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Waterborne

Waterborne is the story of micro-inhabitations, decay and the flow of matter. Forensically researched, stunningly lyrical and deeply life affirming, this audio artwork brings science and imagination together in a surprising, beautiful meditation on our watery bodies and the cycle of life and death.

2019 / Performance

Semaphore

Semaphore is a compelling and intriguing exploration of signalling, communication and miscommunication. Using physical, visual and aural encoding systems – Semaphore, Morse code, pennants, lights and binary code – dancers and musicians synchronise in a complex choreography of bodies, music and illumination.

2019 / Performance

Below the Line

Below the Line is an immersive, interdisciplinary performance project built around the comments submitted to an online article about David Finnigan’s play Kill Climate Deniers.

 

2019 / Project

how do you feel now?

how do you feel now? is a process-driven exploration and response by Wiradyuri conceptual artist Amala Groom and Wajarri Yamatji/Dutch/English trans-disciplinary creative Nicole Monks.

2019 / Project

Rooman

A girl meets a half-man-half-kangaroo in her dreams, and falls in love. Obsessed by his reality, and the idea of becoming a part of it, she takes desperate measures to spend more time with him. This obsession leads her into the darkest depths of the human psyche.

2019 / Performance

Adhocracy 2019

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.

2019 / Project / adhocracy

A Mountain, a Karanga

A Mountain, a Karanga is a diasporic duet, and an experiment with dialogues and cultural definitions, by Māori women dance makers Forest Vicky Kapo and Paea Leach.

2019 / Project / adhocracy

CREATION: sustenance

CREATION proposes lateral, experimental ways to creatively engage with climate denialism.

2019 / Project / adhocracy

Dorr-e Dari: A Poetic Crash Course in the Language of Love

Inspired by curtain shows that take place in private homes and tea-houses all through Central Asia.

2019 / Project / adhocracy

Good Silence

How do we create and participate in meaningful rituals that permit some temporary alleviation from the obligations of the everyday?

2019 / Project / adhocracy

In the Dark

A live performance installation and political activation for public spaces after nightfall. It is an agitation and reclamation around agency, voice, and holding space.

2019 / Project / adhocracy

Let Me Tell You

Let Me Tell You​ is an almanac of the first decade of Adhocracy and its impact, cultural and personal.

2019 / Project / adhocracy

MASConfessional

Queer performance and music duo GIRL explore masculinity, patriarchal power and androcentrism.

2019 / Project / adhocracy

Medicament for your Predicament

From antidotes to ire, diuretics for disillusionment and cures for capitalism, Medicament For Your Predicament gently applies a drawing ointment to modern maladies.

2019 / Project / adhocracy

Old Body, New Management

Motus Collective are exploring ideas of regeneration, identity and change, based on the philosophical problem of the Ship of Theseus.

2019 / Project / adhocracy

The Future Echoes

What are the conditions for the time to come? How can listening be a critical form of political agency for the urgent project of building sustainable and ethical futures?

2019 / Project / adhocracy

Witness Stand

Witness Stand is about enacting a public hearing of places that demand witnessing and reflection.

2019 / Project / adhocracy

Adhocracy Extras

Extra events!

2019 / Event / adhocracy

Set Piece

Set Piece explores homosexual coupledom through the lens of power dynamics and erotic power play.

2019 / Residency / incubator

The Second Woman – Artist Talk

Join The Second Woman co-creators Nat Randall and Anna Breckon, in conversation with Rachel Healy, Joint Artistic Director Adelaide Festival, and Emma Webb, Director Vitalstatisix.

2019 / Event

mi:wi

With one eye on the future and the other on the past, mi:wi sees three First Nations women intertwine their connection to country, ancestry, each other and their future, in a powerful performance.

2019 / Performance

Cher

“After a nuclear holocaust, all that will be left are cockroaches and Cher.” Jimmy James

Contemporary dance takes on camp and cabaret in this solo tour de force inspired by ultimate pop chameleon, Cher.

2019 / Performance

ULYSSES

Rejecting the idea of the ‘everyman’, the modernist canon, and the large amount of space Ulysses takes up in it. Instead THE RABBLE will invent a series of experiments that investigate the intersections between intellectualism and femininity, to be performed over 10 hours.

