Wishing Dark

WishingDARK nurturing a dark ecology

WishingDARK is the banner title for an ongoing creative body of work including performance, installation, laboratory and creative fiction. Underpinning the deep research project is an investigation into relational ecologies of the dark alongside human relationships to the dark and how these have shifted over millennia. Research outcomes are driven by a more urgent response to our current position of light saturation and the provocation of how we might re-embrace the dark as a biological, emotional and creative imperative for future survival.


2022 DARKswell audio-visual performance Wired Lab Open Day Jugiong NSW

2021 Dark Interludes a film with Michelle St Anne and The Living Room Theatre

2020 DARKpassage installation Blacktown Arts Centre NSW

2019 Going DARK a creative fiction for social media

2017 DARKbody site specific installation Wired Open Day Cootamundra NSW

2017 DARKlight performance installation Metro Arts Brisbane QLD

2017 Of Dark Hunters and Quiet Gazers essay commissioned for Quiet Ecology by Jason Sweeney

2015 DARKsupper a research and sharing event. DARKsupper has operated as part of residencies and in private homes

2015 DARKlab a research working group


“So benumbed are we nowadays by electric lights that we have become utterly insensitive to the evils of excessive illumination.”

In Praise of Shadows – Junichira Tanizaki 1933

Ongoing research and development residencies and labs:

2020 – 2022 development for DARKswell regional NSW

2019 one week development residency Wired Lab NSW

2018 two week residency at Sunsiz Media AIR Lightning Ridge NSW

2017 10 day Rex Cramphorn Studio Artist in Residence

2017 three week creative exchange and mentorship with UK artist Julia Bardsley in rural Portugal*

2017 two week residency at Bundanon Trust NSW

2017  two week development residency Wired Lab NSW

2016 three week residency  and isolated retreat at the UNSW Fowlers Gap research station in the semi-arid desert of North West NSW

2015-2016 Creative work-in-residence (four residential periods) Metro Arts Brisbane

2014 two week retreat and creative exchange with Julie Tolentino in the high desert area of Joshua Tree California USA**

2012 Rex Cramphorn Studio Artist in Residence


* supported by the Australia Council for the Arts Development Grants 2016

** supported by the Australia Council for the Arts Cultural Leadership Grant 2012