Program + Events

3 – 5 September

Unfortunately Adhocracy has been cancelled, please read our statement here.

  • All events at Hart’s Mill must gather and sign in at Waterside 15mins prior to start time
  • All sessions are up to 45mins unless otherwise stated
  • Bar and snacks available 4pm-11pm at Waterside
  • COVID-19 safety measures will be enforced by our friendly ushers
  • Program and schedule are subject to change
  • Download a pdf version of the schedule here

2pm

Deeply Hanging Out

workshop: Acts of Caring

(2hrs, 2-4pm)
pre-booking required

An exploration into social and artistic practices that centre responsive care structures. Offering workshops across Adhocracy, the artist and their collaborators will construct an evolving community through moving image, photography and performance.

4pm

Open Studios

various at Waterside

5pm

Adhocracy Opening

Welcome to Country & guest speakers

Featuring readings from

Hypocrisy & Porotēhi

6pm

8/8/8 (Work/Rest/Play)

one-on-one sessions

(2hrs, 6-8pm)
An ambitious and durational live art trilogy about the limits and possibilities of work-life balance and care economies. For Adhocracy, the artists are experimenting with a participatory, one-on-one experience of para-fictional welfare bureaucracies.

‘Til Death

showing

A devised theatre performance about the experience of the death of an intimate partner. Using film, sound, multiple narratives and sourced, real-life stories, the work explores the fragile subjects of grief, mortality, taboo, love, memory and liminality.

How to Build a Home

artist talk

A collaborative performance utopia about building community and building a home. Part storytelling, part old-fashioned barn-raising, this is participatory theatre about how we find, hold and rebuild a foundation in the wake of loss and transience.

7pm

Acts of Resisting

panel

In conversation with artists from

Follies of God, Hypocrisy, Porotēhi, & Us, the Most, the Many

8pm

Elegy of the Pale Lion

showing

A choreographic and sculptural ritual about remembering, forgetting and mourning. Performed on the stripped chassis of a Holden Commodore VF, the work reimagines the car as a uniquely evolved Australian species of feral lion, now facing extinction.

Zoology

showing

A disrupted performance lecture about wildness, extinction and what counts as civilised, inspired by found slides taken at the Bronx Zoo in the 1980s and Margaret Thatcher’s refusal to transport a Panda to America on her first diplomatic trip to visit Ronald Reagan.

9pm

Goddess Ball’s Fun House

artist talk

An exploratory dive into online performative spaces, adult camming sites, chat windows, and cyber encounter. Using text, performance and endurance, the artists’ subjectivities and gaze are placed within the wider aesthetics and politics of online sex work.

2pm

How to Build a Home

workshop: Acts of Caring

(2hrs, 2-4pm)
pre-booking required

A collaborative performance utopia about building community and building a home. Part storytelling, part old-fashioned barn-raising, this is participatory theatre about how we find, hold and rebuild a foundation in the wake of loss and transience.

4pm

Hypocrisy

artist talk/showing

A spoken word and sound performance by young Australian migrant activists from Eritrean, Palestinian, Persian and Uyghur heritage, that wrestles with their complex experiences of duty and allegiance as members of transnational communities and a settler colony.

5pm

Acts of Remembering

panel

In conversation with artists from

Elegy of the Pale Lion, Goddess Ball’s Fun House, ‘Til Death, & Zoology

6pm

Porotēhi

artist talk/showing

A participatory research and performance project, unearthing contested histories of nonviolent resistance, inspired by a passive resistance movement at Parihaka, Aotearoa, in the late 1800s, and other rousing, discomforting tales of civil disobedience.

Deeply Hanging Out

artist talk in conversation with Ida Sophia

An exploration into social and artistic practices that centre responsive care structures. Offering workshops across Adhocracy, the artist and their collaborators will construct an evolving community through moving image, photography and performance.

7pm

Spotlight on Sydney

panel

Emma Webb in conversation with artists from

8/8/8, Follies of God, & Us, the Most, the Many

8pm

Zoology

showing

A disrupted performance lecture about wildness, extinction and what counts as civilised, inspired by found slides taken at the Bronx Zoo in the 1980s and Margaret Thatcher’s refusal to transport a Panda to America on her first diplomatic trip to visit Ronald Reagan.

