Trewlea Peters

Trewlea Peters

Screen and Media Teacher

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Trewlea has been working in Digital Arts for 20 years. Currently specialising in RMIT’s Virtual Studio, teaching Reality and Digital VFX/Editing with Screen and Media.

Overview

As a long term practising digital artist, Trewlea continuously engages in a rapidly changing digital media environment. As part of her methodology she evolves through experimentation and transformation to ensure that her own creative practice is current and transfers these skills into teaching.

In 2017, Trewlea became a pioneer, training in Zero Density’s photorealistic virtual studio called “Reality.” In 2018, just a few months after the opening of the NAS Media Precinct, the Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media students were the first students globally to experience ZD’s Reality. The VE students and Trewlea developed their understanding of virtual through experiential learning. Developing her own understanding of the state of the art technology and preparing her students for a dynamic, increasingly competitive workforce at the same time. Zero Density arranged a webinar for their International Reality Talks series in April 2020 for RMIT to discuss its progress with Reality in a learning institute. This was the first time the founders of ZD and other global Industry clients had seen the outcomes of Trewlea’s students over the past two years in Reality. Zero Density recognised that not only was Trewlea using Reality in a filmic rather than broadcast context (all of their clients were broadcasters), she had trained Screen and Media students in 16 production roles essential for working in the VFX industry. Her progress influenced their decision to Partner with RMIT University. 

Where possible Trewlea invites her students to collaborate with the broader community. Two collaborations she has developed are with the Gertrude Street Projection Festival and Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne. The Gertrude Street Projection Festival engagement gives students the opportunity to document the Gertrude Street Projection Festival, introduces students to Melbourne’s vibrant arts scene and gives them the potential to build their portfolio with real world Industry credits linked to the Festival’s social media. Whereas, the partnership with the Education Institute of the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne gave Screen and Media students the experience of learning designers and they developed a range of activities for primary school aged children who were transitioning from hospital back out to real world school. Sharing their animation and VFX skills and engaging the RCH students in their creative process. 

The RMIT students who have contributed in Trewlea’s experiential learning projects have developed a deeper understanding and command of their communication and collaboration skills, formed confidence in articulating ideas and demonstrating their abilities, finding technical and creative solutions to issues that arose and most of all, felt they had contributed in the broader community. 

Trewlea Peters was awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Outstanding Contributions to Learning and Teaching - Innovation in Vocational Education in 2020. 

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Industry experience

Trewlea has 20 years experience as a digital artist and over the years have performed at White Night, Dark Skies Festival, The Gertrude Street Projection Festival, The Digital Underground Festival, Wyndham Winter Festival, Northern Exposure High Views Festival, the Melbourne Fringe Festival and This Is Not Art, as well as exhibiting in solo and group exhibitions.

She also has 15 years experience as a professional VJ, recently returning from Wide Open Space Festival in central Australia. She has worked at many of Melbourne’s leading nightclubs, bars and warehouses, as well as performing interstate and overseas. 

She recently collaborated with fellow video artist Kate La Greca in Dark Skies Festival, a festival that celebrates a cosmic fusion of art, science & culture in the heart of Australia. 

“Gazing on Eromanga,” reimagines the mighty milky way reflected on a dying inland sea. Combining animated microcosmic ancient sea life (animated by myself) that has survived after the dinosaurs of the deep have vanished, intertwined with magnificent footage of the infinite night sky (filmed and composited by Kate La Greca). 

At the end of 2020 she completed a 4-minute animation for the Royal Children’s Hospital Education Institute. This collaboration involved working with the staff and students of the Royal Children’s Hospital Education Institute, as well as Jane Godwin and Alison Lester, well-known Australian children’s book illustrators and authors. She animated this project over two years, dismantling the beautiful still artworks created by the students at the hospital and bringing their vibrant mini beasts to life.

Trewlea projected another animation in White Night 2018, this was projected over two, three storey buildings at RMIT. The work was an abstract interpretation of evolution through Haeckel’s eyes. Celebrating the diversity and interconnectedness of all species. 

