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Adhocracy 2018


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 Port Adelaide, South Australia, over the first weekend of Spring.

This year our program of new works-in-development spans theatre, dance, opera, socially engaged research practices, multimedia and technological investigations, and participatory art. There are nine projects and around forty artists featured in Adhocracy this year, selected through national and state-wide callouts and our annual residency initiative (which this year offered in partnership with Critical Path).

Artists work in an open studio environment throughout our beautiful, heritage-listed home, Waterside, and at Hart’s Mill Flour Shed, a stone’s throw away. 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 our public program of artist talks, workshops and work-in-progress showings offered across three afternoons and evenings.

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.

Adhocracy Program

Adhocracy Schedule


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Deborah Pollard and Sean Bacon

A Roaring Silence

A performance project about white Australia’s obsession with monuments to settler colonialism. Hear artist talks and see showings. (1)

Sarah Aiken and Rebecca Jensen


Contemporary dance about liminal spaces – such as airports – that operates like a palindrome, a reversible performance. See it develop over three days. (2)

Joel Bray and Raymond Zada


An improvised three-sided game between two content producers (the artists) and the audience. Each showing will be different in this social experiment. (1)

Mish Grigor and collaborators

Exit Strategies

A solo theatre show about mobility, privilege and ways to disappear. See it develop over three days. (3)

Ian Sinclair and Rachael Guinness

Fully Automated Luxury Communism

A playful, immersive artwork about the post-work future. Participate in the artists’ studio, research and showings. Robots.

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Emily Johnson and collaborators


A series of outcomes from a two-week residency about decolonialised artistic activation. Join the team of Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists each night around the setting sun and rising moon. (5)

Jennifer Greer Holmes and collaborators

Move Along

A multimedia walking tour about urban visibility and dispossession. Help build the stories for this new work-in-development. (6)

Roslyn Helper, Constantine Costi and collaborators

The Most Glorious Disastrous Meal of My Life

A contemporary opera built from the high drama of Google reviews of McDonalds. See it develop over three days. (7)

Alex Kelly and collaborators

The Things We Did Next

A speculative talk show set ten years in the future. Help map the next decade, participate in workshops and see a first outing of the performance model.

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ADHOCRACY OPENING > 4-6pm Friday 31st August

VITAL THREADS > 3-5pm Saturday 1st September

YOUR NEXT WORK > 4-5pm Sunday 2nd September