Fringe Debate: Break the Internet
A potato flew around my room before you came, Pepe the Frog NFT, black TikTok creators on strike, Barbz calling out Lana stans, everything happens so much. Did Kim Kardashian break the internet or has the internet already broken us?
The internet once promised to improve our lives: cultural democracy, limitless information and instant global connectivity. Now we’re downloading movies in seconds but waiting longer for takeaway than it would take us to cook, begging the question: has this all gone too far?
This event, hosted by Lou Wall, brought together an electrifying mix of interdisciplinary artists – Marcus McKenzie, Margot Morales Tanjutco, Aurelia St Clair, Cher Tan, Miss Cairo and Sinéad Stubbins – to debate the power of the internet. Jam-packed with insight, meme references and dazzling multimedia visuals, these artists argue whether the internet’s hold on our lives is a force for good or evil.
Presented in partnership with Melbourne Fringe
Marcus is an artist living in Naarm, originally from Lutruwita. He makes experimental contemporary performance that combines the body, text, sound design and meme-adjacent media. His work uses the relationship between audience and performer as a site for bizarre new encounters, often involving schisms in language, parafictional world-building and bad dancing. Increasingly, his work considers performance as a potential tool for 'performing the internet'. His work is for anybody, not everybody.
Margot Tanjutco is a writer, actor and comedian. Her solo show Vanity Fair Enough played at The Coopers Malthouse for Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2019 where she was nominated for the Golden Gibbo. With Melbourne Theatre Company, she was the Associate Director for Benjamin Law’s play Torch The Place, Assistant Director on The Truth, and also developed her own play for MTC’s Cybec Electric 2021. Her work has been featured by ABC’s The Mix and Stop Everything!, The Wheeler Centre and SBS Voices. She has recently performed her original songs at the Enmore Theatre for Mardi Gras, the Malthouse Outdoor Stage for Midsumma Festival, and with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for The Perfect End To 2020.
Aurelia St Clair is a Melbourne based comedian, writer, podcaster and dog mother. She performed at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2018, 2019 and 2021, the Melbourne and Sydney Fringe Festivals in 2019 and the Brisbane Funny Fest.
In 2020 she received the Stand Up! Grant, an initiative by the Andrews Labor Government to support up and coming comedians. Aurelia St Clair was a part of the Comedy Up Late series, recorded in 2021 for Audible.
Cher Tan is an essayist and critic in Naarm/Melbourne, via Kaurna Yerta/Adelaide and Singapore. Her work has appeared in the Sydney Review of Books, Overland, The Lifted Brow, Kill Your Darlings, Runway Journal and elsewhere. She is an editor at LIMINAL magazine and the reviews editor at Meanjin.
Miss Cairo has been an advocate in the performing arts industry for her queer, trans fam and communities of colour and is The Director of The People of Cabaret. She has a strong focus on mental health and well-being, and is committed to ensuring that artists find their self worth and value in the work they produce.
Sinéad Stubbins is a Melbourne-based writer, editor and cultural critic, and the author of In My Defence, I Have No Defence. She made her name writing TV recaps for Junkee on shows such as The Bachelor and Game of Thrones, and she’s also on the writing team for The Weekly with Charlie Pickering on the ABC. She has written for The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, frankie, The Big Issue, New York Magazine and many other publications.
Lou Wall is a multi-award winning comedian, writer, and composer. Since 2017, she has toured nationally with her black comedy cabaret A Dingo Ate My Baby (Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2017), It’s Not Me, It’s Lou (Melbourne Cabaret Festival’s Emerging Cabaret Artist Award; Best Cabaret Award nominee, Melbourne Fringe Festival 2017) and Romeo Is Not The Only Fruit (Green Room Award nominee; Brisbane Festival 2018; Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2018).