, the CSIRO Discovery Laboratory, the ACT Street Theatre, and many others.
The Boho team are all non-scientists, so we create all our work in partnership with scientists and science institutes. In the last few years, we’ve worked with scientists from CSIRO, the Australian Academy of Sciences, University College London and the Stockholm Resilience Alliance.
Created in consultation with the Australian Animal Health Laboratories in Victoria, Boho’s 2013 show Word Play was about epidemiology, and tracked the outbreak of a fictional disease that spread through language. The show took place over two locations, with the audience in a lecture theatre watching the performers live-streamed across the city, and controlling the action via a purpose-built phone app.
Boho’s new show has been developed over the last three years in residence at the University College London Environment Institute. Created in partnership with three artists from Sydney ensemble Applespiel, Best Festival Ever: How To Manage A Disaster is an exploration of Systems Science and Resilience, taking place on a tabletop for a playing audience of 15-25. Using techniques drawn from boardgaming, the audience are placed in charge of programming and managing their own complex adaptive system – a music festival.
In 2012 I was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to undertake further research into the intersection between science and the performing arts. The results of that study are partly visible here, on this website.
If you’re curious about any of my practice, or Boho’s work, please check these out. The first is a presentation I did at the London LASER Art-Science night in February 2014, talking about Boho’s process and our systems science project Best Festival Ever.
The second is a presentation for TEDx Canberra, presented by my fellow Bohemes Mick Bailey and Jack Lloyd in October 2011. This provides a pretty good introduction to the company, what we’re interested in and our aesthetic.
Outside of Boho, you can check my personal blog at davidfinig.com, and feel free to drop us a line if anything’s on your mind – I’m at uncertaincontestedshared at gmail.
Keep it real, yo.