We are thrilled to bring together into this Collective a group of brilliant artists and creatives (including cinematographers, composers, sound designers, sound artists, film editors and voice actors). Together, we have developed a practice based on mutual trust and admiration, and boundless curiosity about the world.
Rowena Potts is an award-winning filmmaker, visual anthropologist and impact producer. Her short films explore the entanglements of people and animals in urban settings and the complexity of our unfolding relationship to on and off-Earth environments. They have screened in festivals and museums around the world. She holds a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from New York University, and a graduate diploma in documentary from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS).
Annie calls herself an “audio-visual archaeologist”. She was the Moving Image Specialist at the State Library of NSW, Deputy Archivist at Special Broadcasting Service (SBS), Curatorial Officer at the National Film and Sound Archive and Film Preservation Manager at National Archives Australia. Annie is unabashedly obsessive about Australian film culture and is a passionate explorer of its story-telling history and the fascinating subcultures behind its technological innovations. Annie has also enjoyed a 40-year career as an award-winning sound designer. Credits for her film, TV, theatre and installation sound design work includes Mad Max 2 (1981), Evil Angels (1988) (where she made the sound of the dingo footsteps), Australia (2008), Happy Feet 2 (2011), Redfern Now (2013) as well as sound design for installations for the Melbourne Aquarium and the Australian War Memorial. Annie was Head of Sound at the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) from 1996 to 2001 where she co-wrote and introduced Australia's first tertiary Screen Composition course. She joined the Archival Future Collective in 2022 after completing the sound design for Moonrise and Requiem.
Bronwyn Cumbo is a design researcher, composer and musician, currently working as a postdoctoral research fellow at Monash University. Both her research and compositions draw on creative, critical and participatory methods to better understand and navigate the complex relationships between human and nonhuman worlds. Bronwyn composed the score for Moonrise and Requiem, and has composed and designed a series of other sound works including Dawn [as part of Silent Spring], Flotsam and Jetsam [collaborator: Caroline Comino, Hijinks Festival, Sydney Aquarium], and Aural Fixations [City | Data | Future, Venice].
Dr. Chester is a scholar and artist from New York whose work produces critically influential studies, methods, and outputs that use sound to traverse disciplinary boundaries using feminist, de-colonial, and post-anthropocentric approaches to thinking and making. Chester draws from sound studies, archival studies, and ethnography and relies on field recording and composition to explore sound in diverse contexts by putting research and practice in direct conversation—deepening the capacities of both. She is Senior Lecturer in Media and Communications at the University of Sydney, editor of Interference Journal, and vice president of the World Listening Project.
Ceridwen is an award-winning fiction writer, science writer, essayist, anthropologist and filmmaker with a special interest in social and environmental justice in outer space, and speculative/more-than-human futures.
Matilda is an award winning actor, director, theatre maker and arts educator. Her film and television credits include:
Disclosure, which was nominated for Best Indie Film at the 2021 AACTA Awards and Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow for which she received an Award for BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR/ACTRESS at FlickerFest 2018. Other credits include Cannes Palm D’Or nominee film The Guests, 1919, Book Week, June Again, Bump (Stan), Hiding (ABC) and Fam Time (7 Network). Her theatre credits include The Rep Season and Jasper Jones (Belvoir) Hamlet, Henry 4, The Players (Bell Shakespeare) Norman Conquests, Proof, Seminar, My Wonderful Day, Brooklyn Boy and Ruby Sunrise (Ensemble Theatre) This, This is Mine (Corinthian Food Store), Merchant of Venice, The Crucible, Midsummer Nights Dream, A Doll’s House and Much Ado About Nothing (Sport for Jove), The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant, Kayak, Cock and Sprout (Old Fitzroy Theatre), Platonov and Sweet Nothings (ATYP). Matilda trained at the Ensemble Studios, Atlantic Theatre Company NYC, SITI Company NYC and L’Ecole Phillippe Gaulier Paris. Matilda is a proud member of Equity.
SEPEHR JAMSHIDI FARD
Sepehr is a writer with a particular interest in bridging disparate fields of knowledge, like science and mysticism, in his works. He has written and produced surreal and comedic stories for podcasts and radio. He has strong opinions on chairs.
As a kid, Joshua went onto his roof with a telescope to observe the night sky. Joshua has filmed in 10 countries and received the gold award for documentary cinematography at the Australian Cinematographers Society NSW awards. His work has featured on ABC and at international festivals. The Archival Futures Collective is a great fusion of Joshua's passion for ancestral and children's stories.
Matt is a self-described Swiss Army Knife with a background in writing, cinematography, photography, editing, animation and graphic design. After working in the advertising and marketing space for over 10 years he joins the Archival Futures Collective with a particular passion for 1960's space race-era technology and innovation. Rubik's cube novice.
Alex is a wildlife ecologist and conservation scientist with a passion for understanding the natural world and the secret lives of animals. She is an award-winning research academic at Macquarie University, with interests in designing novel collaborative solutions to the world's ecological problems. She loves to talk about biodiversity and wildlife experiences that bring awe.