White Night 2016. Electroplasm is a steam punk style installation and performance that explored “lost and curious souls seeking others through spiritualism and the electrification in the Edwardian metropolis of Bearbrass. In collaboration with Renn Baker, John Phillips and Tania Smith. She was given the title “Director of Summonings:” filming and editing video art projected and live projection artist, switching visuals live onto the haunting spectacle of performance artist Tania Smith under Princes Bridge in the heart of the festival. 

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Research

TVsunami explores television’s influence in forming cultural, social and political realities.

The aim of this research project is to create an immersive video installation that engages in the ongoing debate concerning the power of the media over society and the notion of television as the transmitter of truth through broadcast news. 

This exegesis draws on Baudrillard’s theories of similacrum, unlocatable realities, obscenity of information, and extensively extrapolates on his concept that some media events are designed to anesthetize a situation by constructing an alternate “non-event.” These are examined alongside Boorstin’s theory of the pseudo- event, Johnson-Cartee’s observations about the “news framing political realities,” Fiske’s concepts relating to television codes, Barthes’ Mythologies, as well as theorists that explore how we construct our own realities. 

The exegesis also investigates the ambivalent relationship between television and video art by discussing video artists who have appropriated televisual content to develop their own discourses on issues of power and intent in mass media. The artists discussed include Nam June Paik, Dara Birnbaum, Peter Callas, Antoni Muntadas, Wolf Vostell and Ingo Günther. 

This exegesis has been structured to first lead the reader through the primary theories of concern before entering into a discussion about artists that are relevant to this field. Finally the author defines the relationship between her artistic practice and the media theories and video artists acknowledged in the exegesis. 

