On the Couch with Scott Wright

Scott Wright - photo by Steve ChristoWho is Scott Wright?
I’m the artistic director at Erth Visual and Physical Inc – a small person trapped in big person’s body, born in Ballarat on Wathaurong country.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
Lift less heavy things beyond my means.

Who inspires you and why? 
Selfless, generous, kind, smart and dangerous risk takers.

What would you do to make a difference in the world? 
I’ve been creating theatre that has a focus on the First Nations culture of Australia, conservation of critically endangered species and working with artists with neurodiversity or physical differences. Not that it’s intentional, but I would hope that this work has the potential to influence changes in making the future a better place.

Favourite holiday destination and why? 
What’s a holiday!

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why? 
I always insist on cooking for people, there’s nothing like a home cooked meal.

What are you currently reading?
Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe – which is about the First Nations people of Australia and their relationship with the land prior to settlement. It’s extraordinary, as the information is from documents and journals of early settlers and explorers that have never made it into our popular history. It’s devastating to learn how much of the land was not what it is now.

What are you currently listening to? 
Whilst I’m working in the Erth warehouse on our Vivid Sydney installation, I’m listening to compositions for our next show by James Brown and a lot of ambient soundscapes. My current go-to is Radiohead slowed down 800%.

Happiness is? 
Whatever you want it to be.

What does the future hold for you?
In the immediate future, I’m working on presenting Winter Camp as part of Vivid Sydney at Barangaroo starting on 25 May 2019. It features Marri Dyin (which means Great Woman in the traditional Sydney language), who is a six metre tall internally illuminated puppet that is a contemporary acknowledgment to the First Nations women of Australia prior to settlement. As for after that, I’ve never known what the future holds and I like it that way.

Scott is the Artistic Director at Erth Visual and Physical Inc and creator of Marri Dyin (Great Woman) – which will feature at Winter Camp – presented at Barangaroo as part of Vivid Sydney: 24 May – 15 June 2019. For more information, visit: www.vividsydney.com for details.

Image: Scott Wright – photo by Steve Christo