Bonemap is a creative partnership between Rebecca Youdell and Russell Milledge. Working together for over a decade, they have facilitated teams of multidisciplinary artists within collaborative projects focusing on the expanding territory between media and performance. Project highlights have included tours to Singapore, Wales and Japan along with a commitment to developing artistic experiences in regional and remote areas of Australia.
Bonemap is a hybrid mesh of sensory performative processes and conceptual visuality, overarched by an ecological and experimental philosophy. The context of their creative practice is intermedial, often engaged in the logic of choreography and the extension of sculpture and media within the scenographic, but just as versed in the use of photomedia and other traditional production techniques.
Recent projects have included producing mixed-reality performance interfaces, computer vision systems, networked performances, Wi-Fi and sensor environments for visual and performing arts. Since 1998 Bonemap have regularly presented and toured contemporary performance, dance and visual media productions, from home base in Far Northern Australia. They have co-produced the New Move Network 2011 – 2015, the OnEdge media and performance festival 2005 – 2009, and have been commissioned for permanent art works installed within architectural spaces, along with ephemeral events and installations.
Rebecca Youdell is a leading interdisciplinary practitioner born in Edinburgh, Scotland. Studying movement in Australia, USA and UK attending the Royal Ballet School in London, and working with the Royal Swedish Ballet Company in Stockholm, she holds a BFA (Dance) - cum laude high honours from Butler University (USA) 1992, an MA (Visual/Performing Arts) from Charles Sturt University (Aus) 1998 and is a Fellowship recipient of The Australian Choreographic Centre. Rebecca has toured and performed work in the USA, UK, Scandinavia, Asia and Europe and received numerous awards both in Australia and overseas.
Russell Milledge has received national awards in performing arts, new media and visual arts. He has a Masters from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and is a PhD candidate at James Cook University (JCU). Currently he is Discipline Head, Media Arts with Arts and Creative Media JCU. Russell has been a Visiting Research Fellow with the Cairns Institute and an Associate Artist with the Creative Industries Precinct QUT. He is a Founder, previous Chairperson and previous Deputy Director of KickArts Contemporary Arts Ltd at the Centre of Contemporary Arts, Cairns.