About Guerrilla Semiotics

This is the personal blog of Jana Perkovic, and it features my articles on theatre and performance, some of my more salient research and urban design work, and some entirely personal notes. The views expressed here are my own, and not those of my employers. Please ask if you need clarification.

Guerrilla Semiotics (existing on the web, as Mono no aware, since 2001) came about as a place to air all my serious and frivolous thoughts on contemporary performance, graphic novellism, travel and travel writing, urban design, creative mapping, and any other meeting point between language, images, and thought. More broadly, GS is a place for me to think about the convergence of words and imagery, mind and space.

As of 2017, this blog is no longer updated, but it will be maintained as an archive, and a record of Australian (Melbourne-centred) theatre, dance, and live art, in the period of 2006-2016.

Please note that the following section is outdated. I have chosen to keep it as a snapshot in time.

About Jana Perkovic

Born in Rijeka, Croatia. Resident of Melbourne, Australia since 2005.

Collected here are mostly my writings on contemporary performance, dance and theatre. I have been writing such things, publishing in different Australian media outlets, since 2008. I am a member of the Green Room Awards, judging for the Hybrid & Alternative Performance panel, which makes me see a lot of live art and in-between form. I co-edit and co-manage Spark Online with Carl Nilsson-Polias. I am a collaborator on the Arts Alive radio program, and a contributor to the Croatian program on SBS Radio.

I am also regularly working at the Melbourne School of Design as a researcher and tutor in the fields of urban geography, design and planning. My main areas of specialisation, shall we say, are transport planning, GIS and cartography, urban policy and creative communities, and what is often (very facilely) called ‘place-making’: the right size, scale and grain of things. I have a personal interest in Japanese and Mediterranean urban structures, and in terrains vagues.

I am currently studying in the Master of Urban Design course at Melbourne School of Design, which is taking a great deal more of my time than I had anticipated, and has been side-tracking me from theatre more than I wish.

You can contact me on jana [dot] perkovic [at] gmail [dot] com.

3 thoughts on “About

  1. […] assessment I have come across of Andrews’ production, go to Jana Perkovic’s astute response @ Guerilla Semiotics. Since she does so well tackling the production ‘as it is’ (as it were), I will content myself […]

  2. Sarah Sands says:

    HI Jana, I’ve recently moved to Melbourne from NYC and I love your blog! I came across it because I’m interested in learning more about semiotics’ used for marketing and market research. There aren’t many people in the field here in Melbourne though. I was wondering if you know of any semiotics courses offered through the arts?

    Let me know if you’d want to chat sometime!


  3. Hi Jana,

    We are publishing the memoirs of Chilean-American best-selling author, playwright and human rights activist Ariel Dorfman in June and I was wondering if you might be interested in receiving an advance copy for potential review?

    In ‘Feeding on Dreams’ Dorfman delivers a memoir excavating for the first time his profound and provocative journey as an exile. You can read more about the book here- http://catalogue.mup.com.au/978-0-522-86185-3.html

    Please send me an email with your postal address if you would be interested in me sending you a copy.

    Looking forward to hearing from you,


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