National experimental arts hothouse
Adhocracy is Vitalstatistix’s national hothouse, supporting the creative development of new experimental and multidisciplinary arts projects. Artists from around Australia join us to create and converse in one space (our beautiful, heritage-listed home, Waterside, in Port Adelaide) over the first weekend of Spring.
Our program of new works-in-development spans theatre, dance, live art, socially engaged practice, durational performance, radio broadcasting, video and installation. There are nine projects participating in Adhocracy this year, selected through national and state-wide callouts and a residency commissioning process.
Artists work in an open studio environment throughout Waterside, as well as at our two offsite locations this year, Hart’s Mill Flour Shed and artist-run initiative Fontanelle. They are all in the early stages of the process of making; they are experimenting with ideas and art forms, as well as how audiences experience their works. You can engage with the artists and their creative process through a public program of artist talks and work-in-progress showings.
Adhocracy is a festival of ideas meets intense art camp meets magic house party. Get amongst some of Australia’s most exciting established and emerging makers of Australian contemporary culture, art, performance and commentary.
Curated by Emma Webb and Paul Gazzola
5pm Friday 1st September
Spring has sprung, the grass is riz, are you wondering where the experimental art in Adelaide is? Join us for the opening of Adhocracy 2017 and stay for an evening of talks and showings.
Very special, short, sharp and shiny guest speakers.
10pm each night
Part performance lecture, part artist vox pop, part playlist. Gather around towards the end of each night for an entertaining, thought provoking, possibly meandering recap of the day and discussion of the works in development at Adhocracy. And then let the tunes begin and enjoy our special Nightcaps cocktail.
Presented by three of Australia’s best performance artists – Bron Batten (Friday), Emma Beech (Saturday) and Malcolm Whittaker (Sunday).
THE POSTGRADUATE TURN
4pm Saturday 2nd September
Artists are increasingly making a postgraduate turn, undertaking PhD candidatures in the university sector. In this panel, current candidates will discuss what their research entails, how they reconcile wearing the hats of both ‘researcher’ and ‘artist’, and the contributions they are seeking to make towards both art practice and academia.
The conversation will be led by Malcolm Whittaker, artist and PhD candidate at University of Wollongong.
Supported by a grant from the Department of Premier and Cabinet.