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Adhocracy 2017

 

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.

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.

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.

Curated by Emma Webb and Paul Gazzola

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ADHOCRACY EXTRAS

ADHOCRACY OPENING

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.

NIGHTCAPS

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.


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MAKING THE MOST OF ADHOCRACY

READ THE PROGRAM Get familiar with the nine projects participating in this year’s hothouse and the schedule for the weekend, so you can work out where your interests lie. Download the program and the schedule.  MAKE A DAY OF IT OR MAKE A WEEKEND OF IT Come for a full evening, ready for an intense experience, and […]
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Border Crossers

In this creative development, contemporary dance practitioner Ben-Hur Winter joins Berry; together they will create ‘rebel political warriors’, hybrid forms of the artists’ complex selves. Their Filipino heritage, theatre-making and queer performance practices will be drawn upon, to comprise the core of the personas, which may exist in a theatre, gallery, dance club, an alley, or even a church.

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DIRTY HARRY

Multidisciplinary artist Martyn Coutts will work with choreographer Caitlin Comerford in a subversive exploration of machismo. Dirty Harry, in its first development, is an experimental process that positions the male body as a site of power and violence, and seeks to find out what happens to it under pressure.

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DON’T READ THE COMMENTS

DON’T READ THE COMMENTS questions climate change denial, online disinhibition and the impact of creative responses to political issues. In this second creative development, writer Ben Brooker and his team will explore the shape of the text, experimenting with how to produce a live performance that captures the branching effect of online commentary.

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Second Hand Emotions

Second Hand Emotions is a process-driven, queer and discursive project responding to the provocation of ‘love and feminism’, the theme of Fontanelle’s keynote exhibition during FRAN.

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MAYBE YOU, MAYBE YOU, MAYBE EVEN YOU

Maybe You, Maybe You, Maybe Even You is a participatory performance that investigates the nuances of queer visibility in public spaceSet in a busy café or bar, participants seek a series of clues on a journey to locate transgender woman and Andy Warhol’s tragic muse, Candy Darling.

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SOLO FOR (HU)MAN AND FOAM

At its most frivolous Solo for (Hu)man and Foam is a playful dance experiment; at its deepest it reflects the possibilities and limits to individual change in the face of environmental disaster.

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SQUASH!

Artist Meg Wilson, continues her fascination with sports-based durational art events, in her new work SQUASH!, a live art work exploring grandiosity, narcissism and deceit. During Adhocracy, Meg and her team will explore the dramaturgy and design of the work, and test modes of audience engagement.

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THE SILENT KEY

At its heart The Silent Key will produce a relay of broadcasts featuring artists, communities and individuals, forming an ‘exquisite corpse’-style narrative arc. These playful global broadcasts will be accompanied by a series of terrestrial and online clues, performances, publications, and other interventions.

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THE WITNESS

The Witness is a performance installation and video work exploring death awareness and acceptance, and the internet as a site for private inquiry. This creative development draws on a video work commissioned by RealTime in 2017; video and sound artist Tiyan Baker will begin a major research and performative extension to its first iteration.

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Adhocracy Artists

national artist hothouse supporting the development of new art and performance 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.
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NIGHTCAPS

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 […]