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Feature projects

Projects since 2011 feature in Vimeo

Key projects by year

  • The Deep End visuals at Bar 303 in Northcote - April 
  • Wide Open Space Festival visuals in Alice Springs - April 
  • Dark Skies Projection Artist in Alice Springs – May 
  • Live Stream visuals – Streamclash 5 – Null Hypothesis- July 
  • Live Stream visuals – Streamclash 6 – Binary Distortion - September 
  • Melt visuals at Gasometer in Collingwood – January 
  • Square Sounds visuals at 24 Moons in Northcote - February 
  • Live Stream visuals – – Streamclash 1 - Acid Smakt – April 
  • Live Stream visuals – Breakcore Japan - Ovenaxx – May 
  • Live Stream visuals – – Streamclash 2 - Mras Nitzi and Gelido - June 
  • Live Stream visuals – – Streamclash 3 - Gezfire - July 
  • Live Stream visuals – – Streamclash 4 - Talkshow Boy - August 
  • Animator for a collaboration with the staff and students of the Royal Children’s Hospital Education Institute and Jane Godwin and Alison Lester, well-known Australian children’s book illustrator and author - November 
  • Ruby my Dear (France) visuals at Brown Alley Melbourne – April
  • Media Manager-Online content Producer Gertrude Street Projection Festival - July 
  • Submersion Projection artist and curator at Maggie’s Art Space Collingwood - August 
  • Animator for a collaboration with the staff and students of the Royal Children’s Hospital Education Institute and Jane Godwin and Alison Lester, well-known Australian children’s book illustrator and author. (continuing project) 
  • White Night 2018, in a group show called Storywall at RMIT - February
  • Animation workshops accepted for the Beanie Festival in Alice Springs – June
  • Wyndham Winter Festival Lead Artist – June
  • Axed at Grumpy’s in Collingwood visuals – July
  • CDR (Japan) at the Tote in Collingwood visuals – August
  • Animator for a collaboration with the staff and students of the Royal Children’s Hospital Education Institute and Jane Godwin and Alison Lester, well-known Australian children’s book illustrator and author. (project started)
  • Projection Artist for Beltane Festival – November
  • Axed at Grumpy’s in Collingwood visuals – December
  • Cinema curator for Tanglewood Festival (NYE) - December
  • Public Disgrace at Tago Mago in Thornbury visuals - March
  • Ove-naxx Final Show Australia at 24 Moons in Northcote visuals – May 
  • Media Manager-Online content Producer Gertrude Street Projection Festival - July 
  • Awesome Sauce at Rubix Warehouse in Brunswick visuals - August 
  • White Night 2016. Electroplasm is a steam punk style installation and performance that explored “lost and curious souls seeking others through spiritualism and the electrification of cities like the energetic Edwardian metropolis of Bearbrass on the banks of the Yarra River by Phillip’s Port.” In collaboration with Renn Baker, John Phillips and Tania Smith, Trewlea Peters was the Director of Summonings. – February 
  • Awesome Sauce twisted Carnival at 24 Moons visuals - May 
  • Artist Residency in Kinghorn Scotland. Experimental animation and collaging of bioluminescent deep sea creatures (working progress). Sea Loft Studios supports new art and pioneers cutting-edge responses to the environment through an ecocentric spirit of exploration, risk-taking and international collaboration. - September 
  • Krachmacher – VJ iCandy - August
  • Developed an animated backdrop for House of Burlesque’s Fringe Festival show, Pandora’s Dolls - September
  • ‘Interface’ at Popup Night Projection Window @ Colour Box Studio. August/September
  • SCI FI SILOS OPENING EVENT visuals - August
  • Developed an environmental animation for the Enviroshop as part of the “High Views” section of the Northern Exposure Arts Festival in Northcote – July
  • Animated a video clip for Binliner “More Ouzo” track - April 
  • Futurelic Insectron Festival visuals - October 
  • Possum Riot outdoor bush festival visuals – September 
  • Performed at Sensory Overload, Gertrude Street Projection Festival – July 
  • Tekno Mulisha/Destroy Ordinary warehouse party – June 
  • Death Of A Scenester book launch visuals @ the Yarra Sculpture Gallery - May 
  • TVsunami video installation MFA examination exhibition and launch at Monash - April 
  • Chiptunes vs Breakcore Public Disgrace outdoor party – February 
  • NYE warehouse party 2011-2012 Tekno Mulisha/Destroy Ordinary/Public Disgrace 
  • TVsunami @ the 2011 Colloquium Monash University - December
  • Video Space exhibition at the Brunswick Street Gallery – September/October 
  • Racket @ Miss Libertines – December 
  • DOAS book launch visuals @ The Parlour Arts Hub Preston - May 
  • Sensory Overload, Gertrude Street Projection Festival @ The Workers Club - July 
  • Boogie Festival - April 
  • Bitch Engine @ Noise Bar – February 
  • Racket @ Miss Libertines - February 
  • Audio/visual performance at the 2010 Colloquium Monash University -December 
  • Sensory Overload, G.S.P.F @ The Workers Club - July 
  • Event Coordinator for Sensory Overload, Gertrude Street Project Festival - July 
  • A one screen version of ‘Karnevalslichter’ was screened at bar 303 as part of the “High Views” section of the Northern Exposure Arts Festival in Northcote - June 
  • Developed and projected visuals for the Lunatic Play Melbourne - May 
  • ‘Karnevalslichter’ installation @ The Owl and the Pussycat Gallery - April 
  • Collatoral Damage @ the Night Owl - February 
  • Gertrude Street Projection Festival guest artist. I also was the programmer of the event “Sensory Overload,” @ the Newtown Workers Club - June
