Keith Armstrong
Since 2002
Works in Brisbane Australia

BIO
Keith Armstrong specialises in collaborative, hybrid works with an emphasis on performance and site specific installation. He currently works in Brisbane, Australia as a creative director, media designer and system integrator within multidisciplinary teams.

Between 1993 and 1996 Keith undertook numerous solo performance art projects which included Uncertain Circle parts 1-3 shown at the Brisbane Fringe Festival, Noosa Regional Gallery and in Melbourne. These performances were documented on Australian national television arts programs ABC Review and SBS Imagine.

Collaborating with Lisa O'Neill and Brian Lucas he undertook the video design and production for a performance, dance, multimedia project called #14 held in Spring Hill Baths during the Brisbane Festival of 1996. This project was funded nationally by the Australia Council For the Arts, Hybrid Arts Fund.

In 1998 he completed a major electronic public artwork for Brunswick St. Railway Station, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane called Public Relations. This sixty metre long work featured an interactive, re-programmable text display, where passenger reactions and reflections became the content matter, played back to passengers, and updated weekly.

Between 1998 and 2000 Keith has developed and produced parts one and two of transit\_lounge, a work that originated through a yearlong residency at Brisbane's Metro Arts, funded by Arts Queensland and Apple Computer. Transit\_lounge converted Metro's busy city centre foyer into an interactive lounge where audience and environment together influenced the direction of a complex nonlinear video narrative. This work featured Brisbane-based performer Lisa O'Neill in multiple roles. This work was also shown at Sydney Artspace during August 2000.

Keith has worked on several online commissions, including a collaborative Internet project called Double Happiness which linked young people in X'ian China and Ipswich, Queensland. He also recently traveled to Thursday and Yam Islands in the Northern Australian Torres Straits to work with the local indigenous people on a cultural documentation project.

In late 1999 Keith's work was showcased in interviews in Australian national periodicals Real Time, Artlink, Broadsheet, and the Arts Advocate magazine and the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper.

Throughout 2001-2 Keith is undertaking a "Live Arts Incubator" residency at the new Brisbane's Powerhouse Centre for the Live Arts, also collaborating with a scientific ecologist, to further continuing explorations into media space designs based upon principles of philosophical ecology. This work has also been supported by a major grant secured from the Australia Council New Media Arts Fund and the Arts Queensland Digital Media Fund.

For the initial phase of that project he graveled to England to remotely direct a two-site, simultaneous performance event between Sheffield England and the Brisbane Powerhouse called Liquid Gold, which was streamed across the Internet allowing audiences around the world to participate in the evolving experience.

In September 2001 Keith worked as the lead visual designer for a major performance event, 'Elektrosonic Interference', produced by Arterial Inc. produced for the Brisbane Powerhouse, collaborating with with San Francisco artist Barry Schwarz, Stephen Leek and the Australian Voices and writer/director Douglas Leonard. He was also invited to participate in the interdisciplinary performance lab, Triple Alice 3 with Tess DeQuincey at Hamilton Downs Station, NR Alice Springs, Northern Territory in October 2001. He also worked as the artistic director of the Media-Space Residency Program at QPIX - the Queensland Screen Resource Centre

In 2002 he attended Solar Circuit in Hobart, Tasmania also completing a wilderness residency with thirty international artists. As part of this event he exhibited an installation Transact (Flesh/Skin/Bone) at the Tasmanian Art Gallery

Keith is currently the Queensland editor for the national arts newspaper Realtime and a member of the QUT Creative Industries Media-Architecture Integration Advisory Panel to Queensland Government and Hassell Partners Architects.