Thrashing Without Looking Trailer from Aphids Projects on Vimeo.
A 3am ride through loneliness, frenzy, banality and cliché. A performance you can watch, create, perform and control. Thrashing Without Looking is an experiential work that combines performance with live cinema. It is a textured and disorienting journey that considers the agency of the audience in a mediated space.
Video: Andy Lee
Willoh S. Weiland
Willoh S.Weiland is an artist, writer, curator and the Artistic Director of Aphids.
Aphids is a cultural organisation creating collaborations across artforms and borders. Aphids makes works that sit at the nexus of contemporary music, performance, technology and site-specific practice. Recent Aphids projects include Exile, an Opera for the iPad; Void Love, online soap opera about Astrophysics; Thrashing Without Looking; a live-cinema and performance work experienced through video goggles.
Willoh has made work for the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, the Next Wave Festival, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, the Centre for Contemporary Art in Glasgow. Residencies include an Asialink residency in Beijing, 2009 and Splendid Arts Lab and Visible City, Melbourne 2010. Willoh co-directs the laboratory space Head Quarters and is a member of the Field Theory collective.
Lara Thoms is interested in socially engaged, site-specific and participatory possibilities in contemporary art. She has recently presented ‘The Experts Project’, collaborating with 150 everyday experts at The Museum of Contemporary Art as part of the Local Positioning Systems program. Other recent works have been presented at Tin Sheds Gallery, Sydney; Galleria, Perth, TCB Gallery, Melbourne; Radial System V, Berlin; Adelaide International Arts Festival and with Kaldor Arts.
Her collaborative work has also been show at the Next Wave Festival, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Media Arts Asia Pacific Festival, Hazelhurst Gallery, Raumars Finland, and the Australian Centre for Photography.
In 2012 she will develop new projects with SIGNAL arts, the Malthouse and Salamanca Arts Centre.
Lara co-founded the site-specific Tiny Stadiums festival, is part of the collective field theory, is a contributor to lalaishere.net and occasional curator for Performance Space. Lara is an associate artistic associate with Aphids and sits on the board of Pact centre for emerging artists.
Martyn Coutts is an interdisciplinary artist working across mediums and contexts. His interest lies in creating immersive, interactive experiences that challenge audiences and communities. He has shown his work across Australia and throughout the Asia-Pacific.
His works include Operation, Computer Boy and I Think I Can with Blood Policy, Wayfarer with Kate Richards, Thrashing Without Looking with Aphids, Visible City for the Melbourne Fringe and SAC35 for Salamanca Arts Centre. As a video artist Martyn has worked with Arena Theatre Company, Is Theatre, Luke George, Sam Routledge, Stuck Pigs Squealing, Dancehouse, Kelly Ryall, Brian Lipson and in 2009 was the recipient of a Green Room award for his video design on The Harry Harlow Project. He has also dramaturged a number of dance works with Stompin, Luke George, Brooke Stamp, Martin Del Amo and Liesel Zink.
Martyn is one half of Deadpan, a reseach and art collaboration with Willoh S.Weiland, a member of art collective Field Theory, an Associate Artist with Aphids and is the founder of online Live Art resource LALA. He has sat on the Arts Victoria Community Partnerships Panel, Australia Council Inter-Arts Panel, Green Room Hybrid and Alternative Panel and is a member of the Next Wave Festival board.
Tristan Meecham is an artist, producer, and theatre maker who works with the grand and the ridiculous. He is passionate about connecting community, audience, and artists together in events that transcend the everyday. He created the large-scale event FUN RUN (2010 Next Wave Festival, 2011 Darwin Festival) and is currently developing an interactive performance work GAMESHOW for the Brisbane Powerhouse. Tristan is an Artistic Associate with Aphids (aphids.net). In 2012, he will tour Australia with the Aphids’ work Thrashing Without Looking. Most recently, he created the 5-hour performance event The Lady and The Tiger at West Space Gallery. Tristan completed a Bachelor of Dramatic Arts (Acting) at the VCA and a Bachelor of Visual Arts at QUT. At VCA, he was awarded the inaugural Richard Pratt Scholarship for Outstanding Acting Student. He works as a voice over artist, teacher and actor in both theatre and TV. His performance work is produced by INSITE ARTS.
Elizabeth Dunn is an intermedia artist whose solo and collaborative practice crosses video, installation, objects, photography, and performance to create experiential works that consider how we relate to and understand each other. She has presented work at the National Portrait Gallery, KickArts, Cairns Regional Art Gallery, On Edge Festival and Next Wave Festival. She is part of he JUMP mentoring program and a 2011 Next Wave Kickstart artist. She recently created the project ‘Flyway’ a screen-based bird watching tour. in partnership with Birds Australia for the 2012 Next Wave Festival.
From 2007- 2010 Elizabeth lived in Cairns where she co-founded and directed artist-run space, Crate59. She also worked as part of the REACH Arts team to deliver a regional arts education strategy to students and teachers across urban, rural and remote Far North Queensland. She co-produced and delivered the Kids On Edge workshop and exhibition in Cairns 2010.
Alan Nguyen is a sound-artist, musician, composer, video-artist and filmmaker. As a sound-artist and musician, Alan has performed countless times, across Australia (in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Newcastle) and internationally (in England, Japan and Germany). He has been a member of various acts spanning genres of noise, minimalism, free improv, hip hop, electronic and no-wave punk and performed at several music festivals including What is Music?, This Is Not Art, Liquid Architecture, NowNow Festival and Straight Out of Brisbane and has been interviewed about his work on radio stations such as ABC Classic FM, SBS FM, Triple J, Triple R, PBS and Triple Z. He has composed music for several theatre pieces. He has written and directed several short films, two of which were supported and funded by the Pacific Film and Television Commission. He also wrote and directed a short piece for television, which screened nationally on ABC TV (ABC1).
Alan worked as a Creative Head and Mentor on a project for the Brisbane Festival, mentoring young, emerging artists hand-picked from all over the state of Queensland in the production of video-art pieces that were exhibited as part of the festival. Alan is currently lecturing part-time for the Bachelor of Illustration at NMIT in Melbourne, Australia, where he specialises in digital illustration and animation.