2019 / Project

Progress Report

Progress Report is a new solo dance performance about consumerism and waste. The work puts real world, every day decisions under the microscope to reveal seemingly contradictory, at times hilarious and often unbearable truths. 

2019 / Residency / incubator

The Second Woman

In an astonishing feat of endurance performance and live cinema, a performer repeats a single scene inspired by the 1977 John Cassavetes film Opening Night, 100 times over a 24-hour period.

2019 / Performance

We All Know What’s Happening

Welcome to a tropical island full of palm trees, phosphate mines, coconut water and kids.

2019 / Performance

Natalie Harkin

Natalie is undertaking a three-year Australian Research Council-funded project entitled Resistance Poetics and Decolonising the Archive: Aboriginal Domestic Labour Stories from South Australia. Through this project she is tracing a history of Aboriginal women’s domestic labour and servitude.

2019 / Residency

SOVEREIGN ACTS III – REFUSE

A very special evening event, offered in two parts, that brings together research, performance, ceremony and conversation.

2018 / Performance / climate

Raft of the Medusa

A subversive river cruise and participatory performance about creating a new water-world order.

2018 / Performance / climate

Eyes

A provocative and innovative audio performance about beliefs systems and survival tactics for the end of the world.

2018 / Performance / climate

Deepspace

A mesmerising dance performance about remoteness and proximity, connectedness and isolation, and our curiosity for the unknown.

2018 / Performance / climate

WAR DANCE OF THE FINAL FRONTIER

A video installation in which a collective body powerfully conjures a resistance to an underwater threat to Oceania.

2018 / Project / climate

THEN LET US RUN (THE SKY IS FALLING)

A large-scale durational installation offering a visceral encounter with the sky of a wild, geoengineered future.

2018 / Project / climate

River Cycle

A sculpture, a watercraft, and an experiment in community engagement with adaptation, everyday creativity and the future of our rivers.

2018 / Project / climate

Sentients

An immersive concert of beautiful and hopeful odes to individual animals who suffer for our desires.

2018 / Performance / climate

Drive

In 2007, NASA astronaut and devoted mother and wife Lisa Nowak got into her car and drove for 14 hours from Houston to Orlando, to confront her lover’s much younger lover, Colleen Shipman, in a parking lot at Orlando International Airport.

2018 / Residency

A Roaring Silence

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

2018 / Project / adhocracy

Airports

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

2018 / Project / adhocracy

Exit Strategies

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

2018 / Project / adhocracy

Fully Automated Luxury Communism

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

2018 / Project / adhocracy

Move Along

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

2018 / Project / adhocracy

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.

2018 / Project / adhocracy

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.

2018 / Project / adhocracy

(Algo)rhythm

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

2018 / Project / adhocracy

KINSTILLATORY MAPPINGS IN LIGHT AND DARK MATTER

A series of outcomes from a two-week residency about decolonialised artistic activation. 

2018 / Residency / adhocracy

Adhocracy 2018

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 over the first weekend of Spring.

2018 / Project / adhocracy

Ulysses

Feminist theatre makers THE RABBLE are developing an epic, multi-part durational performance event inspired and repulsed by James Joyce’s Ulysses.

2018 / Residency

JOAN

Joan is a teenage girl. A virgin soldier who will convince an army of men that she hears the voice of the divine. She will burn.

2018 / Performance

Left Right Forward March

Left Right Forward March is a collaborative performance project between the artist Bron Batten and a member of the Australian Defence Forces, exploring the intersections between conservative and progressive politics in Australian society.

2018 / Residency / incubator

Slow Awakening

Slow Awakening is a performance work spanning the lives and struggles of a unique Aboriginal family from Raukkan Mission, Point McLeay, South Australia, and Dimboola, Victoria.

2018 / Residency / incubator

Alexis West

Alexis has worked as a dancer, choreographer, performer, writer, theatre-maker and filmmaker over the past 20 years. As a Birri Gubba, Wakka Wakka and Kanak woman, Alexis is passionate about First Nation people’s voices as well as the stories of people with disability and people from diverse backgrounds.

