Light, sound and storytelling: Ephemera is a theatrical, 40-channel video installation celebrating the art, objects and ephemera that have inhabited Metro Arts, as seen through the eyes of the people who made it.

Created by Benjamin Knapton, the installation combines 40 interviews from people integral to Metro Arts over the past 40 years. Using various video editing techniques across a multitude of screens, the work provokes questions about place, community and social context: how can architecture, people and organisations interact to create something worth talking about?

Ephemera is a kaleidoscopic event that will hold the mind, the eyes and the ears in equal enchantment.

Vernon Ah Kee, Alex Anderson, Sue Benner, Margi Brown Ash, Natasha Budd, Liz Burcham, Megan Burnett, Shaun Charles, Lafe Charlton, Cameron Clark, Sandro Colarelli, Katy Cotter, Dan Evans, Penny Everingham, Matthew Filkins, Suzon Fuks, Brendan Glanville, Jason Glenwright, Elise Greig, Kinly Grey, Linda Hassall, Simone Hine, Rachael Haynes, Robert Kronk, Ian Lawson, Brian Lucas, Lila Luxx, Amy-Clare McCarthy, Scot McPhie, David Megarrity, Lyndall Milani, Kellie O’Dempsey, Nathan Sibthorpe, Luke Roberts, Jo Thomas, Katrina Torenbeek, Gen Trace, Jenna Ward, Don Watson, Kyle Weise, Melina Wightman, Anna Yen.


Conceived and Created by Benjamin Knapton

Lawrence English – Sound Design
Nathan Sibthorpe – Associate Artist
Freddy Komp – Production Manager & Systems
VISUL – Video Production


1 – 15 February 2020


1 February, 6 – 10pm
9 February, 10am – 4pm
2, 3 & 10 February – Closed
4 – 8 February, 12pm – 10pm
11 – 15 February, 12pm – 10pm


Metro Arts, Level 1

(Please note, Level 1 is currently only accessible via stairs. We are aware of the inconvenience this creates and sincerely apologise.)



Benjamin Knapton is an Australian director who has worked across theatre, contemporary circus and film. He has been the Associate Director of Circa since 2010 and was the Associate Artistic Director from 2014-2016. With Circa Ben has created, directed and co-directed new circus works and large-scale events that have toured extensively to major international festivals and venues.

As an independent director Ben’s works have been seen in India, Hungary, Mexico, UK, New Zealand and Australia. Most recently, Ben’s popular new creation Mallakhamb Mumbai performed for 25,000 people including a sold-out-season at the Royal Opera House Mumbai.

Benjamin has produced and managed a number of international tours and new projects, including projects with London Festival, Norfolk and Norwich Festival, International Dance Festival Birmingham, MA Scene National in France, and the film adaptation of Tim Winton’s The Turning. He holds a BA in Applied Theatre, an MA in directing, and a practice-led PhD in directing. Ben’s Masters won the prestigious Philip Parsons Prize.


Lawrence English is an artist, composer and curator based in Australia. Working across an array of aesthetic investigations, English’s work explores the politics of perception and prompts questions of field, perception and memory. English utilises a variety of approaches including visceral live performance and site-specific installation to create work that invites audiences to consider their relationship to listening, place and embodiment. Over the past decade he has worked with sound as a medium for embodied experience and is determined to share his interests in the transformative and sensorial transgressive possibilities of sound. He is a Sidney Myer Creative fellow, was awarded an outstanding doctorial thesis award in conjunction with his PhD in 2017 and has been supported by the Mike Kelley Foundation for his latest project in Los Angeles, Seirá.


Nathan Sibthorpe is an award-winning contemporary performance-maker and AV Designer based in Brisbane, Australia. Currently, he is the director of Counterpilot – the collective of techno-troublemakers responsible for interactive transmedia performance works like Crunch Time (2018) and Truthmachine (2019). Nathan was previously Queensland Theatre Company’s Geek-In-Residence in 2012-14; the Festival Director of Short+Sweet Queensland from 2013-16; an Australia Council JUMP artist in 2012; and the Creative Director for Markwell Presents Cinematic Theatre Company from 2016-18. Nathan has been nominated for eight Matilda Awards, receiving the award for Best AV Design in 2017 (Blue Bones) and the Lord Mayor’s Award for Best New Australian Work in 2018 (Crunch Time). In 2011 he received a Green Room Groundling Award and in 2017 he was the recipient of the Dr Don Batchelor Award for Drama Research at QUT. Nathan teaches performance studies at QUT, where he holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with distinction, and a Masters Degree in contemporary performance.


Freddy Komp is a multi-disciplinary artist who has worked as AV, Set, and Lighting Designer (nominated for 2 Groundling Awards and 1 Matilda Award), Director, Actor, in video based Visual Arts Installations (including Living Rocks: A Fragment of the Universe at the Venice Biennale 2019), and in technical theatre and event production. He loves a good challenge that demands a variety of skills as well as creative problem solving like the next Renaissance man.

Freddy has worked with accomplished directors including Garry Stewart, Nasim Khosravi, Margi Brown-Ash, Benjamin Knapton, Andy Packer, Daniel Evans, David Fenton, Michael Futcher, Shaun Charles, Eugene Gilfedder, Genevieve Trace. and Benjamin Schostakowski. His latest theatrical credits include SONGS FOR THOSE WHO’VE COME ACROSS THE SEA (Slingsby Theatre Company ’18), BEGINNING OF NATURE (European tour with Australian Dance Theatre ’18), VIS & RAMIN (Melbourne season, Footscray ’17), HE DREAMED A TRAIN / EVE (double-feature at Brisbane Powerhouse ’17), I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS and A TRIBUTE OF SORTS (Queensland Theatre Company ’14). 

He completed a BA Applied Theatre (Griffith University ’09) gaining the Applied Theatre Medal (best graduating student), as well as three annual awards of excellence.


Creative and mindful video production dedicated to supporting conscious and ethical ideas. Social media advertisements, branding videos, marketing visuals, film and documentaries. You name it. Visul are focused on creating stories with heart and purpose.
Derek has been active in the Brisbane creative scene for the past decade as a filmmaker, photographer, and arts lover/consumer. After obtaining his bachelor’s degree in Film and Television he switched his focus from Cinematography to Producing to create more work for himself and his friends. The creative producer behind Visul, Derek believes behind every brand is a human story, and that film is the perfect medium to explore these stories and share them with the world.