Aquabatics as New Works of Live Art

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


Faculty of Communications and Creative Industries

First Advisor

Associate Professor Domenico de Clario

Second Advisor

Dr. Janien Schwarz

Third Advisor

Dr. Adrian Heathfield


This practice-based thesis (comprising of an exegesis, exhibition, performances

and their documentation) traces a myriad of cognitive and sub cognitive

processes that converge towards a complex practice referred to as 'Aquabatics'.

In broad terms, Aquabatics describes the research nexus of occupational diving

and contemporary performance. The purpose of this body of research has been

to explore underwater performance, behaviour and boarders, in order to both

devise new works of live art and to develop new methodologies and approaches

to art-making. Aquabatics, as a performance strategy, seeks to critique, contest

and explore the liminal natures of human performance, and the role and context

of live artists, in contemporary life.

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