2018 / Residency

Fever

Fever is an immersive dance-based work that asks us to consider personal, political and cultural change: what starts it and what has stopped it, in the face of human-induced climate change.

2017 / Project / climate

IRON LADY

Iron Lady is a performative research project and comedic intervention into the finance district by an artist armed with an ironing board. The work starts from the premise that finance is an experimental playground that peddles in speculation, fiction, and value creation.

2017 / Project

The Exaltation of Enheduanna

The Exaltation of Enheduanna is a live sound and video work by Daniel Von Jenatsch. It combines ancient history with speculative fiction.

2017 / Project

LOSS. GAIN. REVERB. DELAY.

Presented by Vitalstatistix in association with TARNANTHI: Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art.

2017 / Project

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.

2017 / Residency / adhocracy

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.

2017 / Project / adhocracy

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.

2017 / Project / adhocracy

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.

2017 / Project / adhocracy

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 space

2017 / Project / adhocracy

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.

2017 / Project / adhocracy

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.

2017 / Project / adhocracy

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.

2017 / Project / adhocracy

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.

2017 / Project / adhocracy

Adhocracy 2017

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 over the first weekend of Spring.

2017 / Project / adhocracy

SPEECHLESS

Speechless is developing as an experimental opera homage to persons rendered speechless through political means. The work draws its primary score and thematic material from Gillian Triggs’ 2014 Human Rights Commission report entitled ‘The Forgotten Children: National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention’.

2017 / Residency / incubator

SUPER IMPOSITION

Super Imposition is a new work and first collaboration by contemporary performance-makers Tamara Saulwick and Nicola Gunn. Fusing performance dramaturgy, music composition and video art, the work interrogates notions of change – our desire for it, our resistance to it and the inevitability of it.

2017 / Residency / incubator

CHER

Cher breaks convention, challenges the system and somehow remains a constant. Choreographer, dancer and fan, Larissa McGowan, will use Cher’s iconic figure as a totem in order to flesh out the real possibilities of personal-political transformation.

2017 / Project

SPEECH PATTERN

Speech Pattern is an investigation into contemporary subjectivity utilising performance, video and installation. The work draws from the fields of dance and the moving image, alongside queer, feminist and psychoanalytic theory.

2017 / Project

DRIVE

In 2007, NASA astronaut Lisa Nowak got into her car and drove for fourteen hours from Houston to Orlando, to confront her lover’s much younger lover, Colleen Shipman, in a parking lot at Orlando International Airport. Disguised in a dark wig, glasses and trench coat, she allegedly wore an adult nappy used in space so that she didn’t have to stop.

2017 / Residency / incubator

DUNCAN

In 1903 dance pioneer Isadora Duncan gave her speech ‘The Dance of the Future’, which became a manifesto of free dance. “The dancer [of the future] will not belong to a nation but to all humanity.” Chris Scherer will investigate the nature of liberty, as such ‘dancer of the future.’

2017 / Project

ST. JEROME’S LANEWAY FESTIVAL 2017

In 2017 celebrate living and longing, loss and lust, at Temple of Love. Throw yourself headlong into heartfelt declarations, sweet goodbyes, hauntings and ritual, all set within a dance party.

2017 / Event

Emma Beech

Performance-maker and conversationalist Emma Beech joins Vitalstatistix as our artist-in-residence in 2017, working in our Shopfront Studio throughout the year.

2017 / Residency

Points in the Plane

Points in the Plane is a mentoring project with South Australian artists Josephine Were, Ashton Malcolm and Meg Wilson.

2017 / Residency

I CON

I CON is a new work-in-development by artist, dancer and choreographer Atlanta Eke. Atlanta joins us again after her acclaimed Body of Work at this year’s Adelaide Festival, this time at Waterside.

2016 / Residency / incubator

LIFE IS SHORT AND LONG

Life Is Short and Long is a performance installation created from three years of travel yarns and investigation of how people respond to crisis and change.

 

2016 / Performance

The Lost Art of Listening

Composer and musician Hilary Kleinig is collaborating with conversationalist Emma Beech to investigate how people experience and value music in an age of 24-hour connectedness and distraction.

