Portrait of Malcolm Whittaker

Malcolm Whittaker

Malcolm Whittaker is a young man from Sydney who works as an interdisciplinary artist, writer, researcher and performer. He does this in solo pursuits, as a member of performance collective Team MESS and in collaborations with other artists and non-artists.

His work is made and executed through the engagement of participants and collaborators in the framing of ‘play spaces’ which adopt the conventions, rituals and spectacles of the everyday.

Malcolm’s work has taken forms ranging from theatre and gallery situations to site-specific and public interventions to performance lectures, film shoots, phone calls, support groups, walks in the park, letters in the mail and the borrowing of books from the library.

Malcolm has made and presented work across Australia, as well as in the UK and Finland. As an inaugural recipient of the Australia Council Early Career Residency grant he was recently the first ever artist- in-residence at the State Library NSW. Selected presentations of work in 2014 include Ignoramus Anonymous at State Library NSW, Waverley Council Library, the ‘Festival of Live Art’ at Arts House (Melbourne) and the ‘Sonic Social’ Performance Space program at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney); My Best Friend with Performance Space in Sydney with Field Theory in Melbourne and at Junction Arts Festival in Launceston; Jumping the Shark Fantastic at Campbelltown Arts Centre and BINGO Unit with Team MESS and Country Arts South Australia.

Malcolm is also an MA candidate and part-time lecturer at the University of Wollongong’s School of Creative Arts.