Underbelly Arts Lab and Festival 2017

Program Text:

"I approached the selection of this year’s Underbelly Arts program with a feeling, rather than a particular theme. It’s a big feeling that happens sometimes in small moments, and a small feeling that happens sometimes in big moments. It’s a feeling that the world is soft; that you can push at the edges of it and it will give you more; that you can fit into it in many more ways than you first thought possible; that there is a tension between different things squeezing against each other.

What has emerged from this squeezing feeling is something incredible, a sort of squeezing of our histories, our cultural icons and our perceived relationships into something altogether new. In this year’s Underbelly Arts program, each artist has taken something they are deeply connected to and squeezed it to see what new shapes emerge. They are squeezing Christian liturgy and Chinese opera, cultural songs and clay, they are squeezing hot chips and they are squeezing into each other, they are squeezing Dostoyevsky’s Notes from the Underground, Albert Camu’s Myth of Sisyphus and Beyoncé’s Watermelon. They are squeezing Daoist shrines, Indian noise music, public complaints, memes, microbes, Tamil devotional films and reality TV. The artists are squeezing the stories of their multi-geographical, multi-cultural, multi faith, multi-historical, multi-gendered upbringings and I am honoured and excited to share them with you at Underbelly Arts 2017."


Alice Couttoupes
Amrita Hepi, Prue Stent and Honey Long 
Angela Garrick, Nic Warnock, Yarran Gatsby 
Boni Cairncross
Fugitive Moments (Barnaby Lewer and Tristan Deratz)
Gwen Taualai
Harriet Gillies and Natalie Abbott
House of Vnholy (Matthew Adey)
Ivey Wawn
Jason Phu
Josee Vesely-Manning
Laurence Rosier Staines
Make or Break (Connie Anthes and Rebecca Gallo)
Marcus Whale, Eugene Choi & Polyphony
Nana Bilus Abaffy
Anonymous Migrant (Nikki Lam and Sudeep Lingamneni)
Peter Dudding, Jeanette Scanes, Damian Showyin and Paul Williams
Pony Express
Shahmen Suku / Radha La Bia
Shian Law
Sophie Mallett & Sian McIntyre