Presented by APHIDS, Art Gallery of South Australia, RCC and Vitalstatistix as part of the 2020 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Monster Theatres

A no-holds barred performance at the intersection of parade, protest and procession, Howl is a glorious celebration of controversy in the art world.

From depictions of sexuality and the human body that have challenged the status quo, to acts of civil disobedience, Howl commemorates 15 artworks that have challenged the acceptable and changed the conversation about legitimacy and art forever.  Starring a sculpture of Captain Cook, thousands of sunflower seeds and a killer whale named Tilikum, Howl boldly probes the reactions art can invoke and the perspective that history permits.

A requiem that is unquestionably queer, arguably dangerous and probably obscene.

Created by APHIDS, one of Australia’s leading experimental and feminist arts companies, and performed with South Australian collaborators in the heart of Adelaide’s art world.


Company/Presenter Profile

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.


Performance Dates

11 - 13 March, 8:30pm



Creative Team
Created and performed by: Willoh S. Weiland, Lara Thoms and Lz Dunn
Direction: Mish Grigor
Collaborating artists/performers: Britt Plummer, Chelsea Farquhar, Cynthia Schwertsik, Emma Beech, Felicity Boyd, Henry Wolff and Jo Stone
Lighting designer: Jennifer Hector
Sound collaborator: Sascha Budimski