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Usrzula Dawkins
Urszula is a writer/performer and arts journalist based in Melbourne. Her writing on contemporary visual arts, live art, dance and performance has appeared in print and online for RealTime, Arts House, Dance Massive, Art Monthly Australia and the Canberra Times, among others; her hybrid fiction/nonfiction is included in anthologies in Australia, the UK and the USA. She has presented her work at Melbourne Writers Festival, Midsumma, Feast, Melbourne and Adelaide Fringe Festivals, Word Is Out, the National Young Writers’ Festival, Sydney Mardi Gras, Sydney International Gay Games 2002, Copenhagen World OutGames 2002 (recording/installation); and with Sister Spit in San Francisco. In 2012 she collaborated with Peter Lyssiotis to create a limited-edition artists’ book, WHAT SHE WANTS. She’s now working on a serialised book titled Wandering, inspired by cities, wildernesses and inner geographies from Melbourne to high-arctic Svalbard. www.lightblue.com.au

Gail Priest
Gail is the Online Producer and Associate Editor for RealTime. Over the last 12 years she has contributed over 100 articles on sound, media and visual art and hybrid performance. She is also the editor of Experimental Music: audio explorations in Australia (UNSW Press, 2009). As an artist she has a multi-faceted practice in which sound is the key material of communication and investigation. Her live solo performance explores the voice extended via computer and she has appeared at electronic exploratory music events and festivals in Australia and internationally. Releases include Presentiments from the Spider Garden (2010) through Endgame Records, a split vinyl LP with Kate Carr titled Blue/Green (2012) and The Common Koel, part of the Birds of a Feather series by Flaming Pines (2013). She has also produced and curated a range of sound and media art activities such as Electrofringe (2003/4), Heavy Ecstasy part of Superdeluxe@Artspace, Biennale of Sydney (2010), Sound in d>art (2004) and What Survives: sonic residues in breathing buildings for Performance Space (2006). She currently presents a bi-monthly gig, Pretty Gritty, featuring ambient electronica and other poorly named genres. www.gailpriest.net

Keith Gallasch
Keith Gallasch is Publisher and co-Managing Editor of RealTime, the national magazine focused on innovation in the arts, co-founded in 1994 with Virginia Baxter. For Open City, Gallasch co-wrote, produced and performed a number of significant performance works at Performance Space, 1987-1996. He has worked as dramaturg for Griffin Theatre Company and created text for The opera Project. He has been a member of the Literature Board of the Australia Council and other assessment committees. With Virginia Baxter he edited and produced the In Repertoire series (1999-2004) for the Australia Council promoting Australian performance for international touring. Keith writes about contemporary performance, innovative theatre and dance and edited and wrote for the Australian Film Commission’s Dreaming in Motion, A Celebration of Australian Indigenous Filmmaking (Sydney: AFC-RealTime, 2007). He has led RealTime writing workshops and teams at international arts festivals in the UK, Singapore, Canada, Indonesia and Australia since 1996. realtimearts.net

Virginia Baxter
Virginia Baxter, is Publisher and co-Managing Editor of RealTime, the national arts magazine which she co-founded with Keith Gallasch in 1994. For Open City, Baxter co-wrote, produced and performed a number of significant collaborative performance works at Performance Space, 1987-1996. She was the Chair (1992-99) of Playworks, the National Women Writers’ Workshop; has worked as a dramaturg on performance and dance projects and was co-curator with Julie-Anne Long of the 2002 Antistatic contemporary dance event at Performance Space. She edited the collected papers and performance texts of Playworks’ 10th anniversary in 1995 as Telling Time (Playworks, 1997; revised 1999) and, for RealTime, co-edited the In Repertoire series (1999-2004) for the Australia Council, promoting Australian performance for international touring and was assistant editor of Dreaming in Motion (RealTime-AFC, 2007). Virginia has co-conducted RealTime writing workshops and teams in the UK and Australia since 1996, most rececently for Dance Massive 2013 in Melbourne. realtimearts.net

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