2016 / Project / adhocracy

The Tension of Opposites

Sparked by a comedic idea based around two dictators attempting to share a small apartment, The Tension of Opposites expands this idea to explore conflict and pigheadedness, from petty differences to global politics.

2016 / Project / adhocracy

Uncanny Valley, Girl

Uncanny Valley, Girl explores a feminist cyber/socio-political imagination to produce a new narrative for the ‘fembot’ trope.

2016 / Project / adhocracy

Adhocracy 2016

Adhocracy is Vitalstatistix’s national hothouse, supporting the creative development of new experimental and multidisciplinary arts projects.

2016 / Project / adhocracy

AEON

As we walk multiple paths toward a future in flux, Aeon envisions the space between civic responsibility and personal consent; between soaring clouds of wings and piles of pigeon poo to offer a paradoxical, complex and ever emerging horizon.

2016 / Residency / adhocracy

Dirty Pieces

A collaborative exploration of the question “but what is it about?” conducted through improvisation, generative writing, and image making.

2016 / Project / adhocracy

Lady Example

Lady Example begins as forensic examination of the women who surround us – in our lives, in our cities, in our histories, in our mythologies, in our popular culture.

2016 / Project / adhocracy

Never Trust a Creative City

Never Trust A Creative City is a performance about the uncomfortable topic of artists and gentrification.

2016 / Project / adhocracy

Raft of the Medusa

Set in a speculative future, sea levels have risen, the ocean has overtaken the land, and only two boats remain: a large raft-like boat modeled on the raft of the Méduse, and a more habitable, yet decrepit yacht.

2016 / Project / adhocracy

LOSS. GAIN. REVERB. DELAY

LOSS. GAIN. REVERB. DELAY is an ambitious sound and sculptural work-in-development, which explores knowledge transmission through time and across land, referencing specific landmarks and correlations between Aboriginal knowledge and scientific discovery.

2016 / Residency / incubator

THERE IS NOTHING ACCIDENTAL OR SURPRISING ABOUT THIS

A long term artwork that uses tree rings to record the human activity.

2016 / Project / climate

Climate Century

Join us for a mid-winter, Sunday afternoon conversation about how artists are responding to the global condition of climate change.

2016 / Event / climate

BETWEEN LIGHT

Zephyr Quartet presents their critically acclaimed 2014 project Between Light in the beautiful Waterside Workers Hall.

Between Light commissioned five Australian artists to create new work for Zephyr Quartet, exploring notions of light and dark in their work, taking the Italian art term ‘chiaroscuro’ as a genesis.

2016 / Performance

CRAWL ME BLOOD

Crawl Me Blood is inspired by the work of Jean Rhys whose book ‘Wide Sargasso Sea’ expounds the landscape and complex race relations of the post-colonial Caribbean.

2016 / Project

Climate of Cruelty

In the absence of known eulogies and memorials for individual animals slaughtered in environmentally impacting commercial industries in Australia and globally.

2016 / Project / climate

A Satirist’s Journey

A personal account of Bryan Dawe’s journey into political satire. From the grim educational pickings of working class Port Adelaide in the 1950s and 60s, Bryan escaped from high school at 15 and went on to become one of Australia’s finest satirists.

2016 / Event

BODY OF WORK

Atlanta Eke’s acclaimed Body of Work (Keir Choreographic Award, 2014) sees the visceral and mechanical collide. Described as dance meets performance art, this work is both strangely familiar and radical, with its nods to science fiction and cyborg feminism.

2016 / Performance

ST. JEROME’S LANEWAY FESTIVAL 2016

In 2016, get your festival mojo back at House and Garden, a lush neon lounge of tunes and live art, dance lessons and icy poles, under the high ceilings of Waterside.

2016 / Event

PIECE FOR PERSON & GHETTO BLASTER

This is the story of a man, a woman and a duck. It is about the excruciating realms of human behaviour. It is about trying to become a better person.

2015 / Performance

Climate Century

Climate Century is an exhibition of multidisciplinary art works that imagine climate futures in the coastal and river environs of Port Adelaide and the LeFevre Peninsula.

2015 / Event / climate

ULYSSES

Victorian-based theatre makers THE RABBLE are developing a new epic, 18-part, ten-hour contemporary performance inspired by James Joyce’s Ulysses.

