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Adhocracy is Vitalstatistix’s annual national hothouse, supporting the creative development and critical discussion of experimental, multidisciplinary arts projects.

In 2021 we return to our intensive artist lab and festival-style public program, featuring eleven incredible Australian creative teams whose projects and new works-in-development span choreography and dance, performance and live art, poetry and text, ritual, social practice, sound, theatre, and visual art.

Three themes feature across the projects, speaking powerfully to the times we are in: acts of resisting, acts of remembering, and acts of caring. The program includes panels and workshops around these important conversations, alongside the host of artist talks, performance showings, one-on-one experiences, open studios, and installations on offer.

We are very sad that three of our participating projects, with artists based in NSW, will not be able to enter South Australia for Adhocracy 2021; however, these projects will undertake remote or hybrid residencies, and will feature in our panel, Spotlight on Sydney. We are now also expecting Victorian-based artists will also not be able to enter the state, and they will work with their collaborative teams online.

We are monitoring the latest COVID-19 restrictions closely and will adjust the program and event as needed. The schedule may change from what we have published here, however there will still be plenty to experience. Please be assured that Adhocracy 2021 will be a COVID-19 safe event – it may feel a bit different from previous Adhocracies but will still deliver you a feast of new art and ideas – maybe even a kind of temporary albeit socially distanced utopia! – something we all need right now.

Adhocracy is a unique offering in the Australian arts calendar – as a creative development opportunity for artists and as an insight into artistic process for lovers of art. It’s a festival of ideas meets intense art camp meets magic house party. Get amongst some of Australia’s most exciting established and emerging makers of Australian contemporary culture, art, performance, and commentary. We look forward to seeing you.

Vitalstatistix’s national hothouse for new art
Waterside Workers Hall & Hart’s Mill
11 Nile St, Port Adelaide, Kaurna Yerta


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Participating artists: Adila Yarmuhamad, amira.h., Astrid Pill, Beljana Dally, Daley Rangi, Daniel Thorpe, eDuard Helmbold, Eugenia Lim, Felicity Boyd, Fleur Kilpatrick, George Wohlfiel, Harriet Gillies, Hayley Forward, Henry Wolff, Hoda Afshar, Ingrid Voorendt, Jacob Boehme, James Brown, Jason Sweeney, Jay Gardener, Jeff McCann, Justine Shih Pearson, Manal Younus, Marcus McKenzie, Meg Wilson, Meri Leeworthy, Monte Masi, Nelya Valamanesh, Nescha Jelk, Nick James, Raghav Handa, Sam James, Shashi Handa, Talya Rubin, Thom Smyth, Zoë Barry, and Zoe Gay.

Curators: Emma Webb, Paul Gazzola, and Rhen Soggee

Vitalstatistix team: Emma Webb (Director); Jennifer Greer Holmes (Executive Producer); Emma O’Neill (Production Manager); Toby Nevill (Operations Manager); and Isobel Moore (Program and Communications Coordinator).


Vitalstatistix, and our home Waterside, are on Kaurna Country, its sovereignty never ceded. Yerta Bulti, Port Adelaide, always was and always will be Aboriginal land. We acknowledge the Kaurna Nation as the continuing custodians of the Adelaide Plains who have a spiritual relationship with this Country, and we respect their cultural authority. We pay our thanks and respects to Kaurna Elders, both past and present, and to First Nations leaders in our community and in the arts.

Vitalstatistix, and Adhocracy, is generously supported by the South Australian Government, the City of Port Adelaide Enfield, the Australia Council for the Arts, and our many program partners. Our communications and design partner is Freerange Future.

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