project director, writer, composer, performer, sound designer
Goodbye, CSIRAC (2012) was a retro sci-fi audio tour that led visitors into the guts of the Melbourne Museum to uncover the true story of CSIRAC, Australia's first computer. But watch out! The tour also summoned the mysterious Ghost of Computers Past... Original audio illuminated the extraordinary story of CSIRAC, and ghostly live performances interrupted and intermingled with the sound, reminding us that every computer has a memory. A love letter to 1960s computing and sci-fi, Goodbye, CSIRAC commemorated the things - and people - we forget when technologies become obsolete.
Narrator performed by Ellen Steele
Dramaturgy by Willoh S. Weiland and Bernard Caleo
Lighting and stage management by Govin Ruben and Rubix Cube
Audio production by Robert Stewart
Costume production by Matthew Kneale
All images by Sonia Mangiapane.
This project was supported by Next Wave, Melbourne Museum, the City of Melbourne through the Arts Grants Program, and the APHIDS Mentoring and Residency Program. It was also assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.