  • Northern Exposure Arts Festival in Northcote, “High Views” Bar 303 - June
  • Collatoral Damage @ The Night Owl - April
  • Collateral Damage @ Brown Alley MELBOURNE - March
  • Premixed Visuals played for Jon Kenner@Madame Claude’s - BERLIN - March
  • Premixed Visuals played for Jon Kenner@Zimmerfest - Neukolln - BERLIN - March 
  • Schokoladen Club in Mitte BERLIN. FUEL Arts Festival – December
  • Wonder Bar in Kreuzberg BERLIN. Candy for the Eye - December 
  • Tacheles in Mitte BERLIN, Fuck off Sound System Speedcore Party – August 
  • Melbourne International Biennale of Exploratory Music (MIBEM) Festival Closing Party @ HORSE BAZAAR - April 
  • Therapy Sessions @ Roxanne’s Parlour - March 
  • High Vibes @ 303 High Street - March 
  • Chrysalis video installation screened in a collaborative exhibition “Digital Remembering”, at Project Space RMIT - February 
  • Chrysalis video installation screened in the finals of the MONA Prize and is screened on a regular basis on their 6 screen video installation at the Horse Bazaar.
  • Ultraworld Festival @ Kryal Castle - December
  • The Grindhouse @ HiFi Bar - October
  • The Make It Up Club @ Bar Open for the Fringe Festival – October
  • Halloween Warehouse Party for System Corrupt – October
  • High Detour @ 303 High Street for the Darebin Arts Festival – September
  • Frozen for Pharmacy @ Metro Melbourne - September
  • COMBICHRIST (Norway), KAMUI (Germany), TALLA2XLC (Germany), MAC & MAC (UK/Holland) for Pharmacy @ Tatou - July
  • PHARMACY presents: TRANSMISSION @ Metro Theatre – May
  • PHARMACY vs. ANJUNABEATS @ Palace Entertainment Complex - April
  • NIK FISH (Austria), KUTSKI (UK), ORGAN DONORS (UK) & DYEWITNESS/DJ MISJAH (Holland) for Pharmacy @ Metro Melbourne - March
  • Hobby Whores @ North Bazaar Melbourne - February 
  • Developed and delivered a Stop Motion in Final Cut Pro Workshop for Electrofringe Festival in Newcastle, part of the This Is Not Art Festival
  • Fistmas @ Open Studio Melbourne - December
  • Black Lotus @ Ace Morning Melbourne - December
  • Pharmacy @ Festival Hall Melbourne – November
  • Hardware @ Kryle Castle Ballarat – November
  • Teratology & black lotus present dj scotch egg (Japan/UK) visuals by: I-candy & moorooduc - October
  • Impromptu – Melbourne Fringe Festival Gig @ Bar Open Melbourne - October
  • Kevin Blecton (Canada) @ Pony Bar Melbourne – September
  • The Black Plastic Mass Event @ ABC Gallery Melbourne - July
  • Pharmacy @ Metro Melbourne – March, April, May and September.
  • Teratology @ Pony Bar Melbourne - Feb
  • Articulating Space Festival of Exploratory Music closing party @ Pony Bar Melbourne – Jan 
  • Short film “RE:production” screened with Technikunst Film Festival at Loop in Melbourne 
  • Short film “Untitled IV” screened with Dotmov at Glitch in Melbourne 
  • Pure Filth @ Geddes Lane Melbourne – Dec 
  • Video Projection screened in Collaborative Exhibition, “Kohld” at The Foundry in Melbourne 
  • Animation screened in the Best of Electronic Design and Interactive Media Screenings
  • Created eight character interactive games in Director and Flash. 
  • Developed a promotion for the Friends of the Earth Biomass campaign. 
  • Developed, designed and published a website about Genetically Engineered Foods. 
  • Created seven animations in After Effects, Director and Flash. 
  • Television production, publicity and training with RMITV – Life Member of the Channel 31 consortium. 
  • Short animated sequences screened as part of Bollocks on Channel 31 
  • Short film “Tables and Chairs” screened with Newcastle Fringe Festival in Newcastle.
    Commissioned by LOUD to do digital video production on a website called Virtual Newcastle. 
  • Short film “The Loot” screened with Newcastle Fringe Festival in Newcastle.
    Commissioned by the University of Newcastle to film for the Drama Department.
  • Wrote, Directed and Edited twelve short films.
  • Created ten stop motion animations.
  • Filmed and Edited six short films for other filmmakers in Newcastle.
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Awards

Trewlea Peters award photo

Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Outstanding Contributions to Learning and Teaching - Innovation in Vocational Education

Award date: 2020

Recipients: Trewlea Peters

 


Key awards by year

  • 2020 Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Outstanding Contributions to Learning and Teaching - Innovation in Vocational Education
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Public and media engagements

  • Emma Fraser, Head of Education (Early Years & Primary) Education Institute at the RCHM responded -
    “The project was a great success, following feedback from our teachers, students and families, stating it was a rewarding and positive experience for all. Given how isolated the children and young people can be in hospital, this project enabled them to meet new people and to learn new skills.” A wonderful outcome for RMIT, successfully making a difference to the greater community.
  • Excerpt from letter from Bianca Bowman CEO for the Centre for Projection Art about GSPF collaboration -
    A credit to Trewlea’s leadership, she taught her students to deal with “real world events.” All students handled themselves professionally throughout the festival period. Their enthusiasm, the quality of their videos submitted for our various social media platforms and the timeliness in providing continuous content for the festival’s Facebook and Instagram, kept the momentum of the festival running over the 10 day period. 
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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.