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.

His recent works The Crying Room and Subliminal Massage both received multiple awards, and he is currently developing a major new project with Harriet Gillies. He has collaborated in Australia and internationally with many renowned artists and companies including Michael Portnoy, Xavier Le Roy, Kaldor Public Art Projects, Hermann Nitsch, Pan Pan, Willoh S. Weilland, Malthouse Theatre, Belvoir Street Theatre, Mona Foma, Dark Mofo, Tim Crouch, Pony Express, Charles & Zak, House of Vnholy, Terrapin, Josh Foley, Shian Law, Geoffry Watson and Mark Wilson. His writing has been published by This Container and Malthouse Engine Room Blog. He has received fellowships from the Ian Potter Cultural Trust and Mike Walsh Foundation, and in 2021 is excited to be mentored by Aphids as part of their SUPERMASSIVE program and Experimenta.