CRAWL ME BLOOD

Adhocracy Residency

Presented by Vitalstatistix in association with Aphids

It was a wild place, untouched, above all untouched, with an alien, disturbing secret loveliness. And it kept its secret. I’d find myself thinking, what I see is nothing – I want what it hides.” Jean Rhys

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. Jean Rhys languished in obscurity until a radio play of her work drew attention to her exceptional talent as a writer.

This ambitious work in development, which will include a radio docu-drama, live artwork and sound installation, uses the sinister eden of the tropical garden and the gossip-ridden, music-blasting medium of live radio to explore the myths we make of paradise.

The atmosphere of Crawl Me Blood is that feeling of being lost and alone on the dance floor; of when a bombshell drops as a relative tells you something hideous about your own family; that uncomfortable gripping and crawling when you experience your own racism. The work takes its name from a saying that ‘what crawls your blood’ are the secrets you sense but are not told. In Belizean Kriol this phrase is akin to saying ‘it gave me the shivers’.

As this year’s Adhocracy residency project, interdisciplinary artists Halcyon Macleod and Willoh S. Weiland will work with ten South Australian artists to explore the theme of ‘longing for paradise’, including romantic notions of landscape versus reality and dislocation. The collaborators will create short audio works, which will be integrated into a mockup installation. Adhocracy will enable the team to experiment with a dynamic layering of audio and visual worlds, and physical experience.

The work-in-progress, as a participatory experience for audiences, alongside artist talks by the team about the residency and the work, was presented as part of Adhocracy 2015, over three nights.

Artist Profile

Halcyon Macleod is a Tasmanian-based writer, theatre-maker and director. Until recently she was co-director of acclaimed performance company My Darling Patricia, whose works include Politely Savage, Africa, Posts in the Paddock, Night Garden, The Piper, and Mantle. Halcyon has written texts for installations by Matt Prest (Hole In The Wall) and Sam Routledge (Please Hold) and collaborated with Arena Theatre as a writer on the installation House of Dreaming (Melbourne Festival 2012, Perth Festival 2013). Most recently she presented a new interdisciplinary work Falling with Alice Osborne in late 2014 at Performance Space.

Willoh S. Weiland is an artist, writer, curator and Artistic Director of Aphids, Victoria. She recently completed the third in her trilogy of works investigating the relationship between art and space, with the launch into space of 21st century digital ‘golden record’ Forever Now at MOFO 2015. Other Aphids works have included Thrashing Without Looking, a live-cinema and performance work experienced through virtual reality goggles; Computer Boy, a contemporary performance work commissioned for Performance Space, Sydney; Fever Beach and Exile, interactive digital artworks for the iPhone and iPad; and Atelier Edens, a research project investigating the creation of cross art-form works in remote areas.

Supporters

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This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

This project was assisted by Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts.

Residency Dates

Residency: 25 May - 5 June
Showings: as part of Adhocracy 2015,
6-8 June
Waterside, 11 Nile St, Port Adelaide

Creative Team

Lead artists: Halcyon Macleod & Willoh S. Weiland
With: Alan Grace, Alexis West, Ellen Steele, Josie Were, Meg Wilson, Phillip Kavanagh & Tristan Louth-Robins
System designer: Matt Daniels
Original music: Felix Cross
Sound design: James Brennan