Call Out: Adhocracy Residency 2018


Presented in association with Critical Path

Vitalstatistix is now reviewing expressions of interest from South Australian artists for our annual Adhocracy residency, 20 August – 2 September.

Applications closed on Monday 28 May.

Please read the following information and then apply here

Key info & lead artist 

Each year for Adhocracy, Vitalstatistix hosts a unique artist-in-residence initiative.

Guest, lead artist/s join us to develop a new project, working with a team of South Australian collaborators for a fortnight leading up to Adhocracy. The work then features in Adhocracy’s public program of showings and talks. This year we are very excited to welcome our first international artist to lead this annual residency.

Kinstillatory Mappings in Light and Dark Matter is a new process-based work in development by Emily Johnson and her global collaborators. The project is about ways of being and ways of making. It is research and process as ceremony. It is dance. It is writing about dance. It will be shared as dance, text and public gathering.

Emily Johnson is a First Nations artist from USA. Originally from Alaska and of Yup’ik descent, she is currently based in New York City where she is director of dance company Catalyst. A Guggenheim Fellow and Bessie award winning choreographer, she creates work that considers the experience of sensing and seeing performance. Her dances function as installations, engaging audiences within and through a space and environment, interacting with a place’s architecture, history, and role in community. Emily’s four-part work SHORE was presented at Yirramboi First Nations Arts Festival in Melbourne, 2017.

Kinstillatory Mappings in Light and Dark Matter offers a framework for exploring decolonial practices of embodiment, site-responsive choreographic practices and their relationship to land, and the radical relationships that are created through dance making and other forms of artistic activation.

This is an interdisciplinary exploration – choreographers, dancers, writers, artists working in land-based sculpture, architecture and landscape design, and other multidisciplinary artists are all able to apply for this opportunity.

The residency is presented in partnership with choreographic research and development organisation Critical Path, as part of a program of national labs led by international practitioners.

Dates and detail

The Kinstillatory Mappings in Light and Dark Matter residency will take place at Hart’s Mill, Port Adelaide, between Monday 20 August and Sunday 2 September, including Adhocracy.

A detailed schedule will be developed once participating artists are selected. Please note that while the residency is full time, there is some scope for flexibility around work and personal commitments. As this is a non-residential residency, you will travel to and from Port Adelaide each day. Selected participants will be paid an honorarium of $700 to cover basic travel costs.

The residency includes participation in Adhocracy 2018. For more info on what Adhocracy is like, we highly recommend you check out further information at

Submitting an expressions of interest

To apply for a place in this residency, please provide us with:

– A letter, of no more than one page, outlining who you are and why you’d like to participate in the residency. Please include your full name, address and contact phone number.

– A biography or abbreviated CV, of no more than one page in length.

– An artistic response to one of the two following questions –provocations:

1. What are the radical relationships you personally make (or want to make) as an artist? With whom and where?

2. How is your art-making embodied, where is it sited and how do you best listen to those sites?

Your response may be still or moving image, documentation of live performance, sound, and/or text. Present your response in one of the following forms: text (up to 500 words), sound or music (up to 3 minutes), video (up to 1 minute), images (up to 10). Submissions can be made as uploaded video/audio file, or attached as a PDF.

You may also provide up to two URLs of other artistic support material. It is not essential that you provide this extra support material.

Please stick to the material we ask for above – we do not require any further information than what we have asked for. Please ensure you clearly name your documents/files with your full name and provide passwords if relevant.

Submit your application here

For enquiries contact us via program[at] or phone (08) 8447 6211



Applications are open to South Australian artists only. Up to seven artists will be selected. We anticipate informing you of the outcome of your proposal by late June.

You will not be selected to participate in both the residency and a separate Adhocracy project proposal, please consider your applications carefully and discuss with us if you need.


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