Cleo Mees is a creative practice researcher who works across writing, video and movement. She has a deep interest in improvisation and interdisciplinary practice, and in the process of artistic research.
Cleo’s movement background is based in BodyWeather, and is enriched by her contact with local independent dancers’ practices. She has written performance reviews for RealTime Arts, Running Dog and ADSR Zine, and has had her writing published through The International Journal of Screendance, the Oxford Research Encyclopedia, and Critical Dialogues. She is also a long-term member of the Sydney-based Writing Dancing collective, which explores intersections between choreographic and written practices, and is increasingly interested in exploring hybrid and experimental forms of essay writing.
Cleo has collaborated as cinematographer, sound recordist and editor on a range of video projects across music video, digital storytelling, documentary, performance documentation and narrative film. Her own interests lie more in the direction of essay filmmaking and experimental documentary, which she explored throughout her practice-based Honours and PhD research.
Cleo is also a teacher at UTS and Macquarie University. She teaches in the areas of cultural theory, video production, and screenwriting.