Goddess Ball’s Fun House

artist talk

An exploratory dive into online performative spaces, adult camming sites, chat windows, and cyber encounter. Using text, performance and endurance, the artists’ subjectivities and gaze are placed within the wider aesthetics and politics of online sex work.

9pm

Elegy of the Pale Lion

showing

A choreographic and sculptural ritual about remembering, forgetting and mourning. Performed on the stripped chassis of a Holden Commodore VF, the work reimagines the car as a uniquely evolved Australian species of feral lion, now facing extinction.

‘Til Death

showing

A devised theatre performance about the experience of the death of an intimate partner. Using film, sound, multiple narratives and sourced, real-life stories, the work explores the fragile subjects of grief, mortality, taboo, love, memory and liminality.

2pm

Deeply Hanging Out

workshop: Acts of Caring

(2hrs, 2-4pm)
pre-booking required

An exploration into social and artistic practices that centre responsive care structures. Offering workshops across Adhocracy, the artist and their collaborators will construct an evolving community through moving image, photography and performance.

4pm

Goddess Ball’s Fun House

durational performance installation

(4 hours, 4-8pm)

An exploratory dive into online performative spaces, adult camming sites, chat windows, and cyber encounter. Using text, performance and endurance, the artists’ subjectivities and gaze are placed within the wider aesthetics and politics of online sex work.

8/8/8 (Work/Rest/Play)

one-on-one sessions

(2 hours, 4-6pm)

An ambitious and durational live art trilogy about the limits and possibilities of work-life balance and care economies. For Adhocracy, the artists are experimenting with a participatory, one-on-one experience of para-fictional welfare bureaucracies.

5pm

How to Build a Home

showing

A collaborative performance utopia about building community and building a home. Part storytelling, part old-fashioned barn-raising, this is participatory theatre about how we find, hold and rebuild a foundation in the wake of loss and transience.

6pm

Zoology

showing

A disrupted performance lecture about wildness, extinction and what counts as civilised, inspired by found slides taken at the Bronx Zoo in the 1980s and Margaret Thatcher’s refusal to transport a Panda to America on her first diplomatic trip to visit Ronald Reagan.

7pm

‘Til Death

showing

A devised theatre performance about the experience of the death of an intimate partner. Using film, sound, multiple narratives and sourced, real-life stories, the work explores the fragile subjects of grief, mortality, taboo, love, memory and liminality.

8pm

Elegy of the Pale Lion

showing

A choreographic and sculptural ritual about remembering, forgetting and mourning. Performed on the stripped chassis of a Holden Commodore VF, the work reimagines the car as a uniquely evolved Australian species of feral lion, now facing extinction.

9pm

Hypocrisy

Porotēhi

double bill showing

(1hr20)

Hypocrisy

A spoken word and sound performance by young Australian migrant activists from Eritrean, Palestinian, Persian and Uyghur heritage, that wrestles with their complex experiences of duty and allegiance as members of transnational communities and a settler colony.

Porotēhi

A participatory research and performance project, unearthing contested histories of nonviolent resistance, inspired by a passive resistance movement at Parihaka, Aotearoa, in the late 1800s, and other rousing, discomforting tales of civil disobedience.

Vitalstatistix, and our home Waterside, are on Kaurna Country, its sovereignty never ceded. Yerta Bulti, Port Adelaide, always was and always will be Aboriginal land. We acknowledge the Kaurna Nation as the continuing custodians of the Adelaide Plains who have a spiritual relationship with this Country, and we respect their cultural authority. We pay our thanks and respects to Kaurna Elders, both past and present, and to First Nations leaders in our community and in the arts.

Vitalstatistix, and Adhocracy, is generously supported by the South Australian Government, the City of Port Adelaide Enfield, the Australia Council for the Arts, and our many program partners. Our communications and design partner is Freerange Future.

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Vitalstatistix, and our home Waterside, are on Kaurna Country, its sovereignty never ceded. Yerta Bulti, Port Adelaide, always was and always will be Aboriginal land. We acknowledge the Kaurna Nation as... Read more

Vitalstatistix, and our home Waterside, are on Kaurna Country, its sovereignty never ceded. Yerta Bulti, Port Adelaide, always was and always will be Aboriginal land. We acknowledge the Kaurna Nation as the continuing custodians of the Adelaide Plains who have a spiritual relationship with this Country, and we respect their cultural authority. We pay our thanks and respects to Kaurna Elders, both past and present, and to First Nations leaders in our community and in the arts.