“Synarcade is no doubt experimenting with technology and successfully integrates aspects of VJ culture into their multimedia productions. What is quite unique however is that their style and concept opens it up to a different audience, who are not standard theatre audiences or those that would necessarily engage in hybrid arts practices. It is incredibly accessible …."
Virginia Hyam, Studio Executive Producer, Sydney Opera House
"This form of innovation that both draws upon research into the experience of everyday life and yet retains the immediacy and openness of live performance should be recognized as at the forefront of contemporary artistic practice today.”
Dr.Charles Merewether, Artistic Director & Curator, 2006 Biennale of Sydney
"Emergence is a fascinating show and delivers a genuine poignancy, inspired by a profound recognition that human virtues and failings are inextricably intertwined."
The Age, Melbourne
“Mark’s creative work is at the very cutting edge of interactive arts practice at the moment and what I find particularly exciting is his pioneering creation of unique technology for each of his multimedia projects.”
Jennifer Wilson, The Project Factory
"It is hard to do justice to just how successful Synarcade have been in merging the trappings of technology with the concerns of a theatrical experience."
“The technological delight that is the [Lumiphonic Creature] choir is like nothing Australia may have seen locally. A work of this calibre is more commonly seen offshore where experimentation across mediums is encouraged and more commonplace. It would be my great pleasure to see this work grow as it challenges medium, perception and interaction through performance and visuals that is unique unto itself.”
Annie Laerkesen, Director, Artist Residency Program, Cockatoo Island, Sydney Australia.
"[Emergence is] a unique and groundbreaking artistic and cultural phenomenon.”
"Emergence takes audience interactivity to a brave new level"
“[Emergence is]... an explosive performance of curiosity, science and in-depth thought about what the ‘perfect’ human could possibly be.....”
Carved Media Empire
"Meddling with genes raises plenty of issues for lawyers, doctors and radio shock jocks to argue about, but Emergence turns this ethical minefield into an interactive multimedia performance involving film, theatre and music"
Sydney Morning Herald
“Certainly I found [Emergence] a most stimulating exploratory performance experience with thought provoking interactivity built into the concept….I found the gentle humour and quietly challenging propositions very refreshing.”
Tamara Winikoff, Executive Director, NAVA (National Association for the Visual Arts)