Debra Petrovitch is an artist who works in a variety of mediums including film, video, audio, performance, sculpture, photography and new media.
As the founder of Subcutaneous Theatre, Debra has experimented mainly in a psycho-dramatic vein in order to create a new dark theatre that constantly shifts between fractured drama and new media immersive environments that often use triggering devices.
Her subject matter ranges from Shakespearian tragedy, to the body and suburban crisis. All these themes feed into one and other as she attempts to investigate Artaud and what shedescribes as “the intersections created when lancing the wounds of society”.
She is also an academic specializing in media studies and time based art (at the College of Fine Art UNSW). She is also a tutor in language and discourse at the University of Technology, Sydney. She is currently undertaking a PhD at University of Sydney.
Debra Petrovitch has been commissioned as a sound artist to create soundtracks for film (including works by Tracey Moffatt), theatre (Tess DeQuincey) and video (John Douglas).
Super 8 Film
1978 Adelaide Zoo, Research Documentation of Chimpanzee behaviour during a lunar eclipse, working with Anne Miskelly (University of South Australia). Also research documentation of Orangutan grooming and dominance behaviour.
1979 Torrens College of Art and Education, Adelaide, Sound and Light Exhibition. First installation of Super 8 Film loops, excerpts from Chimpanzee behaviour as an accompaniment to installation 'Modern Unit’.
1979 Documentation of durational performance, Super 8 film & transducer mikes to capture heartbeat and neck pulse during swim in winter sea, Henley Beach. Excerpt used as part of Death by Drowning Super 8 Film 1
1980. Death by Drowning, version 1, A collage of the swimming documentation and telecined biological footage of camera probe moving through the oesophagus and into the stomach. Also telecine material of xray footage of human diaphragm expanding and contracting with each breathe.
1980 Death by Drowning/version 2, Te Ve Tabu Paddington Town Hall (shown in conjunction with fourth Biennale of Sydney. 19-24 April 1982 (Super8 Collective event).
1981 Feint Heart, Te Ve Tabu Paddington Town Hall (shown in conjunction with fourth Biennale of Sydney.
1980 Death by Drowning and Feint Heart shown at Clifton Hill community Centre, Melbourne with other Sydney filmmakers Kevin Sheehan and John Letherbridge.
1983 Tribute to Artaud, Installation SCA, Sound, Super 8 Film loops, plaster floor, 6 mirrors, ciberchromes, electric fan, life size statues plus text.
1984 Red Dogs are Coming, Super 8 Film shown at Performance Space Sydney as part of Installation, Flesh Flesh Cut Cut Burn, Curator Nick Tsoutas.
1985 Cut, Super 8 film shown at Super 8 forum Dendy cinema Sydney; Roma Theatre Sydney.
1985 The Tragedy of King Lear, Super 8 extract from performance/installation (Performance Space) shown at Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide, South Australia.
1986 Crying from the Stream, Super 8 film shown at Chauvel Cinema Sydney.
1987 Cut, shown at Berlin film Festival, Germany, Curator Stephen Cummings.
1988 Untitled, Super 8 film co-produced with Lynette Hearne Sydney Film and Video Festival.
1989 King Lear, (two monitor installation) shown at Arthouse audiovisual Festival Sydney.
1989 Lava Flow, single channel video,Sydney Film and video Festival, Performance Space.
1991 Exordium, Installation, mono sound of self giving birth, one video monitor displaying various degrees of TV static, First Draft – curator Michaela Dwyer
1994 King Lear (version 2) shown at Experimenta International Video Festival Melbourne Victoria.
1996 Aunty Annie And Uncle Charlie, Excerpts From The Battleground, Solo Performance, 3 channel video, 2 channel audio, Live Mix with text, Artspace.Sydney, curator, Nick Tsoutas.
1997 Cut Version 2 reopened, Performance/Video Installation, assisted by Anna Munster (performance) and Wade Marynowsky, Video morphs, Curator Nick Tsoutas.
2003 'Shangrila Collective’ Video with performance documentation of self, curator Maria Cruz.
2006 Water Festival, Large screen DVD projection to accompany piano recitals based on the theme of water. A collaborative work with yr 9/10 students, St Scholasticas College, Sydney.
2008 Piss/Artaud, Single Channel video with sound, Sguardi Sonori Festival of Media and Time Based Art; tour, Lanificio Conte Schio, Palazzo Orsini Bomarzo, Viaa d’Este Tivoli Rome, Rocca dei Rettori Benevento, CAM Casoria Napoli, curator Carlo Fatigoni
2009 Birth of an Idol, single channel video with sound, Sguardi Sonori Festival of Media and Time Based Art, Italy, curator Carlo Fatigoni
2012 Skins of Language, single channel video with sound, Squardi Sonori Festival of Media and Time Based Art, Italy, curator Carlo Fatigoni.