Adhocracy Residency

Second Hand Emotions Artist Call-Out

Vitalstatistix is now seeking expressions of interest from South Australian artists for our annual Adhocracy residency. This year’s project, Second Hand Emotions, is a process-driven, queer and discursive exploration of ‘love and feminism’.

We will select up to ten artists. The closing date for your EOI is Monday 29 May.

Key info

Each year, for Adhocracy, Vitalstatistix hosts a unique artist-in-residence initiative. Guest Australian artists 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’s commissioned project, Second Hand Emotions, is presented in partnership with artist-run-initiative Fontanelle, in celebration of their relocation to Port Adelaide and the epic, multi-sited feminist art festival FRAN.

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.

Led by artists Mish Grigor, SJ Norman and Sarah RodigariSecond Hand Emotions will develop performative, documentary and other responses for presentation at Adhocracy and installation as part of Fontanelle’s Feminism and Love exhibition.


Lead artists

Mish Grigor is an artist whose work investigates the relationships between popular entertainment and experimental art practices. She enjoys moments of great theatricality placed very close to the absolutely mundane, and has an ongoing fascination with new writing for performance.

SJ Norman is a cross-disciplinary, body-centred artist and writer. Their work traverses performance, installation, sculpture, text, video and sound. They are a proud Indigenous Australian of both Wiradjuri and European heritage, living and working between Europe and Australia.

Sarah Rodigari is an artist whose work is an ongoing practice of wrong reading. Working between visual art, performance and social practice, her work can be site-specific, minor in scale and poetic in address, from endurance actions, to one-on-one contractual performances, and text-based works.


Dates and detail

The Second Hand Emotions residency will take place at Vitalstatistix, 11 Nile St Port Adelaide, between Thursday 24 August and Sunday 3 September.

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 $500 to cover basic travel costs.

The residency includes participation in Adhocracy 2017. For more info on what Adhocracy is like, we highly recommend you check out further information at

The residency is open to established and emerging artists across art forms, including performers and performance-makers, sound artists, visual artists, writers and others. Gender-diverse artists are encouraged to apply. All applications are welcome.


Submitting and 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 ‘love and feminism’ (see below for details).

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 Becci Love, Program Coordinator, at or phone 8447 6211

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST are due On Monday 29 May, 2017

Please note: 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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Project Dates


The Second Hand Emotions residency will take place at Vitalstatistix, 11 Nile St Port Adelaide, between Thursday 24 August and Sunday 3 September.