This Batch Festival will see a large-scale artwork projected onto the exterior of the Stables, courtesy of the wonderful artist Todd Fuller. Unite Project – (ongoing) explores reactions to the marriage equality debate and continues to involve individual audience members by encouraging them to get their colouring-in skills going. You’ll have the chance to contribute when you visit the Stables during the Festival—pretty cool, huh? Meet Todd below.
1. Introduce yourself with a fun fact that someone might not know about you!
My name is Todd Fuller and I am addicted to drawing. More specifically, I love the medium and am always seeking ways to use it in unexpected ways. From live drawing performances with dancers, to hand drawn films and animations in theatre spaces, as well as participatory drawing interventions such as this, I am committed to working with drawing as a democratic medium for creating compelling stories, connecting audiences and reframing histories.
2. Paint us a picture of Unite Project — (ongoing) in 5 words.
Participatory Crayola counter postal plebiscite.
3. What was the inspiration behind the creation of the project?
This project first started as an alternative way to create a survey. It was a process which aimed to visually show community values around the LBGTQIA+ community. However, two years after it was first created, the project gained a real urgency and relevance against the backdrop of a national, non-binding postal plebiscite. In this period of time, the project became a counter-plebiscite, reflecting love and support and reclaiming the postal service as a messenger of solidarity rather than the vehicle of discrimination it had become throughout this period.
4. What are you most looking forward to about bringing your project to Batch Festival 2019 at Griffin?
Projecting this particular piece on a large scale above colourful Kings Cross feels like a really appropriate place for this work. I can’t wait to see how Batch punters choose to colour in, write or alter the stills which they add to this animation. It is exciting to give punters the opportunity to actively contribute to the creation of a work—that is always a rewarding part of the process.
5. Which other shows are you hoping to catch at Batch?
It’s all about Don’t Knock Your Granny for me. Who doesn’t love the elderly, puppets and cabaret? What a winning combination—it sounds like my perfect Saturday night.