Dominique is currently working together with Dr. Lyndon Ormond-Parker and Professor Aaron Corn on an Australian Research Council (ARC) project from 2018-21 titled Aboriginal remote narrowcast TV and the audio-visual archive. This project aims to investigate the world’s best practices in community narrowcast digital TV and contemporary methods for the long-term storage of both digital and analogue audio-visual cultural materials. This will assist in the long-term preservation of Indigenous languages and culture and will investigate whether health promotion and other messages in Aboriginal languages community impacts on community well-being.

For the next three years 2018-2021 a second international research project in which Dominique is part of the team is Think Big – Multi-national digital platforms enabling child and youth led health and wellbeing initiatives. VicHealth Sustainable Development Goals Partnerships Grant.

Dominique has a B.Ed in drama/dance/philosophy from Deakin University (Rusden). Working, directing, devising and performing with masks led to his Ph.D. thesis and film at ANU entitled “masked corroborees of the northwest”. The thesis is grounded in northwest Australia looking at a range of corroborees that incorporate the use of masks. It concerns performance objects that connect bodies to country, cultural knowledge and ancestors. Masks also reaffirm the political status of people in their country.

Research Areas:

current grants

2018-2020 ARC Indigenous Discovery Aboriginal remote narrowcast TV and the audio-visual archive.

2018-2020 Think Big – Multi-national digital platforms enabling child and youth led health and wellbeing initiatives. VicHealth Sustainable Development Goals Partnerships Grant recipient.


Sweeney, D 2020 (in press), “Stomp in Australia” Fusion Journal Issue 16
Sweeney, D 2019 Introduction Tales from the Arabian Nights by Donna Abela, Sydney, Currency Press
Sweeney, D 2019, “What is the Australian National Maritime Museum Ilma collection?”, Archives and Manuscripts, pp. 1-11. DOI: 10.1080/01576895.2019.1570283
Sweeney, D and Lewis, R 2019, “Perform “the space”, not “in the space”: Incorporating place, environment and imagination in integrative practices.” Fusion Journal Issue 15
Harper, J and Sweeney, D et al 2019 “Dance like Bacteria Wonder with Me! Embracing Microbiology through Science and Art from Primary School to University.” IJISME Special Issue: When Science Meets the Arts: Bridging the Subjective-Objective Divide Part 2, 27(6)
Sweeney, D. (2017). I wonder…. In D. Curtis (Ed.), Building Sustainability with the Arts: Proceedings of the 2nd National Ecoarts Australis Conference 2016. UK: Cambridge Scholars.
Sweeney, D. (Director) & D. Sweeney (Director). (2013). Welcome – Draft Centennial Park Master Plan 2040 [Online video]. In C. Parklands (Producer). Sydney: Centennial Parklands.
Sweeney, D. (Director). (2013). A Story of Chocolate [Online video]. In C. Parklands & (Producer), From Crops to Shops. Sydney: From Crops to Shops.
Sweeney, D. (2009). Masked corroborees of the northwest – “stand up in my head”. (Thesis (Ph.D.)), Australian National University.
Sweeney, D. (Director). (2008). masked corroborees of the northwest [DVD]. Canberra: Centre for Cross Cultural Research. ANU,.
Sweeney, D. (2008). Taking ethnographic film back. Being There: After-Proceedings of the 2006 Conference of the Australasian Association for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies. Retrieved from 17 Jun 2008  doi:
Sweeney, D. (2007). Report on the Ilma groundwork June 2007 with Bardi Elder – Roy Wiggan. Sydney: ANMM
Sweeney, D. (2007). Alan Griffiths’ Balmarra. In L. Seear & J. Ewington (Eds.), Brought to Light II: Contemporary Australian Art 1966–2006. Brisbane: Queensland Art Gallery.
Sweeney, D. (2001). Beyond the confines of the body… Are Waranggi masks or are masks part of what Waranggi are? (Honours Thesis), Griffith University.



An introduction to masks in Australia, Performance Studies International #24 Daegu, Performance as Network: Arts, City, Culture, July 2018

Introduction to Masked Corroborees of the Northwest, 2017 Shanghai Theatre Academy International Symposium on Theatre Studies, Shanghai, China, Nov 2017

I wonder…, In between and across: mediating realit(y)ies in performance and performance ethnography Performance Studies Conference, Sydney University, Australia, 2016

I Wonder … Indigenous Corroborees and Masked Dances in Northwest Australia, Building Sustainability with the Arts, 2nd National Ecoarts Australis Conference, 2016

Mask Presentation, World Commedia dell’arte Day, Italian Forum Cultural Centre, 2016


Creative Works

Producer – Live Broadcast – Donna Abela’s “Flame Tree Street” play development workshop, 16 Mar 2018

Live Performance, Norm and Ahmed, Sweeney, D. (ERA2018 Researcher) & Lewis, R. (ERA2018 Researcher), 2018

Live Performance The Human Glove, Sweeney, D. (ERA2018 Researcher) & Lewis, R. (ERA2018 Researcher), Apr 2017



Sweeney, D. 2015 Oosh Climbing, Shelter Building, and Tree Climbing Sydney: Network of Community Activities

Sweeney, D. “masked corroborees of the northwest” 47 min film screened at:

Nordic Anthropological Film Festival, Koper, Slovenia, 2009

Beeld voor Beeld Film Festival, 2008

Moscow Ethnographic Film Festival, 2008


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