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‘The Human Exhibit’ is about a man in a cage in a zoo. Performance artist Mike Mullins spent twenty days in a cage at Taronga Park Zoo in Sydney as the official Homo sapiens exhibit. He lived in the cage twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week for twenty days. Mike’s concept was to present the human animal in the context of a zoo to raise a number of issues about the human condition.
The zoo administration was a key player in the presentation and the official ‘animal signage’ on the cage said it all: “The human capacity to change the environment makes Homo sapiens the most dangerous animal in the world”. See more
David Pledger and Jeffrey Shaw, world-renowned pioneer of interactive cinema, push the cinematic and the theatrical imaginary in this extraordinary new work. Presented in a 360-degree purpose-built cinematic environment, 10 people forever repeat a certain 9 minutes of their lives. Exploring terrain that is at once spiritual, moral, ethical, psychological and physical, this ingeniously crafted artwork is driven by any member of the public who, as the free radical user-director, reveals the secrets embedded in the interconnected stories. Through its operational interactivity, Eavesdrop opens up a continuum of possibility, potential and proposition. See more
Using photography, film, video and design, The Meaning of Moorabbin is Open For Inspection is a site-specific installation work that plays with Australian notions of family and suburbia. Staged as an open inspection, the work is introduced by a ‘real estate agent’ who invites visitors to view the property. Ambient set pieces are the idiosyncratic features made to attract prospective buyers. Ruminations about the suburbs and the suburban house are evoked as visitors move through the property. In the final room, a camera is set up and the visitor is invited to comment on the meanings the property has evoked for them. These to-camera confessions are then uploaded on to the project’s website. See more
Working under the artistic direction of David Pledger, not yet it’s difficult (NYID) is one of Australia’s leading independent arts companies recognised as a pioneer in the development of contemporary theatre.
Founded in 1995 by Pledger, Peter Eckersall and Paul Jackson who together form the core creative team, NYID has produced almost 40 local, national and international projects including original performance works, plays, public space projects, television and screen-based installations. This collection of five DVDs shows five very different aspects of David Pledger’s work. See more