Jude Walton was born in Manchester, UK, and now lives and works in Melbourne, where she founded the BA in Performance Studies at the College of Arts, Victoria University. Her art practice includes interests in writing, philosophy, dance, spatial design, architecture, video, and all sorts of ephemera. She uses various ‘things’ to construct a temporal poetics of space – compositions of songs, people, actions, objects, films, dance and so on arranged in space and time as physical 3D poems.
Her work spans site-specific, installation, and screen-based practice. She has directed and choreographed solo and group works in art galleries and specific sites in major cities across Australia and overseas. The practice is at the edge of the ephemeral and the material, in which the performances create visual, auditory, and kinaesthetic environments that invite experiential, embodied responses from the viewer.
Her recent work has focused on scores and the choreographic processes of ‘response-to-site’ initially developed during a CultureLab residency at the Meat Market, Nth Melbourne with Structural Adjustments (2007) and continued with Lehte II (2015) and The Drill Hall Project (2017). All are concerned with the formulation of new discourses around the intersections of spatial practice/architecture, dance/choreography, and sound/music composition.