UCCA Beijing

Alter: An Audio-visual Installation for 16 iPads & 16 People

2018.4.5 - 2018.4.6

Performing Arts
Location:  Pavilion
Language:  Chinese, English

UCCA presents Alter, an audio-visual installation for 16 iPads and 16 people, created by Tamara Saulwick in collaboration with Peter Knight, Martyn Coutts and Steve Berrick. Alter creates a pocket in time for the act of collective listening and contemplation, meditating on invisible systems and connectedness. Bodies, light, and space are threaded together in this intimate sensory encounter. After the performance, two artists will have a conversation about their creative practice and methodology. They will also discuss the reasons for, and challenges to, incorporating digital technology into the performance.



100 RMB/Adult

80 RMB/UCCA Member

Post-show Talk:


*Max capacity per performance is 16 people, please make sure that you can attend the specific slot you signed for;

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*No late entry;

*Mobile devices must be turned off or put on silent mode.

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Post-show Talk:




Tamara Saulwick (Contemporary Performance Artist)

Steve Berrick (Artist, Creative Coder)

Creative Team

Tamara Saulwick (Contemporary Performance Artist)

Tamara Saulwick creates contemporary performance works spanning multiple art forms for theatres and public spaces. She has over twenty years' experience, and has presented her work nationally and internationally. Saulwick’s work Endings premiered in the 2015 Sydney Festival and was subsequently presented at Arts House. Nominated for the Best New Australian Work at the Helpmann Awards, and two Green Room awards, Endings has toured to the UK, Ireland, Canada and US. Saulwick's other works include Pin Drop, winner of a Green Room Award, the audio walk, Seddon Archives, and audio led performance work PUBLIC. Saulwick was commissioned by Arts House to create an audiovisual installation work, Alter and audio walk, Newport Archives (Substation 2016). In 2017 Saulwick was appointed Artistic Director of Chamber Made.

Peter Knight (Composer, Trumpeter, Sound Artist)

Peter Knight is a multidisciplinary musician who has gained wide acclaim for his distinctive approach, which integrates jazz, experimental, and world music traditions. Knight composes for theaters and creates sound installations; his work as both performer and composer is regularly featured in a range of ensemble settings. He serves as the Artistic Director of one of Australia’s leading contemporary music ensembles, the Australian Art Orchestra (AAO).

Steve Berrick (Artist, Creative Coder, Sound Artist)

Steve Berrick is an artist and creative coder. He creates software-driven experiences—visual, aural, or informational—for interactive systems and performances. His work is interactive and collaborative, enlisting the participation of audiences in galleries, theatres, museums, and streets. Steve is a member of the ololo art collective, Graffiti Research Lab Perth, and pvi collective. His works include My Robot, Hello Future Self, and The Automobile Lab.

Martyn Coutts (Theatre and Performance Artist)

Martyn Coutts has a postgraduate degree from the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne. Based in Australia, he creates interdisciplinary art, spanning theater, dance dramaturgy, video design, and festival curation. His interest is in the living body in action, as well as its relationship to technology and the observer. His work has been shown extensively throughout Australia and the Asia-Pacific, including Taiwan, China, South Korea, and New Zealand.


Concept, Creation, Visuals: Tamara Saulwick

Composition: Peter Knight

Dramaturgy: Martyn Coutts

System Design: Steve Berrick

Film Footage: Scott Morrison & Tamara Saulwick

Producer: Fenn Gordon (Performing Lines), Mengtong Guan (Ping Pong Productions)

Producing Manager: Siqi Wang

Technical Manager: Ningxin

Tour Production and Management: Ping Pong Productions

Co-Production: Performing Lines


Alter was commissioned as part of In Your Hands, a new series of art works and installations that brings new experiences, mediated through hand-held technology, to audiences. In Your Hands was commissioned by Arts House through the Australia Council ͛s New Digital Theatre Initiative.

This project has been supported by the Australian government through the Department of Communication and the Arts’ Catalyst—Australian Arts and Culture Fund.

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