Matt Prest

“The performers are so occupied by their task that they’re not worried about the audience. But they know the audience is watching and invested in what they’re doing.”

Matt Prest

Matthew Prest makes performance and installation that exists in the space between theatre and performance art. His practice includes some solo work, but mostly involves collaborations with other artists working across disciplines in devised processes to create original works in which intimacy, danger, laughter, anarchy, endurance, dancing, music and space are all key elements in shaping a visceral experience for the audience. We cover:

  • how to be
  • having wind in the sails
  • being process focused
  • the enigma of which work/show gets picked up and not
  • Whelping Box – show
  • The Tent
  • The Ken Burns effect
  • Sliding Rooms
  • 5 rules to manhood
  • Paul Keating
  • Eleanor Roosevelt
  • The Block
  • crying
  • surviving
  • ambition
  • sport and backstory and theatre
  • distraction
  • OK Radio
  • “for want of a nail” proverb
  • fatherhood


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Matt Cornell is based in the Asia-Pacific region and grew up in Darwin, on Larrakia land. He works through dance, choreography, sound, photography, and discussion to question the arbitrary configuration of systems, and is passionate about overcoming cognitive bias... to ask better questions… to dissolve malignant social narratives.

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