Aphids 20th Birthday

“On the very cutting edge of irrelevance to mainstream Australia”, said Aphids Artistic Director Willoh S Weiland, at a function to conclude a screen residency at Federation Square last week. Aphids also celebrated their 20th birthday. Aphids is an artist led cultural organization, making epic contemporary art projects, across art forms and borders. There’s video, endurance performance, collaboration with community groups aplenty and art popping up in unusual places like Deep Space or the Dromana Drive-In. And a big online footprint. There’s also a penchant for big questions and big revelations:

‘What represents humanity in the face of infinity?’

‘What do we feel, what do we do in those last few seconds before The End?’

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There’s multiple possibilities for Armageddon. It’s like if Carrie Bradshaw became a science geek and began wondering about the universe instead of obsessing over Mr. Big. Reading Stephen Hawkings instead of Cosmo (no sexy sealed section, just Big Bang).

A project might be ‘Built from a palette of online collaborative performances developed over time.’ I don’t know what exactly this means, but I wish I’d thought of it. Aphids collects partners like Carrie collects Manolos. Public, private, corporate, community, the partnership deals range the full spectrum of fiscal possibilities. Aphids screen residency at Federation Square, the conclusion of Somewhere over the Rainbow, had my ten-year-old daughter (who clearly is a creative genius) wondering aloud: “What is art? Can this packet of popcorn be art Mum?” Good question Maxie.

Willoh addresses Aphids family

Willoh addresses Aphids family

Aphids founder David Young skyped in from Berlin

Aphids founder David Young skyped in from Berlin

Davina Adamson (LUPA)

Davina Adamson (LUPA)

Willoh, Davina's brother and Eugene

Willoh, Davina’s brother and Eugene

Cath, James Brennan and Equa Lux

Cath, James Brennan and Equa Lux

Deb

Deb

Hungry artists devour the food table

Hungry artists devour the food table

DJ Eleanor

DJ Eleanor

Liz and Bek "Show us your Burger" Berger

Liz and Bek “Show us your Burger” Berger

Aphids Banner

Aphids Banner

Nathan little and Ross Tempest

Nathan little and Ross Tempest

Paris

Paris

Screening

Screening

This guy is not sure about 'Jade'

This guy is not sure about ‘Jade’

'Jade' doesn't care

‘Jade’ doesn’t care

'Taylor' on the big screen

‘Taylor’ on the big screen

Eugene and Margaret love 'taylor'

Eugene and Margaret love ‘Taylor’

Bek Berger

Bek Berger

Art popcorn

Art popcorn

'Is this art?' asks Maxine

‘Is this art?’ asks Maxine

Willoh S Weiland, Liz Dunn and Evan Knoble

Willoh S Weiland, Liz Dunn and Evan Knoble

 

 

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