APHIDS is a 25-year-old artist-led experimental art organisation based in Melbourne, Australia. Collaborative and future-focused, APHIDS is led by Co-Directors Eugenia Lim, Lara Thoms and Mish Grigor. The work of APHIDS is feminist, intersectional, angry and funny; bringing artists into meaningful exchange with audiences through performance, critical dialogue and unpredictable encounters in the public realm. Our projects promote open, accessible yet complex and rigorous encounters between artists and public. Recent projects include The Director at the Sydney Opera House, ANTI festival (FIN) and SICK festival (UK), Exit Strategies at Arts House, Melbourne, and Easy Riders at Mpavillion, Melbourne.
Lara Thoms is a queer artist interested in socially engaged, site-specific and participatory possibilities in contemporary art and performance. Most recently Lara created and performed The Director, a performance with an ex-funeral director interrogating the death industry, which premiered at Arts House (VIC) and toured to the Sydney Opera House, SICK (UK) and ANTI festival (FIN) International Theatre Festival (INDIA). Her collaborative feminist work Before the Siren with Hannah Gadsby, Snapcat and 500 women from recreational clubs was commissioned for Perth International Arts Festival in 2017. She worked with child activists and asylum seeker children trapped on Nauru to create We all Know What’s Happening with Samara Hersch which has gone on to tour to Campbelltown Arts Centre (NSW), Vitalstatistix (SA) Theatre Spektakle (SWITZERLAND) and Nooderzen (NETHERLANDS) festivals in 2019. It was the first production in history to win both the ZKB jury prize and audience prize at Theatre Spektakle. larathoms.com
Mish Grigor is a maker, writer and performer. Using autobiographical tools, humour, and fiction, she is intent on problematising the frames of power from which art and identity emerge. Most recently she created and performed Exit Strategies with APHIDS, which premiered at Arts House, Melbourne. Previous solo work The Talk toured throughout Australia and the U.K. Mish is also a co-director of post, formed in 2003, a company who work between popular entertainment and experimental art practices. Their most recent work Ich Nibber Dibber was a Sydney Festival/Campbelltown Arts Centre commission which toured to Sydney Opera House and The Malthouse. Previously, Oedipus Schmoedipus, a commission from Belvoir St Theatre and Sydney Festival toured regionally across Australia and is currently undertaking cross-cultural collaboration with Hong Kong Rep Theatre and West Kowloon Cultural Precinct for Asiatopa. mishgrigor.org
Willoh S.Weiland is an artist, writer and curator. She works across art forms and is concerned with conceiving epic, impossible ideas and trying to fulfil them, working with non-artists, the possibilities of liveness, and destroying the patriarchy. Currently she is a Creative Associate of the MONA FOMA Festival and an Honorary Fellow at the Interaction Design Laboratory at the University of Melbourne’s School of Engineering. From 2010-2018 she was Artistic Director/ CEO of the artist-led experimental arts organisation APHIDS, presenting work nationally and internationally. Her trilogy of works Forever Now, Void Love and Yelling at Stars (2008-2015) explored the relationship between art and infinity by sending artworks into outer space. She is a recipient of the International Prize for Live Art (2015) for which she created Artefact, a funeral for obsolete technology (Anti Contemporary Art Festival, 2016).
Lz Dunn works through performance, movement and participatory models to consider queerness, ecology, communion and encounter. Aeon, Lz’s collaborative project linking bird flocking and queer ecology through walking, listening and mass movement was presented by PICA (WA), Dance Massive (VIC), Salamanca Moves (TAS) and Liveworks (NSW). From 2012-2018 Lz was an Artistic Associate with Aphids. Flyway, created by Lz with Lawrence English and produced by Aphids, was a winner of the international Music Theatre NOW (MTN) competition (2012) and received the MTN Operadagen Rotterdam Award (2013). It has since been presented in festivals in Melbourne, Netherlands, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Germany and France. lzdunn.link