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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?

If your screen time app tells you you’re looking at your phone more than you’re looking at your family, or you’ve woken up to Netflix asking if you’re still there, or you’ve set up a finsta to casually check on an ex – this event is for you. If you can’t relate – this event is also for you (and please teach us your ways).

Join an electrifying mix of interdisciplinary artists as they debate the power of the internet, and whether its hold on our lives is a force for good or evil. Hosted by Lou Wall.

The event will open with a screening of Archie Chew and Alicia Easaw-Mamutil’s satirical short film, Call Me Puritan.

Presented in partnership with Melbourne Fringe

Who?

Portrait of Marcus McKenzie

Marcus McKenzie

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.

Portrait of Margot Morales Tanjutco

Margot Morales Tanjutco

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.

Portrait of Aurelia St Clair

Aurelia St Clair

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.

Portrait of Cher Tan

Cher Tan

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.

Portrait of Miss Cairo

Miss Cairo

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.

Portrait of Sinéad Stubbins

Sinéad Stubbins

Sinéad Stubbins is a writer, editor and cultural critic in Melbourne. 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.

Portrait of Lou Wall

Lou Wall

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).

Portrait of Archie Chew

Archie Chew

Archie is a young director based in Australia. He makes stylised absurd comedies with heart. Archie works in close collaboration with his partner and producer Alicia Easaw-Mamutil and the pair strive to make ambitious, stylised, irreverent films.

Portrait of Alicia Easaw-Mamutil

Alicia Easaw-Mamutil

Alicia has been producing absurd comedies for close to a decade. She works in film but is deeply influenced by theatre. She creates warm but fiercely passionate work environments. She picks her crew carefully and prefers to work with friends.

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