National Experimental Arts Hothouse

Adhocracy 2016

ADHOCRACY is Vitalstatistix’s national hothouse, supporting the creative development of new experimental and multidisciplinary arts projects. Artists from around Australia join us to create, converse and critique in one space (our beautiful, heritage-listed home, Waterside) over the first weekend of Spring.

ARTISTS spend the weekend in an open studio environment developing new work which can span performance, live art, sound, visual art and more. They are in the early stages of the process of making and are experimenting with ideas and form. YOU can engage with the artists and their creative process through a public program of artist talks and work-in-progress showings.

THIS YEAR there are eight projects in development at Adhocracy. Seven of these were selected from a national call; they undertake a four day intensive creative development, commencing on Thursday 1st September, an artist-only day, and working through the weekend. The eighth is our annual residency project; we invite an Australian artist or group to collaborate with South Australian artists on a new work in the lead-up to Adhocracy. This year’s residency project is Aeon, and once again we are excited to base the two-week residency at Hart’s Mill Flour Shed.

This year’s projects are working with diverse ideas and forms. Notably the program in 2016 particularly features: feminisms; ecologies; the politics of cities, conflicts and connectedness; experimental dance practices; comedic interventions; and new collaborations between artists.

Adhocracy is a festival of ideas meets intense art camp meets magic house party. We encourage you to get among some of Australia’s most exciting established and emerging makers of Australian contemporary culture, art, performance and commentary.


2 – 4 September
4pm to midnight
WATERSIDE -11 Nile St, Port Adelaide
Entry by donation, bar and food available


Alysha Herrmann, Alice Dixon, Angela Goh, Bella Hone-Saunders, Caroline Meaden, Dan Koerner, Emma Beech, Emma McManus, Erin Fowler, Hew Parham, Hilary Kleinig, Ian Sinclair, Jonno Revanche, Lara Thoms, Lauren Abineri, Lawrence English, Loren Kronemyer, Lz Dunn, Malcolm Whittaker, Marcus Louend, Maria White, Meg Wilson, Nick Bennett, Paulo Castro, Pony Horseman, Rebecca Jensen, Sam Haren, Sara Scarlet Strachan, Sascha Budimski, Shian Law, Susan Bruce, Thomas Capogreco and William McBride.

Curated by Emma Webb, Jason Sweeney and Paul Gazzola



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

Project Dates

2 – 4 September
4pm to midnight
WATERSIDE -11 Nile St, Port Adelaide
Entry by donation, bar and food available