2015 / Residency / incubator

LIFE IS SHORT AND LONG

Life is Short and Long is a new work in development by South Australian theatre maker and conversationalist, Emma Beech. Drawing on local and global travel experiences, Emma is undertaking a humanist investigation of how people and communities respond to crises.

2015 / Project

Adelaide Film Festival

Vitals is excited to be hosting the world-first screening of Rolf de Heer’s 1993 classic Bad Boy Bubby. 

2015 / Event

Vitals Community Fair

Handmade, heritage & vintage at the Port Festival. We throw open the doors at the heritage-listed Waterside Worker Hall. Expect vintage and craft stalls, food and drink, music, special tours of Waterside, participatory experiences and more!

2015 / Event

SDS1

This is football as theatre – stripped back, extracted, frozen, repeated, abstracted. Beautiful and ugly all at once.

2015 / Performance

National Trouble Makers Union

Join us for the public launch of the South Australian Branch of the National Trouble Makers Union (NTMU), with National Secretary of the NTMU, Bryan Dawe as Sir Murray Rivers QC.

2015 / Event

THAT’S HIS STYLE

Angelique is young and full of dark mystery. The future is hers. But her existence teeters on the edge. The future threatens to close in on her. Now she’s disappeared. What happened to her? What does she know? And what are these clues she’s left behind?

2015 / Residency / incubator

Adhocracy 2015

Adhocracy is Vitalstatistix’s national artist hothouse, supporting the creative development of new experimental and interdisciplinary projects.

2015 / Project / adhocracy

Alternative Futures Working Group

Alternative Futures Working Group is a research project exploring perceptions of the future and conversations as artworks.

2015 / Project / adhocracy

Awkward Sex Scenes

A new performance work in its first stage of creative development that explores discomfort with representations of sex when in the presence of others.

2015 / Project / adhocracy

Future Turf

Future Turf is a performance installation exploring the relationship between the built environment, home and the human form.

2015 / Project / adhocracy

Jarrod Duffy is Not Dead

In October 2010, Jarod Duffy disappeared, leaving behind the furniture at his house and no explanation.  This is the story of that disappearance and Applespiel’s hunt to find their missing friend.

2015 / Project / adhocracy

New Wave/No Wave

A feminist research project working towards a large visual arts exhibition in 2017, commemorating the 30th anniversary of The Women’s Show (Adelaide, 1977), the first contemporary Australia-wide, all-women exhibition.

2015 / Project / adhocracy

Versions of Truth

Versions of Truth draws on verbatim theatre and live art practices to explore identity, performance, authenticity and representation.

2015 / Project / adhocracy

CRAWL ME BLOOD

Crawl Me Blood is inspired by the work of Jean Rhys, whose book ‘Wide Sargasso Sea’, expounds the landscape and complex race relations of post-colonial Dominica.

2015 / Residency / adhocracy

MADAME: THE STORY OF JOSEPH FARRUGIA

Dance theatre meets documentary biopic in the extraordinary and highly entertaining personal story.

2015 / Performance

St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival 2015

Australia’s premier indie music event returns to the Port.

2015 / Event

1984

The project explores how memories and narratives of histories are interpreted across generations and geographies.

2014 / Project / adhocracy

Black Market

Part game, part social experiment, black market explores modes of value exchange in an uncertain world.

2014 / Project / adhocracy

Broadcasts

Broadcasts is a project about listening to edges and mapping the faltering periphery of a territory by using sound and signals.

2014 / Project

Hello My Name Is

A beautifully chaotic, joyous and uplifting event that reminds us how to engage with and celebrate the act of living (and conga lines).

2014 / Performance

Feltmaps

An ephemeral public art project responding to the small, the large, the public and the hidden, in central Port Adelaide.

2014 / Project

St Jerome’s Laneway Festival 2014

Australia’s premier indie music event returns to the Port.

2014 / Event

Adhocracy 2010

Adhocracy: A form of  organisation  that cuts across normal bureaucratic lines to capture opportunities, adapt to change & solve problems. A process of decision making where  groups of individuals reach consensus by responding in an ad hoc fashion to frequently changing priorities.

2010 / Project / adhocracy

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